Thursday, December 20, 2007

Concerning Carols

I love carols - so in the spirit of Eid, and Christmas - MJ presents to you


The Night Before Eid

(adapted from Clement Clarke Moore's A night before Christmas)



'Twas the night before Eid, when all through the house

Only Daadima was scuttling around in her yellowed beige blouse;

The musallahs were kept neatly next to the front door,

Lord knows those mats they put out down don’t protect you from the hard eid gah floor;


The girls were all tucked in, with mendhi on their palm,

the little boys were dreaming of killing sheep at the farm;


The burfee was ready, and so was the soap,
to get rid of that sheep smell in a day… or so we hope


When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

a jamaat from ladysmith were making our imaan their matter.


Away to the door I ran with my might,

To shut it quickly and switch off the light.


And then, in a twinkling, I heard from the top

a scuttle, a scurry and then a big drop .

As I reached for my gun, and was turning around,

Down the chimney Abdul Malik came with a bound.


He was dressed all in white, with a big bushy beard,

And his clothes were all messed with curry stains that smeared;

A large miswaak in his mouth, frayed and wet,

so that he looked like a Viking smoking a wooden cigarette.


And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

No sign of a moustache – there was nothing to grow

He was chubby and plump, a portly sized dude,

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of my mood;


He pulled out a book, perhaps a classic by Dahl?

Who was I kidding, we all knew it was the Fazaail Amaal

I appreciated what they were doing but now was not the time
So I hastily turned them out, without a good reason or rhyme


But I heard him exclaim, resentfully as he left

May Allah give you hidayat, because verily you are bereft

MJ

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Concerning Epidemics

Today is World AIDS day so i'm dedicating this post to all the orphaned children living with AIDS. Be it promiscuity or infected needles - its them who suffer the most. The theme for this year is


Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise - Leadership


I cant help but see the irony when I think about the 'shower incident' in South Africa. I did a masters level course a few years ago where we critiqued current AIDS awareness campaigns - the thing is - 94 percent of South Africans know the dangers of HIV AIDS. Its the behaviour change aspect that's the hard part. The logical solution would be to stop sleeping around, but who listens. I'm truly stumped.


Muslims need to join in as well. I know that there is some Muslim related AIDS conference on at the moment (maybe nooj can fill us in on whats happening - represent :) but for too long we as Muslims have this 'its not a Muslim issue' approach to AIDS. And you know what - the more we isolate ourselves from the problems in our country, the more alienated we become. We're quick to jump when we want a new mosque built or when America invades a country, but why are we so silent on issues that don't have a sectarian packaging. Its our country as well. Its time we played a more prominent role in South Africa, and not only in the economic field.


PREVENT AIDS - STOP SLEEPING AROUND!


whats your opinion on your spouse getting an AID's test before nikkah?