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Beauty

Posted in Uncategorized on May 31, 2010 by Dev!l

My friend once asked me, “What do you think true beauty is?” For a moment I was stunned… What was beauty? I mean fine, I could had just given a bookish definition of what beauty was but something deep inside me kept chanting loudly, “What is true beauty?” I had some idea but never could I summarize it to reach a conclusion.

It was that question that made me open my eyes and look for a definition that satisfied me. To be quite honest I was rather ashamed to see what my race dubbed as beauty. Maybe it was due to the fact that I wasn’t satisfied with their definitions. Or maybe it was due to the fact that I always felt that what they thought of to be beautiful held no sense of attraction to me.

Wait a moment; I was talking about beauty, where did attraction come from? Well, a lot of people defined beauty as, “beauty is attraction.” If this definition was supposed to quench my thirst then frankly there were a lot of things I felt attracted to but I never thought of them as beautiful. There were things and people out there which I always found beautiful at first sight but later found out to be otherwise. No, something was missing. Surely, beauty could not only be attraction, for if it was only attraction then a lot of things that attracted me in the past held no charisma for me now.

You see, even if I was searching for a definition, I had some idea as to what beauty could be. For it was my belief that true beauty should be eternal and ever lasting. For if it wasn’t then anything that had ceased to exist would also have had ceased to be beautiful.

Confused, I looked at my surroundings. Only to bear witness to hypocrisy. What people thought of beautiful at one age or in one group, they dubbed as ugly in the other group or in another age. Imagine, a guy taking a girl out on a date, calling her beautiful. Now imagine that very same guy marrying a different girl just on the fact that his wife should not act like a so called courtesan. Why these double standards? Perhaps it was due to the fact that most of us never bothered looking for inner beauty. It was the outer beauty that always attracted us and made us lament everything we ever held beautiful in the past.

Once again, I yelled out in frustration, once again a new flock of definitions of so called beauty came to me. This time it was dubbed to be something that gives satisfaction to the mind or the senses. It is something that would mesmerize you. Once again I took up the knife of scrutiny and stared at the definition with the eyes of a surgeon. It was once more that I was shot down. Beauty surely enough gave satisfaction but this satisfaction was entirely a new sensation. This feeling not only satisfied me, my mind, my senses but it also satisfied my soul. And it was in this feeling of satisfaction I discovered that what this definition stated was also of temporal beauty. It was not eternal. For the feeling of satisfaction was ever lasting. This time even though I failed, I failed by an inch. I was making progress I believed.

But now another question arose, if beauty is supposed to be eternal shouldn’t it also be universal? For if something didn’t appeal to my mind or my senses did it actually mean that it was not beautiful? What of a mother singing a lullaby to her child so he could sleep? What of a messiah helping my enemies out of pure devastation? Surely, those acts were beautiful, and the people performing them even more so. Did it mean that beauty was not universal? What I held to be beautiful might be actually ugly in some other guy’s mind? But if it were true how come we agreed upon the beauty of many people?

Perhaps it was meant to be different for different people. I might have had stated that beauty is merely showing appreciation of God’s creations but this would have had also made beauty a localized property. For there are people who don’t believe in God.

I have grown a lot since that question was asked from me, and now I hold a fairly different opinion to many of my race. To me, beauty is something eternal. It is something pure, innocent and something that comes from within the soul. It is not how you look from the outside that define your beauty but it is your actions and your personality that truly make others utter the words, “You are beautiful.” Yes, sometimes what may seem beautiful to me may seem ugly to everyone else in this world, but even so I believe that true beauty should always be respected.

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My Belongings…

Posted in Articles on May 30, 2010 by Dev!l

It was a windy night, and out of a good mood and frivolousness of time and mind I decided to watch an Indian movie. Now, in that movie a guy (the hero) lost everything he ever had, or wished he had, in just a couple of days. That included his sanity too. This led me to ask myself a question… what would I have had done if I were in his shoes? Would I had gone insane and decided to take my own life? Or would I had been brave and stood up against the tyrannous hardships with valor and dignity? Sadly enough I never reached the answer to that question for my mind asked me another question… “Do you really own something? Something, that you can call your own?”

The answer after much thought and deliberation was… NO! Ironically here I was thinking of losing something that was never mine to begin with… I owned nothing of what the world or the society dubbed to be mine. Frankly, it isn’t only me. Even you, yes you! If you care to look deep into the deepest darkest corners of your soul, you would see you too own nothing. For what is to own something? It is to be the sole owner and guardian of something. Something, which was, is and always will be yours. Now, look around you. What can you say was, is and forever more shall be yours? Nothing. From the very clothes on your body to the very life you live… you control nothing…

Nothing, some of you may say, I am being too overrated but honestly, at least I, own nothing. The clothes on my body, the shelter over my head, don’t belong to me. For I continuously worry about loosing them. Isn’t that why I work hard? To secure where would my next meal come from. For if the clothes on my back were mine, I wouldn’t worry about buying more… for often I buy more out of fear that the ones I have will cease to exist, or in their case cease to fit my body. Sometimes I buy for the fear that if I don’t I wouldn’t be accepted in this society. Now, I may not be a philosopher but if I truly owned something and was content with it, I wouldn’t have had any reason to care about what others think about…

Of course this is just the trivial stuff… Let’s look at the bigger picture here… Often we come across a special person and call them our own. But are they truly ours? We don’t control them… they live their own lives… we don’t control their life spans. For if we did none of those who were close to us would ever die. We don’t control their emotions, heck we can’t even control our own. So can we truly call them “ours”? No, in my view we can’t. We merely co-exist together and choose to be with one another for the other person gives us happiness and piece of mind.

