Pakistan – A Secret Among Allah’s Secret

It was the night of 27th Ramadan 1366 AH, i.e. 14th August 1947 when Lord Mountbatten administered the independence oath to Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Muslims consider 27th Ramadan a sacred night associating it to the revelation of The Holy Quran on Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The existence of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is therefore said to be a secret among Allah’s secret.

The independence of Pakistan from the India-Pakistan sub-continent was not a coincidence & an event possible without the spiritual forces that are said to be a part in the Pakistani wars for independence it. Referred by most people as unbelievable & impossible such events have been witnessed & spoken about a number of Indian army men, pilots, writers, Sufis & common persons.

                Mumtaz Mufti, a prominent Pakistani Urdu writer, mentions about the spiritual forces in that were a part of the 1965 wars in his books; Alakh Nagri (1992), Labbaik (1975) & Piyaz Ke Chilke (1966). Mentioning about the famous Lahori Saint, “Chup Shah” who never spoke before, started screaming the following words on the streets; “O people, See what miracles God will show, Fear not, victory will be ours.”

                The day Lahore was attacked by the Indian Army, 2 people in Madina saw the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) rushing on a horse. When inquired; He said, “I am going on a Jihad to Pakistan.” The entire dream was stated in a letter that was received by Jang Newspaper from Madina Munawara.

                Hakeem Syed Ali Ahmed Nayyer Wasti, a prominent scholar & hakeem, mentioned about a lady who was the resident of Madina Munawarah for last 18 years, habitual of sitting alongside Roza-e-Rasool on a daily basis. The lady told Hakeem Nayyer Wasti on 6th September 1965 that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was worried & he rushed out of his rest place. He also mentioned about a Saint whom he used to meet every day in Roza-e-Rasool, was missing on 6th September. Upon inquiring of his absence, the Saint’s pupil told Hakeem Nayyer Wasti that he was gone to Pakistan for Jihad. Another Saint that he knew told him that the martyrs of Jang-e-Badar were gone to Pakistan on 6th September on white horses.

                People of Sialkot reported that they had seen hundreds of horses with horse riders wearing white dresses & carrying swords in their hands rushing towards the battlefield.

                Qazi told Mumtaz Mufti that there were Saints that were protecting Pakistan during the war. As 21 bombs were thrown towards Rawalpindi, only 5 of which exploded. Indians could see Pakistani soldiers who were just 500 in number in thousands & lacs.

                The Indian soldiers said that the army swords was the cause of them losing the battle. They could see was light emerging from their swords. The Indian soldiers also said that they could see the Pakistani Army was massive in number, as a matter of fact, they were very hardly 500 in number.

                Prisoners of Sialkot were inquiring about the soldiers wearing white dresses that were with the Pakistani Army. However, prisoner of Khemkaran was questioning about the horse riders in red dresses who caused a great loss to the Indians.

                An Indian Pilot who was designated for bombardment on Multan mentioned said that he saw 3 old men in Multan who were catching the bombs & were throwing them away. Another pilot who was designed to attack Dwarka reported; “We came to attack Dwarka, weather was clear, the situation was perfect but when we reached Dwarka, a heavy cloud suddenly jumped from nowhere and covered Dwarka”

                Another pilot said; “I don’t know what happened, I heard voices coming from all four sides that Bailout Bailout, even no Pakistani aircraft was tracing me. I got so much confused that I bailed out.”

                Indian General Kapadia’s son who was a pilot too mentioned; “I came to destroy River Ravi’s bridge but when I reached to River Ravi, there were six bridges instead of one.”

After Madina Munawara, Islamic Republic of Pakistan is the only country that was established in the name of Islam. Both the states were endangered from “Mushrikeen” which resulted in the formation of a separate homeland.

Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the father of our nation, was the one leader who materialised the dream of Allah Iqbal (R.A) into reality. The Islamic Republic of Pakistan was created after the sacrifices of our ancestors who gave their sweat & blood to ensure the independent existence of our homeland. It is now our responsibility to keep up the integrity of our country.

Quaid-e-Azam Muhamamd Ali Jinnah’s passport.
Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah live on All India Radio on 3rd June 1947.

Mustafa Ali Hamdani announced the news of freedom of Pakistan on Radio. The announcements began on 13th August 1947 at 11:50 pm saying; “This is All India Lahore. Wait for our next announcement.” The next announcement was made after a gap of 15 minutes on 14th August 1947 at 12:05 am; “This is Radio Pakistan. Congratulations for an independent Pakistan.”

Mysteries are yet to unfold. Ghazwa-E-Hind is another topic that is being discussed these days keeping in view the ongoing conditions in Kashmir. But have you ever wondered why is it called a Ghazwa? As Ghazwa refers to any of the battles in which the Islamic prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) personally participated. Isn’t this a food for thought? Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in his Ahadith has already predicted the victory of the Muslim forces.

For those who say “Pakistan may kya rakha hai?”
Pakistan is the only land after the Holy land of Madina Munawara whose foundations were laid after the teachings of Islam. Named as the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, it is the land of peace, love, bravery, tolerance, harmony & unity that has the most hospitable culture, delicious foods & rich heritage. It is the land with world renown Sufis & Saints, Mystics & Poets. It is the land with all 4 seasons, tasteful fruits & vegetables. It is a land known for its street theatre, music & musicians. Established with devotion, love, dream. Whether Sindhi, Punjabi, Balochi or Pakhtun culture, all of them extend messages of love & peace. It is a land where people from different religions freely follow Allah, Jesus or Bhagwan.

