My 168 Hour Famine for Syria

Hey Everyone!

Ive started my own campaign to raise money for two Syrian charities (One based in Jordan and one in New Zealand). 

I will be giving up food, furniture, etc for specific hours during that week (First week of July) 

This is the link here:

https://www.igiveonline.com/campaigns/shaymaas-168-hour-famine-for-syria/

Please give it a quick read or just watch the video and help support it. Even if you could just donate a dollar, it counts.

 

Thank you guys so much for reading through and help me raise my goal of 1500 dollars for Syrians!

#UnitedforSyria

I know…

My friend,

I know…i know you are trying hard wake up in the morning and everything is fine, and you strive and try hard towards doing good….and being a better person.

I know its hard when you bite your tongue a thousand times to not fight aggression with aggression and violence with violence….you stay steady and though a word or two might slip out you try to remain calm and at ease and give everyone the benefit of the doubt.

I know its hard to wake up one morning and have everything turn from good to bad.

I know its hard to find that bad turn to worse.

I know its hard to have the people who are meant to protect you and keep you safe from sadness and misery turn against you.

I know its hard to know that people have been talking badly about you or making rumors and false statements about you.

I know its even harder when those people are the people closest to you.

I know its hard to have that one day where you want to feel special and have the excuse to feel happy and loved backfire at you. For the people most important to you to forget it is your birthday or simply ignore you. 

I know its hard because it hurts thinking that these very same people are not happy that this was the day you were bought into life.

I know its hard when you hold back your tears, swallow your sadness which then turns into illness. 

I know.

But do you know what i also know?
I know you are strong. 
I’ve personally accepted the fact that i am a good person…and people will wrong me. And they will give me painful headaches. And they will crush my heart. And they will make my blood boil.
But i know better than to fight violence with violence. I know that a smile is my best defense. 

I have accepted that i have one true friend, God. And He knows what is best for me. 
I know that the people of Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Africa have it worse than i do, so i should be thankful for the good and the bad.

Recently i came upon this quote:

“I asked God for strength and God gave me difficulties to make me strong, I asked God for wisdom and God gave me problems to solve, I asked God for courage and God gave me obstacles to overcome, I asked God for love and God gave me troubled people to help, I asked God for favours and God gave me opportunities. Maybe I received nothing I wanted, but i received everything I needed”. – Unknown

And it made so much sense. I started praying a few weeks ago for Allah to give me strength and subhanallah, i was bombarded with some wrong turns and bad events, but also subhanallah, my heart was stronger, and instead of feeling rage, i would smile and laugh and feel no pain. 

Maybe once i shed a few tears, but not because of what has happened to me, but because i feel so sorry for those who are doing evil to me, and i sincerely hope Allah blesses them with a change of heart. 
It hurts, i know, and things will never ever be a 100%.
You could be a saint and beautiful wonderful being, but there will be at least one person in this world who will hate you until your dying day.
What i am saying is dont let that less than 0.5% get you down, because in the big picture, they are nothing but a speck of dust.

I believe you are strong, and confident and wonderful. 
So forgive but dont forget.
Love but dont trust too quickly.
Be curious but do not judge. 
And remember, always be thankful to Allah, through the good and the bad, because whatever He throws at you it is because He knows you have the strength to beat it.

Peace and Blessing upon you all 🙂

 

Oh and p.s: I’m finally legal today 😉 Im officially 18 ! Yahooo

Always unexpected

You know, us humans are really weird.
I’m not sure if we were always like this, but right now it’s all I’m seeing.
Weird in the sense that why are we so afraid to show what we really mean or say? Or embarrassed even?

This is my personal thoughts, so you may oppose and your opinions may differ and if you do have a different opinion then good! Because it means you’re not getting hurt by people who do this to me constantly.

Since i was i dont know how old, these humans i’ve met in my mind have confirmed to me that i shouldnt trust anyone, but i don’t know why i always feel the need to give it one more shot.
Well I’m not fricking bulletproof, those things you do do effect me, the bullet does hit me and i do get hurt.

What I’m talking about is when you befriend someone and you become close to them and sooner or later (and for me its usually sooner) they just leave. 
And you still give, and give and give and give and they just, they just don’t care to put it simply. And because once upon a time that person was actually an important role in your life, you still try and try and try and nothing happens in return.
I’m giving you my all, and even now when I’m halfway across the world, i have your best interest at heart, i still worry about you and nothing. 

Its just really tiring sitting at the end of the table and watching people get up and leave with no warning, no excuse and never come back.
Even the people who didn’t make it easy for me, people who gave me a hard time,when they finally speak to me and act nice, i actually put in an effort into making it work but then again they’re the same.

I’m sick of feeling this way. I have feelings too. And just like you want to be treated fairly with love and compassion and respect, i want that, too.

