Read and Dissect with Oumissa

Dear Philomaths,

A new idea popped into my head as I tried to keep my smile in Lagos traffic. I have many brilliant people (bless all their hearts) with whom I analyse selected articles on trending issues daily. I’m moving this robust experience from WhatsApp here. Feel free to share your opinions in the comments. And yes you can suggest interesting articles of your own.

Let’s start with these six.

1. What happens when three brilliant young minds from different skill sets come together to provide a solution to long waiting time in Nigerian hospitals? Find out in this TechCabal article.

2. Do you, like me, use lara.ng to navigate the jigsaw puzzle the city of Lagos is? Lara.ng is a chat-based transportation solutions platform that provides directions and ridesharing services especially for those knotty routes that stump even Google maps. Another by Tech Cabal.

3. Is there something about smart , reserved men that makes them incapable of commitment? Find out in this brilliant article by Jennifer Lowe.

4. Young skilled people in competitive fields are often grappling with mammoth workloads and deadlines with talons they cant escape from fast enough. They sometimes turn to energy drinks to keep them awake help finish their tasks. But are these the best performance aids ever or do dangers lurk within those stimulating gulps? Let Caffeine Informer take you on an awareness trip .

5. Streets across the UK were recently awash with bright red poppies honouring the sacrifices of British Empire soldiers in the colossal loss of young life WW1 was. Little known is the crucial contribution by Muslims in this war. This BBC article goes back in history in this detailed analysis.

6. Follow two globetrotting sisters across the world of designer clothes and accessories, a lavish lifestyle funded by billionaire paramours, and a discovery of their own talent and ability. Many surprises await in this New York Times piece .

You’d see why I saved it for last.

P.S.

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Have a fun day. I’m looking forward to a great discussions!

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Love,
Oumissa.
Lagos, Nigeria
14 Nov 2018

ACHIEVING ZERO HUNGER

It is World Food Day 2017.

The reality of human nutrition today is a picture of stark contrast. On the one hand is food waste with food insecurity on the other. These and the few in between exist in all countries only with different levels. The smouldering embers of conflict old and new has worsened this problem. Many farmers reside in the rural areas where land is often abundant but security is less sophisticated than in the urban centres. Generally, in the absence of peace, services break down and everyone flees to safety. Stores become depleted, farmlands are ransacked, livestock are abandoned or killed and the once bountiful acres turn to a desolate landscape. This is played out numerous times as evident by the current refugee crisis described as the worst since World War II.

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Goal #2 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is Zero Hunger. Of course this can only be achieved in sync with the other  sixteen goals. It is hoped that by 2030, we would all achieve our aim of making this planet a better place. If you want to make a difference in this regard, join me at @mystreetkitchen (Siddiqah NGO) and @thenigerianchildinitiative  (TNCI) two of several Nigerian NGOs doing great work in this area.

I do appreciate every other individual and organization working tirelessly to make sure people do not hungry in a world that wastes so much of the food it produces.The following steps are a good places to start.

  • Eschewing violence,push for peaceful resolution of conflicts.
  • Eating whole and natural foods will boost physical and mental health. Malnutrition has greatly stunted the growth and development of millions of children. This predisposes them to preventable diseases thus increasing under -five mortality.
  • Sharing extra food with people around us instead of throwing it in the bin. Wasting good food is absurd but most of us are guilty of it in one way or the other.
  • Encouraging agriculture via investment, provision of infrastructure,growing our own food and supporting farmers. There is so much benefit and potential in it. Beyond providing our food, it can be a huge source of sustainable revenue that will ensure  wider societal development.

Together, we can achieve food security for all.

Oumissa

 

 

 

 

TheRamadhanBaby #20 – Love and Peace

Infuse love into your every word, thought, action.

Never stop working towards peace.

Love Allah by worshipping Him to the best of your ability. Doing what He Loves, loving for His sake Only, giving to His Cause ( Q2:165,177)

Love the Prophet by following his beautiful example.

Love the companions and the pious predecessors by emulating their good deeds and character.

Love your parents by striving to alway make the happy.

Love your siblings, cousins and other relatives including in-laws by being gentle towards them.

“None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.”

(Sahih Bukhari and Muslim)

Love your spouses in mercy and tranquility. (Q30:21)

Love your children for they are the coolness of your eyes, your future and your legacy.

Love one another. (Q10:62)

Love your neighbours by guarding their property and being kind and courteous. (Sahih Muslim)

Love your friends by being there for them.

Love strangers by being concerned and helping, by sending funds, materials , messages and prayers to those affected by war, famine, disease and disaster around the world. By respecting them irrespective of your differences.(Q49:13)

Be a mediator. 

