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Iftari for poor- A journey that inspired and made thousands smile.

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Its been a while since I updated any blog. Probably I last wrote in March  and now I find it the best opportunity to speak out my heart. Eid Mubarik everyone. The month of bliss ended which I’m really gonna miss and now its time for all Muslim brothers and sisters to cherish the blessings of Eid.

This year, the month of Ramadan was very special for me, as if I lived the 30 best days of my life. These 30 days thought me to inspire,  innovate and discover. To love and care for those people who are sideline just because they don’t own the best facilities of life. Every single day was discovering a new myself, and something to feel proud of. Yes, this Ramadan had not been unreal just for me but for thousands of people as I and my zealous team conducted an event named “Iftari for Poor”. An event that started as a normal social project but became a chapter of  our lives.  The smiles of those adorable kids, the prayers of those warm-hearted mothers and families, the support from the corporates, and the determination of our volunteers  inspired us to move on and to carry out the impossible.

Iftari for poor is a special project which I and my friend Ghalib initiated last year in Ramadan. Looking upon the last year’s success, as we served 1650 orphans, patients, prisoners, laborers, travelers and slums. We planned to do it again and set aim to serve across 3000 people this year. But we did not know that we will meet more than we expected (Thanks to Almighty Allah) . We started from a scratch and ended up at Everest. Started from 0 and ended up serving 6000 poor people. Started from 0 and ended up with an active team of 50 volunteers.Started the project involving 2 organisations and ended up with 5 more organisations ( both National and International) doing collaboration. We almost conducted 22 drives in orphanages, slums, factory areas, near bus station and in a school in Islamabad. Allwas unimaginable but we completed this chapter with high spirit Alhamdulilah.

The reason for composing this blog is absolutely not to brag about what we did or no one else can do what we have done. The reason is to influence the readers that they should also try to this once in their lifetime. Because its hard to imaging  how much we helped ourself by helping others. What great impact this project had on us and how it guided us to be a better person. It helped us eradicating the difference between the rich and poor; made us realize that we all are Humans possessing equal rights to live. Every day was a learning day and now I’m short of words to explain this life-changing experience. As I already said above that I’m gonna speak my heart, so that is exactly what I’ve done.

However, I hope that this journey never ends and will continue again next year Inshallah with more smiles, more prayers, more beneficiaries will be serve, extended team and with great dedication. I believe every team member and the corporates will be proud to work for this cause.

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Thankyou for Inspiring- Women’s day 2012

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I’m writing this blog-post for all those brave women who face some real hardships in different spheres of life. For all the mothers who sacrifice for their families to make a “Happy Home”. For all those wives tolerating their brutal husbands. For all those teachers, trying to teach stubborn students with a vision to make a literate society. For all those nurses, working day and night in the hospitals caring for the people they don’t even know. For all those employed-women who courageously tackle the troubles of society to earn their living.

This blog is for all those inspiring women out there who are activists, change-makers and fighting for the rights of human beings. With their efforts they are making change in our society on equal footing with men. They are moving forward with the vision that “progress for women is the progress for all”. They are teaching the suffered ones to stand for their rights.

I heartly thank all the “Women of the world” for being a true inspiration. Your struggles and efforts counts. You are one “Nation’s Strength”.

This blog is a tribute to all women who transform the world with their giving, affection, and dedication. Happy International Women’sDay!

They say its a man’s world….But you have showed otherwise”

You Left Unfinished and Yet We Are Proud of you. R.I.P Arifa Kareem

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Who’s more inspiring then Arifa Kareem. Yes I’m inspired by her aims since she came into notice at the age of 9, when she became the  the youngest Microsoft Software Engineer (MCSE) of the world. And not only me but she has astounded millions of souls around the globe by expressing her unique abilities in field of IT. Lived the life of just 16 years and accomplished so much that one cant even imagine.