Long Live Pakistan!

Is Human Lacking in Human Resources?

Duties of the human resource department so far remain as traditional. The traditional definition by virtue of principles of Human Resources is “To attract, select, develop and retain” suggests the duties as mentioned. But are those the only duties -Job Roles- of HRM (Human Resource Management) department? Certainly not. The world of the 21st century is dynamic and diverse. The literacy is turning to Knowledge currency and humans are learning quicker than machines. How surprising it is that we are demanding human resource in a country which has a literacy rate of 56% reportedly and whose residents reach to university level account about 5-6% and those who finish to masters are hardly 4%. So is it that we are lacking humans in human resource? And if so then what we are placing as Human Resource is either a fallacy or a foe? So what is the real purpose and definition of HRM in an emergent or developing country? This poses a strong argument against how shall modern HR be viewed? What shall contribute to the modern definitions and practices of HRM according to psychographics of countries? Evolution of Human Capital Management is the only constant for upcoming centuries but what is the predictor of it? Education? Experience? Empathy? As said,

“Take away my people, but leave my factories, and soon grass will grow on the factory floors. Take away my factories, but leave my people, and soon we will have a new and better factory.”

Andrew Carnegie.

As discussed, following are some presumptive clauses proposed by ‘Training weekly, the source for professional development in “8 Golden Principles of Human Resources” by Professor M.S.Rao. PhD:

Principle No. 1: Recruitment to Retirement

So what does this new principle by the scholar says? The new full cycle duties of HR range from manpower planning, selection, training and development, placement, wage and salary administration, promotion, transfer, separation, performance appraisal, grievance handling, welfare administration, job evaluation and merit rating, and exit interview. To brief it commence all the duties which a mother of a household is supposed to do. But the question is, Mothers of 21st century are changing and so the duties of mothers. Hence, HR majorly in 21st century will play the role of Strategic mother which aligns and synchronizes all departments and its employees throughout the employee tenure in the company. Hence, HR should be a specialized department and not an overall jack with no mastery.

Principle No. 2: People (Men) behind the machine count.

It is to be understood that machines are servant to people. The psychological, motor and affective behaviors are found in humans and not machines. Subsequently, it is evident to keep human a priority and not machines.

Elbert Hubbard rightly remarked, “One machine can do the work of 50 ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.”

Principle No. 3: Hire for attitude, recruit for skills.

A wise man said, “Attitude and not aptitude determines the altitude”. Therefore, whenever looking for the right fit hire attitude over skills. Because if the person has the right attitude it can determine the capabilities, capacities and abilities required to get the job done. A fresher over an experienced candidate is preferable if he possesses the right,, attitude.

Principle No. 4: Appreciate attitude but respect intelligence.

There has always been a selection war between intelligence and attitude. Which one to choose? Always choose attitude over intelligence because with the right attitude, intelligence can be acquired or sometimes beaten.

Principle No. 5 Hire slow, Fire Fast.

Nothing worth comes easy. The recruitment process must be detailed and timely. Timely does not mean quick. The process must take its due time. The timelines for each recruitment condition must be placed well. Certainly there arise a question, ‘How timelines for different recruitment can be same? Also is there any standard way for recruitment cycle for different management levels? Conclusively, across industry different organizations play around the levels of management, each organization needs to have recruitment cycle according to their own business model and needs. Alignment and synchronization with business culture and acumen gets the roadmap to success. One bad fish can malic the waters, if HR identifies a bad fish in the waters it needs to immediately deploy or reconsider its choice. Many short term measures can be taken in order to identify and move the bad fish out of the waters.

Principle No. 6: (Favourite One) Shed Complexity Wed simplicity.

People today prefer to work in flat organizations rather than tall ones. Tall organizations often have hierarchies with a bureaucratic mindset that doesn’t work in the present context. Generation Yers are happy to work with partners rather than with bosses. So shed complexity and wed simplicity to achieve organizational excellence and effectiveness. Writing with a personal experience, flat organizations tend to benefit more on well-being of employees. No dog eats dog culture is found in flat organizations also none is a slave or a master. Everyone, therefore, is a help extender and not an order placer.

Principle No. 7: HR Leaders are King and Queen Makers.

This shall be well understood by how the article itself proclaims, it says: “Presently, there is an impression globally that HR leaders are king and queen makers. They cannot become kings and queens. They are perceived as people who become ladders for others to climb to higher positions. It is due to the roles and responsibilities they undertake. HR leaders are masters of their trades, not jacks of other trades. They know everything about HR, but they don’t necessarily know much about other aspects in the organization. CEOs are masters in their own domains and jacks of other domains. They are masters in their areas and know something about others areas. Thus, HR leaders must acquire knowledge about other areas and acquire technical and business acumen to become kings and queens—the chief executives.”

Principle No. 8: (Profound and sustaining); ‘to serve is to lead and live’.

As stated by scholar, Mahatma Gandhi once remarked, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” HR leaders must serve people with pleasure without any pressure. They must become torchbearers of human capital and knowledge. They must learn, unlearn, and relearn to stay relevant.

