Run your own race.

Copied from the Facebook post of Carol Dover

I was jogging this morning and I noticed a person about half a km ahead. I could guess he was running a little slower than me and I felt good, I said to myself I will try catch up with him.

I had about a km before I needed to turn off. So I started running faster and faster. Every block, I was gaining on him just a little bit. After just a few minutes I was only about 100 feet behind him, so I really picked up the pace and pushed myself. I was determined to catch up with him.

Finally, I did it! I caught up and passed him. Inwardly I felt very good. “I beat him”.

Of course, he didn’t even know we were racing.

After I passed him, I realized I had been so focused on competing against him that I had missed my turn to my house,. I had missed the focus on my inner peace, I missed to see the beauty of greenery around, I missed to do my inner Namasarmarna, and in the needless hurry stumbled and slipped twice or thrice and might have hit the footpath and broken a limb.

It then dawned on me, isn’t that what happens in life when we focus on competing with co-workers, neighbours, friends, family, trying to outdo them or trying to prove that we are more successful or more important and in the bargain we miss on our happiness within our own surroundings?

We spend our time and energy running after them and we miss out on our own paths to our given destination. The problem with unhealthy competition is that it’s a never ending cycle.

There will always be somebody ahead of you, someone with a better job, nicer car, more money in the bank, more education, a prettier wife, a more handsome husband, better behaved children, better circumstances and better conditions etc.

But one important realisation is that *’You can be the best that you can be, when you are not competing with anyone.’*

Some people are insecure because they pay too much attention to what others are, where others are going, wearing and driving. *Take whatever you have*, the height, weight and personality. Accept it and realize, that you are blessed. Stay focused and live a healthy life. *There is no competition in Destiny. Each has his own.*

Comparison AND Competition is the thief of JOY. It kills the Joy of Living your Own Life.

*Run your own Race that leads to Peace.*

Be Happy. Spread and spend Happiness.

In addition of above, I will add most dangerous is competing with siblings, as this arises out of Jealousy and Jealousy shift focus from the real goal. It has potential to ruin basic fabrication of life-relationship with close ones.


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Origin of Islamism in South Asia

Copied from the webpage of Iqbal Latif with a different title

Why we adopted Desert culture
@Why Iqbal changed from a nationalist to pan Islamist
@ What was the origin of Laat Manat Uzza

Arabs are proud of their own land, language, culture and food. Whenever they made the first inroads to invade the subcontinent under Qasim, they imposed the ‘desert culture’ and ‘ideological orthodoxy’ on the converts of the subcontinent. The Afghans, the Anatolians, the Iranians across Zargos or Mongols accepted the code very well. It met the conditions of their tribalism and secluded traditions. Though luckily Iranian converts until today celebrate their Nauroze. At the time of sunrise Ayatollahs recommend recitation of the following du-a’as on this day:

اَللَّهُمَّ هَذِهِ سَنَةٌ جَدِيْدَةٌ وَ اَنْتَ مَلِكٌ قَدِيْمٍ اَسْئَلُكَ خَيْرَهَا وَ خَيْرَ مَا فِيْهَا وَ اَعُوْذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّهَا وَ شَرِّ مَا فِيْهَا وَ اسْتَكْفِيْكَ مَؤُنَتَهَا وَ شُغْلَهَا يَا ذَاالْجَلاَلِ وَ الاِكْرَامِ

“O Allah, the new year has begun. You are the eternal master. I ask You to make available to me its good and the benefits which are in it. I seek refuge with You from its evil and the disadvantages which are in it. I request You to let me procure the provisions I need and discharge the activities I take up in this year.”

Ayatollah Khamenei always glorifies the national celebration of Nauroze and calls for enhancing bonds of affection and rejuvenating the surroundings to mark the exquisite, modest and affectionate features of the opening day of the Iranian New Year.

Iranian was definitely a richer culture, so the desert armies were not able to clean the traditions of the nation; they did survive as an acquiescent, obedient culture to the Arab desertism until today. Afghans, Seljuks and Mongols adopted the armies from ‘Najd’ and the desert philosophy as it was very near to their thousand-year-old respective Pukhtunwali like codes. They became the dreaded ‘warriors of Allah’ and subdued Hindustan at will for a thousand years.

The caste system of Hindustan provided ample opportunity and motivation to converts from the lowest caste to become Syeds under Islam. Rich Hindustani culture was discarded and new desert culture was adopted. It is the severity of an ‘engrained/innate inferiority complex’ that we see such hatred of the land and its culture amongst the converts. I sometimes shudder to ask whether a Deobandi Mufti or a Saudi Mufti would recommend for the ‘converts of Hindustan’ to celebrate ‘their’ Diwali like Ayatollahs do in Iran for Nauroze. That may give them some sense of their historical lineage and rekindle much required long lost love amongst the populace.

