23 March 2005

A true Muslim is thankful to Allah in prosperity, and resigned to His will in adversity

Last Monday and Tuesday was board- Thanks to everyone for the messages of support- it was gruesome but really glad it’s over! Results out end June, so keep the duas coming… If I fail will have a big party and invite you all. If I pass, don’t worry- you’ll find out about it somehow…

Wednesday was back to work:( Wasn’t that bad because we were in training and not straight into a client- finding it very difficult to wake up early after the four weeks of study leave! Work sucks even more now because we were studying at wits and experienced what campus life is like again! Really miss the good old days…

Had a bit of car trouble (again!) but managed to get it sorted out by the weekend. The whole week was training so we were lucky enough to get off early…

Friday night went to help out at the MSA Jalsa- it was a good show, need to have more of these so that hopefully people can start waking up! We are a totally brain dead community- but there is a glimmer of hope- more people are critically questioning (I hope!) and trying to understand. We all need to assist in this process- make tons of effort to stimulate your grey matter!

Is it possible to live as a good Muslim, in extreme comfort and luxury, like most of us do? Had an interesting discussion- having wealth is fine; we can use it for Islamic work and assisting people. But can using our wealth for excessive luxuries affect our souls? Then again, excessiveness is relative?

Folks were done on Saturday with some of my younger siblings (four youngest)- spent the day with them and tried to catch up on the bonding thing- it’s truly amazing how fast kids grow up! Every time I see them they seem to have grown so much- a bit strange to think that I was their age when my folks were just a bit older than I am now…

Sunday morning after fajr we left for the Drakensburg- 19 of us- Habib, Irfan, Zaheer, Laily, Ashfaaq, Naseem, Umar Farouk, Riad Ebrahim, Riad Minty, Ned, Goolam, Faheem Khan, Variawa, Ed Jhetam, Ziyaad Khan, Husain, Raees and Mohamed- I think that says enough about the trip! At least for those who know most of these guys… Hiked and had a braai on Sunday.

Monday we went to Royal Natal Park and went on a 6 hour hike- took us much longer than expected to get down from the mountain- started raining just as we started our descent, so had to swim and mud-slide our way down! It was terrific- but almost had an incident when a group of hero’s decided to take the scenic route down along the river!

Got back late, wet, tired and hungry- barely managed to make it to work Tuesday morning. Kept falling asleep during the training and got caught three times!

Going to Cape Town tomorrow so need to get sorted out…

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