To end well the definition for HRM or HCM will keep evolving, these aforementioned must be valid for a period of time and must change with new leaders. The principles evolve with the time frame. Time is money and nature of money such as currency is evolving with the knowledge and wisdom. Humans are forever even if money fades away humans won’t. Thus to take care of the humans we need is the responsibility of institutions, companies, industry tycoons and employer agencies.

SOUL & SENSE, IQBAL IN FENCE

ALLAMA IQBAL (NOVEMBER 9, 1877 – APRIL 21, 1938) Baal-e-Jibrael

Allama Muhammad Iqbal, a doctor of philosophy in Solar Sciences died before his age of death but lived beyond ages through his words of wisdom. Allama Iqbal was influenced by very few scholars of all genre. The scholar who tops the list of Iqbal’s favourite is Maulana Rumi. The second soul fathers of Iqbal were Bayazid Bastami and Syed Hassan Mir scholars of Islam and mysticism. The western names are also popular amongst the influencers of Iqbal such as; Aristotle, Friedrich Nietzsche, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Thomas Walker Armold, Henri Bergson. These names as mentioned are people who either taught or knew Islam in one way or the other. Hence, with their findings and understanding about God, Iqbal was influenced about laws of nature and God running through the universe in forms of soul, non-physical and sense physically. Therefore, this article is aimed to highlight and explain some of the poetic verses from Baal-e-Jibrail which play around soul and sense.

Some of the popular quotes from Iqbal’sinfluences are as below:

“Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.”
– Henri Bergson

~ Here Henri claims man to be a man of action-sense while he is a thinking soul; a sense of soul. But in the latter part of the sentence, he warns man to be tactful – sense while he is thinking-soul

One of my favourites from Henri is:

“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating one self endlessly.”

Thomas Arnold wrote a book on Al-Dawat-ul-Islami, a great Historian of Islamic art, British Orientalist, taught at Muhammad Anglo-Oriental College.

About Bal-e-Jibreel

Refocusing the article to Bal-e-Jibreel, it is said Iqbal wrote Bal-e-Jibreel, not at one single place. Instead, it was written when he was travelling through Italy, Palestine, France, Spain and Afghanistan. Bal-e-Jibreel consists of ghazals, poems, quatrains, epigrams and intellectual belief of one (mysticism).

The work of Iqbal contains 15 Ghazals addressed to God and 61 Ghazals and 22 Quatrains addressed to Ego (Khudi), Loving, Faith, Knowledge, Intellect and Freedom, all of these variables giving meaning to sense and soul.

The author of the article is inspired to shed light on areas which interest her very being of sense and soul. These certain poetic verses have a magnificent elaboration of sense and Soul. Sense by Iqbal is defined as, “form or physical appearance,” scientifically anything which could be felt from 5 senses. While soul by Iqbal is a magnificent Concept which he, in his lifetime was unable to fully comprehend. The soul is a mystic presence of any physical being. Iqbal in the following verses.

English Translation:

“Will you not be mine? Be NOT mine,but be your Own Right.”

The significance of the soul is found not overtly but covertly. It is not when you look into rather when you reflect upon yourself you find the meaning and sense of soul. When you reflect you either Reinforce or reduce certain attributes which you may find right or wrong respectively. Hence, the soul is the compass of body which sets the direction for a being to decide where to go and choose ways to reach it. Subsequently, when we look back in time, Rene’ Descartes a philosopher and scientists in physics foundation of the 1600s kept a motto of, “I think therefore I am” until he found the meaning of life after 15 years of his work about universe, later he modified the motto and claimed, “ I regard with compassion Therefore I am”. The journey from think to regard with compassion is long and difficult but once an individual reflects upon himself on the journey he finds the true meaning of soul and humanity.

Mann ki duniya! mann ki duniya souz o masti, jazab o shouq

Tann ki duniya! tann ki duniya sood o soda, maker o fann

English Translation:

“World of soul—the world of fire and ecstasy and longing:

World of sense—the world of gain that fraud and cunning blight; urdu blog.”

Line 1: The universe of soul is non-existent but existential in some mystic form. All that is physical has a soul- a presence which cannot be touched but makes it felt, incomprehensible yet identifiable. The world of soul is covert, deep and inside out, preaching the curiosity, to find out why, how and what makes oneself unite with supreme. With this unison one becomes a craving fire, sometimes the fire becomes blue when it reaches its ultimate form (physical) but that is not its end. The universe of soul is vast and deep so with a new aim the fire is kindled red. This process of liberation is continuous and progressive until the physical form breathes Inna-al-Haq. No physical form can meet the level of the soul’s mysticism in his human architect. Hence, to meet this universe, ones soul is released from body in the experience of parallel universe and returns to the form lightening the human form to a better version. So the longing is the longing of body for the lost soul and soul longs for the ultimate substance which enlightens and awakens its core form. Now the soul reaches the stage of ecstasy where it rejoices the form it has reached. This fire burns ego, hatred, rationale, logic to ashes and liberates the soul to achieve its highest form.

Pragmatically, the world is not linear, it is not a straight line. It is rather a spiral of many straight lines whose one end is the beginning of another. Simultaneously, when a soul is liberated from one shell of energy it is prepared to enter a new shell of experience. And that’s how, in the journey of uncertainty the soul travels with faith, love, knowledge, intellect and freedom. In this journey of soul one is free from the desires of making allies other than its own source which makes him sufficient to face what has to come. “Sufficiency is not having all that you may need, sufficiency is being content in what you have, and using that to reach where you want.”

