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I look
Forward to
these conversations
For moments of joy

Because happiness
Is knowing, that you are
Cherished and appreciated
Not for things but who you are

It is wonderful
To be loved and cherished
And a conversation of love
Is what makes the day blossom

Broken thoughts
Broken hearts and minds
Can mend with love and care
When they are genuine and warm

Mending the Broken Heart

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2020 in Poems, Uncategorized

 

What to do on mental health day


Mental health day should be about visiting a family member, relative, friend or colleague who is going through a tough time,

to sit down with them and to give them dedicated quality time to listen and let them know you have heard, and respect their feelings without prejudice and judgement.

It should not be a day to talk to or about people with mental disability. It should be a day to listen to them. Give those suffering a safe space to walk into, where they will be welcome and heard by caregivers who know how.

And if you can’t visit, make a call and have a conversation and just listen. You can do wonders. Yes, you can.

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Mental Health Day thoughts


The country is celebrating Mental Health Day today. Walking, talking, running, posting, boasting, and what not. The person who is suicidal is there in the crowd and watching.

Given up on life, without any hope or meaningful purpose. The only hope for them is the deafeningly loud noise telling them that you are no good, useless, worthless, and constantly reminding of their failures and the ill fate awaiting the next moment, the next day, the next week, the next year, and so on.

The challenge is to act, better than the most renowned artist, to show the rest of humanity what a happy person you are, have been and will be. That life is beautiful inside and out. Knowing well what a lie it is.

It is funny that people around are so eager to help, but they want you to expose yourself first. Then they want to play the pity card.

Life goes on – it is just another day of wearing tshirts, walking, talking, posting, boasting and what not. All that needs to be done is a drop in center and a helpline in population centers.

But they will not do it. It will not be a photo op as grand as the above. Happy Mental Health Day to all suffering.

 

Violent extremism in the schools of Maldives


Today I came across this amazing piece of writing, which – according to a friend, was circulating in Viber groups. The author is Mr. Ismail Shafeeu, who is said to have worked at all levels of the education sector over the past years and is currently pursuing his education further. (Kindly note below is a crude translation.)

“There are 2160 expatriate teachers who are teaching in the schools of Maldives this year – 2019. In the past years, we have had even more. Moreover, over 85% of doctors and nurses working in the Maldives are foreigners. And 90% of them are not Muslims.

The said expatriates live a peaceful life, with dignity and respect. If the schools in the country had a curriculum promoting religious extremism, would they have been able to live in peace?

As a person who have worked at all levels of the school system, I can confidently say that there is no part in the education provided in the schools that promotes hatred or violence against non-Muslims. The result is that (including myself) the most beloved of teachers of any Maldivian is either a Sri Lankan or and Indian. If schools promoted religious hatred this would not have been the case.

Therefore those who say that the schools in Maldives teach religious extremism are saying so without any basis. Such research is based on heresy, fabricated information, and lies produced by them. These will not be considered in distinguished academic discourse.

The great majority of those who have lost civility and good character are mostly those who have not completed the school system. They had not completed formal schooling up to grade 10 or 12 in a school. It is highly unlikely that a person who have completed and gone through a good education in their school days will have such extremist leniencies. This is sufficient to realize that the school curriculum in Maldives does not promote religious extremism.

Indeed. Allah has set limits in Islam to protect the fundamentals of the humanity, civilization, wealth and religious matters. Those who criticize religion do not want to be bound by those limits. It is evident from what they write. There agenda can only be achieved through the elimination of the Islamic curriculum in schools. Therefore they voice out against the basis of the curriculum which is the Quran the Ways of Prophet Muhammadh Rasool S.A.W. There can be no other reason.”

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2019 in Nation Building, Neevey Adu Kon Adu, Religion, Society, Uncategorized

 

Missed Mandhatha


The Ruby Arena, TRIVANDRUM: This afternoon I was having lunch with my father and step mother Hawatha. As we were in a conversation while waiting for the food to arrive, I was suddenly reminded of my first step mother Mandhatha.

The thought brought tears to my eyes. She was a wonderful person. She treated me like she treated any other of her children. She was always giving. She had so much to give. But. She never asked nor wanted anything from me.

The last time I saw her was when she was in hospital. Very ill. I put something under her pillow which I wanted her to have. I specifically remember that because she would not have allowed my if she knew. I came to Male’ after the visit hoping to return to see her. But she was gone before I could visit.

