Madame Blossom's Book of Poems

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Buying Time

We buy time all the time, literally. 

When you pay for the cab fare or even for the train, you are buying time. 
When you pay for that food from the restaurant, you are buying time. 
When you purchase softwares, you are buying time. 

All these products and services, allows you to achieve your needs and wants, in a much lesser time, than if you were to do it without them. if there is no cab or buses or trains, you'd walk to work, and that would take half a day to a day - that's time.  Same goes for food, if you were to buy the ingredients and cook it yourself, that means also another half a day perhaps.  Softwares help you achieve your tasks and sharing them in a much lesser time that before they exists.

So what we're actually buying is TIME.

How about selling TIME for a change.  How can we sell time?

May Allaah show us and give us barakah. 

“By time, indeed, mankind is in loss, Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience.” [Man's translation of the Quran, 103: 1-3]


Friday, February 15, 2019

Transcedent law or Law determined by positivism

Extracted from the book "Moral Vision & Social Critique" by Prof. Syed Hussein Alatas (1928-2007)
From the essay The Regeneration of Islamic Society written in 1954.  MasyaaAllaah he was only 26 years old then.

Quoting John H Hallowell :

"When law is viewed from the standpoint of positivism, true law appears to be not that which is secured transcendently but rather, simply and purely a product of the strongest will within the community.  Whether the will be that of the numerical majority or the numerical minority, positive law appears to be the only 'real' law since it is the only law that can be empirically experienced.

It cannot be a product of reason but only a product of will.  It cannot embody truths and values transcending individuals but only desire and interest peculiar to a particular individual living at a certain time ad a certain place."




Self note : God's law transcends community and time, and applies to all.  The All-Knowing, the Master Planner.   May Allah guide us all.


Saturday, January 26, 2019

A sudden death game

Alhamdulillaah, when we left after the game event, I could go back to the office to get some things done, I could get the car that was parked near my office. I could attend class after that, and then meet my children and husband. I could return home, and lie on my bed. this morning, I'm having breakfast with my family and friends.

But not for Daniel.

He didn't know he'd leave this world at the game. He could not go back to office to clear his desk, or get his car, or return home and lie on his bed, or say goodbye to his family.

Last night I looked at my stuff in my room. And I thought about the stuff on my office desk. (Daniel will not be able to finish the project we were discussing). I should get rid of some things. I should leave behind things that would benefit others, insyaaAllaah.

Everyone knows death can come anytime, but it's not something that's on our minds often. Then something like this happens, like a slap of reminder to you. May God guide us all.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Muslimah aging gracefully.

As much as I don't want to grow old, I am. As much as I want to be young, I can't. There are just some things that does not fit already, even if I naturally feel it. I should not act it out.

I have imagined how I'd like to look like when I grow old. Perhaps like Jane (monkey researcher). She looks slim, capable, healthy and alert.   I would like to be able to think and speak wisely. I don't want to be weak and dependent on others.

"I don't want to be dependent on others" - I guess some old people feel that way too.  Perhaps that is why some of them seem stubborn about doing things on their own.  But I don't want to be that stubborn old woman too.  I don't want to be a burden to my children.

I want my children to able to be proud of me. To ensure that, I need to present a clean and confident image of myself. I must look well and dress well. I must not look sloppy. I have a lot of work to do to achieve that.

I strongly believe that Allaah has paved a way for us to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Our daily prayers, done properly helps us stretch and move our body regularly, and only God knows how much more hidden benefit there is for us, physically, mentally and spiritually.

Memorising and reciting the Quran regularly, helps keep our brains active and healthy, because we make use of them for a purposeful, needful and beneficial task.

Food intake should also be as per sunnah. Eat a little, stop before you're full, eat meat sparingly, sit when you're drinking. Appreciate all that Allaah has given to us. Be thankful to others too.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

life pass fast
time is scarce

all these tests
they don't last

your soul's behest
to always redress

do your best
know you're blessed

-madame blossom-