Monthly Archives: December 2014

Who’s that girl? What’s her name?


I’ve always suspected that my sister was an undercover superhero. I just couldn’t prove it all these years, until now. I recently stumbled upon some compelling evidence to support my claim. See what she left unattended? And according to her job description, she is trained to dodge bombs (really), go in and out of high security installations (no joke) and do other superhero stuff. Plus when confronted at the end of the week on what she’s been up to at work she says evasively, “Saving the world before bedtime.” I now have every reason to believe she is a Powerpuff Girl. Question is, which one? *squints eyes suspiciously*

Who’s that girl? What’s her name? Is she cool? Is she lame? – Pepper Ann

Proximity Can Be A Veil

I just found out that in terms of genealogical proximity regarding the ‘Alawiyun of the Hadhramaut, the Al-Haddads are superior to that of Al-Attas’ to the Prophet’s bloodline. This was related to me by my uncle, who is an Irshadi of the Hadhramaut (my paternal side, hence so am I). I’m currently reading ‘The Hadrami Awakening‘ by Natalie Mobini-Kesheh, which I find quite fascinating.

Famous Hadhramis in the Nusantara include Syed Mashhur bin Muhammad Al-Shahab more famously known as Syarif Masahor (a past warrior who commanded the loyalty of the Kanowit people in the resistance against the Brookes) and the contemporaries Tan Sri Syed Muhammad Naquib Al-Attas (a profoundly influential philosopher with a large global following) and Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary (a wealthy merchant with diverse businesses in and around the Malay archipelago).

I would really like to get my hands on the book ‘Graves of Tarim‘ by Engseng Ho.

“Proximity can be a veil. How many Meccans have not performed Hajj because it’s just there?” – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Our Own Sir Peter Jackson


I recall a few years ago, after receiving an outstanding straight As for his SPM results, my brother was asked what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. Because he passed with flying colours, he was offered to do many things, by many parties, though none of them was what he really wanted to do. Medicine? Engineering? Law? The world was his oyster. Faced with the decision to either follow the crowd and do as others do, or chart his own future into the unknown, he decided on the latter, though he received countless “advice” from naysayers to persuade him otherwise. It was difficult because the offers elsewhere were tempting, what with full scholarships, studying in a foreign country and whatnot. After standing his ground and persevering through with his passion in Film Making, he has received accolades for his abilities and is already carving a name for himself. And today, he is featured in the papers for just that. Alhamdulillah, I’m so proud of him. Luqman, this one’s for you lil bro.