Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Modern Writers

It's 9.55 p.m. and I'm spending my time alone in a coffee house on State Street, trying to do my readings.

After almost two hours of reading, I'm tired.

Today was a tiring day.

Had two classes in the morning. Right after that I headed towards the gym for a workout. Then I had my lunch and then I worked for two hours at the Welcome Center.

As soon as I got back I made dinner.

After my dinner, I headed straight here. To study. And now I'm getting sick. Again.

Anyway, that isn't really my point.

For my lit class, I'm doing readings about modern literature. African literature, to be exact. We are focusing mainly on Egypt.

I was hoping to be studying works of Rumi etc but unfortunately I don't think this is the class. Instead, we are focusing on works of writers such as Naguib Mahfouz and Tawfik al-Hakim. In my opinion, these writers have a more Western framework with regards to how their States should function. Many often criticize the traditional way of life, saying that the people and the system have been corrupted etc.

As Muslims, we can probably differentiate between corrupted people and the true faith/ the real things that should be implemented but how about others? How do they see Islam through the lens of these writers?

Islamic nations today are facing difficulties, yes that is true. But I feel like bashing every aspect of the state in a novel my influence readers to think of Islam worse than what they already think.

If I write a book one day, I hope it would benefit the society.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012


graduation is fast approaching and i don't know where i'm gonna go from here.

all i know is that i'm really enjoying myself now. and i love my friends.

i love the classes i've taken, the experiences i've had.

and also the lessons learned.

although we're pretty different but i think we make each other happy in different ways.


Monday, February 6, 2012

Turning 23

I know it has been a while since I've written anything.

I can't believe I'll be turning 23 tomorrow.

It makes me nervous thinking that I don't have a path laid out for me. I mean, it scary to think I don't have any solid plans after graduation.

When I was younger I always told my dad that I didn't know what I wan't to be.

"The most important thing is that you know WHO you want to be."

Maybe to some, that might be the same thing.

To many people,careers may define who they are. And that is probably true, to a certain extent.

But in the efforts to gain material wealth people sometimes forget to reach for spiritual fulfillment.

I think I've kind of known what kind of person what I want to be, what I want to have.

Life often turns out differently from what we expect. I never believed to be in a position or have the life that I have now.

I'm very happy with everything I have. And I hope I will always remain this way, if not better.