She was honored the  World’s Youngest Microsoft Certified Professional. Bill Gates, the Chairman of Microsoft, invited Arfa to visit the Microsoft Headquarters in the USA in the age of 10 only. Being awarded the Fatima Jinnah gold medal by the government of Pakistan. Certified for flying the plane just at the age of 10. Worked for tech societies and and computer companies in Dubai and won many medals and awards. Also participated in Microsoft keynote session in the Tech-Ed Developers Conference held in Barcelona, in 2006.

There is a proverb that “Great things come in small packages” and Arifa was one of those who left us :(. She is the real Daughter of Pakistan and pride of our country. Genius like Arifa who was such a great poet, a singer and who had so inspiring aims for the betterment of Pakistan, are on in millions.

She had Fits attack at first, but later when she got a heart attack she went into coma. I did hear many good news about her successful surgery but Allah had already decided to take that blessed gift back which He had given us back in 1995. Today is the black day for all Pakistanis and for Arifa’s family aswell but we could not be more proud of her. I as youngster promise to Arifa’s family that one of us ( The Youth of Pakistan) will accomplish her inspiring aims and will lighten the name of Pakistan in the field of science all around the globe. So all I can say that “yet you left unfinished and yet we are proud of you”

International Volunteer Day 2011- Thank-you all of you

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International Volunteer Day 2011

Today, Monday 5th December is International Volunteers Day.  A day dedicated to thanking and celebrating those who help others. You all are great inspirations and don’t stop taking actions to transform this world into a peaceful land. This goes to every volunteer who decided to step up to make a difference in society without expectation of any reward. With out them charities and NGO’s wouldn’t survived. To each and every person who is a Volunteer I THANK YOU! 

I found out my Passion is Green !

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You guys may feel awkward by reading the blog’s title thatmy passion is “Green” lol. It seems weird but this is true because the color green represent my beloved country “Pakistan”. Someone maybe passionate about photography, journalism or dancing etc, but not all of them are willing to serve their talent for their homeland.

I’m now 17 and enthusiastic about multiple things but what my real  passion is to devote every single bit of my talent to raise the Green Flag high in the sky. Resembling me, there are hundreds of young talents out there who are dreaming to make Pakistan proud but some are such great Icons, the contributions of whom are speechless and they’d left no stone unturned to portray the positive image of Pakistan globally. They inspired many souls and with their actions proved that Pakistan own the most shining and passionate youth then any other country has. Here I’ll discuss my experience how I found that my passion is green 🙂

Few days back, I was invited in  launching ceremony of “Mera Passion Pakistan” in Lahore” organised by  Google’s Badar Khushnood, in which talented bloggers across Pakistan were being  invited to breathe the air of positivity,  and to praise the stories of some extraordinary national heroes.The launching named Netizens Meet-up. Its motto was ” Achi baat, Achi Soch, Acha Amal“, which creates a positive mindset indeed.  Unfortunately, I missed almost half of the event because  timings of the bus I took weren’t favorable for the it lol :D. Luckily my cousin was already there who told me all the happenings in a nut-shell later on. Finally I reached the launching spot (Bistro restaurant), conducted registrations along with chilled red-bull ;D, welcomed warmly, as I stepped-up in the hall, saw 6 proud Pakistanis receiving huge standing ovation by the room. I was being astonished and starting wondering what would the actually had done. There was an individual and 2 groups of teachers and Wright brothers I should say.

Among them was a boy named Asad Mahmoud who had built the 6th largest telescope of Pakistan through his own means. It was worth only 25k. But proudly he confirmed that now after making his first telescope, he can make the same one worth 10k. Now that’s his passion for science and for his country that he had given his level best to become h first telescope-builder of Pakistan . Haven’t seen such science enthusiast before.


