Recycled Art to inspire.

I’m one of those compulsive “junk hoarders” who believes there’s a use to everything created.¬† Hence the two sheds, remember ūüôā ¬†¬†A couple of weeks back¬†I spotted this really cool lamp shade thrown away at one of my neigbours.. Oh yes, you will be amazed at the kinda stuff that is ridicously¬†dumped in Dubai. I have unbelievably seen things without a scratch¬†thrashed out !!!!¬† And for someone who is a firm believer in recyling, it breaks my heart. Why not just dump it in the recycling bin instead of the garbage ?¬† I really feel its a crime, when you see, scores of people in the world without even the basic¬†essentials, and here people shamelessly¬†dump good usable, non expired stuff¬†– why ? Beats¬†me !! I guess we are all alittle spoilt and maybe some of us have had their¬†2-day-fill of what ever¬†MUST-HAVE ¬†item that was !!¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

Well anyways, theres hope as long as there’s naush.¬† And there’s naush as long as my garage¬†can take it. I have¬†found a fantastic service here, where once you leave your past treasure to them, they¬†then donate a whole lota that stuff at the labour (worker’s) camp. Thats a blessing indeed. To think of it,¬† what seems so useless or old to us, could very much be an essential a fellow has been saving hard to buy. Serves¬†both purposes.

Ok, So going back to my story, I find this lamp shade, which is definetly designer, going by the beautiful finish and¬†gorgeous material used. I¬†was lost for¬†ideas for sometime but waited for the inspiration,¬†until, Bilal told me that he¬†needed to give a small token of appreciation-kinda¬†gift to one of the senior¬†girls in his¬†school who had helped him out initially. This girl is graduating. Voila .. A DOOR HANGER ? A Placard ? or maybe both …

The lampshade was made of a beaded silk fabric which was stiched to this almost-plastic brown carboardish base. It was perfect to serve the purpose.

The butterfly symbolizes the free spirit in a person to dream, to achieve. The two flowers are the two hearts that will be one, one day and ofcourse the beautiful metallic key is determination which is the key to any sucess. I love this quote and hold on to it dearly. What better way to inspire ???           

     

To inspire

To inspire

 

Well while I WAS at it, I got stormed by several ideas ! Afterall the sky is the limit when it comes to possibilities !!

Here’s the next one : ¬†

chick to chick

chick to chick

 

do let me know your thoughts too ..

Words of Wisdom from the Qur’an

Islam is such a simple and beautiful religion yet there are people who¬†feel intimidated by this religion, perhaps they feel they may have to change so much of their own or their society’s beliefs¬†and habbits, just in order to accept that such a religion and such a¬†community is happily thriving in this world, The western media has depicted this religion with a torn image, one where little children are taught to fight with guns, women degraded and suffocating within heavy veils, cruel¬†looking men who are constantly plotting against the western world.¬†¬†

In all truth, In all my life I have never come across “ANYONE”¬†who actually experienced anything like that.

I have a British friend who spends more time of the year in Yemen with her “adopted” extended Muslim family than she does with her own family back in England.¬†¬†She is comfortable amongst simple minded, educated Muslim folks¬†who are just minding their own business and practising¬†their own religion. They love her for who¬†she is and accept her as family. Ofcourse she is a special human being all together but there are several people like her all over the world who¬†really like the¬†“True” muslims.¬†

Every muslim follows the teaching of the Quran and the sayings and practises of the Prophet Muhammed (Pbuh) which is¬†called Sunnah.¬†¬†¬†It pains me to see how the western Media¬†has distorted the image of Islam. Please¬†read on and think, I MEAN REALLY THINK, DO YOU THINK, A RELIGION THAT PREACHES THE BELOW,¬†COULD¬†IN ANY WAY BE An “E v i l Religion.¬†

Dubai is an example of how tolerant Muslims really are. Here is a rare balance between the islamic culture and the western expats¬†following their¬†own ways of life.¬† A¬†muslim girl cannot wear a hijab to school in france but a western women¬†can wear just about anything¬†(and most of the time they do take advantage of that “anything”)¬†in Dubai !! I mean, talk about Freedom !!! Why do they find a clause around my religion just to show that it supresses women. We wear Hijab because we like it… we are not forced into it ! It is MY FREEDOM to wear or not to wear !¬†HIJAB¬†is¬†MY IDENTITY, how dare anybody refuse me my right !¬†But are the authorities in France reasonable ? Hardly¬† ! and it shows¬†!!!¬†¬†

A sardar is allowed to wear his turban no matter which part of the world he goes to but if a Muslim woman wears a hijab, she is looked up as being supressed and backward, or if a Muslim man wears a beard and cap, he is looked up with suspicion and hate.

When a foreigner ( any country any religion ) does an act¬†of crime, he is called by his nationality not his religion. When was the last time anyone heard that a christian boy went on a killing spree in¬†xyz school ??? But it is so often that we hear of “Islamic Terrorist” nabbed in xyz¬†area of London. Why do they target Islam ???¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

Like Dr Zakir Nair said, if an insane man drove a reputed branded car into the wall and had an accident, whom do you blame the car or the driver ?? Islam is the car and a Muslim is the driver. If one or a bunch of them goof up, why blame the religion ??        

aya-hadith 
I thought, I’d share with you some of the Words of wisdom from the Qur’an for some of my net friends and visitors.¬†

Hear are the Words or Wisdom from the Quran :

1. Respect and honour all human beings irrespective of their religion, color, race, sex, language, status, property, birth, profession/job and so on
[17/70]

