I’ve always been a thinker and wonderer.
Ever since I was a wee lad, I’ve always peered at the world around me with an inquisitive eye. To this day, I examine and ponder about everything, be it the moon and stars at night, a plane taking off, a chipmunk eating, or a surprisingly tall Asian man walking past me on the sidewalk in Toronto’s financial district. I live my life examining people, places, animals, buildings, circumstances and choices – all the miracles life has to offer – all with an open mind. It’s through this constant probing and wondering that I gain an appreciation for life and everything it contains, and thus the picture above is quite appropriate. Whenever I’m down, I think of all the reasons I have to be up.
I have a whole bunch of different interests:
- I ❤ learning new languages. I speak English (hopefully you’ve caught on to that by now) and French fluently; I was in immersion from Kindergarten until grade 8 and continued learning French through university. I speak Urdu and Hindi pretty well. I can also read and write Arabic fluently, and am in the process of learning how to speak it, too! Unfortunately, Arabs tend to write in colloquial/classical Arabic and speak dialects which are often quite different than colloquial Arabic (ESPECIALLY the Egyptian dialect), so it’s like I have to learn two separate languages at the same time!
- I’m a travel addict. My current job fortunately gives me the opportunity to travel a bit around Canada and the United States. I’ve also been to Dubai, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt (3 times now) and Shanghai, China.
- I ❤ Green Tea. Especially DAVIDsTea!
- I ❤ Muay Thai. I’ve been training (on and off) since January 2014.
- I have a passion for helping people. I like listening to them, understanding them and I try giving them a 1,000 reasons to smile.
- I enjoy swimming. Unfortunately, I swim more like a fish out of water than in water. I have plans to become a stronger swimmer in the near future!
- Eating healthy, which is extremely challenging considering my mother is South Asian.
- I ❤ cats. Period. Except for Sphynx cats – they scare me.
I ❤ my friends more than words can describe. I wasn’t really happy with my lifestyle and habits in my junior years of university, and I believe a large part of that has to do with the people I surrounded myself with. Now, I have a small group of about five to six very close friends that have helped me change myself and life for the better.
My family is the world to me. My parents brought me up with very good Islamic values and taught me to the best of their knowledge and ability. My siblings are very dear to me and although we’re all quite different from one another, we’ve figured how to make things work. 🙂
I really like walking outside at night. It’s my thinking and reflecting time (as if I don’t think enough already). I’m also absolutely crazy about driving through tunnels when it’s raining hard; there’s a split second of silence that ensues while you’re passing through that is very cherished by me.
I’d like to live abroad in the future, preferably in a Gulf/Middle Eastern country like Qatar or somewhere in the UAE. I enjoy the environment/atmosphere and most of what these countries have to offer.
My absolute greatest goal in life is to commit the entire Qu’ran (Muslim holy scripture) to memory – all 600 pages of it. My grandfather memorized it when he was 12 years old, and so did his brother. The blind have memorized it. The young (as young as three years old) have memorized it. The old (older than 80 years old) have memorized it. Even the mentally disabled have memorized it. What’s most amazing is that most of those who’ve memorized it don’t even speak or understand the language in which they’ve memorize it – colloquial/classic Arabic. Take a school in Pakistan, for example, a country in which the national language is Urdu and produced 63,556 memorizers of the Qur’an in 2013 alone. God willing, I hope to complete its memorization by the time I’m 30.
Well, that’s it! I could write a lot more, but let’s face it – you probably won’t read beyond my interests. 😛
I’ll end here with one thought – the motto by which I live my life.
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
– Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi