Archive for July, 2007


Eight Weird or Random Facts about Yourself

July 23, 2007

That dervish lady tagged me, so here goes: 🙂

1. Every morning, I have everything laid out and done the exact same way, otherwise I’ll forget stuff. My wallet, mobile phone, shoes, etc. are always in the same place. I also always leave about 15 minutes earlier than I need to. And I get up at the same time everyday, even on the weekends.

2. When I read parts of my book, I have no recollection of writing it, as though something possessed me and wrote it for me. I swear I’m not even really a good writer.

3. If it weren’t for my wife and kids interrupting me, I’d spend hours in front of the computer and forget to eat, sleep, and other important things. I would break for the bathroom and prayer, which leads to my next one.

4. If I miss a prayer, I actually feel it physically. It’s as though it makes me sick. Missing a meal has little effect on me.

5. I don’t use any Microsoft products. I have five computers in my house, and all of them run flavors of GNU/Linux.

6. I hate gum. I hate chewing it and hate listening to other people chew it. I think it’s disgusting.

7. When I was a child, I always wore socks, even in bed.

8. I like to take things apart (and sometimes fix things too)…you know gadgets, computers, houses. I recently halved my humongous desk so that I could have more space in my office. I also cannibalize old parts, a bit like MacGuyver.

Hmmm…let’s see. I tag: SoulElixir, IzzyMo, and Planet Grenada…oh yeah, and Dervish (no just kidding. That would perpetuate the cycle of violence).

[Note: I just tried to spell-check this post and couldn’t figure out why it was saying that everything, even words like “that” and “lady” were misspelled. Then I realized I had the Arabic spellchecker on from the last thing I typed. Good thing I wasn’t typing a book — If there was a #9, it would be that I cannot survive without spell check].


My daughter has a boyfriend

July 21, 2007

Pixel from Lazy TownI prayed this day would never come. Not only did it come, but years sooner than I ever imagined! My three-year-old daughter has a boyfriend…ahem, well, he’s a boy who happens to be her friend…er, OK, and he’s imaginary, but still!

Yes, sweet little Zahra has entered the world of imaginary friends. This one is from a TV show called Lazy Town, but apparently, he’s now bumming off of us in our own house. The nerve!

“Don’t sit there mommy! Pixel’s sitting there.”

Pixel. What kind of name is Pixel?


Got Harry Potter? Pay It Forward

July 21, 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsIf you happen to be one of those who will read the new Harry Potter book as soon as it comes out (and then never again — I mean, who reads fiction books twice?), please don’t let it collect dust on your shelf.

Donate it to a library like mine, which won’t have money to order copies until December. Also, there will be plenty of less fortunate kids who won’t be able to buy it right away but who would love to have it. Visit a local community center or place of worship (unless they’ll burn you at the stake for carrying a book about wizards — don’t blame me for that!).



July 16, 2007

Sicko promo posterIf you have any concern about healthcare in the US (and if you live in the U.S. you definitely should), and you haven’t seen Sicko yet, you need to…now!


Back to work

July 16, 2007

After five weeks of “vacation” I am days away from returning to my day job. What do I do? Yeah, sometimes I forget myself when I’m off for this long. I’m a librarian (a school library media specialist for those of you who really care). Remember?

I have a lot of work to do this school year. It should be interesting. There will be highlights (like the 20 brand new macbooks that I got at the end of last year) and nasty footnotes (I’d better not mention them here).

I didn’t accomplish a whole lot during this vacation, but hey, it’s supposed to be for rest, right?


Write down your knowledge

July 9, 2007

It has been related that the Messenger of God (may God bless him and grant him and his family peace) said:

“If a believer after death leaves even one paper which has religious knowledge, then that paper will become a curtain between him and Hell, and for each letter that is written on the paper, Allah (highly glorified and exalted) will give the writer one city which will be seven times broader than a city in this world.”

Bihar al-Anwar, Vol 2, pg. 144.


Man's true nature

July 6, 2007

The master of traditions, Muhammad ibn Ya’qub al-Kulayni (may Allah make his grave fragrant) reported that Zurarah said:

“I asked Abu `Abd Allah (al-‘Imam al Sadiq) (peace be upon him) regarding the words of God, `God’s creation (fitrah) upon which He originated mankind‘ (Qur’an 30:30).

The Imam(peace be upon him) answered: `He originated mankind upon tawhid (unity, singularity, oneness of being).”‘

–Al-Kulayni, al-Kafi 2, 12, hadith No.2.

In his commentary, Imam Khumayni, may Allah sanctify him, explains:

“Let it be known that among God-given instincts one is the belief in the existence of the Sacred and Sublime Source of everything; the second is the belief in It’s Unity, i.e. tawhid; the third is the innate belief that that Sacred Being encompasses all perfection; the fourth is the instinctive belief in the Day of Resurrection; and the fifth is the innate faith in nubuwwah (prophethood); the sixth is the instinctive belief in the existence of angels, of holy spirits, in the revelation of scriptures and the path of Divine guidance. Some of the above-mentioned are laws of nature and some others are their necessary corollaries. The faith in God, the belief in angels, the belief in the revelation of Scriptures, in God-sent Apostles, in the Day of Resurrection, and in the Din-which is firm, stable and straight-is a truth which underlines the entire life of the human species…”

— Khumayni, Ruhullah al-Musawi, An exposition of 40 ahadith narrated through the Prophet and his Ahl al-bayt.