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Din seeking the Deen

A rational, knowledge seeking, Global Nomad

Updated: 2015-09-16T16:20:01.366-04:00


Book Review: Book of Shukr (Awesome)


Just finished this book by Neil Paricha called Book of Awesome. The book lists several things that we should be thankful for or be happy about but we usually fail to notice. For example: * Peeling a hard boiled egg and getting a big chunk of shell all at once * Coming home after a long day to the smell of someone cooking dinnerYou can find more listings here on his blog.Anyways, the book

Somalia: An exprience of a volunteer

2011-09-10T23:01:29.790-04:00 Ramadan in Somalia with Islamic Relief Canada’s Medical Team September 3rd, 2011 Share Print Ramadan in Somalia with Islamic Relief Canada’s Medical Team Dr. Ikramuddin Syed is a Canadian

SHaykh Zahir: The First Time


Shaykh Zahir mentioned in class on Thursday that his teachers used to caution being late for the first time to their classes as once one is late the first time it is easier to do so thereafter. He said it is the same with sin. Sinning the first time in some area is always the hardest and repeating the same sin becomes easier thereafter. He preceded saying all this by saying "Every habit begins

Rumi on Dunya


SHaykh Zahir mentioned this in class on Thursday while covering the Hikams:The way water is necessary for a boat, similarly Dunya is necessary for a Mu’min, but remember as long as water is under the boat it will float, but if water comes inside of the boat, then it will sink the boat.

Poem:Death by Emily Dickinson (recited by Shaykh Hamza at RIS Knowledge Retreat)

2011-01-03T20:12:26.626-05:00 I could not stop for Death,He kindly stopped for me;The carriage held but just ourselvesAnd Immortality. We slowly drove, he knew no haste,And I had put awayMy labor, and my leisure too,For his civility. We passed the school, where children stroveAt recess, in the ring;We passed the fields of gazing grain,We passed

Dr. Umar (at Retreat)


Dr.Umar stated at the RIS Knowledge Retreat:"Dont fall in love with the emotion of love"

One million flood-hit Pakistanis still need basic aid


One million flood-hit Pakistanis still living in camps and makeshift shelters in the south, are in desperate need of basic lifesaving aid, four months after one of the biggest humanitarian crises in recent times, a senior U.N. official said.The floods which started in July, decimated entire villages from the far north to the deep south, disrupting the lives of more than 18 million people in a

Concerns over disease raised in Pakistan flood aftermath


Concerns over disease raised in Pakistan flood aftermathWhen the tidal wave hit Rahimyar Khan in the southern part of the Punjab province, Pakistan, it ripped everything away – communities, homes, and livelihoods.The people in the region have retreated to dams which are kilometres long and wait for help there. There's water to the left, there's water to the right. The villages have been destroyed

Pakistan Flood Update 2 September


Just saw this show on Live with Talat. Two docters talked many health issues which flood affectees are facing (specially in southern Pakistan). Some of these are listed below:Lack of water for drinking, washing, etc. People are drinking and washing with the same water causing many diseases and health issues.People were poor and barely meeting their nutritional needs in normal times. This flood

Fresh Flooding displaces a million people in 2 days! (Pakistan Flood Related Articles)


DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Out of sight, out of mind, seems to be an apt proverb for the woes of the people of Dera Ismail Khan (DIK), where around 800,000 people are grappling with the horrors of the devastating floods. Malik Aslam Awan, a local journalist, said that, according to authorities, 32,000 houses have been destroyed, with 160 villages washed away and thrice the number partially damaged. But

Flood Update: They need us!


I just watched one of the best TV shows that is providing daily updates on the situation in Pakistan. Its called Live with Talat. Talat Hussain is also raising funds along with Kashif (both are TV anchors). Please donate to their fund as well as they are honest sincere people seem to to be one of the best informed and connected people in terms of helping flood affectees. They stated the

Moving story of a five year old flood relief donator from the US

2010-08-22T16:38:39.039-04:00 found out she had recently seen images of the floods in Pakistan on the computer with her dad. My husband and I are so used to seeing images of devastation and terror that we have become desensitized. Children, however, are still innocent. My daughter could not fathom such things. She

BBC: Muhammad Hanif on Flood Victims and Terrorism

2010-08-22T00:23:22.303-04:00 areas are of no strategic interest to anyone because they have neither exported terrorism nor do they have the ambition to join a fight against it.Their only export to the world outside is onions, tomatoes, sugar cane, wheat and mangoes.