Treasure of the soul once won is never lost again:

Treasure gold, a shadow—wealth soon comes and soon takes flight.

Line 1: The wealth of covert world is wisdom, faith, love & freedom. When this wealth is achieved it is forever. People can take away worldly gains but no one can take ones knowledge, courage, freedom to think and persistence to make things happen. It is in soul’s power to make impossible happen when it connects to the mystic form of energy. This way its capability of resilience and ability to create is transformed to a higher level, resulting souls to travel like electrons or energy. Just like energy is neither created nor destroyed it only changes its form so is with the soul; the phenomenon makes the life of soul forever and the wealth which it shared with the universe is passed on to thousands of generations. The ownership of money is transferred but the ownership of knowledge isn’t.

Line2:  Gold, money they all fade with the demand of time. The value of money is deteriorated with time. There is a fluctuation in the value of gold always. But the universe of the soul has a value which never declines. Einstein rightly said, “Be a man of value not a man of success.” Success is temporary, it comes and goes, the metrics of success change with time but value, value stands upright generations after generations, tested and verified. They only enrich and never depreciate.

Heart, as the religion of heart and soul, is love. It is difficult to divide humanity on beliefs. More than the differences what humans majorly share are similarities. How insane it is to divide human based on their differences instead of uniting them on the basis of how alike they appear. It is the picture of the heart that must reflect human similarities with each other: other than overt differences of cast, colour, creed, ethnicity and religion. All religions teach faith, love, freedom, humanity and brotherhood. It takes compassion and connection of the soul to understand the universe of unity. The congregation of the soul has never learned about divide and rule policy. This world does not believe in ownership of insignificants, it knows everything belongs to one higher form which none has seen. He is the only source, all else are medium. All seek from one all are provided by one. The ultimate energy (God) reads the blueprint of the soul and decides for His people, therefore, he overlooks the actions (physical stimulus) if the intentions (metaphysical stimuli) are pure. His dashboard of energy is struck by the wavelength of the internal world and if the energies of the internal world are greatly positive as a summation, the negative impacts of actions are subtracted. In the end, irrespective of worldly division He unites with all. The senses can be divided but the souls are all alike which unite with the source of energy, the energy only divides with choice of direction towards or away the source.

The sense of the soul is lost if the soul strives to seek from the sense or soul of the medium (human form) instead of the one who created it- the source. In this way the soul is trapped by the sense of the other human being and cannot be liberated. The human being loses the ownership of his soul and sense with in the process of supplication to human instead of God.

This article is a very tiny effort in the wisdom of Iqbal.


Ye Aurat Ka Tamasha Hai…

Ye Aurat ka tamasha hai

Ye aurat ka tamasha hai

Magar kiska khulasa hai

Amin jiska hua tha mard

Jis ka maas khata tha

Lahoo pee kar hua zinda

Usi par tars khata hai

Lagayi um’r jisay maine

Wo sari um’r gata hai

Hai aurat mard ki joti

Ye joti ka tamasha hai

Nahi sunti wo jab meri

Mujhy badkhair lagti hai

Faqat farman’ ravi mein ho

Tou hoor e dehr lagti hai

Wo sad Laila sahi lekin

Mujhy wo bair lagti hai

Meri humdum bhe ho tou kya?

Ye jo’ti ka tamasha hai.

Bara saffak hon logo

Agar apni bhe dukhtar ho

Na dill mein lou e muhabbat ho

Tou wo bhe zehar lagti hai

Biyahna chahta hon mein

Usy uski umr se pehly

Magar jab dekhta hon door e rawan k abla paa log

Mujhy ab dar ye lagta hai kahan wo dehr rakhti hai

Sabhi adaab dey bhe dun

Muzayyin ikhlaq se kardun

Magar ye log! Naseh log

Mujhy ab zer lagty hain

Mujhy ab der lagti hai

Usy tadfeen karne mein

Inhi shehnaiyon ki gonj mein wo sher lagti hai..

Wo mashriq ki mehmil ho

Ya maghrib ki mona lisa

Tamasha jab bhe ho uska

Wo ibn e ghair lagti hai

Yun tou..

Arasta taleem se karke

Saja k dheron naseehaton se

Main uski Tabi’yyat banata hon

Ye usko rond deta hai

Zamana jabr karta hai

Tamasha tab hi banta hai

Wo dekho meri hawwa hai

Nahi jisk liay sarkon p bhe mehfoz ab chalna

Wo ghar mein ho bhe tou dill ko rahay bechain sa dharka

Kya kuch ghalti hoi mujhsy?

Mujhy kisko batana tha?

K aurat maan hoti hai

K aurat iman hoti hai

K aurat aan hoti hai

K aurat k azaim bhe us hi ki tarha muqaddas hain

Wo bhe insan hoti hai…

Ye INSAN ka tamasha h….