Following him, were the most inspiring group of people I’ve ever met. They were three students ( two boys and a girl) from IBA Sukker. They decided to step-forward  the most difficult task; to teach the poor children. As floods strucked Pakistan badly, and millions of affectees lost their homes and the loved ones, they were also berated from food and schools to get themselves educated. Camps were the only shelter left for them. These guys starting teaching them regularly and invested their own pocket money at the first stage. They didn’t ask any downer to donate them and help them out by providing more teachers and school stuff for the children. They were the only three souls who took this responsibility and now they renowned across Pakistan for their honest working. I talked to the group personally and straightaway asked the question intriguing me ” How you guys managed it alone, why you didn’t ask the government or a downer to help you guys?”  The girl from them explained that “That is the amazing thing, that we didn’t wait for any one to back us. We helped ourselves, that’s why we’re being hugely  by all you today” she also added that “As our backgrounds resemble their’s , so we knew the importance of education for these children because they have eager to learn and make Pakistan’s future bright”. In a nut shell, the three of them expressed the care for humanity and the importance  of education in our society. I’m truly inspired by them, the real national heroes of our country.

At the end were the Qazi brothers of Pakistan. Yes, they truly deserve to be named as Wright Brothers because with their creativity and innovation they built their own version of plane using bamboo and a Suzuki engine, which can reach the altitude of 16000ft. This glider could be useful in the floods situation and in supervising traffic. Generally the pilot (Qazi Tufail) was inspired by a plane he saw in 60’s bond films. Qazi brothers had a little protest  for Ababeel Sports Flying Club which is disclosed by the current government.

We watched some documentaries of these people, Mr.Fazli covered all the stories comprehensively. The host Mr.Irfan conveyed some motivational speeches which up-lifted the patriotism of everyone. All the heroes discussed above were awarded the cash-prize of 10k each.

Some other motivating people like Harris Nadeem ( The Most successful young blogger) and Ghalib Khalil (Pakistan’s Peace champion) were  also introduced later on and were highly appreciated. I believe that MPP has taken a worthy initiative to promote positivity among youth but I’m still waiting for their updated  website.

The reason to discuss my experience of MPP launching was that there are still so many people who are devoting their skills and talent for their country and promoting a sense of positivity in out society. In the event, I met many people who uplifted my confidence to move forward and find what is my real passion. That day for the first time I realized that though my passion is photography and other stuff but my real Passion Pakistan. At the end I have to serve my services to Pakistan, live for Pakistan and die for Pakistan. I can’t use my talent for personal benefits. Its 2011, and Pakistan is suffering so much already but still no one own a sense of patriotism. Every one value personal benefits. “Ab khud kuch karna pare ga”, this phrase is specially for the youngsters because if we don’t make a stand for out country today, no one will. I’m not intended to point out someone but just want you guys to realize that the time is here  to smoke the air of positivity in our society. that  like MPP, may other conducted more meet-ups like this to uplift the youth that’s been circled by frustration and anger. Hope that Pakistan prosper in every field of life. Inshallah.

 

“Yes” Together we are the solution

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Well when we talk about ethnicity in Pakistan, there’s always a negative response from people residing in different ethnic regions. Witnessing our elders the Y-generation also caught up by the ethnic fire  and it burnt their harmonic feelings for each other. They’re forced to do riots for the sake and respect of their particular regions. Not many governmental or non governmental organizations aren’t taking such initiatives  to bring youth from different shades of culture under a single umbrella. Youth’s energy is not channelized to work as a unit.

                                                                        

Channan Development Association (CDA) in collaboration with Y-peer Pakistan and Punjab government  arranged Asian Youth Conference and Peace festival 2011 in Lahore, which I believe is one of the major initiative took by Young people of Lahore and across Pakistan . National Delegates (from across Pakistan), including me ;) , Speakers (across Pakistan) and International delegates (across Asia) were invited to gather and talk about peace. To spread love. And to eradicate all the hatred that we’ve taken in our hearts for each other since a long time. The event was based on the theme “Together we are the solution” as I named the blog on this theme.

