Family

I just want to state the importance of family. I feel like we get caught up in so much in our lives from work to leisure to entertaining ourselves that we don’t leave enough time for family. Through-out your whole life they are there. It doesn’t have to be the person that gave birth to you or blood family. Its the people that have been there for as long as you can remember and that you can turn to for whatever you need. Its the people that take your good and bad, and in return you take there good and bad. The people that are there for you whenever you need someone. The people that can change your mood in seconds. The people that don’t leave your life and will be with you always.

Shout-out to all the great people we regard as family. I just want to say shout-out to my mum who has always been there to push me along through thick and thing. The most amazing person on planet earth for me. THANK YOU MUM!

Existence Of God

I found this to be the best explanation to the existence of god, as its the darkest and hardest question of all time:

Imagination can not reach Him, so as to assign Him quantity.

Understanding can not think of Him, so as to give Him shape.

Senses do not perceive Him, so as to feel Him.

Hands can not touch Him, so as to rub against Him.

He does not change into any condition.

He does not pass from one state to another.

Night and days do not turn Him old.

light and darkness do not alter Him.

It can not be said that he has a limit or extremity, or end or termination; nor do things control Him so as to raise Him or lower Him, nor does anything carry Him so as to bend Him or keep Him erect.

He is not inside things nor outside them.

He conveys news, but not with the tongue or voice.

He listens, but not with holes of the ears or the organs of hearing.

He says, but does not utter words.

He remembers, but does not memorise.

He determines, but not by  exercising His mind.

He loves and approves without any sentimentality (of heart).

He hates and feels angry without any painstaking.

When He intends to create someone he says “Be” and thee he is, but not through a voice that strikes (the ears) is that call heard.

His speech is an act of His creation.

The foremost in religion is the acknowledgement of Him, the perfection of acknowledging Him is to testify, the perfection of testifying Him is to believe in His Oneness, the perfection of believing in His Oneness is to regard Him pure, and the perfection of His purity is to deny Him attributes, because every attribute is a proof that it is different from that to which it is attributed, and everything to which is something is attributed is different from the attribute.

Thus whoever attaches attributes to God recognizes His like,  and who recognizes His like regards Him two; and who regards Him two recognizes parts for Him; and who recognizes parts for Him mistook Him; and who mistook Him pointed at Him; and who pointed at Him admitted limitation for Him; and who admitted limitations for Him numbered Him.

Whoever said ‘in what is he?’ held that He is contained; and whoever said ‘on what is He held?’ He is not on something else.

He is a being but not through the phenomenon of coming into being.

He exists but not from non existence.

He is with everything but not in physical nearness.

He is different from everything but not in physical separation.

He acts but without connotation of movements and instruments.

He sees even when there is none to be looked at from among His creation.

He is the only One, such that there is non with whom he may keep company or whom He may miss in his absence.

~ Ali Ibn Abu Talib (A.S)

 

Poetry

There are time where I ponder,

As to why certain things played out differently to the scearios I imagined in my mind, and whether if I had done such a thing differently maybe the situation would have suffered.

But Allah knew

He knew what I was able to handle

He knew what would break me

He knew that there was only so much that could burden me

He knew that the things I loved were not good for me

He knew what had the capability to cause me harm

He knew what would lead me astray and become my distraction

He knew what would be the cause for self destruction

He knew what was best for me,

It was all his plan.

We plan and Allah plans, But it his plan that is the most perfect of all plans.

~ZC

 

Politics And Young Adults

Am writing this because I feel like young adults these days don’t care enough about what’s happening around them and to their country. I feel like they don’t realize that the changes that are coming is going to affect them for the rest of their life. That they have the control to dictate their future. I want young adults to realize and wake up to see that doing a little thing such as voting can change the dynamics of a whole country.

I am from England, and I did vote in the last two elections that have occurred. Now the major one that decided if Britain would stay in the EU caused so many problems in the country. It split the country in half. The main thing that stood out for me was the lack of young people voting in the elections. It made me feel embarrassed really as part of being a young adult. One of the biggest decisions in Britons history was decided by old people. Now no disrespect to old people but there not going to be the ones with the after effects of the decision they decided. Most old people voted to leave the EU. That made me angry because their decision was the majority, due to the fact they did such a simple thing of voting. Most young people wanted to stay in the EU, but the idea of “oh my vote won’t count because its only one vote” is the stupidest thing I have ever heard. The difference in votes in the EU elections was not a big margin at all. Young adults left the decision to the old people who won’t be around much longer. I voted to stay. Due to the simple fact that I don’t believe in dividing people and places. At the end of the day we are all human and we all deserve the right to be able to get the best. We should be fighting as a human race, not as bickering child over who get what.

