Rising from the Rubbles

This blog is in continuation of my previous series of blogs ‘Counterclockwise‘ and is for those broken hearts whose life has been devastated by the unfortunate events in their lives. Quite amazingly, this idea is so mesmerizing that at times, I am in a state of shock and awe.

In order to live a life worth living, we have to look for cues spread all across. If you happen to have a chance to look at a building about to be demolished, dynamites are tied to the pillars of the building and all these dynamites are blown at once and the entire building is collapsed into rubbles.

If a video is captured while the building is being demolished and the same video is run in reverse, it will appear as if the building is rising from the rubbles.

To understand the concept, let’s look at the Electric Cardiogram as shown below. A patient is alive only if the ECG shows ups and downs. As soon as ECG shows a straight line, the patient is pronounced dead.


We, humans, have the capability to go through upheavals in our lives and the ability to rise from the rubbles if we change our way of thinking in the reverse direction.


So, start thinking differently, even for the same problem and you will get to know an easy way out to rising from the rubbles.

Sajjad Hussain





According to some estimates, there are roughly 4,200 religions in the world[1]


This blog is about the position of ethics in our lives as compared to our own biased religious beliefs. Since religion is one of the important topics of ethics [I belong to Pakistan and my religious belief is Islam], so in my lectures on ethics, whenever I tell my students something about religion, they always think, I am talking about Islam. They are not to be blamed for it, as the majority population of Pakistan follows Islam as their religion.

Also most of the time, in order to make them understand the concept of ethics in religious terms, I often quote Quranic verses and Hadith, as everything taught in ethics is very much in Islam as well.

Religious beliefs often are very much deep-rooted in one’s heart and anything said about it, directly hits one’s heart [here I am referring to religion in general, so my words should not be taken for or against any religion].

At one point in time during my lecture, I told my students that ethics has emanated from various religions, existing since time immemorial, but once ethics emanates, it takes precedence over religion.

And then I was bombarded with a volley of fire by the whole class. Everyone, in the class, thought, as if I am undermining Islam and talking something against Islam without an inkling of the concept I was trying to establish. This is what happens when we listen to react, and not to understand, [a common trait of most of us].

Fruit cocktail is often sold canned and is a staple of cafeterias, but can also be made fresh. The use of the word “cocktail” in the name does not mean that it contains alcohol, but refers to the secondary definition “An appetizer made by combining pieces of food, such as fruit or seafood”. [Wikipedia]

Not a single religion [not the followers] in the world allows its followers to lie, or kill fellow humans in the name of religion. Ethics, on the other hand, talks about humanity, offering a cocktail of best practices of these religions for the uplift of humanity. Probably that is one of the reasons why atheists are more ethical in their wheeling-dealing then the religious zealots, even though they (atheists) don’t follow any religion.

If I or for that matter anyone tries to convince someone to follow something good and to make one convince using religious anecdotes, the counterpart, if not belonging to the same religion, might argue not to follow the advice. Because s/he will presume that advice being given is based on one’s bias against one’s religious beliefs. But if the same argument is explained using ethics [which is more rational than emotional], it will have more acceptance to anyone, as it will not be based on one’s religious biases to convince.

It’s as if, one is being offered a cocktail [advice] containing a tinge of all the flavors [religions], which can easily be consumed [acceptable] rather then having a glass of juice [religious sermon] containing only the fruit [biased religious belief] you like.

Sajjad Hussain


Life: A Project Leading to a Process

This blog is in continuation of my previous blog Eternal Abode, wherein we found that this life is a journey (project) and we are heading to our final destination (Heaven or Hell), based on our performance here on earth).

In order to understand my real viewpoint of the blog, let me first define a project and a process to make sense of my analogy which I will be explaining once these two terms are defined.

Define Growth and differentiate between growth and development


The Project Management Institute definition of a project is:
“A project is temporary in that it has a defined beginning and end in time, and therefore defined scope and resources.

And a project is unique in that it is not a routine operation, but a specific set of operations designed to accomplish a singular goal. So a project team often includes people who don’t usually work together – sometimes from different organizations and across multiple geographies”.

Now if we look at our own life, it appears as if it’s a project because it has a specific beginning and an end once an individual completes his/her lifespan. Also, every single individual is unique in nature, which exactly fits into the definition of a project.

Define Growth and differentiate between growth and development


A process as defined by the Oxford dictionary is:
“A series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end”.