Comprehensive List of Charities helping in Pakistan


A comprehensive list of charities doing work in Pakistan. The list is taken from Rahber: of Organizations Many organizations in different countries have started fund raising. [If you know more then please share with us at] **NEW UPDATE** PIA and Overseas

August 16 Pakistan Flood Update


Inshah'Allah for the next little while this blog will be dedicated to flood relief awareness in Pakistan. I am trying my best to stay updated on this tragedy regularly. Today I was watching a TV show from Pakistan where the anchors Kashif and Talat were talking about the different problems resulting from the flood as they have both visited the affected areas. Here were some of the problems they

More on Pakistan Flood Relief


The situation is desperate in Pakistan. About 15 million people have been affected (half the population of Canada!). As is the case with these crisis, the poor are at the worst end of it. There is a lack of basic food, shelter and clothing for millions of survivors and evacuees. The politicians in Pakistan are generally inefficient and corrupt and are not doing a great job of helping the people

Pakistan Flood Update


As-salmua alaykum, As you all probably know, several areas in Pakistan are suffering from severe flooding. Entire villages have been washed away and people are struggling to find food, shelter and clothing. Today there are confirmed reports about the outbreak of cholera in some areas. (A lot of the people suffering struggle to make their ends meet in normal times, so one cant imagine how hard it

Simple Wedddings: Hello and Goodbye


I really agree with what this pastor is saying on BBC. Growing up in Pakistan, weddings were simpler and humbler (in most ways , other than food). People came, conragulated, ate and left. It was simple. It was more natural. No speeches, no presentations, etc.But it isn't just about the money. For the problem with the modern wedding is that it's too often a glitzy stage-set overly concerned

: "This is Us" -Pakistan Plane Crash Reflections(Translation of an urdu article)


Just like the earthquake in 2005, the recent air crash in Islamabad hit home as it happened in the same hills which I had grown up looking at. I could also relate to the crash as I land at the same airport every time I go to Islamabad. I was fortunate to read a piece by a leading columnist from Pakistan named Javed Chaudhry ( of Express News) who shared some pointed reminders and reflections

Seekers Guidance: The Laws of Love: The Keys to a Spiritually Transformative Ramadan, in Toronto


The Laws of Love: The Keys to a Spiritually Transformative Ramadan, in TorontoDate: Saturday 24th July 2010Time: 11 - 7Venue: Room 108, Koffler House (The Multi Faith Centre), 569 Spadina AveSpeakers:Shaykh Faraz RabbaniShaykh Yusuf BadatMufti Umer EsmailShaykh Zahir BacchusUstadha Shireen AhmedRegister now! The Holy Month of Ramadan. A time of spiritual transformation, of revival, of

Qurba: Detour Ahead: Staying on the Prophetic Path


In 300 metres, take a right to the Straight Path... Wouldn't it be nice if you had a GPS that took you to the Prophetic Path and kept you on it? Well, you don't. And you might be taking detours without even knowing it. Finding a spouse... Dealing with student loans... Excelling in your career... These could be potential detours from the path if you don't know how to handle

Healing hearts: Excerpt by Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad about an anecdote by Sayyidina Jalaluddin Rumi‏


From the Healing Hearts Blog:(The below anecdote is taken from the lecture entitled ‘Reliance on Allah’ which is currently available for purchase on the Apple iTunes Store and on I was hoping to upload the short excerpt where Shaykh AHM narrates the story, but for some reason it doesn’t allow me to upload it here, therefore I’ve transcribed (to the best of my

The Young Man And The Starfish


Read this in the book I Shall Not Hate.Once upon a time there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his journal writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.One day he was walking along the shore. As he looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself to think of someone who would dance to the day. So he began to

Punjabi Wisdom 12: Being Greedy


Choee Kakh Dee, Choree Lakh Dee, Ik BraberIf someone can be corrupt for a few rupees , he will also be greedy for millionsThis wisdom also shows how important it is to make sure our kids are learning to be honest when young. If they don't practice honesty when they are young (even when playing simple sports games), they may find honesty hard to practice later in life as well.

Book Review: I Shall Not Hate


I just finished an amazing book " I Shall Not Hate" by Dr. Izzeldin Abulaish who lost close family members (including three daughters) during the Gaza War early last year. He talks about why he did not go towards the path of hate and decided to make a difference in other ways after the death of his daughters.The book also gives details about life in Gaza and how it was tough growing up in a