The Road Less Travelled

Monday, February 27, 2006


Assalamu Alaikum

We went to IN’s on Friday night, by ‘we’ I mean RP, JM and I. It was just the thing I needed. Was good, if you wanna know what we got up to then I suggest you have a gander at INs’ blog.
On a further positive note the kitchen has finally been painted and cleared up. Now we are just awaiting the tiling on both the floor and walls. (Can’t get hold of Moben at the moment, they seem to have disappeared off the face of the earth!)
The brilliant thing about painting and decorating in general for me personally is the time it gives me. Yesterday I listened to an old talk of Sh Nuhs. Was absolutely brilliant and got me thinking about some stuff. Thoughts and issues come in cycle, unless you deal with them they will come back.

Borrowed ‘Conversations with God’ from IN, and must say there are some interesting issues and concepts in there. Will keep you updated on how it goes.
An excerpt.

Question: Are you saying the world will always have problems? Are you saying that you actually want it that way?

Answer: The day you really want an end to hunger, there will be no more hunger. I have given you all the resources with which to do that. You have all the tools with which to make that choice. You have not made it. Not because you cannot make it. The world could end world hunger tomorrow. You choose not to make it.

You can similarly end all war tomorrow. Simply. Easily. All it ever takes – all it has ever taken – is for all f you to agree. Yet if you cannot all agree on something as basic as ending the killing of each other, how can you call upon the heavens with shaking fists to put you life in order?
I will do nothing for you that you will not do for yourself.

You are all at root cause for the conditions which exist which create in the robber the desire, or the perceived need, to steal. You have all created the consciousness which makes rape possible. It is when you see in yourself that which caused the crime that you begin, at last, to heal the condition from which it sprang.

Anyway I’m out of here.

Wa Salaam

Friday, February 24, 2006

I love this.

Thursday, February 23, 2006


Let it snow
Let it snow
Let it snow
Even if it is nearly March….

Anyway, a quick update on things. The kitchen is still incomplete hence the house is by and large still pretty much in a mess.
Moben called earlier on and said that the builders had confirmed the kitchen was complete apart from eth tiling. And if I was in agreeance.
I replied that the builders had yet to fit two handles and if the tiling had not even been started how could the kitchen possibly be complete?
To say I’m annoyed about this whole kitchen business would be an understatement.

On mothers and little SUs’ insistence we have decided to tackle the kitchen floor ourselves and have scheduled that for Sunday. I still have mixed feelings about the decision on the kitchen flooring but insha Allah it will all be ok. Time will tell.

Keeping on the topic; anyone going past our house last night would have had a right sight to see! I was painting the kitchen last night (Little SU had already prepped most of the walls) and so had to take the window dressing off. The kitchen windows quite large and anyone going past would have seen me playing hop, skip and jump along the top of the work tops whilst I tried painting the edges all whilst trying to keep within the lines. Didn’t finish painting as mother came in at some point and ordered me to bed :-)
Just to finish off on the progress a BIG thanks to HB who was here whilst the kitchen was being done. She really helped and wasn’t scared of a bit of hard work, although she says it because she’d rather the hard work than the harder work which be the looking after of the little terror that be Haania (btw shes not a terror but masha Allah is adorable).

Anyway lol in perfect JM timing, I have just received an msn msg from her asking why I haven’t updated my blog!
Well JM for that I dedicate this post to you.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Guantanamo Film Stars

Guantanamo Film Stars Detained in Luton


Friday, February 17, 2006

Maybe I should go into hibernation?

A Muslim cleric has offered a $25,000 reward to anyone who kills the man who drew cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, according to the Associated Press.Thousands of people have protested around the world at the cartoons that first appeared in a Danish newspaper.More follows...

Help Needed!

I was reading about this in the newspaper this morning. Let’s not forget them please.


GF when you said be prepared for a building site, I thought you were exaggerating!
Oh, how wrong was I!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

The Wall of Hate

The Wall of Hate

I run to You in fear

I run to You in fear of myself,
I am Yours,
Don't give me back to myself.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Job Vacancy

Work colleague has just told me that he might be leaving as he’s had another job offer. It’s not definite and we may not even replace him.
But just thought I’d give you guys a heads up. So let me know if anyone’s looking for a job in an analytical position.

