01 November 2005

Doing justice means giving everyone his due.

Shocking how quickly life can change its course- and sometimes thankfully back again just as quickly! Illness is from the Almighty, he tests whom He wills, giving us the opportunity to become even closer to Him, to recognise Him even more. Life changing decisions, impending issues and major goals are all put aside while the lab works fervently to produce results- hopefully, and now thankfully, favourable results that allow life as we now it to find its footing, get back on track, with a refreshed outlook and an even greater sense of spirituality! Every bump on the road is a learning opportunity, every challenge a new opening- all working together to panel beat our mindset…

A once wise man, recently raised concern on impending regret for having not utilised the wonderful opportunity of Ramadaan to its maximum potential- a valid concern at that and hopefully one that we do not fall prey to! Sad but true, the prospect has all but passed and there is no turning back the clock- but the little that we had adopted as habit for the month, beneficial actions and the like, while possibly easier to perform during the spiritual high of the blessed month, will most definitely seem near impossible once the devil and his cronies are let loose- so I implore you, let us be prepared for their onslaught and hold fast to the aforementioned- for this is really what Ramadaan was about: training ourselves for the next 11 months…

Word from Kashmir is that the 2 million+ survivors need immediate help: medical, engineering, management, culinary, cleaning and anything else! The need is immediate, not late December as I plan, but the slave master sees no profit in my immediate departure and I am weak- too weak to forgo my current livelihood! But for those who considered trekking to assist, avail yourself now and you will be much appreciated.. I await reports from London and local relief efforts closer to my late departure, that will confirm the need for mine and other services at that deferred stage- watch this space*

The end of Ramadaan also means happy times- the short, bumpy road bids our welcome to Newcastle- a place to congregate and cover up on eating for the entire month:) Should be fun catching up with the entire clan, strengthening the bonds that bind, and making merry while we do so- I see my pennings may have taken a dip, albeit temporary I promise you- look out for renewed vigour in days when I’m adequately nourished! (Missed my 3rd Sehri for the month!)

On the Islamic Finance front, you can also expect the monster to be awakened soon, as there is much work that needs to be put in from all sides to avert the imminent catastrophe- remember, you will be questioned about how you utilised your knowledge, whatever knowledge you have, for the sake of the world and the blessings of its Creator! Let’s wake up and make the world a better place for all…

‘And guard yourselves against a day in which ye will be brought back to Allah. Then every soul will be paid in full that which it hath earned, and they will not be wronged.’ (Quran 2:281)

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