Mere Baitay…

 

Aey Watan k Shareer (sabqa) Hukumranon…

Aey watan k Shareer hukumranon
Meri naslain tumharay liay hain

Khudfaroshi ka eman tumhara
Dollaron k purastar ho tum
Jo safaya karay asamiyon ka
Wo jahanbos thaikedar ho tum

Aey ibrat ki zinda misalon
Mere naghmay tumharay liay hain

Biviyon, behnon, ma’on ki nazrain
Jab tumhain dekhen tou taish khayen
Jese khamoshi mein wo derhi hon 
Tumhy dheron bud’uaye

Mere naghmay tumharay liay hain

Tum pey jo kuch likha columnon ne
Un main shamil hai Dawaat meri
Urr k pohanchongy adyiala hi tum
Lahasil Rahegi parwaaz teri 
Sonay chandi k aye zakheeradanon
Mere naghmay tumharay liay hain

Aey watan k sharer hukumranon
Mere naghmay tumharay liay hain

Check out our post on Naya Pakistan.

NAYA PAKISTAN

Naya Pakistan, Tera Pakistan ya Mera Pakistan?

Finally Pakistan.
Definitely Pakistan.
Indefinitely Pakistan.
Infinite Pakistan.

Nations are born under the heart of true leadership and they die under the brains of screwed leadership. Similarly, a nation was born in 1947 under Quaid-e-Azam’s supervision also a nation is reprised now under the leadership of the to be Prime Minister “Imran Khan Niazi.” Historically, Pakistan met a lot of leaders who claimed justified and sincere leadership towards the nation but surprisingly, nation hung them till death; moreover, susceptible sincerity never paid off to old sincere leaders in a country like Pakistan creating sustainable doubts in my heart for the safety of Imran Khan, as a true voter.
Out of 10 crores, the people who majorly voted for Imran Khan are the youth or the young blood eligible to vote, deafening, threatening and risking at the same time. Imran Khan, undoubtedly, appears to be the hope of generation tomorrow but this generation today is the horrific generation ever. A generation which holds nothing but luck as its morals, a generation which can easily be distracted, a generation which knows nothing about her history, a generation which knows a lot of science, engineering, arts but a little of humanity, humbleness, and integrity. Hence, I am afraid for Imran Khan arresting his responsibility as PM of such a nation and not for this
a generation who is proudly less literate of anything, a nation which can be easily raged, rumored or ruptured by small talks, small weapons or small misunderstandings.
This alone leaves me in a terrible dilemma of, “How will Imran Khan ever lead this NATION to a good end who has never been thoughtful of their homeland and its fellow people”, oh! You must be in rage reading this truth but sardonically refusing it. Why? Because you think you are the ultimate patriot that has done enough for the country as an individual. Seriously? Do you realize how responsible are nations for their own well-being than a PM or President of any state?
How well aware are you about your roles as individuals, citizens, and country representatives?
My questions to all those lovely people who proudly announce their mystic love for the nation. As a student, as a teacher, as an employee, as a community member, and most importantly as a human. We are nothing but religious hypnotics trying to turn everything our way via debate, facts, vision or ideology because we are monarchic by brains who believe in my way or highway.
In a nutshell, can we pledge that whatever comes tomorrow, we will turn out to be the harmless but strengthened, the humble but strong, the honest but nice and the united but sincere nation as a whole? Because New Pakistan is our responsibility and not of PMs alone, we made it, we need
to develop it altogether. We need to be more literate, morally responsible, actful and giving our best of whatever we have.

Pakistan Zindabad, Nation Paindabad!

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I GOT IT FROM MY MAMA!

Taking into consideration the recent incidents of violence against children & child abuse I want to share some of the rules my mom had while we were growing up, which I plan to continue with my kids too.

You might agree or disagree, but here it goes:

I grew up in a joint family with male cousins & uncles of all ages around me. We had male employees too like Qari sahab, Mali, Sweeper etc.

My mom was quite particular about child abuse & here’s what she did to safeguard us:

  1. She told me that only my brother is my real brother and every other “Bhai jaisa Cousin” is a cousin after all.
  2. We were not allowed to go out to play if she was sleeping and couldn’t look after us in any way. If we so wished to play, we could play board games in the next room, from where she could hear us.
  3. She gave me sex education at the age of 9. And told me all about periods & female body around the same time too. So there were no surprises.
  4. We were not supposed to shower or change clothes in front of anyone, including her.
  5. We couldn’t sit in any male relative/friends’ lap or too close. Even when we were small kids.
  6. We couldn’t watch TV or computer if she was sleeping (no idea how effective this would be today).
  7. Unnecessary gifts from anyone, specially male teachers or family friends were returned with due apologies.
  8. We weren’t allowed to sit alone with a male cousin in a room. If you are studying together, it can be in the lounge with everyone around.
  9. Unnecessary communication with any male relative, friend or employee was discouraged.
  10. She would always sit in the next room when Qari Sahab came.
  11. At the end of the day she would ask us about everything that happened that day indirectly asking us if someone touched us inappropriately or was too close or said something strange.

You might have different beliefs & rules at your home. You might agree or disagree with certain things. But please don’t shove child abuse under the rug. It very much exists & usually happens in secure spaces like home by trusted relatives & friends.

Stay safe!