The power of young people showed in the last elections. Jeremy Corbyn went after the young audience and believed in them and made sure they voted. He made such a surge in power no one has seen for a long time. No matter how much the media bashed him down he preached on twitter. He showed the young audience what they were missing. The power showed when Labour party was winning seats by the smallest of margins. When I say small I mean 3 or 4 people. That was the effect of the young people. But I believe there is more to it there is more power there can be taken by the young people. More than anything it’s the young people that suffer the most out of everyone. The simple thing of tuition fees has caused such a storm. The average university student leaves university with about £30,000 debt. That’s probably the lowest for me its way over £60,000. My sister was £9,000. That has just shown us that these times more than anytime, is the time that young people need to step up. They need to take responsibility for their future in their country.

This has been more of a rant than anything else. But I just wanted to show people and show the young adults that they’re the ones in control of their future and there the dominating force communities. There the driving force of the country and nothing can hold them back expect themselves.

Picking The Right University Course

Picking the right course for university is vital to your life. There are people who go into a specific course and at the end don’t even end up working in that field. There are a few reasons for that. The two main ones I regularly see are, that the course they picked they didn’t like. But then they have already paid so much as well as pressure from there family there unable to leave he course for another. The other reason is that there is a lack of jobs in that field area. Just going to talk about how I decided my course and other options I would recommend.

I had done three A levels. Maths, Chemistry, and Arabic. I was never the person to like writing long answers and can write down essay after essay. I liked maths because it involved question after question and it was quick. Something different each time. It kept me concentrated and that was hard for me still is. Chemistry just clicked with me. Everything made sense to me. I enjoyed the problem-solving factor with both. It made my brain tick. I did Arabic as a bonus it makes me stand out compared to others I felt. That stamp of authority that I was bilingual. I was pushed into the idea of pharmacy by my family. The concept of easy work and good money made sense with that. I didn’t like it. I felt like it was a field that was boring and very repetitive.  I personally had my sights on just chemistry. I had worries that the field was too wide of a region. It was not specific enough and I feared that I would struggle to get a job from it. That was my opinion after doing research on it. I always said to myself that I never wanted to do any engineering and that was because I thought it was too much maths for me, oddly I had picked maths for A levels. One of my mum’s friends came around and after talking to her for a while she recommended chemical engineering to me. She convinced me to consider it, as it combines both Chemistry and Maths. Maths mostly. However, I wasn’t convinced. I considered it and I started to look at online forms, accreditation companies. It started to interest me and the fact of being able to “problem solve” and combine the two subjects that I like. The idea of being able to travel to places for work. Some university courses even had the chance of having a year abroad. Things opened to me once I began researching. It made sense to me. No matter how hard it looked, it seemed like a challenge that I wanted. Best decision of my life so far. No regrets until I hit second year and it kills me.

For me personally I feel like I have made the right choice. When I see others make this decision they I feel like they make it lightly sometimes. Once in my first-year biology lesson. The teacher asked who wants to do medicine at university. At least 75% of the class raised their hands. I just laughed. From that point, I decided whatever decision I take am going to really think about it. You need to consider something that strengths the skills you have. That you enjoy and appeals to you. But, at the same time your ale to make a living of it. Don’t get me wrong dream big. If you want to dream to become a footballer do it, but also look at the facts and in 5 years’ time where are you going to be. People need to start thinking for what is good for them. Sometimes I feel like people are going to university spending all that money just for the sake of going to university. Not really thinking about the degree they picked and if there able to even support themselves after. Picking a course is basically like picking the rest of your life most of them time. Really think about what your good at, what you enjoy, and are you able to get a job at the end. Think about using your job to travel. Start to look at ways that could help you advance yourself on your degree. Really consider the benefits and use them to the best of your ability. Always remember never waste time and always look to achieve the best. People who do that gain the best.

 

Picking A University

I made many mistakes while deciding which university I wanted to attend. My first aim and goal was to complete my UCAS form as quick as possible and to complete my personal statement. I thought then I would be more likely to get an offer from a university if I was one of the first people to apply. My thinking was wrong. Don’t get it wrong, handing it in early does help but not a lot. Also, it is something of your mind and it’s out of the way.  This is what I did and what I would do if I could do it again.

I had already planned my five universities that I was going to apply to. I already knew I was the type of person to like universities based in a busy city centre. I like that kind of environment. I had also been to these places so I knew what it was like and what to expect from the city.

My choices (Random order)

Leeds: I choose Leeds because, I know the city and the university. The university is good for chemical engineering as well.

Manchester: I also knew Manchester as well but I never really wanted to go there I just put them down as an option because i knew the place.

Edinburgh: I have been there once and i loved the city and the place and everything about was amazing to me. Even the people i liked a lot. The main reason I didn’t up going there was because their accreditation was different from the English one and its one extra year at university.

Sheffield: I had Sheffield as my main choice because it reminded me a lot of home. The city was great as well. It was clear to see that the university has invested a lot into the students and it was very easy to get around. I really like the tram service they have.

Bradford: This was my safe option just in case I didn’t get the grades I wanted. (best decision of my life)

These universities I had chosen in quick decision without really thinking about the place I will be living and how I will I do at university. I didn’t think about the specific course that I was doing properly.