It was three day fun and interactive festival .Many noted personalities and inspiring speakers accompanied including Ali Moeen, Sarmad Tariq, Amara Anwar, Usman Shahid, Umair Jaliawala, Nazia Ramzan and many Asian young models .I personally interacted with the people of Lahore, Karachi, Hyderabad, Peshawar, Quetta , Islamabad, Gilgit and almost people from every region. I felt very much common among ourselves, and the common thingy was that we all belong to one nation Pakistan. At that time no one was Sindhi, Balochi, Pakhtun or Punjabi.We get to know so much about the cultures of each other and even we had interaction activities and workshops in festival.

I never knew anything about the people of Gilgit, just knew that its Pakistan’s paradise. Never wandered of how talented and passionate they are. I met and heard some gilgitis and they simply inspired me. Even there are not much awareness, and there is lack of education since there not much schools and colleges there, but the youth of Gilgit is taking equal part in political and social activies.

Cultural night was conducted on the second day of the event. Basically it was a concert of noted musicians which turned out into a Cultural night at the end. Experienced the real importance of Pakistani culture. On one side I was extremely overwhelmed to come by variety of colours, dresses and songs depicting different cultures including Punjabis, Sindhis, Balochis, Pakhtuns, and Gilgitis. On the other side I was grieving inside because we have forgotten our identities by ignoring our culture. We’re strayed by the bright colours of western culture. In a while we just lost ourselves. We over leaped our own culture. I also have no identity because I don’t follow my customs any more. One of the major factors of why Pakistani youth facing problems is that there aren’t much awareness among them to revive our customs back. So I believe it was a great initiative took by CDA

I was a little bit sad on the third day because I didn’t want the event to end. In such tough time as Lahore was all caught up by Dengue and viral infections, the delegates showed up and came to the festival. team of CDA, volunteers and executive committee gave their level best even in the chewy time. It really seemed to me that ” Yes together we are the solution”. All of us gathered on a single platform, danced , sung, questioned-answered, and left with tons of memories. Hats off all the young people who organized such an event. I hope to witness such festivals in the near future, and we will make peace instead of war among us Inshallah .

6th Drive became adventurous – Iftari for poors

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Ramazan in Pakistan is tough. There are those who fast and pray. There are those who fast,  pray and feed the poor. There are those who fast, pray and are fed as they are poor. This is Ramazan in Pakistan. I’m the one who tried to feed the poor.

Before Ramazan started, me and my cousin (Ghalib Khalil) were planning to start a Social project. We had an idea of starting a project regarding Ramazan. So without wandering of anything else, we planned to to serve Iftari to needy this whole month.We named the project “Iftari for poor” started with collaboration of Rescue Pakistan Youth Foundation.Though it seemed difficult that time but Mash’allah we as a team conducted 6 Drives and served almost 500 (poor,orphans) till now.

Yesterday we had our 6th drive, which I should call the most adventurous experience ever. It rained heavily. The streets were muddy and our route was tough to drive through. I wasn’t too much convinced to conduct that drive but the dedication of our team volunteers led us to the spot. The spot itself was poverty stricken-ed, the people there lived in tents and their earning is much less to fill the tummies of their infants with good food.

When we reached there, we all were like OMG !! What is this? Rain ruined it all. Streets were muddy. There wasn’t a space to step up and walk through. It was an EPIC scene. A thought came in my mind that we’re getting  obsessed  by only seeing this, how these people manage and live such stressed LIFE??, this thought pulled our spirits high. Though the route was filthy but it wasn’t enough to obstruct us from serving Iftari packs to every home. And we did the same as we thought, the Iftari packs were served to every single home and we left no stone unturned .

Muddy way

Distribution was the best part. It was fun, memorable, adventurous and damn tough too. It was more than seeing is believing. Some had there Sandals broken. Some one was slipped in the mud and some one was making merry of not getting slid.

Those scenes are unforgettable for us and this drive thought us there is still HOPE, and that hope is “us”. We can still change the course of Pakistan. There maybe thousands of hurdles in-front of us but if “We” want to unite our country then no other power would be able to tear us down. There are million ways to Love Pakistan but first find your way how you will love Pakistan. I Hope Pakistan. Do you?