My Story part II

My Story
My father has six children including my half-sister (she is the eldest). I am the third eldest, I have a sister older than me and my half-sister older than her, I then have two sisters younger and a brother 9 years my junior. We are all married except my brother who will be getting married this summer insha’Allah. My half-sister has a clothes shop next door to my father’s grocery and halal meat shop. One of my sisters is a qualified solicitor and my younger brother is working for the Police as a civilian. Career wise I have been in the IT industry for 14 years as a Unix Consultant and systems administrator. One of my sisters is a Solicitor, the other a housewife the sister just older than me is disabled. My sister who is disabled was born a healthy child and my parents suspect that a polio jab was to blame but they never really pursued the matter. . .


Just got news that my friend Sidi Moez Masoud, from the shows Parables in the Qur’an and Stairway to Paradise on ART-Iqra, has become a father for the first time, mabruk! His wife gave birth to a baby boy in the early hours of this morning. May Allah answer his duas for his child and make his child one of the upright and an example for the Ummah. Amin.

The Web Site
Insha’Allah I am hoping to redevelop my website and am looking for ideas and suggestions to make the site more useful, beneficial and dynamic. Many of you may have noticed that the Bazzar section is not fully functional and has not been fully functional for a while. I am currently in talks with a Muslim company who will redevelop this section. One feature that I hope to have is for people to open up their own online shops in the Masud Bazzar. Will let you know as soon as this happens. I was looking through the stats for my site in the last two weeks and I get a hit every 1 minute, so far this month my site has had 9317 hits in two weeks.

I am a fan of Arsenal Football Club , I have been since I was six or seven, not sure why, as my father wasn’t exactly a sports fan. I suppose it was a combination of school friends and my liking for the red shirt with white sleeves that always appealed to me. Anyway, the way they are playing football at the moment is out of this world, even Manchester United at their best were never this good and Manchester United were very good and as a fan I am over the moon. BTW did you know the word “arsenal” comes from Arabic – “Italian arsenale, from obsolete arzanale, darsena, from Arabic a in?a, manufacture, industry, and dr-a-in?a, place of manufacture : dr, house (from dra, to turn, revolve. See dwr in Semitic Roots) + al-, the + in?a, manufacture (from ana?a, to make. See n in Semitic Roots)”. Good excuse as any to support Arsenal and the fact that they have a couple of Muslim players: Habib Kolo Toure and Rami Shabaan both practising Muslims.

I finally finished the Lord of the Rings series and I must say that these books were just totally outstanding. Tolkein has created a fantasy world in great detail, he has developed histories, literature, poetry, language and folklore of all the races in the books. He describes scenery and plants in vivid detail. Whilst reading it I have often wondered whether he has visited the world of the jinn and then described what he saw. As far as language goes Tolkein really is as great as his comtemporaries like C. S. Lewis author of the The Chronicles of Narnia another classic series. Having seen the film adaptation of the Lord of the Rings Series I thought that they were as close to books as can be without each film lasting a week! The films were great family entertainment which my children both enjoyed and good family films are hard to come by these days.

If you think that there is something un-Islamic about reading works of fiction think again Some guidelines for children books on the Sunni Path website.

My story


My father was married at the age of 14 (much against his wishes) by the age of 16 he had a baby daughter, my half-sister (now 48 yrs old). My father was married and divorced before he married my mother. The first lady whom he married was his paternal cousin. Anyway, my father excelled in his studies but due to this added responsibility of raising a family and taking care of his parents and siblings (one brother, four sisters) he finished up his studies and sought work. Everyone I have spoken to about my father said that he would have done really well academically had he pursued his studies, but circumstances dictated otherwise. This has always been a resentment in my father that he was not allowed to further his academic pursuits and this is what drove him to push his children in the academic direction…….

Went to the hospital yesterday to have a wisdom tooth extracted. The tooth in question is growing horizontally and on occasion is quite painful. After being injected with anaesthetic the right side of my mouth was sufficiently numb for the dentist to proceed. After much poking, prodding and scraping (I won’t go into gory details) the dentist decided not to extract under local anaesthetic and told me I needed to come back and have it removed under general anaesthetic. He stitched me up and sent me home. Why am I telling you all this? Well there is a fiqh issue here. The dentist told me that I wasn’t to rinse out my mouth and/or spit. This obviously affects wudu’ and so the question arises what do I do? If I omit rinsing out my mouth will that invalidate my wudu? Well, rinsing the mouth out is a sunnah and not fard, therefore it can be omitted if one has good reason to omit it for example if it is harmful to you to do. In this case for the first 24 hours after the procedure, the scar needs to clot to heal and rinsing a spitting makes this process difficult. For ghusl the same rule applies only if you are absolutely sure that this is the case [for an excellent fiqh resource visit the Sunni Path website].

Books I am reading at the moment:
Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea by Charles Seife
Invented by the Babylonians, rejected by the Greeks, an object of worship for the Hindus, a test of faith for the Christians and the west, the Muslims used it and introduced it into general use and wide acceptibility. Zero has always been controversial. This book looks at the history behind it and why it often scared religious figures and why famous Greek thinkers and scientists would kill to keep it out of their number-philosophy. Pythagoras, the great greek mathematician, sentenced Hippasus of Metapontum to death because he divulged the secret of Zero. This book is quite an entertaining reading, very well written with a clear lucid style and I found it very enjoyable considering it is about mathematics.The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

Having read the The Hobbit as a child I didn’t really appreciate it, so I read it again about three years ago and thought it was an excellent story I decided to read the The Lord of the Rings.

About Me

as-salamu ‘alaykum,

Ok first I suppose I ought to start by telling you about myself, if you are interested……

I was born Jan 8th 1968 in Buckinghamshire, UK. My parents hail from the villages of Azad Kashmir although our ancestral home is Rajori in Occupied Kashmir. Like most subcontinent immigrants my father came to the UK for economic reasons, made the promise to himself that when he has made x amount he would return home. Again like most immigrants he called his wife over settled down and started a family. The roots began to set and the x amount of pounds came and x more pounds came and the roots got ever deeper and pretty soon they were firm.

Following the standard pattern for immigrants of that time, factory work didn’t appeal to my father, he was working in a cable making factory in Walthamstow where he lived at the time, he hooked up with a relative and bought a shop in a small market town in Buckinghamshire. The shop was typical of the era, serving the Asian, West Indian and Chinese communities and of course halal meat. This is where my father settled down and has been here ever since. [more to come insha’Allah]
[to be continued…insha’Allah]