Annkays’ PIE built on the S.

– The candle is not there to illuminate itself –

[Week 3] The Art of Squeezing.

Posted by annkays on May 20, 2009


Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh and hi everyone.

Have you ever wondered how some people manage to do a lot in a day though they are too, given only 24 hours as given to us by Allah?

Have you thought about wanting to do more in your 24 hours but failed each time in each attempt and finally give up trying?

Have you ever sit and wonder why those things you thought you are able to do and complete in less time often end up consuming more time that you have allocated and reserve for something else?


Yes, I have always wondered.

How do they do it? Why can’t I? Is it even possible to commit to a schedule?

Alhamdulillah, I have been given the chance by Allah to work closely to some great scholars here in the States and I have always wondered HOW DO THEY DO IT? They are always there in their offices doing work and researches. They never missed a single invitation to any intellectual event yet they also have time to spend inviting guests over to their house for dinner and whenever there are occasions happening in the institute, they’ll be the one serving the guests too, mashaAllah!


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Have you focused?

Posted by annkays on May 19, 2009

Motivational quotes for today – will continuously peek to these quotes to keep the momentum going.


Challenges make your life much more interesting & less dull, though sometimes painful..

When we know our challenges are to meet our goals, we will be more courageous and worthwhile to face it.

If you feel you have too much idea (I) and feel overwhelmed, check your E and S of E aspect is FOCUS..have you focused ?


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Summer Research Outline.

Posted by annkays on May 15, 2009


Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh and hi everyone.

A delayed post which means that I have now need to speed up my pace.

Alhamdulillah a session on Maqasid Shariah which was scheduled last Sunday went  well. SO as explained in the Summer Research page, I will start of my research by revising and doing edition to my previous outline on the research.

Here’s a draft…

Discussion topics (chapters).

  1. Fiqh
  2. Usool al-Fiqh
  3. al-Shariah
  4. Maqasid al-Shariah

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Mrs taxi driver!

Posted by annkays on May 13, 2009

“The first woman taxi driver I’ve ever met here!”

“Oh really? There’re 10 of us”

“From how many?”

“120 total. 10 percent is not bad”.

“It sure isn’t!”

That was how my morning started today.  8 hours in Amtrak’s train and bus traveling fron NY to see my dear friends before they leave the States, I realized that today is Sunday and at that early 8 am the morning, the bus was not in service yet (not until 10am!)

And I start conversing with my inner self trying to intellectually devise a solution

Should I just call a cab?”

“Hmm, maybe I should just wait for the bus…i’ll save some money too…”

“Nah, I’ll call a cab. I have always had good nice experience with the cab drivers here. He/She’ll make my day and I’ll get the chance to do some charity too maybe”

But before I made the call, I did some calculation with that limited cash in my hands. I lost my debit card on my way to Buffalo, NY (I threw it away…accidentally…) and had to begged for dollars on my way back to Ann Arbor – just kidding, my friend lent me 20 bucks on my return trip in case I needed to use some ;).

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[Week 2] Know Your Potential

Posted by annkays on May 8, 2009

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh and hi everyone.

What is PIES and human potential?

Let’s take a moment and contemplate on Surah Ibrahim, verse 37.

“O our Lord! I have made some of my offspring to dwell in an uncultivable valley by Your Sacred House (the Ka’bah at Makkah); in order, O our Lord, that they may perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat), so fill some hearts among men with love towards them, and (O Allah) provide them with fruits so that they may give thanks.

Notice the narrator of the verse is Prophet Ibrahim instead of Allah himself. Analyzing the verse led me to my notes from my Quran class I had last summer by Dr Eltigani.

(One of) The terms you should know as you read and analyze the stories.

5. The Narrator

A story can be told by

  1. An outside observer, the omniscient point of view, where the narrator is not a character in the play but he knows everything that happens and why; especially feelings and ideas of the characters.
  2. A first person narrator – a character in the story referring to himself as ‘I’ or ‘me’ (here , the reader knows only what this narrator knows and chooses to reveal. )
  3. Several characters within the story

It’s always important to know who’s telling the story.

Further analyzing the verse ( im now compelled to analyze the surah as a whole… but i know I should stick to the post and it’s context…).