Support peaceful causes. 

Create safe spaces and not scary ones. 

Because love and peace go together, there is no development and progress without these two.

Remember, our Lord is Al-Wadud (The Loving), As-Salam (The Source of Peace).

TheRamadhanBaby 13: Our Future

There is one part of us often ignored. We mistake their innocence for lack of wisdom instead of looking at them through lens that see their potential. We carry on as if eve got other people to hand over our Deen to? Who would bury us, take care of us in old age and continue our legacy? Our children!

Let this be a call to include them. When we organize lectures, we could make sure there is a section for them not only to play but learn what is being taught in a way they can understand. Let’s inculcate our morals and values in them. Have them know what this world entails and teach them so they can take the right path, have great judgement and make good decisions.

Can we achieve all this without being kind? Definitely not.
“ He is not of us , one who does not show mercy to the children and the old”- Hadith
First we must understand they are a gift from Allah (Q42:49). We have also been enjoined to care, safeguard the property of and raise for those of them who have no one to do so. Q17:34
For they are our future, the Imams, judges, mothers, teachers, doctors, nurses and all important components of our Ummah tomorrow.

TheRamadhanBaby #10 – Power of Dua

Oft-overlooked, this is an essential part of a Muslim’s life. Our Lord is the Sustainer,Cherisher and Provider of all that exists. If He were to give us all the biggest bounty we can think of, it would not reduce His Wealth by a drop. Why then do we miss opportunities to ask?

Remember all those things we thanked Him for? Ask him to keep replenishing them. And those things we are to be patient upon? Ask that He changes the tide. 

Invocation is the weapon of the believer. With it, you can conquer all and can effect the most change. (Don’t be like the misguided ones who kill innocents for whatever reason)

“Invoke Me (and ask Me for anything) and I will respond ( to your invocation)” Q40:60

Be relentless. Make dua in hardship and ease, in sincerity, for good only, in humility, with His Beautiful Names and exalted Attributes.

Make dua not just when you break your fast, after Asr, in sujood, when its raining, when in difficulty, when you are oppressed, when you are sick, when you are traveling, that special hour on Fridays but in essence, everytime and every situation!

 Make dua for your parents , children, relatives, friends, enemies, strangers. It is the best gift you can give a loved one.

Make dua for all experiencing pain and suffering right now. Make dua for  our  world. Ask Him to protect the planet from all who seek to destroy it. Ask Him to place your departed loved ones in Jannah and for you to be reunited with them in bliss.

Back it up with strong  Iman and Tawakkul, good deeds and character. When you make dua, you either get an answer immefiately or delayed (both at His perfect time) or get an evil prevented. (Sahih At-Tirmidhi 3/140)

He alone should we beseech for help.(Q1:5)

TheRamadhanBaby #7- Shukr

While making Sahur today, i sustained a scalding accident on a small part of my hand. I put it in water then on ice. After several hours it felt better. But before then, it burned anytime i tried to do normal things with my hands like place them on top of each other in Salah, washing with soap, when the spicy stew touched it, using that hand as support to get up. Literally anything that touched it made it hurt. The total area affected was a few squared centimeters 

This made me realize we do not appreciate our bodies enough. We take a lot for granted and are only reminded of the importance of every minute part when we get hurt.
We always ask. We never stop. We want more and more but how many of Allah’s blessings do we actually give thanks for?
Thank Him for life, for being on this Deen and witnessing this month.

Thank Him for your job, your family, your freedom.

Thank Him for your academic success, safety and good health.

Thank Him for being there for you even when you lose faith.

Thank Him for not punishing you for all the sins you commit.

Thank Him for making you among the followers of His Prophet.

There are too many things for us to appreciate that we aren’t. 

Take time out today to always say Alhamdulillah for His Favors first before asking or complaining
“If you give thanks, I will give you more.”

Surat Ibrahim Q14:7

“Which of the favours of your Lord will you deny?”

Surat Ar-Rahman Q55

True Love

This is a thought-provoking poem by a young writer named Tia
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Love takes a long time to grow
True love is patient

Love has its conditions,circumstances and situations
True love is understanding

Love has its ups and downs
True love endures

Love is decisive
True love makes the right choices

Love is demanding
True love is selfless

Love is full of expectations
True love satisfies

Love has its bouts of betrayal and distrust
True love is forgiving

Love is special
True love is unique

Love is good
True love is the best

Love is affected by distance,dilemma and background
True love stands the test of time

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Sometimes destiny doesn’t allow us to be with those we love.
But true love gives us the fortitude to let go and keep them in our hearts forever…

– Tia