Showing posts from December, 2012

The Illusion of Numbers

Oh, we are so preoccupied with numbers. Today I thought about the numbers that I have.

What does 40,000 likes on Facebook and 25,000 followers on Twitter mean? Do they mean that I am somewhat better than someone who has less than 40,000 likes and 25,000 followers? Am I more "credible" because I have those numbers?

If so, then riddle me this: what about the Prophets? Some of them had only a handful of followers and some of them had none.


But they are Prophets, the greatest human beings ever walked on this earth. If numbers were the measuring stick, then where do you place them?


I learned a valuable lesson today: Truth is free of numbers.

Even if the whole world is on my side, without Allah al-Haq (the Truth), then I am nothing.

Nothing. That number is zero.

I Met a Famous Singer

Yesterday, I was in close proximity with a world-renown singer.

If I mention his name, it is likely that you will know him. But I won't mention his name because it's irrelevant to the point I want to make. Just knowing how famous he is is enough to bring meaning to this point.

It was the time of Maghrib prayer when I saw him. In order for me to go to the prayer room, I would have to walk pass him. As I slowly approached him, there was an increasing feeling of admiration in my heart.

"OMG, it's him!"

"Wow, I can't believe he's here!"

"He's so close, I can touch him!"

"I want to take a picture so badly!"


I saw that people were crowding him. They are possibly driven by the same feeling that I felt in my heart; the result of being close to a celebrity.

I bear no ill feelings towards that famous person. I admire his work and Masha Allah he is doing a good job.

However, as I walk slowly closer and clos…