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Research Kick Start – Maqasid Shariah Made Simple by Fazrul Ismail this Sunday!

Posted by annkays on May 8, 2009

basmalahAssalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

“Maqasid al-Shariah, or the goals and objectives of Islamic law, is an evidently important and yet somewhat neglected theme of the Shariah. Generally the Shariah is predicated on the benefits of the individuals and that of the community, and its laws are designed so as to protect these benefits and facilitate improvement and perfection of the conditions of human life on earth.”

– ‘Maqasid al-Shariah Made Simple‘ by Muhammad Hashim Kamali

Dear friends,

Always wonder what Maqasid al-Shariah is but have never really had the chance to learn more about it?
All the available resources are overwhelmingly lengthy to be read?
Need a simple explanation on the what’s and why’s of the Sharia?


Alhamdulillah, we are pleased to inform you that as part of the MasterPIES program that will be ongoing from April 15th to July 15th, a special session on Maqasid al-Shariah will be held this weekend by no other that our Akh Fazrul Ismail.

The details are as follow:


[ Maqasid al-Shariah Made Simple by Fazrul Ismail ]


This Sunday (May 10th, 2009)
6.30pm PT/ 8.30pm CT/ 9.30 pm ET


(Session ID will be sent out prior to the program)


Who’s attending?
YOU, yes YOU!
because we Muslims should know better of our Deen!
(plus some opportunities are not worth missing =)


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[Week 1] MasterPIES and I, why?

Posted by annkays on May 8, 2009

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[Week 1] Why and How to be a Master PIES? (you-pop-er!)

Posted by annkays on May 8, 2009

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh and hi everyone.

Have you ever found yourself unable to remember a friend’s name? Or how to spell a “difficult” word like .. . “house”? How come you weren’t able to do this? You certainly knew the answer. Is it because you’re stupid? No, it’s because you were in a stupid state! The difference between acting badly or brilliantly is not based on your ability, but on the state of your mind and/or body in any given moment. You can be gifted with the courage and determination of Marva Collins, the grace and flair of Fred Astaire, the strength and endurance of Nolan Ryan, the compassion and intellect of Albert Einstein—but if you continually submerge yourself in negative states, you’ll never fulfill that promise of excellence.

However, if you know the secret of accessing your most resourceful states, you can literally work wonders. The state that you’re in at any given moment determines your perceptions of reality and thus your decisions and behavior. In other words, your behavior is not the result of your ability, but of the state that you’re in at this moment. To change your ability, change your state. To open up the multitude of resources that lie within you, put yourself in a state of resourcefulness and active expectancy—and watch miracles happen!

-Anthony Robbins, ‘Awaken the Giant Within You’.

What is PIES?

InshaAllah as promised in the introduction post, I will share my notes from the weekly session along with my own findings from personal reading and research on the subject. But first, here is a recap :

P : PHYSICAL capacity


E : EMOTIONAL capacity

S : SPIRITUAL capacity

and MASTERPIES :a  training program to helpyou rediscover and MASTER your PIES (biidznillah).


For us to recognize and rediscover our spiritual capacity we must develop and progress in all three aspects of our life.

Our Physical cognizance must be awakened.

Conscious understanding of our thoughts must be Intellectually built

We have to learn how our Emotions communicate and react with the self and the rest of the world.


More on MasterPIES program?

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[Blog Intro] Moosim al-Saif, ta’ali!

Posted by annkays on May 7, 2009

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh everyone.

Tulips Festival 08, Holland MI.

Tulips Festival 08, Holland MI.


Summer comes, summer goes.

Alhamdulillah, the summer is almost here (it’s still Spring here in Michigan and I still need my blankie to keep me warm at night =) and mashaAllah the tulips are all blooming in profusion! The semester is over and alhamdulillah with all His mighty grace, I’m given another chance to pursue another interest of mine, hence the blog.

And Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.

Sonnet 18, Shakespeare.

Summer shall fade and time will fly and I, what would I do to make sure I get most of my summer? Plan shall I try but it is Him who will decide.

InshaAllah this summer I decided to be part of the MasterPIES program conducted by Akh Fazrul Ismail. The program which  commenced on Apr 15 will run for 3 months until 15th of July and aims to help the participants realize and master their Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Spiritual potential.

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