 

HAWWA KI BETI KI AWAZ…

Baba ap ne ye hi kaha tha
Jab bhi tum dar jao guriya
Zor se mujh ko awaz lagana
Neend agar na aye tum ko
Cheekh k mujh ko phir se bulana
Bhai agar thora bhi dantay
Kehna baba atay hon ge
Baba maine yehi kiya tha
Zor se cheekhi
Awaz lagai
Cheekh k un sab ko bhi bola
Baba dekho atay hon ge
Phir na tum ko choren ge
Hath mere tum choro ab
Baba tum ko maren ge
Lekin baba…
Ap na aye
Bhai na aya
Koi na aya
Khoon bhi nikla
Maar bhi khai
Lekin us zalim ko baba
Mujh per zara bhi tars na aya
Dekhen baba ap ki Zainab
Khoon me lutput, khamosh pari hai
Puch rahi hai logon se
Aay is mulk k rehne walon 
Khud ko Muslim kehne walon
Ye Hawa ki beti kab tak
Hawas ki younhi bhent charhegi?
Kachre k dheron per milegi?
Kab tak younhi soug rahega?
Kab tak beti bojh rahegi?

REVIEW TIME | Malis Cosmetics | TRYING OUT A NEW SKIN CARE LINE

Malis Cosmetics is a new Pakistani brand that has launched it’s skin care line that contains a German formula in its products. Surely I am the first one trying this out & reviewing it. I was contacted, offered the products & sent in mail by the company. I was sent their daily use cleanser & the weekly use instant glow set.

Product Name(s): Malis Facial Cleansers (For Daily use) & Malis Instant Glow Set (For Weekly use)

Ingredients: Vitamin-C, Kojic Acid, Licorice Extract, Glycolic Acid, Alpha Arbutin, Vitamin-E & Fruit Acid.

Price: PKR. 1800 (For daily facial cleanser & weekly instant glow set)

CLAIMS

  • Hypo-allergenic
  • Hypo-comodegenic
  • Brightens
  • Instant Shine/Glow
  • Remedy for clogged pores
  • Remedy for uneven skin tone
  • Remedy for excessive sebum
  • Remedy for dull complexion

MY TAKE ON THESE PRODUCTS

The product packaging is pretty descent. I love it’s aesthetic.  The packaging has all the directions of use & ingredients printed on it. The best thing about the product is that it has a pump which makes the use hygienic. Since, I don’t really like the idea of a product in which you are supposed to dip your fingers into the package to get the product out. Well, this depends on everyone’s personal preferences. Besides, the product packaging says “for the glowing skin you deserve” which indicates that the product is suppose to brighten & glow. Basically, I am crazy for anything that says “brighten” “glow” “shine.” I am all about such products. Plus looking at the ingredients mentioned, makes it a to die for product.

1. Malis Facial Cleanser (For Daily Use)

You get about 50ml of product inside the facial cleanser container. The product has a liquid  consistency & comes out in a  foamy liquid form. It is a hypoallergenic & non-comedogenic product which means neither this product would cause any allergic reactions nor it would clog facial pores. It is a must have for people who have a dull complexion, clogged pores, uneven skin tone, hyper-pigmented skin, excessive sebum (oily T-Zone). As mentioned earlier, the product is supposed to open & clean the clogged pores & brighten the skin making it look fresh, bright & youthful. I gave this cleaner a fair try of about 7 days straight away. I noticed a visible difference in my skin tone & its texture. Every time I used it my skin looked extra clean & my hyper-pigmented areas looked less visible than they normally.

Malis Instant Glow Set (For Weekly Use)

You get 2 bottles of product inside an instant glow set. The packaging on each bottle directs “Step-1” & “Step-2” for ease. Each bottle contains 30ml of product.

  • Step-1: The product is creamy & white, which smells sweet & resembles the scent of Vitamin-E. A thick layer of product is suppose to be applied on to the face for 2 minutes, massaging it gently into the skin, until it is absorbed. Let it sit for 2 minutes & work it’s magic then finish by washing off with normal tap water, patting dry. After 2 minutes of patting dry the face, step-2 needs to be applied.
  •     Step-2: It contains a transparent gel that is the double action cleansing gel which smells like fresh fruits. It is suppose to be applied in the same way as Step-1. It contains Vitamin-c & Fruit Acid.

I gave the weekly instant glow set a good try of 2 weeks. Since it is for weekly use, I used it once each week. I used 2 pumps of each. Immediately post usage my skin felt baby soft, cleaner & tighter which means it deep cleanses the skin making it feel softer & look pinker, giving it a healthy glow & plumping effect. It provides skin the hydration, it loses in the daily pollution. The thing I loved about this set is that it can be used when you have some where important to go, where you need to look fresh & glowing in no time. My family complimented the skin as soon as I used it which is the sign of a visible glow on my skin. Literally, it takes less than 10 minutes to apply the entire set. I loved the results. It really is what it claims to be & really does what it claims to do. I love its fresh & sweet scent. Anyone who is all about brightening skin care range with a plus of natural & fresh scents, will definitely love Malis Cosmetic. I 100% recommend Malis Cosmetics & I will surely buy this product once I am stocked out. This is my new favorites & in the list of must haves.

My Rating & Recommendations: A 100% Pass (10/10) Loving it!!!!

You can contact the following number to order these: +923332655572

P.S. Thanks to Malis Cosmetics for sending their line for reviewing. I loved the entire collection.
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BREAST CANCER & ITS PREVENTION

The term “breast cancer” refers to a malignant tumor that has developed from cells in the breast.

WHAT IS A MALIGNANT TUMOR?

A tumor that invades surrounding tissues, is usually capable of producing metastases, may recur after attempted removal & is likely to cause death unless adequately treated.

