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A great article and a picture of me in the Canberra times! Click HERE to read it now!

A short video by me of the day below.

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This is a rant. I am going to admit that right at the onset of this post. But I am also going to state that this isn’t just my rant. It is a collection of rants I have collated from numerous people I have met. Some of these rants hold me as the victim, some point to me as the perpetrator. Regardless they are rants I agree with so here goes.

 1. The generation before us left us a mess

This is one I saw on Facebook and while I was reading it – the truth hit home. MY generation are the ungrateful brats! The generation before us may have done a lot of crap but read the rant below and you will see that they did far more to preserve what they had than we do now.

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.

The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this gree thing back in my earlier days.” The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”

She was right — our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day. Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were truly recycled. But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks. This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribbling’s. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But too bad we didn’t do the green thing back then. We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throwaway kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts — wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the green thing back in our day. Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she’s right; we didn’t have the green thing back then. We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn’t have the green thing back then. Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

But isn’t it sad that the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then?

2. Kids these days are way too tech savvy

Let me give you a scenario. I won an ipad and took it home. I left it on the counter and went to shower and change. By the time I had come downstairs, my 13 year old sister had managed to start, configure, download and play on it. It took me two whole minutes to figure out how to make the screen stop sliding and I consider myself quite tech savvy! My sister had only briefly played with an ipad before. She is one of several kids I know who amaze me with how quickly they can pick up on technology. I have a 3 year old cousin who owns an ipad full of games and knows how to get onto youtube and watches cartoons in foreign languages. I know a 10 year old who owns an ipad and takes it everywhere she goes. She took it to a party I was at, and proceeded to ask around for the password to the wireless. At her age I didn’t even know what a wireless was! She then decided to go check the base of the modem in case the password was written there. Who told her that? How does she know? Why are kids these days so much more comfortable sitting in the dark playing video games than running around outside playing with a bat and a ball or with friends – developing social, physical and life skills?

I think arming a child (for that is what they are even if ‘we’ are hell bent on snatching their innocence from them) with an ipad instead of a bat and a ball is the most dangerous thing we are doing in modern society. Yes we live in a highly technological society but that is the whole point. They are saturated with technology everywhere else and it is our responsibility to at least have the kids of today engaged in what they are doing and who they are with when they are out and about at social or sporting events. It is now an all too familiar sight to go to a sporting event and see the benches filled with people on their phones instead of watching the game. At parties, we are always tempted to pull out our phone and pretend if we are alone even for a minute. Why the insecurity? If we took our heads out of our phones we would actually make some real friends instead of having to pretend or talk to our ‘online friends’. This is why it is so important for us to ensure our kids, our siblings and our younger generations of family and friends are well rounded individuals who can carry on a face to face conversation as well and as proactively as they can carry out digital ones.

3. Children are no longer innocent

In a society oversaturated with information, kids are quickly picking up more than is good for them. Kids as young as 5 can be heard swearing at the top of their voices at their parents. Teenagers are now watching porn at alarmingly increasing rates and the youth of today are experimenting with drugs with little care for the consequences. If we do not proactively ensure our children are getting the childhood they deserve then they will not get the youth they deserve nor the adulthood they could have had. Kids are so impressionable and quick to pick up things that if you spend more time on your make up than on reading them a story book, it won’t take long before they are doing the same. It is our responsibility to ensure the kids of today experience the same innocence we did as children, the simple pleasures of playing hopscotch, handball, running around outside and making up imaginary friends. Kids should learn to foster their creativity and imagination at a young age and also learn what it means to be bored. Being bored actually stimulates prosocial behaviour. “Bored people feel that their actions are meaningless and so they are motivated to engage in meaningful behaviour,” said Wijnand van Tilburg, from the University of Limerick, co-author of the paper, Bored George Helps Others: A Pragmatic Meaning-Regulation Hypothesis on Boredom and Prosocial Behaviour. “If prosocial behaviour fulfills this requirement, boredom promotes prosocial behaviour.” Sadly, kids these days have so much technology dictating their every moment that this crucial aspect of their growth is being stunted.

 4. When I was your age…

When I was your age:

  • I didn’t swear at my parents (I still don’t)
  • I didn’t have a mobile phone (turn it off and go talk to a real person)
  • I didn’t watch tv shows religiously (stop letting unreality dictate your reality and waste your life. Live it.)
  • I read everything I could get my hands on (Read. It is the basis of all knowledge)
  • I didn’t feel entitled (You are not the centre of the universe. Pick up after yourself)
  • I didn’t waste time (University is not for you to defer indefinitely. Get there. Study. Get out and work. Life is too short to dilly dally)
  • I had curiosity (Life is not simple. Don’t walk down a single road and think it will all be ok. Be curious, reach out and grab different opportunities and see where they take you
  • I enjoyed what I was doing (If you are facebooking, twittering, instagram-ing or blogging during an experience then you are not fully in the moment. Stop, get your head out of the sand and live in the moment.
  • I didn’t get fed up if something didn’t happen instantly (Stop expecting rewards of life to be as forthcoming as a fast food resturant’s menu)

