Author: ibrahimnm1000

The time runs – 27th June. 2017

As i spent this Eid away from family with all the festivities and fun having missed, it certainly dawned on me how much do i miss the little things , the mere gossip, being close to your family members and going out just to have to drink something , drive around Islamabad and Pindi and take mama and behnain to cousins even if i hated it that time. The life runs, and we are striving to achieve great things when all the happiness is in the little ones. While i am outside my country trying my best here to adjust and enjoy as much as i can but still i am unhappy being away from home. Everyday although brings joy in someway but mostly it comes with a factor of hollowness. I am hollow mostly. Sometimes i think where the 'me' has gone who was present in the moment and trying to make the best of t...

A purpose for enlightenment. God we are thankful.

The curator of dreams , the creator of aims, the friend of the patient, the one to whom we ask for forgiveness, the one whose name forever remains, the one who loves us even if we go astray, the one who loves us more than our mother. The one who created us to check who does good work here and to whom we will all go back. Allaah the merciful , the Almighty. The God of eternal light and wisdom. The one who sent the Quran and Nabi Muhammad ( pbuh ), and Jesus (pbuh ) and Moses and Abraham so that we can mend ourselves and know the purpose of our being. To follow roads that lead to light and forever bliss. Everyday when the sun rises in the east, the birds fly to the north , the birds fly to the south, some fly towards the sun while others fly away to the west. Allaah says in the Quran th...

By the memorial winds of Sokullu.

I am Ibrahim Nawaz Malik and i am writing this story as i sit in our new house by the lamp at 6 am. Reading tells me that writing remains and writing conveys how much i could've read. It was a month ago , i took my holidays from my university in North Cyprus having completed my course work and submitted by thesis. I am a bit of an overthinking individual and oddly complicate things. I am not boring yet very reserved unless i am using you which i rarely do as i have sleepless nights and day nightmares. The name of this story generates from my infatuation with the works of a famous architect Mimar Sinan from the 16th century Istanbul. Having reached Istanbul after an hour flight , i took a 2 hour bus to the center of the city where my apartment was located. I am not proud to say ...

Konya – The City of Rumi

Rumi was a muslim, a Muhammadi , a preacher of the word of Muhammad Pbuh. 2 hours from Ankara there is his city; Konya where he lived for the most part of his life and died eventually in the year 1273 AD. I woke up in the morning at around 7am in my hostel in the hub of the Ankara city having reached there the previous night , had my chaye which was on the house and had some biscuits and was on my way to take a train to Konya. This train goes at 300km/hr , cool right . Having had the amazing view of countryside , rainy weather and the excitement of visiting the shrine of the Mevlana . I certainly had a great time in the train. Reached there around 11am. Apparently Konya is a middle class city , and well apart from the tomb of the majestic saint , which is the hub of every errand that g...

My backpacking : Istanbul 7 days in 128 $ – Things to do- How to , Part1

It was not until the last few days at Cairo that i decided to change my plans of heading back directly home (Pakistan) to making a week visit to Istanbul. Having no idea whatsoever of where i will be staying or what i will be doing made it a bit more exciting. So well i took my flight from Cairo Airport with a 10 hours stay over at Athens , and that gave me enough time to prepare myself for this endeavor , a feet of bravery I'd say as i wasn't accustomed to going somewhere without any idea of what to expect. So well, a 10 hour stay at Athens airport gave me enough time to look for a hostel. I was looking for a place that was near to the happening part of the city i.e sultan ahmet and taksim square. So well i found a hostel that in the end came out to be one of the awesomest place...

My Backpacking in the “City of the Dead” : Cairo, Egypt

As i came from Suez to see off a few friends to Cairo Airport so it gave me sometime to explore on my own for a while. I bade them farewells and came back to the Dahab Hostel which is near to Tehrir square. Well this hostel is by far the most amazing place if you ever plan to visit Cairo. Since i was supposed to stay for the night so i planned to visit places that i didn't see on my earlier visit with my friends. And to see this place "City of the Dead" was always on my bucket list. I was out of the hostel at like 3pm and looking for taxis to take me there. The problem one faces in Cairo alot is the taxi drivers looking to rip off foreigners. Well to be honest i looked a local and in my defense i learned a few arabic words that might click for a workable disguise but it didn't work all ...

Mosque of Sultan Al Muayyad

The mosque of Sultan Al Muayyad is a mosque of mamluk style with 1 dome and 2 minarets right next to the Bab Zuwayla initially built in 1421. The mosque holds the honor of being one of the unique architectural buildings . The construction began in 1415 and the mosque was completed in 1421.  Sultan Al Muayyad before becoming a sultan was imprisoned at a jail right where the mosque is now and he suffered so badly from fleas and lice that he vowed that if he came into power he would transform this place and get rid of this prison. So when he came into power he was true to his word and commissioned the construction of the mosque. The project of the mosque for the sultan was an ambitious one, costing the sultan 40,000 dinars between commencement and completion. According to al-Maqrizi, thirt

Mosque of Amr Ibn Al-As

The mosque of Amr Ibn Al-As has the honor of the first mosque to be built in Egypt after it was conquered by Amr Ibn Al-As on the command of Umar Ibn Khattab. The location of the mosque was decided by a bird in what is now called the "old cairo". The story goes like a bird laid an egg on the tent of Amr and he later decided that it should be the place for the location of the mosque. Once of enter the premises of the mosque you find it pretty big in comparison to buildings of its times . It's because of continuous reconstructions over the ages. The original mosque was constructed in 641–642 AD but now nothing of the original structure remains because of reconstructions over time. The oldest structure that can still be seen today dates back to 900 in the southern part of the building. The

Al Azhar Mosque

Right within the heart of the "city of a thousand minarets" there is a mosque that leads the legacy of knowledge , wisdom and spirituality of a millennia .  When you get to read deeply about the islamic theology , get to know about modern islamic literature , the Islamic scholars. One of the institutes and the hub of knowledge and wisdom that really stands out among its contemporaries is the Al Azhar Mosque . Once you enter the premises of the place you get to experience the spirituality and the aura of the place which is really amazing . Since it was my dream to visit the Al Azhar mosque for a long time so i was just very excited about discovering everything about the place. As soon as we entered , as per the custom we put off our shoes and the girls had to cover their heads in res

Cairo last day before Suez

Well its been a great 6-7 days here at Cairo . Went to almost every place. Today its 3am here and everyones busy doing something and im sitting on the dining table writing this . Listening to jhoom . I missed on going to Imam Shafi tomb that is something i regret maybe i can visit it later. My thoughts right now are scattered as hell. Dont know why im writing in such manner. Went to the pharoanic village today where we took those photos in the pharoah clothes . The photos came out pretty cool haha. Right now im just writing when i shouldnt be writing to be honest. Not feeling a thing to write. But okay ate that chinese food with the chinese friends. Ate squid, cow liver, ajeeb boiled vegetable and harami sauce chocolate type. It was healthy though but my stomach i guess isnt used to such e...