Happy Valentines!

I should’ve known better than to bring chocolates in to work on Valentines Day!
Now I have to put up with the rubbish all day!

Monday, February 13, 2006

Gora Pakora no more!

I went to the Asian Wedding exhibition on Saturday. FA’s getting hitched and IN had been bugging me go and since my plans for that day had been cancelled I went. We had fun.
Part of the exhibition was a fashion show which was great and incredibly well done!
There were a bunch of women at the front who would start screaming when certain models came on to the catwalk…..was soooo embarrassing! SB said there were also some hijaabis who would whoop, I didn’t know where to hide! What is wrong with ppl! It’s bad enough when hijaabis do it at Sami Yusuf!
Talking of models there was a really funny incident but I will have to email you guys that story!
And that was a bizarre thing as well; there were soooooo many Bengalis there? It seemed like the usual green street shoppers decided to come to Wembley that day instead!
Guess what I even swallowed my mehendi inhibitions and had my mehendi done (well I had just been called gora pakora one too many times that day!).  Have to admit it wasn’t as bad as I imagined it to be. The lady who did my mehendi was incredibly sweet. I think mehendi just reminds me off when we were little and our bhabhi used to put mehendi on us without fail every Eid. We would have a big spot in the palm of our hands surrounded by tens of smaller spots. If that wasn’t bad enough we would then be paraded in front of the class to show off our ‘pretty designs’ on our hands. (We were pretty much the only Asians at our primary school) HB and KB can attest too all this.
Now every Eid when my young niece shows off her mehendi to me (yes my bhabhi still hasn’t changed her design!) it makes me cringe for her. She still thinks it cool of course.
I showed mother my mehendi, I think she was secretly pleased that I was showing signs of ‘culture’.


Am feeling so gutted.

Am feeling so gutted that I missed both Sh hamza talks! But have just heard that Sh al Yaquobi should be coming soon insha allah. So can’t wait for that. So excited.

Friday, February 10, 2006


Get someone please make sure that I’ve updated my CV by COP on Tuesday. Even better would be if someone was willing to do it for me :) Pretty please.


How can you see into my eyes like open doors
Leading you down into my core
Where I’ve become so numb without a soul
My spirit sleeping somewhere cold
Until you find it there and lead it back home
All this time I can't believe I couldn't see
Kept in the dark but you were there in front of me
I’ve been sleeping a thousand years it seems
Got to open my eyes to everything
Without a thought, without a voice, without a soul
Don't let me die here
There must be something more
Bring me to life
Save me from the nothing I’ve become

Oh Topsy Turvy World

I haven’t blogged in a while and what a lot has happened in that time. It would seem the world has gone completely crazy, as the literal translation of the Bengali saying goes, ‘the world has turned upside down’.
We’ve had the paper-based 2d cartoons and the real life cartoons (the riots), I’m not going to blog about it because enough has been said about it already and I will just get more frustrated. My sentiments are covered more eloquently by Imam Zaid here.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Chocolate fest

The bowls in the restaurant downstairs are full of Amicelli…so that another chocolate fest today…
PS Will blog properly soon insha allah.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Jystic J?

I’m just filling in part of the MPS (monthly profit statement), and had to put in the UK population. The only thing we have is the census stats from 2001 so put that figure in. My work colleague asks me ‘What would the population be for this year?’ adding, “You should know”.
I should?
Apparently I know these kinda things?!?!?
Btw they actually have a budget figure for the population as well!?!!? We’re way behind.
Go figure!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006


Was discussing with a friend the other day about loneliness and when one feels distant from God. It’s a horrible and incredible depressing feeling. Alas to say I didn’t do very well with my advice but Imam Shuaib Webb does an excellent job, have a read here.


I just have to blog about this – someone here has the Airwolf theme tune as their ring tone. I love it! Puts me straight into mission mode!

Month end.

DEADlines – about as motivational as it can get I suppose!