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Elevator Cat

Assalam-o-alaikum.

If you’re a hoohaa feline fanatic, you definitely need to know this. And if you’re of those people who have hearts of steel, abhorring the mere mention of cats – then I suggest you… read on just for the fun of it. 🙂

We’ve been sort of taking care of a kitten for the past few weeks. She was part of a litter of four that a cute cat gave birth to in our apartment block. When the kittens began to grow up and ‘moved out’, one ended up around our apartment. She elicited the ‘she’s sooo cute and all alone, can we keep her?’ chorus (ref: Pumba in ‘The Lion King’). Ofcourse we couldn’t keep her as a full-time pet because of our allergies to cat hair. Thus, all we could do was give her milk and chicken bones, stroke her soft fur and be happy with that while we could.

She wasn’t allowed inside initially but our parents warmed to her cute antics so quickly that soon she was strolling around our apartment as if she owned the place. Also, once she hurt her foreleg somewhere and it pained us all so much that we kept her inside all day for two days and tried to make her as comfortable as possible. Alhamdolillah she recovered and got back to her bouncy, bite-y self.

These days, she’s growing faster and learning new tricks. First, she’ll wait outside our main-door for us to come out and then scramble to get inside. Once inside, she makes a beeline for the kitchen, specifically the waste basket which she eventually topples over in search for chicken bones, her favorite being fish bones (doesn’t that hurt her throat?).

But the best part would no doubt be the elevator trick. My father goes downstairs to the recreation hall for Fajr and she always follows him all the way down the stairs, getting in his way, all the while meowing in that cute little voice. Once she’s down, she usually doesn’t have a good idea of getting back to our (fourth) floor again and she usually waits for Abba to return from Fajr, then follows him all the way up.

Compensating for her strangely weaker sense of direction and location, is her sense of using an elevator. She’s seen us using it so often that now, whenever we’re waiting for it, she walks up to the closed doors and puts her paw on it – as if trying to get them to open! As soon as it arrives, she’s the first one in. And inside the elevator, you wouldn’t find her nervous or impatient (like some people are). Instead, she patiently waits for the doors to open and trots out. It’s just soooo cute!

She’s become our Elevator Cat and I’m going to miss her presence like crazy when we move out next week, InshAllah. Aaah… I hope they get those allergy-free cats out quicker… some of us just can’t wait any longer! 🙂

Swamped!

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Assalam-o-alaikum!

After a long, easy-going break spanning three months, I’ve suddenly found myself up to my ears in work. Things have come up from every where and it’s such a crazy mix bags of assignments/tasks that it’s a bit difficult to handle them at the same time.

We’re moving into our apartment, InshAllah, at the end of next week and I guess that takes up the biggest time slot. It’s a good thing the apartment is close to where we’re already living so the move isn’t a drastic change. However, moving all the stuff (or getting it moved :)), setting up the place and getting into routine is quite a task. We’re just happy that, Alhamdolillah, we’re finally moving into our OWN apartment. It’s been a lot of fun (even with the arguments) planning the kitchen and furniture designing with our parents.

Also, the Quran class I go to on Saturdays has Presentation Day coming up. The students at the course (“Towards the Light”) have been sorted into five groups and I’m in the Maryam (alayhissalam) group. We’ve got to give a team presentation on the theme ‘Love for Allah’ and I’m the co-ordinator/’Ameer’ (heheh, my name is the feminine form of Ameer – Ameera!) Anyhow, we’ve got under two weeks to prepare the 10-minute presentation. To make it more interesting, we did away with the idea of a typical presentation and instead converted into a group discussion with a panel of ‘scholars’ discussing the topic. My only concern is that the preparation for this project will clash with the dates we’ll be moving to our new home. Let us see what Allah Wills!

Thirdly, there are my first Stage/Tests of Second year MBBS coming up in the third week of April for which I should now step up my pace. Second year’s a bit more extensive in terms of syllabus so completing everything on time with the other two tasks on mind too, is very important.

Fourth, I want to start an on-line Arabic course InshAllah. Arabic is such a beautiful language with each word having a treasure of meaning contained within it that it simply pulls the soul to itself. If I don’t get the opportunity to do an Arabic course, I’ll at least, InshAllah work on another important project – more important than the former, now I think of it! That project is to study and memorize Ayat and Ahadith related to specific aspects of Fiqh – like Salah, Fasting, Zakah, Umrah, Marriage, Divorce and so on. This is especially important because currently, the only thing that holds me back from participating in religious discussions is this shortcoming – no proof to offer, no evidence to support my viewpoints. InshAllah, I’ll work on that soon!

Another IMPORTANT thing I’ve got to work on is getting into shape and losing unwanted pounds. This requires a lot of will power and focus, both of which I seem to lack when it comes to weight-loss. The important thing is to keep up the spirit and not to lose sight of the goal! InshAllah, I hope writing this down here on the blog or mentioning it frequently will help me concentrate on this very important project. It’s actually become important because I’ve made my mother promise that if I reduced my weight to a certain level, she’d come to the ‘Towards the Light’ class with me thrice (more, InshAllah) as a ‘listener’ and also learn Tajweed from me. This is of absolute importance as my mother’s family has always been quite ignorant of the religion and stick to certain things without looking for the truth of the matter. With so much Fitnah, my mother is easily influenced by what she thinks is Islamic but which really is far from the Truth. I hope the classes will help her InshAllah!

I hope that all these tasks/projects, stacked up like a tower infront of me, will be managed by the Will of Allah InshAllah. Steadfastness and asking Allah for help are the only two keys to solving problems. May Allah assist us in overcoming our day-to-day tests and add Barakah to our time. Ameen.

Assalam-o-alaikum!

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