The most cherished of the memories I have of her is the goodies that she would send to us all the way from Addu. Sometimes she would send it through people. Sometimes she would bring it by herself.

Not only that. Whenever I would visit Addu she would make a feast “like a jinni” (in a flash). She would find the chicken and make a feast as for a prince. She would amass goodies to be taken. I would have to convince her I like to travel light, and finally negotiate to send it through someone going to Male’.

I missed her so badly, because I realized I never gave anything to the woman who gave so much to me.

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

he and she


he and she
drive fear and hatred
into you in abundance
making life unbearable

she thinks
you are not worth
nor good for anything
hatred is all she knows

he thinks
you are no use
nor good for anything
driving fear is all he knows

they define your life
your happiness and joy
they are masters of fate
who only know fear and hatred

life
is a child of fate
born of a purpose
designed by destiny

he and she
are the masters
of your fate and destiny
full of fear and hatred

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

moment of truth


i have been there
with the best of the best
riding the adrenaline wave
wild and joyous in eternity

i am here and now
watching the misery
that befalls the needy
for they have none to rally

to love and to cherish
their existence and well being
for their worth is no more
in suffering and weakness

this cruelty all around
without a heart that carry
an ounce of kindness or love
is reason to smile

for the beauty
in the smile is a cure
from the pain of helplessness
that is overwhelming the soul

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Nowhere to go


Sky is falling
Earth is boiling
World is shrinking

Nowhere to go

Burning sensation
Crippling feeling
In body mind and soul

Nowhere to go

Everyone is gone
No one to spare
A shoulder to rest

No peace in mind

Hoping to wake up
In a better place
Let me just leave

Nowhere to go

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2015 in Poems, Uncategorized

 

Warmth of Hope


The beauty of a Smile
Laden with warmth
Of a kind heart
A beautiful mind

The warmth of the heart
Laden with goodwill
Of abundant generosity
A positive mental attitude

The gift of hope
Laden with tranquillity
Of a mind at peace
A word of kindness

A dream of serenity
Laden with generosity
Of an awesome past
A touch of sincerity

The future is beautiful
Awesome in essence
Built on trust and grace
That shall last into eternity

Smile
Let Smile
It’s awesome
In complete peace

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2013 in Poems, Uncategorized

 

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MALDIVES: Bans minority political association, by law


Today the Maldives parliament passed a bill to restrict registration of political parties to be restricted to those who can enroll 10,000 members. This effectively bans the political factions who have been active in the politics of the nation, and silencing the voice of those who take the middle ground and non-violent forms of political activity and engagement; giving the center stage of politics to the cult-like and extreme elements of our society.

The parliament vote today has been a slap in the face of the most sacred freedom enshrined in the August Constitution of the Maldives – freedom of political association, which was first introduced with the 2008 constitution.

We have seen god-like leaders who have promoted a tribal mentality and forms of extremism nationalism take higher ground, in the early years of democracy in this country. And today they have skillfully paved the way to silence all freedoms of political association to anyone else, and limit the freedom exclusively unto themselves. It is indeed a sad day for the democratic reform movement.

The same parliament also voted to conduct no-confidence votes on the President, VP and members of the cabinet and those appointed to independent commissions by parliament, to be held by a secret ballot. The argument of those for the secret ballot were that MPs will be influenced by coercive means and through money, if the vote were transparent. The reason given was that we were a small nation of close-knit associations and relations and such a vote can only be independent if it were through a secret ballot.

Most who support the restriction and the banning of smaller political associations say that the country cannot afford so many parties. Their assumption being that the state has to fund all political parties. Political party state funding could have been based on electoral seats won by them and that would have solved the problem, if that was the problem.

It is sad that Human Rights Commission empowered by the constitution to uphold the rights enshrined in the constitution has not uttered a word now, nor when the bill was in parliament at committee stage. I was reprimanded by the Elections Commission for writing against the proposed restriction of political parties, that we have now seen passed by parliament. That is how influential the gatekeepers of the efforts to re-branding of the monarchy have been.

One “learned-friend” told me that the bill does not restrict freedom of expression and political thought, but restricts political association in a democratic manner, as this is going to be a bill passed by parliament and made into law. He went on to argue that the will of the people (through parliament) shall prevail in a true democracy. Democracy – my foot!

I call upon the President to send back the bill to parliament to rectify the violation of freedom of expression and freedom of association that this bill restricts.

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

 
 
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