2013, Book Reviews, By the roaring waves!

Bookfairs are heavenly awesome!

So excited to have those two books from the bookfair held in my college! The fair was EXCELLENT! Because its just SO cool to be surrounded by numerous books in all variety. From literature to poetry, to drama and novels, research books and guides, politics and religion, ALL that you could LOVE!

Im going to write about them later when I read them because I just can’t find much time and there are still packed new in my drawer! I am having a tough schedule these days so I haven’t started them as yet. But I am sure they are going to be VERY interesting 🙂

Okay, so the first book is English, the other in Urdu. The first is Honeymoon in Purdah and the other one is Qasam uss Waqt ki. Honeymoon in Purdah is a travelogue; a beautifully written Iranian journey, by Alison Wearing. This is its review by Amazon.com and Goodreads.com :

With a love of travel, Alison Wearing invites us to journey with her to Iran–a country that few Westerners have a chance to see. Traveling with a male friend, in the guise of a couple on their honeymoon, Wearing set out on her own at every available opportunity. She went looking for what lay beneath the media’s representation of Iran and found a country made up of welcoming, curious, warmhearted, ambitious men and women. With humor and compassion, Wearing gives Iranians the chance to wander beyond headlines and stereotypes, and in doing so, reveals the poetry of their lives–those whose lives extend beyond Western news stories of kidnapping, terrorism, veiled women, and Islamic fundamentalism.

So far, so good. I really wonder if I would ever travel to MY most favorite places and earn memories of such kind hosts. Iranians, beside all what the media brings, are very nice people and that is exactly what the novel portrays. <read reviews here>

‘Qasam uss Waqt ki’ is by Abu Yahya and this story is the second part of ‘Jab Zindagi Shuru Hogi’. Thats a great book too, very well-described. Very interesting. Very grasping. It’s a book about the life hereafter- the life after life.

Other books that I jotted the names of but didn’t buy are:

  • Indian Controversies. by Arun Shourie 
  • Escape from Oblivion. by Ikram Sehgal

One of these is Indian, and the other Pakistani. They both looked quite interesting and I am going to fetch them later!

So there- what’s your favorite book?

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Don’t you ♥ them too?

 

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By the roaring waves!

The Importance of Sacrifice- and Eid Mubarak!

First of all, a very happy Eid Mubarak to all Muslims out there, living in any part of the world! In all the nooks and corners, all cities and districts, all these big big and small small countries, have a blissful and meaty Eid! 😀

This Eid, specifically known as Eid-ul-Adha gives the soul message of  ‘sacrifice‘. And sacrifice in all ages of life is so drastically important! And not only is it important, it is really really difficult! Ever faced the taste of it? When you have to let go of your favorite belonging for someone you love very much? And if you don’t learn to sacrifice, life gets way harsh.

To sacrifice something for someone, only one thing helps:

That the someone is more important than the something!

And a lot of love!

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By the roaring waves!

Not just a film. Its a crime.

“Innocence of Muslims” is an anti-Islam, blasphemous film made to humiliate millions of Muslims and has led to the rise of strong protests from all over the Muslim world. I am sure everybody knows about this because the media is giving a lot of coverage to the protests against it.

I ask myself why this film is made? Why is Islam targeted? What is terrorism and where is peace?

Here, read something the media has to say:

articles.cnn.com :

“I was shaking when I found out. I had no idea,” Dionne told CNN on Sunday. “This was a movie that I thought no one would ever see.”

Dionne knew the filmmaker as Sam Bacile. But federal officials say his name is Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a convicted felon with a history of using aliases to hide his actions.

Islam categorically forbids any depictions of Mohammed, and blasphemy is an incendiary taboo in the Muslim world.”

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The film-maker is a man convicted to bank frauds and also to theft from church funds, as the media says. And how do such people get chance to raise fingers against other people or a religion in whole??

forward.com :

BANK FRAUD CONVICTION

Nakoula, whose name has been widely linked to the film in media reports, pleaded guilty to bank fraud in 2010 and was sentenced to 21 months in prison, to be followed by five years on supervised probation, court documents showed.

He was accused of fraudulently opening bank and credit card accounts using Social Security numbers that did not match the names on the applications, a criminal complaint showed.

As well as the fraud conviction, Nakoula also pleaded guilty in 1997 to possession with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and was sentenced to a year in jail, said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.

Read more: http://forward.com/articles/162945/maker-of-anti-islam-film-quizzed-by-police/?p=all#ixzz26veVg0nU

So well, your time to decide.

It’s not about one religion or a group of people. Repeated insults and ugly acts targeting millions of people is cowardliness. And terrorism.

Freedom of speech is a right ONLY when it does not cross the boundaries.

If you are spreading hatred by your speech and acts, you misunderstood the meaning of ‘freedom of speech’!

As a blogger I can only plea to:

  •  Muslims for protesting peacefully. For God sake, do not react or protest in a manner that you are going to regret. Be peaceful for Islam is a religion of peace and harmony.
  • People involved for removing the clips of this video and stop insulting religions.
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Respecting Religions: please read!

Hey all!

Today I feel the urge to write about an issue which holds importance for me, and which in my view, needs to be solved fast because it’s already too late.

I have experienced a lot of cases, where a person is harassing, embarrassing, and hurting other person. And why? Because he doesn’t like another person’s RELIGION!!

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Is religion really something to fight about? I have my religion, you have yours. I will surely call you for accepting my religion, that is because I believe it is RIGHT. You too, have freedom to call people for your religion, and this freedom is blessed to you by your religion.

What I see:

1. There was a post on some website help.com. The purpose of which was to HELP find SOLUTIONS and not CREATE more problems.

The post was about religion where a Muslim girl had shared how she was losing her faith and needed strength, and needed comfort. (or perhaps by ANYONE who could HELP.) You know how she was helped? Her religion and her Prophet were insulted and the thread was used to comment stupid remarks about how intolerable some thought her religion was.

http://help.com/post/273848-please-help-im-losing-my-faith-i-a#myLast

Of course this angered me, and it should annoy you too. That is, if you believe in peaceful coexistence.

And then, there is a page on facebook…I don’t feel like pasting it’s URL here, although I really wish I could show what it contained. It is created by a hindu who has made fun of the most sacred place of Muslims. Not only he, but a lot of people have had their say about it.

Burn Quran Day, Draw Muhammad (SAW) Day, these pages on facebook, these posts on help.com, on all other sites: WHAT DO THEY SHOW?

WHY THE HELL IS THIS HAPPENING?

No body is allowed to disgrace ANYONE.

Why are all these ‘International Celebrations’ targeting Islam?

Is peace ImpoSSible? And why Islam? Why on Earth do you think your only responsibility here is to uproot a religion and not find a way to live peacefully?

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In fact, you should be tolerant of everybody’s religious beliefs. If you have questions or concerns, you should discuss it with a person, instead of judging or arguing and blaming the ENTIRE code.

Listen up people!
I am NOT a sin-free person. I am not angelic, and maybe I make more mistakes than you.
BUT I feel.
It does hurt you know. And let me say, Terrorism is the religion of Evil. And HUMANITY is THE best code of life.
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