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” The good seaman weathers the storm he cannot avoid, and avoids the storm he cannot weather.”

– Unknown.

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Filed under: Cradle, Gentlemen, Quotable Quotes

Oumeid

Every saint has a past.
Every sinner has a future.

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The Ant and the Carpet

There is a story which Rumi tells of an ant that’s creeping across the carpet in a mosque, and the ant complains to God saying: “What is this, these bumps, and strange colours, and patterns, this must have been created just as a meaningless obstacle course, what a futile thing to have made.”

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Filed under: Cradle, Gentlemen, Leadership

On reading people

“The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee, and I will pay more for that ability than any other under the sun.”

– John D. Rockefeller

Filed under: Gentlemen, Leadership, Quotable Quotes

Kings upon the Seas

To the loftiest peaks,
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Memento audere semper

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, Read the rest of this entry »

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How often?

A man was publicly berating his servant for repeatedly committing  the same mistake. Upon seeing such a scene, the Messenger [saws] advised the man to be patient and forgive his servant.

The man asked: “I have forgiven him so many times already! How often should I forgive him?!”
The Messenger replied: “As often as you wish God to forgive you.”

(Makes the Mariana trench look like a mere paper cut, eh.)

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IQRA! Read babeh, read!

Log off.
Tune out.
Shut down.
Deactivate.

and open up.

It’s sad how many of us don’t read books anymore – whether printed or electronic versions. Everything is so transient, temporary, flitting, and gone with the wind. TV shows, Facebook, txt msgs, YouTubes, viral emails, etc. We’ve mercilessly butchered our attention spans right down to the bone.  

Yet, even in this age of hyper-indifference and information overload, the vast difference in the quality of time spent on reading a good book vs. loitering around in the endless online labyrinth still surprises me. Nothing tops the satisfaction of kicking back on the patio chair with a drink in one hand, and a good book in the other.

I happened upon a website which seeks to recommend handpicked, quality books across dozens of different categories. I found several books onsite that I personally have in my collection, including some of Malcolm Gladwell’s bestsellers, and more. I’ve endorsed it by adding it to my picks column, and I urge you to check it out.

So put down that remote control, silence your Blackberry or cellphone, turn off your ipod or radio, and log off of Facebook. Tune out all that stifling infogarbage, sit down with a glass of sherbet or a cup of coffee, and open up the sweeping, pine fresh vistas of a well-written, well-read book.

 Visit: Flashlight Worthy

Filed under: Gentlemen, Leadership, Quality Reads

Dressed to kill?

What is it about classy, sharp dressing that makes people so uncomfortable? Why do people [particularly guys] willingly wallow in the cesspool of pseudo-slobby mediocrity when it comes to self-appearance? And because they can’t find the willpower or motivation to dress nicely when they go out, they resort to showering thinly veiled deprecatory remarks upon those who do make the effort to step up their game?

(Misery loves company? Who knew.)

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Gallantry, Generosity, and Gentlemanly Grace.

This is a follow-up post to one I wrote not too long ago, asking the members of my gender to behave in a manner more becoming of a Muslim gentleman when dealing particularly with Muslim women. But on a broader scale, there are certain defining characteristics of a man that set him apart from just mere males. One of these timeless characteristics is chivalry, which unfortunately is found to be sorely lacking in today’s day and age.

I cannot possibly write an exhaustive list covering all the situations which would call for gallant and chivalrous behavior, but the general idea as you’ll see from the suggestions below, is to be courteous and respectful, generous, and sensitively aware of others’ comfort – in most cases below it refers to women – without them having to actually ask you or request such.

Here then, is a short and unfinished list.

Filed under: Gentlemen, Leadership, Women