If Iranians can hold their traditions over Islam, why not the Indian Muslims hold their mores the same way instead of adopting a custom that is alien to them and where the civilization that is being adopted does not recognise them as ‘unadulterated.’ Anyway the ‘Bidat’ we practice to the chagrin of ‘Saudis’ is the Mehndi, the diyas on Eid Milad un nabi, the Halwas on Ashura, the hina, the music and raag, the ‘jeewan jeewan ka saathi’ hindu concept, the tradition of miyoon, the ubtan and the yellows. Taliban want to write this all off as ‘Haram’ (forbidden).

The Vedic origins of Quraysh, i.e., multiple deities like Laat, Manat, Hubal and others, could only be buried by over-emphasising on ‘Allah and Tawheed;’ this issue becoming the key plank of the hardcore converts. Hence the issuance of the ‘carte blanche’ to loot and plunder every temple of the Hindu faithful by the nomad desert Bedouin Vedic-influenced faithful in the name of imposing Allah to its rightful status of Tawheed. It was the encounter of the new deity of Allah against the multiple deities.

The converts of the subcontinent forgot their culture, their mannerism, their riparian cohabitation and pragmatism and adopted the desert mindset. The Monsoon Islam that was more a mix of Akbar’s magnanimity like Deen Ilahi suffered its toll under Aurangzeb’s ideological totalitarianism. The imposition of Arab attitude on the subcontinent frame of mind was reinforced of late with new inroads made by the Wahabbis and Deobandis. We should take pride in our food, in our music, in our culture and our feasts.

The tragedy of this new amalgamation of the new nation Pakistan bursting at seams because of nationalist strains is that we gave up our 5000 year-old authenticated brand name to an acronym that makes no sense. P stands for Punjab and Bengal misses out entirely, though it was the majority provi
It lamentably transformed significantly overnight. Allama Iqbal’s transformation from Tarana-e-Hindi to Tarana-e-Milli is a great indication of converts’ demise as a secular body of faithful; it converted them to what they were not. Envisage and picture what happened to the mind of an ex-pundit convert Iqbal from here, we in Pakistan can’t even recite it because we gave our brand name away:

سارے جہاں سے اچھا ہندوستاں ہماراہم بلبليں ہيں اس کي، يہ گلستاں ہمارا

Saare Jahan Se Achchha hindustaan hamara

(Better than all the world, is our Hindustan [India])

This is one of the lasting nationalistic poems of the Urdu language. Tarana-e-Hindi ‘Saare Jahan Se Achcha’ has remained popular in India for over a century. Mahatma Gandhi sang it over a hundred times when imprisoned at Yerawada Jail in Pune in 1930. Saare Jahan Se Achcha was a sign of Iqbal’s secular mind, the sixth stanza of Saare Jahan Se Achcha is often quoted as proof of Iqbal’s secular outlook:

mażhab nahīñ sikhātā āpas meñ bair rakhnā hindī haiñ ham,

vat̤an hai hindostāñ hamārā

Religion does not teach us to bear ill-will among ourselves

We are of Hind, our homeland is Hindustan.

The song is an elegy to Hindustan’s eminence and exquisiteness as Hindustan mourns its torment. It became a national mantra of confrontation to the British rule in India. Within 6 years in 1910, Iqbal wrote Tarana-e-Milli (Anthem of the Religious Community), which was composed in the same metre and rhyme scheme as Saare Jahan Se Achcha, but which renounced much of the sentiment of the earlier song.

In contrast to Tarana-e-Hind, the first stanza of Tarana-e-Milli in 1910 read exactly a chauvinistic, prejudiced, bigoted ideology. ‘Iqbal, from a kattar (pure) Hindustaani, became an Arab’ which he was not, but the tragedy is that he made hundreds of millions of Indian Muslim converts adopt alien Arab mindedness; they started hating their own origins. When you deny your ‘source’ you become despicable, this bigotry has no philosophical basis, there is no one Islamic nation, there are 56, and intervening internecine wars have been the bloodiest in Islam:

chīn-o-arab hamārā, hindostān hamārā

muslim hain ham, vatan hai sārā jahān hamārā

Central Asia and Arabia are ours, Hindustan is ours

We are Muslims, the whole world is our homeland

Regrettably this transformation from ”Saare Jahan Se Achchha hindustaan hamara” in 1904 to 1910 version “Muslim Hain Hum, Watan Hai Sara Jahan Humara … Khanjar Hilal Ka Hai Qoumi Nishan Humara” encapsulates the root cause of Muslim general decay. We are now facing the descendants of Ahmad Shah Abdali. These Talibans today will exact revenge the way Abdali used to do in Delhi, i.e., from the Muslims.