The life hereafter is never-ending as most of the religions believe. So an analogy of life hereafter can be thought of as a process, which is never-ending.


A game player is remembered for a long time when s/he retires from the game at the peak of his performance. If s/he quits at an age when s/he has no choice but to retire, then s/he cannot mark his/her presence in the minds of the people as a successful player.

According to the Islamic concept of life hereafter, all humans after death will be raised again in their prime youth to live in heaven and the life given to us is a project wherein we have to perform a series of actions or steps in order to achieve a successful end after death.

1The X-axis on the graph shown above is age or time and the Y-axis is our actions or performance during our youth. Until such time that one is in his/her youth, everything one does is very much in one’s control. As soon as one crosses one’s prime youth, everything one does now is more out of one’s will. In a way, we can say that now one is living not for the sake of living but preparing for the eternal abode where one would be living forever [Process is anything continuing forever].

Sajjad Hussain


Multiple Choices to Find the Truth

Perception RealityAs a student, I noticed that the teacher used to give us multiple choice questions in exams and quizzes, wherein he used to write the question with 4 choices to select from. Three of the choices used to be wrong with one correct answer. We used to solve them without asking the teacher if he wanted us to be more ‘wrong’ then ‘right’ as we were given three wrong answers to the question asked.

Now since I started teaching, I am doing the same without giving a second thought to this practice being followed since ages. I never wondered why on earth, I was giving multiple choice questions (with three wrong answers and one right choice) to my students while conducting quizzes and exams until recently.

Only a few days back I was listening to a sermon on youtube and came to know the uniqueness of this activity. I think there is a hidden message for all of us to ponder.

We as teachers do not want the students to be more ‘wrong’ by giving them three wrong answers to the question asked. We want the students to be more strong in their understanding of the concept given in the question by selecting one right answer from the given 4 choices including three wrong answers.

We are obligated to prepare the students to face the challenges (which are more negative then positive) of their practical life after completion of their studies. The option to choose one right from among the four choices is meant to let them have a thorough understanding of the right answer.

I have been emphasizing upon my students to learn to connect the dots which are 180 degrees out of proportion. Let’s try making an analogy with one of the rituals practiced during Hajj on 11th, 12th and 13th of Zilhujja.


“Pilgrims are obligated to stone the ‘three’ satans called the ‘Rami Jamarat‘. The ritual of Rami is a symbolic reenactment of the actions of Hazrat Ibrahim عليه السلام when he was faced with the trial of having to sacrifice his son, Hazrat Ismail عليه السلام (other narrations mention it was Hazrat Ishaq عليه السلام). In a dream, Hazrat Ibrahim was commanded to perform the sacrifice to which he responded with unwavering reliance and trust in the will of Allah.

On the way to carry out the commandment, Satan repeatedly sought to tempt Hazrat Ibrahim عليه السلام into ignoring the command. As Hazrat Ibrahim عليه السلام reached Jamarah al-Aqaba (i.e. the location where Jamarah al-Aqaba is today), Satan attempted to dissuade him. Hazrat Ibrahim عليه السلام, who was accompanied by Hazrat Jibril عليه السلام, was instructed by the archangel to throw seven stones at Satan. He obliged and Satan fled immediately. Hazrat Ibrahim عليه السلام then went to Jamarah al-Wusta and Satan appeared again. Hazrat Ibrahim عليه السلام once again threw stones at him and Satan fled. He then went to Jamarah al-Ula and Satan appeared. Hazrat Ibrahim عليه السلام threw stones at him once more and Satan fled.

Each time, Hazrat Ibrahim عليه السلام resisted temptation, remaining steadfast in his intention to do as he was commanded. As Hazrat Ibrahim عليه السلام was preparing to sacrifice his son, he was spared from having to carry out the command at the last moment and was provided with a sacrificial animal as a substitute.”

An amazing analogy of ritual of ‘Rami Jamarat‘ during Hajj is for understanding one of the names of Almighty Allah (Al Muzil meaning humiliating). He did not want to degrade His followers by creating Satan, (who tried to dissuade Hazrat Ibrahim عليه السلام from sacrificing Hazrat Ismail عليه السلام) but to make them (His followers) more strong in their belief.

Sajjad Hussain


The Spices

SpicesHaving a look at the pic above you might think that I am going to teach you something about cooking, or maybe I am watching Masala TV (a TV channel dedicated to cooking) a lot to give you some handy tips on nutrition value of shown spices.