Our emotions… our life… do we control them? No! We don’t. We don’t own them… for if we did, none would have ever known the wetness of tears. If we had owned our lives we all would had been immortal. But no… every human no matter what his belief, one day ceases to exist. So, we can state that we don’t own our life, our emotions, our material things or our partners… we merely sometimes act as their custodian or sometimes we merely borrow them from this world and one day give it back, with or without our own will being involved in the process.

Custodian, it’s a funny word; no? To be able to know that whatever I have in this world does not truly belong to me. For I may live my life but I can never be able to fully control the course it leads… for if I or anyone who was before me ever did, we would never have had the word fate or luck in our dictionary.

Now, I guess, I truly understand something I once read, “There is no sadder person in this world then the one who knows his own future.” For if everything truly belonged to us, this world would have had been in a sadder state than it already is…

Kwik Quote XX

Posted in Kwik Quotes on May 23, 2010 by Dev!l

“Those who understand us enslave something in us.”

Kahlil Gibran (January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931)

20th May

Posted in Articles on May 19, 2010 by Dev!l

20th May, the officially declared, “Draw Mohammed Day.” Now, I may not be a good Muslim, I may not be the one who says his prayers 5 times a day everyday but I certainly am not that kind of Muslim who would just shake off his shoulders and just say, “So what, doesn’t effect me.” This also doesn’t mean that I am that kind of Muslim who will join the stupid facebook page and start yapping about how great Hazrat Muhammed(SAW) was. For if there is anything I learnt about human psyche is that when a person is seeking attention he tends to ignore everything, right or wrong, emotional or logical. So, I suggest you to please giving these maniacs attention.

Though I received a lot of sms’s about this predicament one sms caught my eye. This sms stated the following link and on this link there are different ways for Muslims to hack, or cyberly assault facebook, or some of the sites that support this event.

Click here for the link

A tad bit destructive I know but I guess what they say is true, “As you sow, so shalt you reap…” Lol, No, I didn’t do anything suggested on the page though, for as I said, I believe those morons are only celebrating such a day to gain attention. Fine, only to satisfy many analysts, some unnamed hand is behind this to destroy and mutilate our religion. Maybe they are right but many people have joined this page only to see what happens, others out of the simple curiosity of watching a fight brew and then there are those who wish to retaliate. These are the people who abuse the creators and supporters of this page and no matter how “noble” their efforts may seem they are in vain and are a total waste of time and not to mention good deeds.

But if any of you guys wish to do something destructive about it, I guess this is pretty much better than saying “Fuck you” or “Fuck your mother.” I was pretty much grieved to see some wannabe Muslims insulting the creators’ prophets… I am sorry to say that we are Muslims, and we are taught to respect and believe in all Prophets! (Not the false ones, of course) So, if you by any chance wish to attack or mutilate the people who are celebrating this heinous day, I bid you please; just for once… don’t follow your heart! Follow the teachings of Islam.

It’s kinda funny actually, a lot of people have stood up, who by some strange way of nature and logic are more farther from Islam then I am. Who, only visit mosques to say Eid prayers or Jumat-ul-widah prayers (yes, I know such people). Yet these people have stood up. Strange is it not? Well since there are many theorists out there I guess I can safely state some of my theories hoping that I am not dubbed a traitor to the Muslim race and sentenced to be hanged by the oh so mighty “Mullahs”.

I believe many of these people have stood up out of fear. Fear of what you may ask… Well, fear that maybe if they don’t stand up, their friends and colleagues may say, “Look, there goes the non believer who doesn’t wish to protect his own religion.” Some have joined and insulted, just to get that nagging friend of their back or just to reply to smses saying, “We have done it now stop bothering us.” If you are any of these people then I believe what you are doing is also wrong. I repeat, I BELIEVE. I am neither a Mullah nor a religious scholar nor am I by any person who in any way says that he knows the will of the Almighty. I am just stating my opinions that if you don’t believe in standing up, then don’t. Allah is enough to pass punishment or to fight such riff raff. You could say I am one of those people who don’t believe in forcing an adult to say his prayer for I believe anything you say or do must be in agreement with your heart, soul and mind.

Before signing off, I think there is one more thing that many of you people should know. How did this start? Seems funny no? That many of you are fighting a monster yet you know nothing of the monsters origins. Well this all started with a south park cartoon episode. South park showed our Holy Prophet(SAW) in some bear costume. A Muslim blogger pointed this out to Fox Network and warned them of the aftermath. Just to ridicule him and the entire Muslim world, an artist in Chicago, I believe, declared 20th May, “Draw Mohammed Day.”

This of course was a very short version of the story. But in any case I believe we all should know what started this all. Again I wish to say, don’t be stupid and don’t fall right into the hands of the enemy. Abusing them would solve nothing and neither would banning facebook or forwarding a million smses to your same friends stating to stop using facebook. One sms is enough for public awareness. Remember the creators’ just wish to cause chaos, gain attention. So don’t be stupid. Be logical and rational. Thank you.