INTRODUCTION TO BREAST CANCER

Breast cancer is an uncontrolled growth of breast cells. To better understand breast cancer, it helps to understand how any cancer can develop.
Cancer occurs as a result of mutations or abnormal changes in the genes responsible for regulating the growth of cells & keeping them healthy. The genes are in each cell’s nucleus, which acts as the “control room” of each cell. Normally the cells in our bodies replace themselves through an orderly process of cell growth: healthy new cells take over as old ones die out. But over time, mutations can “turn on” certain genes & “turn off” others in a cell. That changed cell gains the ability to keep dividing without control or order, producing more cells just like it and forming a tumor.

Usually breast cancer either begins in the cells of the lobules, which are the milk-producing glands or the ducts, the passages that drain milk from the lobules to the nipple. Less commonly, breast cancer can begin in the stromal tissues, which include the fatty & fibrous connective tissues of the breast.

INCIDENCE RATE

Approximately 1 in every 9 Pakistani women is likely to suffer from breast cancer. This is one of the highest incidence rates in Asia. Pakistani women show an incidence rate of 50/100,000. The pattern of rapid premenopause increases in breast cancer is also seen in Pakistan, but breast cancer risk plateaus after the age of 45 years.



SIGN & SYMPTOMS


The changes appears in the breasts:

  1. Any unexplained change in the size or shape of the breast
  2. Dimpling anywhere on the breast
  3. Unexplained swelling of the breast (especially if on one side only)
  4. Unexplained shrinkage of the breast (especially if on one side only)
  5. Recent asymmetry of the breasts (Although it is common for women to have one breast that is slightly larger than the other, if the onset of asymmetry is recent, it should be checked)
  6. Nipple that is turned slightly inward or inverted
  7. Skin of the breast, areola or nipple that becomes scaly, red, or swollen or may have ridges or pitting resembling the skin of an orange
  8. An existing lump that gets bigger
  9. Vaginal pain
  10. Unintentional weight loss
  11. Enlarged lymph nodes in the armpit
  12. Too many visible veins on the breast

Any Nipple Discharge—Particularly Clear Discharge Or Bloody Discharge

It is also important to note that a milky discharge that is present when a woman is not breastfeeding should be checked by her doctor, although it is not linked with breast cancer.




RISK FACTORS FOR BREAST CANCER

These risk factors are divided into 2 forms:

  1. Modifiable Factors (which can be changed)
  2. Non-Modifiable Factors (which cannot be changed)

NON-MODIFIABLE RISK FACTORS:

  1. GENDER: Simply being a woman is the main risk factor for developing breast cancer. Men can develop breast cancer, but it’s about 100 times more common among women than men.
  2. AGING: Your risk of developing breast cancer goes up as you get older. About 1 out of 8 invasive breast cancers are found in women younger than 45, while about 2 of 3 invasive breast cancers are found in women age 55 or older.
  3. INHERITING CERTAIN GENES: About 5% to 10% of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary, meaning that they are caused by gene defects (called mutations) passed on from a parent.
  4. BRCA1 & BRCA2 GENE CHANGES: The most common cause of hereditary breast cancer.
  5. FAMILY HISTORY OF BREAST CANCER: It is higher among women whose close blood relatives have this disease. Having a first-degree relative (mother, sister, or daughter) with breast cancer about doubles a woman’s risk. Having 2 first-degree relatives increases her risk about 3-fold. Although the exact risk is not known, women with a family history of breast cancer in a father or brother also have an increased risk of breast cancer. Overall, less than 15% of women with breast cancer have a family member with this disease. This means that most (85%) women who get breast cancer do not have a family history of this disease.
  6. PERSONAL HISTORY OF BREAST CANCER: A woman with cancer in one breast has an increased risk of developing a new cancer. This risk is even higher if breast cancer was diagnosed at a younger age.
  7. RACE & ETHNICITY: Overall, white women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer than are African. In women under 45 years of age, however, breast cancer is more common in African-American women. Asian & Native American women have a lower risk of developing & dying from breast cancer.
  8. DENSE BREAST TISSUES: Breasts are made up of fatty tissue, fibrous tissue & glandular tissue. A woman is said to have dense breasts on a mammogram (radiological test to scan density of breast tissue) when she has more glandular & fibrous tissue & less fatty tissue. Women with dense breasts on a mammogram have a risk of breast cancer that is 1.2 to 2 times that of women with average breast density. A number of factors can affect breast density, such as age, menopausal status, the use of certain drugs (including menopausal hormone therapy), pregnancy & genetics.
  9. STARTING MENSTRUATING BEFORE AGE 12: Women who have had more menstrual cycles (periods) because they started menstruating early (before age 12) have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer. The increase in risk may be due to a longer lifetime exposure to the hormones estrogen & progesterone.
  10. GOING THROUGH MENOPAUSE AFTER THE AGE OF 55: Women who have had more menstrual cycles because they went through menopause later (after age 55) have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer. The increase in risk may be due to a longer lifetime exposure to the hormones estrogen & progesterone.

