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To all those who have kept up hopes that this site will wake up one day, I say thank you!

A lot has been happening but i think it’s time to stop all the talk and do some writing.

From a recently concluded credible election in The State of Osun, Nigeria to the very deadly Ebola, from the current Boko Haram siege in Gwoza, North East Nigeria and all the rife in Gaza and Iraq, there is just too much to think about, discuss, find solutions and yes, pray about.

Would try my best to keep you posted!

 

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Of Eclipses Partial and Total

From literature books where they were a cause of much consternation to our ancestors to elementary science where they were illustrated with diagrams of the sun, moon and the earth; eclipses have always been phenomena of amazement.

Till today I still find them awe-inspiring. The last one I saw was in 2006. I remember it was a big day in school where everyone viewed it as reflections in large basins of water placed on the assembly ground for that purpose. It was beautiful and special.

Today, much the wonder remains the same. It doesn’t matter to me whether it’s solar,lunar,total or partial. At first, it didn’t seem like it was going to happen. I mean who isn’t tired of Nigerian BBM broadcasts and their propensity to contain rumours already? I got a lot of messages saying to avoid superstition and pray instead.

Suddenly, I got a picture thrust in my face. The eclipse! Taken right where I was! Excited, I ran outside and marvelled at the beauty of Allah’s Creation. Everyone around came out and took pictures. It felt really great.

Even more amazing is what I have learnt today about eclipses. I would love to share it with you.

During the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), there was a solar eclipse on the day that his son Ibrahim died. Some superstitious people said that the sun eclipsed because of the young child’s death and the Prophet’s sadness on that day. The Prophet corrected their understanding.

Narrated Al-Mughira bin Shu’ba: On the day of Ibrahim’s death, the sun eclipsed and the people said that the eclipse was due to the death of Ibrahim (the son of the Prophet). Allah’s Apostle said, “The sun and the moon are two signs amongst the signs of Allah. They do not eclipse because of someone’s death or life. So when you see them, invoke Allah and pray till the eclipse is clear.”

Reasons that Muslims should be humble before Allah during an eclipseAn eclipse is a sign of the majesty and power of Allah.Narrated Abu Masud: The Prophet said, “The sun and the moon do not eclipse because of the death of someone from the people but they are two signs amongst the signs of Allah. When you see them, stand up and pray.”
http://islamqa.info/en/9954
Please follow the links below to learn how to pray this salah.
Lets revive a sunnah in our community and enlighten those who are not aware.
Baarakallaah feekum.

How to pray Salaat al-Kusoof (prayer when there is an eclipse)?
http://islamqa.info/en/6111

Call to the eclipse prayer should be made by saying “Al-Salaatu jaami’ah
http://islamqa.info/en/9954

P.S If you are living among Yoruba-speaking people, do not be surprised to be greeted or visited, “Eku eclipsi yii”. They have a special greeting for everything and everybody!
More hilarious are those Nigerians that must celebrate everyday and so would ask, ‘Wetin we go use take wash this eclipse nah?’

I’ve missed my blog

It’s been about three months since i put anything up. Many of you might have wondered whether I had lost the will or my spring of ideas stopped gushing. Well, it was due to none of that. I must say that it hurt not to be able to project my feelings and views about happenings around me. And my, a lot of things have transpired in my own niche of existence, in Nigeria, in health, the lives of women and children and also in  Islam. Let’s just say the globe is revolving at an alarming speed and trying to catch up with it has many times left me breathless.

In addition, the stress of a medic’s life caught up with me. So much schoolwork kept me away from many activities and interests. But now, a balance has been struck and I would henceforth give adequate attention to many other things asides academics.

Internet access has also been a major bane with WordPress for Blackberry acting up big time. WordPress for iPhone provided little succour. The wireless connection on campus has, as expected, been nothing to write home about.

Inspite of these challenges, I want nothing more than to continue this with more zeal than I started off with.

My Pain

I used to make decisions for you. Even when you didn’t need me to. As always,I was convinced I was doing what was best.I kept secrets because I wanted to protect you from their evil. I defended you in front of others without realizing I made you seem helpless.

I thought I treated you as my equal but deep down I was protecting you like a child. I worried too much about you. My life wasn’t interesting without you. Your mood always affected mine and of course this birthed a lot of bickering. Needless fights that left us both exhausted. I blamed myself for all the insults hurled at you. Your smile lifted me out of my worst moods. Your eyes gave me a glimpse of sincerity.

We went through a lot together but we survived with lessons for scars. An enviable bond we formed. We sorted out our differences as soon as we could. Our unique likeness defied the laws of physics. Each day,I see more of me in you. I can’t be happy if you are not.Things always come up to set us apart but we wind around them.

One day, I decided not to be protective for I realized I did not own you. I only had a duty, to help you be the best in every facet of your life. It always hurt to see you sad but lying to you to make you happy is not an option. I saw also that my overbearing presence was caging you.I set out to be more open than ever. I wish you could see that all I do to you is for you. It was hard to tell you the truth but being frank helps a lot. Sometimes we hurt the people we love to make them better people. It hurt me to do that but it was necessary. I try not to think that the look I saw on your face was a reflection of what was in your heart because when I say “I’m in”, I mean it.

This unedited piece is straight from me to you.

two nuggets

“What is yours will not be taken away from you”

this is worth remembering when you face disappointment or downturn of events. It might be difficult to believe this in some situations but it is true.

“Do not look for that which you do not want to find”

Seriously,why do we ask questions when we  know wewon’t like the answers? “am i beautiful?” when you know you were not blessed in the looks department.that’s just one example