But I’ve come to the conclusion i won’t find that with anyone here on earth. 
I constantly support and do what i can and they dont do the simplest things, just acknowledge my existence. 
You on your own, sitting in your room by yourself suddenly think of me, and casually out of nowhere ask how i’m doing, that would mean a lot. 
But I’m done expecting, because humans are so….

I just hope no one ever has to feel alone and always on guard and paranoid. 
Spread those smiles around and learn to love and be selfless….

Its tiring to feel this way all the time.

Newtown Shooting

Its a tragedy what happened a few days ago in Newtown, Connecticut. I can’t imagine sending my daughter, son, niece, nephew,  sister, or brother to school only to get a call a few hours later that they have been killed.
My heart goes out to all the families of the adults and children who were murdered on this tragic day.

Here are the pictures of some of the children who were murdered (Pictures from Daily Mail):

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And I know that these beautiful children are all Angels now.
I cannot even begin to understand what sort of sick man would want to hurt such young people? What reason could he have possibly had? None, at all.
So, when the mainstream media informs us that he was “Depressed, Deeply disturbed, etc, etc.”. The usual excuses they seem to give these days. Things we’ve all heard over and over again.
And i dont wanna pull out the race card, but it has gotten so obvious what the media and government is doing.
So yes I’ll say what lots of other people are saying too, if the murderer was not white, things would have been dealt with in another way.
But instead, because he is white, he is ‘psychologically damaged’ and therefore needs to be treated. Excuse me?

Just not so along ago this year, James Holmes also entered a theater and killed at least 12 people and left almost 59 injured. And again, what card do they use?
“You guys, he’s seriously distressed.” Give me a break.

Let me tell you something, the Word TERRORIST by definition means:
A person, usually a member of a group, who uses or advocates terrorism or a person who terrorizes or frightens others.

So you tell me, do these people, and in specific this man, Adam Lanza, not deserve to be labelled as a Terrorist?
Because I am pretty sure when he walked in there, he caused terror to these people. I’m pretty sure, he didnt go in there and smile at all their pretty faces, and they all sang a nice Christmas song and then he shot them real quick. No. A teacher had to hide her students into a closet and took the bullet for them. And imagine the fear and terror they felt hiding in there not knowing if that gunshot would be the last noise they heard.
So spear me the Psychological excuses, he is a terrorist. No matter what race or ethnicity he is.

I am just so enraged at how this always seems to happen.

Another thing I’d really like to address is GUN CONTROL IN THE USA!
Completely unacceptable. We’ve stayed quite for too long but now our voices need to be heard because the gun control in the US has..wait what gun control? There is no gun control anymore.
Go on google right now and type in ‘buy guns in America’ and look at the links it provides you with.
The Gun law that was passed so many years ago in the US gave almost everybody the right to carry or own a gun. Times change, and when the USA sees that its gotten out of hand and it being a superpower country, wouldnt that mean that they know they are RESPONSIBLE to change the law?
What, they have to wait till the people speak? Thats not how a government is supposed to run when such issues are concerned.
LAWS need to change when they aren’t reasonable anymore. And when the children of your country are dying because of reckless terrorists then it is your duty, Mr. President, to change these rules!
Now, i dont live in the US, nor have i ever been and nor do i plan on going, and i know i am an outsider but this seriously doesnt need a genius to think the exact same thing. Its all common sense.
Actually, today i was having a talk with a fellow New-Zealander and we got to speaking about this event and she told me that her husband owns a gun and thats only because he was a former police officer. Not only that, she informed us that it was a long process of interviewing people he knew well individually to see if he is fit of carrying a gun.
And i got to thinking, that is so true, over here in New-Zealand you barely hear of anyone owning a gun, really. And thats the beautiful thing about it here. They try to make it as safe as they can.
You can own a gun, but after a very long process when they have made sure that the candidate is fit to own a gun and they come and check that it is stored safely inside the house.

If the small Island of New-Zealand could do this, then SURELY the US can, unless they want it to remain this way. For people, especially now, after so many recent attacks, to walk around in fear and terror.
The US NEEDS to renew its Gun Laws.

Now another thing, from my previous post, you may have figured out that i am a strong Justice for Palestine Supporter. Because really anyone who encourages peace would be too.
And I Stumbled upon this.

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Um What?
‘No experience with death can be likened to that of a parents’ loss of their child. No crime is more heinous than the killing of a child.’

I dont think i have ever seen so much hypocrisy as this letter right here. Coming from the source that has been targeting children for the past countless years.
I cant even take this anymore. What happened in Newtown is the everyday life of what is happening in Palestine (AND sadly Syria now, too.)
And i am completely upset about what has happened to these beautiful children and brave adults but also, i just want all of you to remember the children of Gaza and how everyday their childhood is stolen. How everyday they are stolen from the ones who love them most.

When will there ever be peace? When will the time come where everyone will want peace?
When will everyone be treated equally?

And when will everyone finally begin to care?

Rest In peace to the beautiful children of Palestine, Syria and Newtown, Connecticut,

Yours Truly,

A Deeply Upset Human Being.

