09 May 2005

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes!

The past week was pretty ordinary- just the usual work, play and more play…
We invented a new game- it’s called Reset: played in a dimly lit tennis court with at least 5 players. 4 guys on the court at a time and the idea is to hit the ball over the net and into the other court. The first guy to mess up twice is kicked out and the 5th guy comes on. The points are then all ‘reset’ (you have to say it out aloud:-p ) and a new round begins. The fact that sometimes you hardly see the ball and there’s rarely communication between guys on the same side, all add to the excitement of the game. I can just see it becoming the next Olympic sport!

Had a busy weekend- On Friday Night we had a guest speaker. Imam Abdul Alim Musa from the States. Had excellent discussion session with him- he’s Imaam of Musjid in Washington and very active with youth groups in the States. As he said, there’s a global revival of Islam especially from the youth, so if we not part of this, we definitely going to get left behind!

Sat morning went with ZakP to get a Doc from the airport- he was here for the Muslim Aids Program (MAP) workshop. Didn’t stay there long- had to rush to cii for a talk show. Went on with Zak, Laily and the guys from Durban- it was interesting! 7 guys of marriageable age (but not yet married) talking about the perfect Muslim spouse! An hour was not enough for us- but hopefully got some message out there… (hopefully;p)

Came back to the MAP thing for lunch:) We had to help out and serve! Had some good discussions with the Docs and Ml Bham there.
Awqaf had a volunteer meeting- they looking at setting up more waqfs and getting the new breed of young Muslim professionals involved. Do you know about the waqf system? If you earning and would like to participate, all you need to do is contribute 1% of your salary to a waqf that would form part of a capital investment and generate revenue to be used for Islamic projects… 1% is not much at all- ask me how?

Franchise convention was on in Sandton, so went to check that out on behalf of the Consortium- it was one of the biggest scams I’ve ever seen! You want to make money quick and easy? Tell others how they can and charge them for it! Honestly, what an ingenious idea- everybody just wants to know how they can get rich quick and are willing to spend money to find out how! The white man- he’s just too smart…

Went to watch Kingdom of Heaven- it’s about the Crusades and Salahudeen, if you do watch movies then you should go see this. It’s not historically accurate, but probably the best we can expect from Hollywood with regards to Islam. We had a 2 hour discussion about our understanding and knowledge of the history behind this movie, and another hour of deconstructing it after! I’m busy working on an article for the Alumni site, so wouldn’t want to spoil the movie for you by discussing it here. Check out the Alumni site for my article after you watch it- http://msaalumni.blogharbor.com/
It should be on there by the weekend if I manage to finish it on time… Instead of this just being another movie that you go see, it should be used as an opportunity, firstly for us to brush up on our history, and secondly for us to influence the perceptions of others… There’s probably going to be quiet a few guys at work this week that’ve also seen it, and having seen it myself and critically analysing it, maybe I’ll be able to change their misconceptions due to the inaccuracies (minor and easily missed, but still inaccuracies!) of the movie…

The Kallas had a Meelad program in Laudium on Sunday- don’t know why they call it Meelad or what the word even means… It was just a bunch of lectures by some pretty dynamic international speakers. Highlights were- Zafar Bangash from Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought in Canada, who also writes for Crescent International Magazaine; and Imam Abdul Alim Musa- the guy from Friday night… the theme of the day was a celebration of the life of the Prophet S.A.W- I think maybe that’s how a Meelad is supposed to be; an educational experience more than a cultural event…

Today and tomorrow I have training at work- its some personal skills crap; how to communicate with people, but better than doing actual work…

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