Quote of the Day

September 26, 2014 § Leave a comment

“To live at all is miracle enough.” – Mervyn Peake

South Wales

September 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

Pretty much when I travel in the UK it’s for some sporting event… my brother and sister both do downhill bike racing and my sister is a photographer… so it’s a family affair- well sort of, a half a family affair anyway. I really want to blog more about the country side, which is the point of this blog but I just get exhausted after excursions and then I leave things.

But not this time!

Last weekend we went to south Wales, for a race in a Bike Park near Cardiff. Instead of bombarding you guys with photos of dudes riding bikes like crazy down a hill I thought perhaps a selection of countrside-y looking photos might be more appreciated. I don’t have a lot of photos because my sister had the camera the ENTIRE time, so I just asked her to snap a few ‘scenic’ photos here and there.

In case you would like to see more action packed photos of dudes riding bikes and adrenaline fueled things you can look at my post on Wales here. Also visit the website that my brother and sisters update here.

Here are some photos from the weekend.

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This last photo is my favourite.

We camped for the weekend, we had to leave on a Friday night a couple hours after college finished, pack like crazy and then set up camp in the dark. The weather was mild with a bit of hot cold here and there. I did have a great time, there’s nothing like camping in a good tent with decent toilets and good weather, it makes everything enjoyable Alhamdulillah.


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Quote of the Day

September 16, 2014 § 1 Comment

“No amount of guilt can change the past, and no amount of worrying can change the future. Go easy on yourself, for the outcome of all affairs is determined by Allah’s decree.

If something is meant to go elsewhere, it will never come your way, but if it is yours by destiny, from it you cannot flee.”

Umar Ibn Al~Khattab

Drawing: Elven Halls

September 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

Here’s another sketch post. Not much variation I know, but I will try and post something country side-y next week InshaAllah.

Yes I am a Tolkien fan and so I couldn’t resist drawing another fantastical scene from the movie. To be honest I don’t actually know if that particular shot was in the movie, but it was in a book that I have which was released to coincide with The Hobbit movies. There are six altogether and so far four have been released. They contain concept drawings, character development, costume development etc.  The image I used to base my sketch on was probably in an Art and Design book…. and I think it was a concept drawing. Maybe I can do a book review on them…

I really admire the work of the guys who do the concept drawing (John Howe and Alan Lee), they just use lines and it’s pretty amazing- if they want a darker area they add more lines, and for lighter area they use less. And the depth they create- I wish I could do that! I tried to do it their style, but my lines are more tight.


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That’s it! I used Derwent sketching pencils and rubber to get the illusion of water falling over the doorway behind the bridge.


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Sketch: Grains in Sacks

September 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

I didn’t know what to title this post since it isn’t all grains in the cloth sacks. There’s cinnamon bark in the first sack, rice in the second, dried chilies in the third and to be honest I have no idea what is in the last, I just sketched it as best as I could. I quite enjoyed that part, since I could add the look of shininess, and yet not have a lot of detail.

This sketch probably took me 25-30 minutes to draw, I didn’t do it all in one go since I left it and came back to it during the day. I used Derwent sketching pencils I tried to avoid paying to much attention to detail since that usually puts me off drawing, like I feel kind of hopeless that I won’t be able to make it look good.

So I’m pretty pleased with it Alhamdulillah, and it really helped that I really loosely drew what was in the sacks, I would have gotten fed up if I had to draw every piece of cinnamon and, every stalk of the chillies…IMG_9297

Sorry about the photo quality, and the slightly off angle.


Poem of the Day: A Point of View

August 30, 2014 § 2 Comments

They said blindness is the loss of eyesight
I said it’s the loss of insight,not eyesight
They said love is an ordeal
no good is to be expected from it
and if it continues it doesn’t last,like a house made of sand in the rain
I said:love doesn’t die because of a lover who tripped over it
It’s enough for love that’s it’s name was derived from the core of the heart
I see it is a blessing
Even if we disagree with each other
And why should we be alike?
For unlikeness was there from the time people were created
A point of view
O who sees that love is abandonment,
Tears of awakening nights
Let me tell you that your dread won’t stop destiny
The sweetest of love is the type that burns in the heart with no sparks
And love was kept by the one who called out
in the strings of early dawn
With love the Nasiri come preaching through villages!
With love Dawud whispered to his Lord and invited the rocks
And Ali sacrificed himself for our prophet on the bed in the time of danger
With love has Zamzam poured forth
With love the mother’s breast produced
My friend!If it wasn’t for love
My sins would have never been forgiven!
With the love of the Most Dignified and His slave I escape Hades
A point of view
Have you realized the meaning of love?
Or shall I give you more examples?
Behold!May Allah preserve you
Perhaps you will reconsider!
I don’t want you to be singled out
as a being bitter and unproductive
I have given you my spindle
and it’s up to you to choose the wool for it
A point of view. .


Time & Contentment

August 22, 2014 § 1 Comment

Many times a day we ask ourselves many questions. Questions about ourselves, questions about the world, the universe. We wonder, we ponder, we dream.  We lie, we fear, we ask for forgiveness. We do things we don’t mean to, we regret- or we don’t regret.

Our emotions flicker so quickly, like a candle flame in the wind before we snuff them out. We cannot decide what we feel, we change our minds before « Read the rest of this entry »


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