I have never cooked anything, ever in my life and I would be, but a bad chef, if I ever try. Yet I am fond of good food, so quite often I watch Masala TV Channel, not to learn about cooking, but to see mouth-watering dishes decorated on a platter to be served.

When we go out for dining, we are presented with the menu card filled with a lot many mouth-watering dishes to satiate our taste buds. I kept wondering, at one point in time, we can only eat one or two meals at max then what is the point in having a long list of dishes with unusual name tags to choose from. Keep this point in mind and it will be explained later in the blog.

During my secondary class, biology was one of the subjects I was taught, in which the teacher gave us the detailed description of our digestive system. To give you an idea how our digestive system works here is an excerpt which (Health and Wellness) explains how our bodies turn the food, we eat, into energy:

“All parts of the body (muscles, brain, heart, and liver) need the energy to work. This energy comes from the food we eat.

Our bodies digest the food we eat by mixing it with fluids (acids and enzymes) in the stomach. When the stomach digests food, the carbohydrate (sugars and starches) in the food breaks down into another type of sugar, called glucose.

The stomach and small intestines absorb the glucose and then release it into the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, glucose can be used immediately for energy or stored in our bodies, to be used later”.


If you look at the spices shown above, I don’t see any of the spices having a sugary flavor, yet everything we eat after going through the digestive system turns into glucose (a form of sugar), which provides energy to our body to work.

Did you notice something how mother nature has made your digestive system?

Our body accepts all kinds of piquant spices tasting so good to increase our appetite that we cannot avoid craving for it. It has the capability of digesting a diverse range of eatables, yet everything is ultimately turned into sugar (energy) in the end. Can we learn something out of this analogy?

There is a lesson hidden behind it for us that we come across situations and people in our lives, good at times but agonizingly bitter to the soul mostly (like the long list of appetizing food made from bitter spices, if taken separately), yet we have to learn to live with them and get a boost (like sugar does to our body) to lead our life worth living by making them part of our life and try extracting (learning) good things from them to make our life enjoyable (like the balanced combination of various spices adds flavor to our food)  by our sugary behavior, come what may.

Sajjad Hussain


The Fountain of Life

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Acid is considered to be dangerous having a bitter taste and in order to subside its negatively harsh effects, it has to be alkalized adding water into it.

I wondered when I gave it a second thought, that how close it is to our interaction with other people in our daily lives.

Quite a few people are so sarcastic in their wheeling-dealing with other people that at times, it appears, as if they are having a taste of acid in their sarcasm. If those people (who are sarcastic) have a bit of a know-how that how their sarcasm have a negative impact on the person who is being subjected to their wrath, will never even think of subjecting people to their sarcasm.

Now that knowledge which comes to us through education will act as water added to the acid (sarcasm) to make it alkaline, that mellowness (by virtue of the knowledge we have) in us can be a source of life for someone who is disgruntled with his life for any reason, be it a sarcasm or economic or social malaise.

Be knowledge hungry and alkalized your sarcasm by it and avoid making lives of other people miserable. Be polite, you never know how badly one is hurt by your unrealistic and unnecessary sarcasm when you can bring joy and happiness to their life by your knowledge.

 Sajjad Hussain


The Current


I wish to apologize to my audience for the delay in my post as I wanted to write on this topic for long but the concept I had before was not getting the kind of appeal to my heart and the concept was not even getting close to the title of my blog.

Writing for the sake of writing has never been my intent to waste my time and the time of my audience.

You might have heard from a layman that an electric socket has two wires; one is neutral and the other is a live wire. Until recently I never thought why is it like that, but when I came to know about it, I was like wow, what a concept.

Whosoever coined this word, ‘live wire’ might not have thought about it the way I am going to explain now (pardon me if I am exaggerating myself).

When a person is alive, he has his body heat which keeps him alive. Why did I say so, because when a person dies, his body gets cold and stiff with the passage of time, I am wondering why a dead body has to be kept in a mortuary to keep it cool when it, itself is cold as its body heat is gone as soon as he died.

Quite confusing…………………………..

The obvious reason is, if it (the dead body) is left in the open, it starts stinking, so in order to preserve it till such time that it is buried, it has to be placed inside the mortuary.

When current passes from anything (a conductor) it gets hot. If we now make an analogy of a live wire with a live body, we will be able to understand why on earth that person (who coined the word live wire) came up with the word live wire.

So in order for one to be alive, one needs to have current (i.e. passion) to prove oneself that he is alive and willing to face the odds of life head-on.

Sajjad Hussain