MODIFIABLE RISK FACTORS

  1. DRINKING ALCOHOL: Drinking alcohol is clearly linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.
  2. BEING OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE: Being overweight or obese after menopause increases breast cancer risk.
  3. PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: Evidence is growing that physical activity in the form of exercise reduces breast cancer risk.
  4. HAVING CHILDREN: Women who have not had children or who had their first child after age 30 have a slightly higher breast cancer risk overall.
  5. BIRTH CONTROL: The use of oral contraceptives. Studies have found that women using oral contraceptives (birth control pills) have a slightly greater risk of breast cancer than women who have never used them.
  6. DEPOT-MEDROXPROGESTERON ACETATE (DMPA; DEPO-PROVERA): This is an injectable form of progesterone that is given once every 3 months as birth control. A few studies have looked at the effect of DMPA on breast cancer risk.
  7. HORMONE THERAPY AFTER MENOPAUSE: Hormone therapy with estrogen (often combined with progesterone) has been used for many years to help relieve symptoms of menopause & to help prevent osteoporosis (thinning of the bones). This treatment goes by many names, such as post-menopausal hormone therapy (PHT), hormone replacement therapy (HRT) & menopausal hormone therapy (MHT).
  8. COMBINED HORMONE THERAPY (HT): Use of combined hormone therapy increases the risk of getting breast cancer. It may also increase the chances of dying from breast cancer.
  9. TOBACCO SMOKE: In recent years, some studies have found that long-term heavy smoking might be linked to a higher risk of breast cancer.
  10. NIGHT WORK: Some researchers think the effect may be due to changes in levels of melatonin, a hormone whose production is affected by the body’s exposure to light.

SCREENING TEST

Screening is looking for cancer before a person has any symptoms.

The average guidelines for a women to screen herself are as under:

  1. Women ages 40 to 44: should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms if they wish to do so.
  2. Women age 45 to 54: should get mammograms every year.
  3. Women age 55 & older: should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or have the choice to continue yearly screening.

Physical examination

This is one of the most easy & rapid test a women can perform by herself. The method is to gently rub one hand against the breast in search of any abnormal hardness, lump, tenderness(pain on touch), abnormal nipple dislocation, abnormal shape & size of nipple & breast, any discharge if seen.

Imaging procedures

Procedures that make pictures of areas inside the body.

  • Mammograms
  • MRI
  • CT-Scan
  • Ultrasound
  • X-ray
  • PET-Scan.
  • Biopsy
  • Blood Cell Counts
  • Blood Chemistries
  • Blood Marker Tests
  • Bone Scans
  • Breast Cancer Index Test
  • Digital Tomosynthesis
  • Ductal Lavage
  • EndoPredict Test
  • FISH Test (Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization)
  • IHC Tests (ImmunoHistoChemistry)
  • Inform HER2 Dual ISH Test
  • MammoPrint Test
  • Mammostrat Test
  • MarginProbe
  • Molecular Breast Imaging
  • Oncotype DX Test
  • Prosignia Breast Cancer Prognostic Gene Signature Assay
  • SPoT-Light HER2 CISH Test
  • Thermography
  • Tumor Genomic Tests
  • Urokinase Plasminogen Activator Protein Inhibitor Test

PREVENTION

  1. The most important point to prevent the breast cancer is to decrease the risk factors are already mentioned above.
  2. Self physical examination by the females herself.
  3. Early detection & prompt diagnosis of disease.
  4. Use of Antioxidant containing food such as juicy fruits & green vegetables.
  5. Maintaining personal hygiene.
  6. Breastfeed if possible.

COMMON MYTHS ABOUT BREAST CANCER OCCURRENCE

  1. Only women with a family history of breast cancer are at risk.
  2. Exposing a tumor to air during surgery causes cancer to spread.
  3. Breast implants can raise your cancer risk.
  4. All women have a 1-in-8 chance of getting breast cancer.
  5. Wearing antiperspirant increases your risk of getting breast cancer.
  6. Small-breasted women have less chance of getting breast cancer.
  7. You can’t get breast cancer after a mastectomy.
  8. Caffeine can causes breast cancer.
  9. Wearing an under-wire bra increases your risk of getting breast cancer.

TREATMENT PLANS

Your breast cancer treatment plan is based on both medical and personal choices. It is tailored to:

  • The specific kind of breast cancer (the biology of the tumor)
  • The stage of the breast cancer
  • Other medical issues
  • Personal preferences

Because of the differences between tumors the your treatment plan may differ from person to person. Each treatment option has risks & benefits to consider along with your own values & lifestyle.

Whereas, breast cancer treatment can be divided into two parts; Local & Systemic.

1. LOCAL THERAPY: Local therapy removes the cancer from a limited (local) area, such as the breast, chest wall and lymph nodes in the underarm area (axillary nodes). It also helps to ensure the cancer does not come back (recur) to that area. Local therapy includes surgery & radiation therapy to the breast area.

2. SYSTEMIC THERAPY (ADJUVANT THERAPY): Systemic therapy aims to get rid of cancer cells that may have spread from the breast to other parts of the body. This usually means drug therapy, which travels throughout the body to get rid of cancer cells that may have spread. Systemic therapy includes chemotherapy, hormone therapy & targeted therapy. Because systemic therapy is in addition to (an adjunct to) breast surgery, these treatments are often called adjuvant therapy.

Young women WITH BREAST CANCER

Young women with breast cancer have special concerns about early menopause & loss of fertility due to treatment.

SURGICAL THERAPY

Mastectomy (removal of breast) is the effective procedure done to get rid of breast cancer. This depends on the stage of cancer present, it might include the excision of lymph nodes of armpit or a complete armpit removal.



 

P.S. There is no shame in self-examination. It is good to know your body. Prevention is always better than cure! 
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