.——-borrowed ——–

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If you dont like Ice skating, you dont like Canada

Ice skating on the surface sounds very romantic but when you think about it then you are skating on thin ice. If you dont like ice skating, you dont like Canada.

When God created the earth, He made Canada the best country in the world. But God has also created a balance of good and bad. Beauty against ugly, vice against virtue, wealth against poverty. So when he created something as good as Canada, there has to be a horrible hatch, and that is winter.

Winter is God trying to kill us. Not only we have to worry about frostbite and exposure, but water, the very source of life freezes and turn itself into a source of great danger.  Ice skating is like laughing in God’s face. Not only that we survive your deadly frozen hellscape, but we make it into a family outing.

(adapted from the CBC debaters Ron Sparks and Jon Steinberg). Below Skating at Redo Canal, Ottawa

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An Excellent Response to the Stupidity of Muslim ‘Feminists’ who Defend the Hijab and Niqab

An Excellent Response to the Stupidity of Muslim ‘Feminists’ who Defend the Hijab and Niqab

taslima nasreen“I just love this excellent letter written by Pakistani journalist Kunwar Khuldune Shahid. Such a wonderful response to those ‘educated’ women who are proud of being veiled Muslims and who foolishly defend Islam, the anti-women religion. The author of this letter is a man. I am proud of men like Kunwar Khuldune, who believe in women’s rights.”
– Tasleema Nasreen

Niqab + hijab

Thank you, dear ‘Muslimaat’

A letter of gratitude to Muslim feminists who defend the hijab and niqab and are social media jihadis

Dear Muslimaat (Islamist Muslim women),

I don’t have words to express my gratitude and appreciation for your noble battle against evil. Your #MuslimahPride movement against #Femen was a slap on the collective face of Western imperialists who believe that Muslim women can’t fight for a cause. It was also a resounding reminder for the rest of the world that you have what it takes to spark a revolution. What the ignorant world does not realise is that once you have the permission of your husbands, fathers, brothers, uncles, the approval of your neighbours, in-laws, their relatives and the consent of your spiritual guardians, their God and their scriptures, you can be quite the rebels.

It takes a lot of courage to ridicule something that is already taboo where you live. It takes volumes of bravery and valour to bow down to the status quo, and toe the lines that have been forced upon you. It takes unbelievable amounts of gallantry to act out a script that someone else has written for you. And it must take guts and the proverbial cojones to take a stand against cruelty and the personification of tyranny that a horde of topless women is.

Who on earth are those damn Europeans to try to steal your voice? Do they not realise that your lives were defined a million-and-a-half ago by the Arabs, who protected your rights and guarded your modesty by ensuring that you don’t have much of a say in most things? Who are those unabashed infidels to protest on your behalf? Do they not realise that you are not allowed to express, let alone clamour in favour of, anything that contradicts the ostensibly divine scriptures? Who are those shameless activists to try and liberate you? Do they not realise that you can’t be liberated without the permission of your mehrams?

I can’t thank you enough for choosing to be more offended by naked bodies than dead bodies. And since there are so many different kinds of you to thank, I’ll try to address you one by one.

Dear ‘guardians of modesty’ Muslimaat, thank you for letting patriarchal societies define ‘modesty’ for you. Thank you for accepting contrasting definitions of modesty for men and women, and for not being a source of strength for your sisters and daughters, vindicating the men’s claim of you being the weaker sex. Thank you for teaching your daughters about the sin that having sex is, throughout their lives, and then compelling them to do it immediately with a man they first met a couple of hours ago, after signing a few papers and getting the clergy’s approval. Also, thank you for blaming your fellow women when they are raped, since men have the divine license to refuse to keep their emotions in the right place. And thank you very very much for being more misogynistic than any male chauvinist can ever possibly be.

Dear ‘feminist’ Muslimaat, thank you for being a ray of hope for bacon-eating vegetarians, god-fearing atheists and peace-loving terrorists. Thank you for reiterating the fact that your mehrams choose to overlook the divine orders and allow you to think freely and take your own decisions. Thank you for citing your personal example to highlight how you wear the hijab by your own choice, ignoring the fact that an overwhelming majority of Muslim women are coerced into doing so. Thank you very much for making the whole debate about you, when it was always about the torment and suffering that most of the Muslim women are going through.

