Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Raheem, in the name of God the most gracious, the most kind. By God’s grace I am now a scientist in training. When I set this blog up over a year ago I was a grad student. But my focus of research has not changed much, hoping it will only continue to grow in this captivating and vital area (pray for me!); I research how constitutional gene defects can cause Intellectual disability in Children. Basically trying to piece together the link between the genes and the organ function. Intellectual Disability is found in 2-3% of the world’s children, a staggering number and making it one of the most common disorders of our time.
Well, that’s my day job and I feel very blessed to be doing what I do, to have the opportunity to do this. I feel very blessed to be able to think, to reason, to write. Creative writing has always been a hobby, so here’s hoping to make time for it more inshaAllah. I am fascinated by thought, by how the brain works, by astronomy, history, geology, indeed all of creation. In fact sometimes the fascination seems to over-ride the productivity! But more than anything else, I am a Muslim. I found this way of life on my own, tested and tried through many life and global events. I am wholly convinced of its truth. Islam has taught me to be a better person and constantly strive to improve on this. It has taught me to love and serve humanity. All humanity!
It’s taught me humility and the need to constantly strive to make this world a better place. This blog is an attempt at doing that, sharing what thoughts and impressions I have. It is amazing to have your feedback and to connet this way with you all. So thanks to all and everyone who has stopped by, visited often or happened upon. I value the interaction we have on here greatly!
The name of the blog is somewhat a twist on my name. Since my Arabic second and last name, mean respectively ‘joy’ and ‘manifest’. MashaAllah (by the grace of God) I am pretty lucky to have that name and love it. Life to me is about joy..JOY. Not fleeting happiness. But the true and unabating joy that comes of knowing one’s purpose in this world, where one came from, where one is going and being in harmony with creation and the Creator. This is my belief, you may not entirely or even remotely share it, which I respect. I am only sharing my worldview…the ‘islamic worldview’ :)
Peace to you all, may you enjoy reading!