5. Stop ‘Muslim-bashing’

I am SO sick of Muslim bashing. By politicians, the media, the general public and even other Muslims. GET OVER IT. I have enough complications in my life without having to consider all the politics and strife that Muslim bashing is incurring in my life. Let me and other Muslims live our normal lives filled with the same things in your life – Education, love, life, marriage, family, travel, spirituality and the finality of death. This is the simplicity of the life we all crave and it’s hard enough as it is – so please cease and desist the ‘Muslims are rotten talk’. It’s getting really boring now. And to all you Muslims out there who sit there silently and pretend to be ‘white’ and remove or disassociate yourselves from being Muslim or knowing about Islam because you don’t want fingers pointed at you… shame on you. You should know that Islam is a perfect way of life and that what a minority of misled Muslims do should in no way be a reflection on the rest of us. The same way that deranged people of Christian, Jewish or other religious affiliations should not be a reflection on their religion and people. You should foster positive discussions instead of just staying silent. Don’t be a coward.

5. Let’s not be alone together

I want to end on this video which is more thought provoking than your usual ‘rant’, a ted talk on how addicted we have become to technology. A great thought-provoking watch and not so much a rant but a warning of what we are doing and who we are becoming. “Fostering real relationships, that is the next frontier!”

What are some rants you’ve heard that you agree/disagree with? Comment below and let me know!

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The past few days have been a riot for Muslims (pun intended). I don’t have more to add to the matter because most of what I have been reading has been voicing my exact concerns but I wanted to consolidate them in one blog article. For me it started with this public shaming. I have never been a fan of Tanveer Ahmed primarily because he speaks crap about Islam but also because he is a hypocrite. I am stating facts when I say Tanveer Ahmed is a Bengali and a Muslim who has rejected both those identities in order to pander to his need to be accepted by ‘white people’ and be their ‘yes’ man. Yes Muslims are evil. Yes Bangladesh is corrupt and poor. Yes Bangladesh should be a secular country and so on and so forth. He sprouted crap. And he annoyed a majority of Bengali Muslims who had to say ‘No Tanveer Ahmed does not speak for us and no we don’t agree with what he is saying’.

 The SMH have removed his articles off their website which is a shame because then you could have seen for yourselves that the comments made by readers were more intelligent and well researched than the article. And what did the man have to say to all of this? Media watch quoted him as saying, “’you have identified several instances where I have failed to do this appropriately. I recognise this as careless and lazy, but as my overall output I believe demonstrates, those instances are uncharacteristic and out of character. I sincerely apologise to my readers, editors and my publisher Fairfax Media’.— ‘Dr’ Tanveer Ahmed, 10th September, 2012″. His petty ‘lazy’ excuse only reinforces my belief that PHD = Permanent Head Damage. His public dressing down was testament to the fact that when you try to be Icarus and fly to close to the sun you will burn your wings and fall. “They who taunt those of the faithful who give their alms freely, and those who give to the extent of their earnings and scoff at them; Allah will pay them back their scoffings and they shall have a painful chastisement.” – (Surah at-Tawba …9: 79). Tanveer Ahmed to me is a prime example of how hubris becomes burning shame.

But what does this have to do with the wider context of the blog? Well to me this event was an omen of what was to occur in the coming days. A man whose claim to fame was bagging out Muslims and Islam has a great fall and so starts the media domino effect of Muslim coverage which deals a blow to all the interfaith understanding and dialogue in the aftermath of 9/11 in a desperate attempt by Muslims to defend themselves and separate us from the actions of a misguided few. The story to me is a simple one. A man makes a ‘controversial’ film and realises it’s such a bad piece of work that if he doesn’t get it hyped by mindless sheep then it will fail to make so much as a ripple in the murky waters of global media. And so it was that men and women the world over who had not watched the film themselves nor paid heed to common sense got together to ‘protest’ (read publicise) a movie that to them symbolised much more. It symbolised Islamophobia and oppression and the ensuing ‘catharsis’ which no matter how justified in the CONTEXT of the bigger picture did a world of damage.

The one GOOD thing that came out of all this was that the people that stepped out and spoke up were no old fuddy duddy Islamic ‘representatives’ but people like Waleed Aly whose article made me SO proud. Even more so were the comments made under the article which really brought home how misguided the claims are that Australians are a racist lot. Australians out of all the western countries are laid back and easy going and intelligent. Yes. Intelligent. We realise that a small few ruin it for the bigger community and we are willing to forgive forget and forge new friendships. An opinion that is finally making headlines. That is what mateship is all about. And I am so proud to be living in a country where mateship is foremost on our agenda despite all the ruckus.

So yes. Muslims are on the back foot again. We do have people like Tanveer Ahmed who singlehandedly cause mischief, misunderstandings and bring shame to our community. We have Muslim youth who ‘feel’ so strongly for their fellow brothers and sisters around the world that they forget to ‘feel’ for their mothers and sisters and wives who wear hijabs and face the aftermath of their thoughtless rioting. But we also have strong Muslim roles models in people like Waleed Aly and Amal Awad who speak out in defence of the majority of Muslims who beg to differ and distance themselves from such heedless fury and urge you to give us a fair go in the name of fair dinkum Aussie mateship.

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