2. Talk straight, to the point, without any ambiguity or deception
[33/70]

3. Choose best words to speak and say them in the best possible way
[17/53, 2/83]

4. Do not shout. Speak politely keeping your voice low.
[31/19]
 

5. Always speak the truth. Shun words that are deceitful and ostentatious
[22/30]


6. Do not confound truth with falsehood
[2/42]


7. Say with your mouth what is in your heart
[3/167]


8. Speak in a civilized manner in a language that is recognised by the society and is commonly used
[4/5]


9. When you voice an opinion, be just, even if it is against a relative
[6/152]


10. Do not be a bragging boaster
[31/18]


11. Do not talk, listen or do anything vain
[23/3, 28/55]


12. Do not participate in any paltry. If you pass near a futile play, then pass by with dignity
[25/72]


13. Do not verge upon any immodesty or lewdness whether surreptitious or overt
[6/151].


14. If, unintentionally, any misconduct occurs by you, then correct yourself expeditiously
[3/134].


15. Do not be contemptuous or arrogant with people
[31/18]


16. Do not walk haughtily or with conceit
[17/37, 31/18]


17. Be moderate in thy pace
[31/19]


18. Walk with humility and sedateness
[25/63]


19. Keep your gazes lowered devoid of any lecherous leers and salacious stares
[24/30-31, 40/19].


20. If you do not have complete knowledge about anything, better keep your mouth shut. You might think that speaking about something without full knowledge is a trivial matter. But it might have grave consequences
[24/15-16]


21. When you hear something malicious about someone, keep a favorable view about him/her until you attain full knowledge about the matter. Consider others innocent until they are proven guilty with solid and truthful evidence
[24/12-13]


22. Ascertain the truth of any news, lest you smite someone in ignorance and afterwards repent of what you did
[49/6]


23. Do not follow blindly any information of which you have no direct knowledge.
(Using your faculties of perception and conception) you must verify it for yourself. In the Court of your Lord, you will be held accountable for your hearing, sight, and the faculty of reasoning
[17/36].


24. Never think that you have reached the final stage of knowledge and nobody knows more than yourself. Remember! Above everyone endowed with knowledge is another endowed with more knowledge [12/76].


Even the Prophet [p.b.u.h] was asked to keep praying, “O My sustainer! Advance me in knowledge.”
[20:114]


25. The believers are but a single Brotherhood. Live like members of one family, brothers and sisters unto one another
[49/10].


26. Do not make mockery of others or ridicule others
[49/11]


27. Do not defame others
[49/11]


28. Do not insult others by nicknames
[49/11]


29. Avoid suspicion and guesswork. Suspicion and guesswork might deplete
your communal energy
[49/12]


30. Spy not upon one another
[49/12]


31. Do not backbite one another
[49/12]


32. When you meet each other, offer good wishes and blessings for safety.
One who conveys to you a message of safety and security and also when a courteous greeting is offered to you, meet it with a greeting still more courteous or (at least) of equal courtesy
[4/86]


33. When you enter your own home or the home of somebody else, compliment the inmates
[24/61]


34. Do not enter houses other than your own until you have sought permission; and then greet the inmates and wish them a life of blessing, purity and pleasure
[24/27]


35. Treat kindly ” Your parents ” Relatives ” The orphans ” And those who have been left alone in the society
[4/36]


36. Take care of ” The needy, ” The disabled ” Those whose hard earned income is insufficient to meet their needs ” And those whose businesses have stalled ” And those who have lost their jobs.
[4/36]


37. Treat kindly ” Your related neighbours, and unrelated neighbours ” Companions by your side in public gatherings, or public transportation..
[4/36]


38. Be generous to the needy wayfarer, the homeless son of the street, and the one who reaches you in a destitute condition
[4/36]


39. Be nice to people who work under your care.
[4/36]


40. Do not follow up what you have given to others to afflict them with reminders of your generosity
[2/262].


41. Do not expect a return for your good behaviour, not even thanks
[76/9]


42. Cooperate with one another in good deeds and do not cooperate with others in evil and bad matters
[5/2]


43. Do not try to impress people on account of self-proclaimed virtues
[53/32]


44. You should enjoin right conduct on others but mend your own ways first. Actions speak louder than words. You must first practice good deeds yourself, then preach
[2/44]


45. Correct yourself and your families first [before trying to correct others]
[66/6]


46. Pardon gracefully if anyone among you who commits a bad deed out of ignorance, and then repents and amends
[6/54, 3/134]


47. Divert and sublimate your anger and potentially virulent emotions to creative energy, and become a source of tranquility and comfort to people
[3/134]


48. Call people to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful exhortation. Reason with them most decently
[16/125]


49. Leave to themselves those who do not give any importance to the Divine code and have adopted and consider it as mere play and amusement
[6/70]


50. Sit not in the company of those who ridicule Divine Law unless they engage in some other conversation
[4/140]


52. In your collective life, make rooms for others
[58/11]


53. When invited to dine, Go at the appointed time. Do not arrive too early to wait for the preparation of meal or linger after eating to engage in bootless babble.
Such things may cause inconvenience to the host
[33/53]


54. Eat and drink [what is lawful] in moderation
[7/31].


55. Do not squander your wealth senselessly
[17/26]


56. Fulfil your promises and commitments
[17/34]


57. Keep yourself clean, pure
[9/108, 4/43, 5/6].


58. Dress-up in agreeable attire and adorn yourself with exquisite character from inside out
[7/26]


59. Seek your provision only by fair endeavour
[29/17, 2/188]


60. Do not devour the wealth and property of others unjustly, nor bribe the officials or the judges to deprive others of their possessions
[2/188]

51. Do not be jealous of those who are blessed [4/54]