1. Life as a grad student

    … is not as fun as I thought it would be. It’s always work, work, work - 9 to 5. 

    The last two weeks: I was busy finishing up experiments because the whole lab will be moving to the new building.

    Last week: Moving a whole lot of stuff from the old 70s lab to a new funky one. Thus this was how my old bench looked like after packing:

    I must say that it looked much more organized than for the past 2 years that I’ve been working on this bench. 

    I guess if your working place is a mess, it reflects your own state of mind (which probably is a mess) and most likely, your iman is not in a good shape either. That’s why there’s a hadith saying, “Cleanliness is half of iman.” A reflection for NOT messing the brand new bench in the funky new building. 

    PhD conference is coming up in a week’s time. Du’as are welcome! :D

     
  2. 1894 book print on Islamic architecture. From top left: Mosque of ibn Tulun in Cairo, Alhambra Mosque in Granada, Sultan Hassan Mosque in Cairo. From bottom left: Alcazar of Seville, Cordova Mosque, an arch in Alhambra.

    1894 book print on Islamic architecture. From top left: Mosque of ibn Tulun in Cairo, Alhambra Mosque in Granada, Sultan Hassan Mosque in Cairo. From bottom left: Alcazar of Seville, Cordova Mosque, an arch in Alhambra.

     

     Islamic Art 

  3. 
juma’ prayer, ka’ba, 1904

    juma’ prayer, ka’ba, 1904

    (via khaboom)

     
  4. O youth! Seek the hereafter, for we often see people pursuing the hereafter and finding it as well as the dunya (worldly wellbeing), but we have never seen anyone pursue the dunya and gain the hereafter as well as the dunya.
    — Hasan al-Basri (Al-Bayhaqi, Al-Zuhd al-Kabir, article 12)