Dear ‘liberal’ Muslimaat, thank you for defying the orders of your deity by choosing to not cover your heads. Thank you for disregarding other restrictions that your religion commands, and then having the audacity to condemn someone who is critical of these very commands. Thank you for cherry picking the commandments and making your ideology sound compatible with the 21st century, only to castigate those that take the same ideological orders literally and implement them. Thanks a lot for elucidating that you don’t need liberation and for paying no heed to the fact that the most of the women in your country do. And thank you very much for clinging on to those very shackles that have enchained the prospect of women empowerment in your country.

Dear ‘revolutionary’ Muslimaat, thank you for ignoring the life threats that Amina Tyler and many others like her are facing, after choosing to protest against the harassment that they have to bear on a daily basis.

Thank you for overlooking other lesser issues like terrorists attacking a 15-year-old schoolgirl; female genital mutilation; women being raped with judicial approval just so they don’t die virgins; two-year-old girls being forced to wear veils because the disgusting men in your country have no self-control; and fathers legally getting away with raping their daughters by paying a few riyals.

Thank you very much for screaming bloody murder over half-naked women’s claim of representing you, but accepting rapists, pedophiles and sorry excuses for human beings as your state leaders and role models.

#MuslimahPride is not just a hashtag, it’s a symbol of integrity and pride. It’s about taking pride in inequality, in half testimonies, in blaming rape victims and in gender discrimination. It’s about taking pride in chauvinism, where men have divine permission to beat and rape their wives, marry multiple times and possess slave girls.

It’s about taking pride in patriarchal societies where husbands are categorically told in detail how they should punish their “disobedient” wives, while not a single text exclusively tells women what they should do with unfaithful husbands. It’s about taking pride in not being allowed to vote, let alone lead your nations, and about finally being allowed to ride a goddamn bicycle – under a mehram’s supervision – in the year 2013 AD.

The #MuslimahPride jihad will be written down in history as the moment where Muslimaat made it clear to the world that no one should protest on their behalf, half-naked or otherwise. Thank you, dear Muslimaat, for saving the rest of the world’s time by clarifying that you’re fine living in the 7th century AD, and no one should push you towards the enlightened times, regardless of whether they have clothes on or not. Thank you for being a source of inspiration and an illuminating example for everyone. We all know that you have what it takes to transform the plight of the women and change the dynamics of the world, as long as you are back home before sunset.

More power to you.

PS: I hope being addressed as ‘dear’ does not land you in trouble with your oversensitive male guardians.

Yours thankfully,

Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 390 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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questionsQuestions are a fascinating part of life, and asking them can lead to astounding discoveries, the answers they provoke can open doors, shed light on mysteries and sometimes, even reveal the obvious.-Terry Oriely

However Questions also lead to humiliations, animosity and destruction of relationships. Recently one of my family member unfriended me on FaceBook because in a conversation I asked “Why Osama bin Laden was hidden in Pakistan”. Obviously his religious bigotry would not let him accept the fact that support of terrorism by Pakistani military is wrong. However instead of ignoring the question he chose to severe relations, though he will be unable to disassociate the relations bound genetically.

This reminds me the following quote from Dr Lawrence Krauss, while he was paying tribute to Christopher Hitchens:

“Being able to befriend and charm even your intellectual enemies is something we can all learn from (Hitchens). We can all emulate as we try to bring the light of reason into a world which so often shuts it out. It requires courage and self confidence combined with the ability to simply enjoy people as people.”

Dr Krauss observation is priceless but he has not considered that all reasoning is useless when people are suffered with religious bigotry. Religious conservatism shuts peoples brain to accept any logical explanation, and they accept what is said in support of idea which they believe. Examples of this condition of mental retardation due to bigotry are numerous. Politicians denying Global warming, Scientists denying Evolution, Highly educated Muslims supporting Terrorism, and slavery. The list goes on and on. Indeed religious bigotry is the root of all evils. It shuts people mind to QUESTION.


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Mapleview Mall was so crowded yesterday evening. There were six Cops directing traffic for the shoppers. one lane of Fairview Street/Plains Road was blocked to let shoppers out of the mall parking, on each side. Reminds me this quote from Bill Maher.


“We got to get rid of gift giving. Spending money you dont have to give gift to people you dont like, stuff they dont want. That got to stop”–Bill Maher


Christmas should only be celebrated with festivities and enjoyment. In the picture here with singer Jose Feliciano. And my all time favorite Christmas Song is in his voice.




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