We certainly could do with some good news at a time when everything seems to be doom and gloom.And Dr. Umar Saif has provided us with the opportunity to celebrate. MIT has named Umar Saif as one of the world’s top young innovators for 2011.
The Holy Quran on fasting
“O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you so that you may become righteous.
“The prescribed fasting is for a fixed number of days, but who so among you is sick or is on a journey shall fast the same number of other days; and of those who are able to fast only with great difficulty is an expiation – the feeding of a poor man. And who so performs a good work with willing obedience, it is better for him. And fasting is good for you, if you only knew.
“The month of Ramadhan is that in which the Quran was sent down as a guidance for mankind with clear proofs of guidance and discrimination. Therefore, whosoever of you is present at home in this month, let him fast therein. But whoso is sick or is on a journey, shall fast the same number of other days. Allah desires to give you facility and He desires not hardship for you, and that you me complete the number, and that you may exalt Allah for His having guided you and that you may be grateful.
Last night i was sitting with my friends at one of our usual haunts, the place was bustling with people as it usually does on saturday nights but there was something different, the crowd was noticably larger than usual and for want of a better word more ‘agitated’. The whole place was decorated with celebratory lights and miniature flags, young men were leaning against the doors of their tricked out rides with million watt amps blurting out patriotic tunes at full volume, adrenaline junkies of the local variety were pulling off bike stunts and the audience gathered around them was responding to their feats with a peculiar mix of ridicule and encouragement as only Pakistanis can. It was the scene of a typical 14th August celebration in Islamabad, smaller in size but identical in substance to many such celebrations held in all major urban centers across the country.
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