Achievements

Do you ever feel like you havent really done much in life?
No matter how young or old you may be, sometimes we get that feeling that, ‘Hey, all these years just flew by, and what have i really done that worth being proud of?’

For some, getting good grades in school or Uni isnt enough. Finally finding a job isnt as satisfying as they thought it would be.And we all need that push, that motivation to keep us going. So that, yeah, i may not be in the perfect school, i may not have the best friends, i may have a sucky job at the moment, but at least i know that for now…i have something i can be proud of.

Everybody needs that. Whether your 13, 18, 26, 85 (Well if you’re healthy enough but you’ve probably had something to be proud of anyways) .
What i’m talking about here is pretty simple things.

For instance, a ten year olds achievement could be to win the international spelling bee contest. And i’ll say this from now, it may seem small, but in the long run its these small things that could very well be our driving force.

A 13 year old might win the local skateboarding competition.

Now keep in mind, it doesnt always have to be about winning.
For example, the Muslims sacred book (The Holy Quran). For one to memorise the Quran or memorize just a few ‘Surahs’ is an achievement itself.

To write a book, maybe it wont get published, but who really cares, as long as youre satisfied with what you’ve written and even if its only read by your family and friends in the meantime, that itself is an achievement. Because lets face it, people can barely stick to a blog let alone finish writing a whole book.

My point is, I’ve realised this lately. That you really do need to start something worth doing in your life right now.
Its these stories that you’ll be telling your nephews/nieces/grandkids one day.
And its the stories you’ll look back on when your old and weak and still smile, because you’ve done something brilliant once upon a time.

Another thing is also, what these goals or achievements can do to you. The affect they can have on you.
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” -Henry David Thoreau

Think about how this specific thing will impact your life and make you a better person. Focus on those positive things you can do in life.
Watch that movie ‘Pay it Forward‘. May it could inspire you, because maybe your achievement could be helping someone or many people.

And if you already have a goal, but are going through a rough patch, then heres a quote from the brilliant Chuck Norris.
“I’ve always found that anything worth achieving will always have obstacles in the way and you’ve got to have that drive and determination to overcome those obstacles on route to whatever it is that you want to accomplish. “

So be patient, be strong and it’ll be worth it.
Sometimes getting in touch with your religious side and gaining that extra faith is something to be extremely proud of.

So heres a hi-5 and badge for all of you out there who are achieving, have achieved or are thinking of achieving a goal in your life.

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Again, wishing you a brilliant day ahead of you :]

Missions and Matters

Have you ever had one of these phases in life where you have a mission?

Maybe its a mission to help someone for a period of time with something.
Maybe its a mission to  higher your grades.
Maybe its a mission to change.
Maybe its a mission to maintain a friendship.

The list goes on and on and on and on.
And in these moments, most of us find ourselves completely and utterly lost.
Lost in so many ways. Things arent going the way you expected, disrespect from colleagues/ friends/ family, too much pressure, and your mind cant thing clearly and you dont know how to react.

Again and again i’ll say this, no matter what age you are, we all deal with the same feelings, different situations- yes, but otherwise, our feelings are all there.
A 45 year old may look at a 35 year old and say, ‘thats the golden age, when everythings sorted, they have no idea what a problem really is.’ And a 35 year old may look at a 23 year old and think the same. And the same with a 17 year old to a 12 year old.

So yes, some problems may be more difficult than others, but we all have the same emotions to deal with.

Anyways, my point here is that, there will always be that person who builts a brick in front of you. And each day a brick is put, the higher the wall becomes. Im here to tell you, dont let it come to that, dont let that wall get too high that your standing there with no weapons in your hands, and no one to help you break that wall down.
What you need to do is shut everyone else out and focus on your goal, on your mission. Whether its short term or long term.

Many may think this is all so very corny, but this is the truth. I bet you every 10 seconds someone is frustrated and wanting to give up on whatever it is theyre going through or doing.

“It’s not the cards you’re dealt it’s how you play the game” via Chris Pardo

So that quote explains alot actually, who cares if there is something or someone in your life thats making everything a little harder for you, its up to you to decide what to prioritize.
Sort of like that very popular phrase, “When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.” But instead of that, you can add your on twist. How bout making a Lemon Cheesecake?
Or maybe smear it all of your hair for a change! Make your very own lemon tea.

My point is, be creative! Think of ways to deal with the situation instead of giving up, because really, if we do think negatively, we’re really only hurting ourselves in the end.
Its our future, our choices, so lets choose them wisely.

And to end this, heres a little poem i came across recently, and i hope it will make you smile and inspire you a little bit more:

Just One
Unknown

One song can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dream
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.

One smile begins a friendship,
One handclasp lifts a soul.
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal

One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.

One step must start each journey.
One word must start each prayer.
One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.

One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what’s true,

One life can make a difference,
You see, it’s up to you!

Wishing you the best in life,

Another Teenager