If I could do it again, I would start off with picking my course. Then I would look at league tables and see which universities do the course that I want and I would look through each course detail page. After finding which specifics of a course I like about a university, then I would look at the city and place and living and night life. I would decide if the university is a campus university or a city university. I would pick a good 10 universities and visit them on open days. Out of the 5 up there I only went to three open days. I wish I went to more. Going to open days and applicant days help you develop friends at an early stage, regardless if you’re going to that university or not. This isn’t a decision you should take lightly. This is 3 years of your life at minimum and loads of money. After doing all that, then decide. Do a page of pros and cons for each university if needed. Let’s say you don’t get your first or second choice. When going through clearing you have an idea of other universities and you know which university you want to call then. Research makes your life a whole lot easier. I think I should have done more. Learning from other people’s mistakes help. Hope it helps.

A level Results and Clearing

I still remember my final year of A Levels and the stress of results day. The day that at exactly 8:00 am you find out your grades and if you have been accepted by your first-choice university. I wasn’t even sure what to do or what to look at first. I had my phone in my left hand on the way up to school and I just kept refreshing my UCAS page, hoping something has changed. Really hoping for good news, even if I didn’t get the grades but i got in I would have been over the moon. My first choice was Sheffield university. I loved the open day there and especially the applicant day. The professors there and PhD students were very welcoming. They had just built an £80 million engineering building that was out of this world. It was stunning very futuristic. I had also seen and booked my accommodation and I was ready to go and I was excited. I still remember walking through them doors. The teachers have already seen everyone grades so walking through the building I always looked at the teachers faces to see what kind of expression they would give if they saw me. That told me a lot about my grades.

 

I am so happy and thankful I don’t have to open another one of those envelopes again for any results. I hated them. Sadly, I didn’t get the grades for university, I was a couple of grades of. Usually if your one grade of then the university still accepts you so always check UCAS first. I got my second choice at Bradford university and I accepted it there. I had put a strong university and a moderate university to make sure that I did get a university place. I did complete my first year at Bradford university but now am heading into 2nd year at Leeds university. At this is the beauty of it. No matter how bad it is there is always hope down the line. I might not have done so well at A levels but now after being patient am going to a university better then both Sheffield and Bradford.

 

When I was at school and I saw my results, I wanted to change course I started to think all over the place i couldn’t concentrate because I was so annoyed with myself that I didn’t get into Sheffield. I felt like I let myself down. When I got home I remember my mum was happy for me to even get into university. She said to me “my job is done with you now”. I sat there for roughly 5 hours wondering what another course I can do or if am even doing the right thing. After I settled down I just hoped for the best and accepted my university place at Bradford. I must say it has been one of the best decisions of my life. I have enjoyed something so different and so new and met so many good people. By far the most entertaining year of my life. Thankfully I did well enough to be able to get a transfer to Leeds. I am transferring not because I don’t enjoy Bradford or anything like that. It’s because I want to graduate out of a better university so my chance of finding a job is easier. This is because Leeds offers more help with a placement year and its reputation help advance its students even more. So, for me looking 5 years down the line I hope it will help me more.

 

My advice for results day is simple. Whatever you get where ever you end up it always for the best. You will enjoy it and you will love it. I haven’t spoken to a single person who regrets what university they had gone to. Because every university is unique and has its own experience that excite people and help all sorts of people. Clearing could be the best thing you have ever done for yourself. Whatever the result or the outcome, try your best to stay calm. Be around your family or go some were quiet and way up all your options and don’t be scared because every outcome is the best outcome for you. If you have done better than expected and want to go to a better university go through adjustment and do it. Always strive for the best and do the best. Good luck to every next week! Wish the best for all of you.

Gym Life

When I started going to the gym during my first year at university. Just because I realized that I started to have time on my hands and i was suffering from a few back injuries so it seems like the smart thing to do. First say I went was with my brother. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. The first week I was just going and doing random things. Soon it became a habit to go at least five times a week.

When I started to take the gym sessions seriously that’s when I began to plan out my sessions and my time there. It started off with me doing the obvious amateur mistakes, such as high weights and no technique what so ever. I would start of by doing 20 minutes cardio every day. Monday was back. Tuesday was chest. Wednesday was Arms. Thursday was shoulders. Friday was legs. However, this was intense workout I would roughly spend 2 hours in the gym every day. I wear 2 layers of clothes in the gym as well to sweat more. This was okay in the sense that it helped me lose weight quick. The issue was this workout was I was always fatigued and tired. This caused me to miss a day or sometimes even two days. After a couple of months, I had lost roughly 10 kg of weight but I had gained hardly any muscle and that showed in the gym. I couldn’t advance further with the weights.

I had exam season come up were I stopped going to the gym and then I went for one week intense every day. This was because after that week it was Ramadan. I tried hard while I was fasting to work out. Before that I Had done boxing and football in the past years while fasting and found it okay. Like I enjoyed it. Cardio was fine during fasting. However, doing weights while fasting doesn’t help it caused me to go down for example from benching 80 kg to 50 kg. The lack of nutrients showed. My advice would be, when your fasting do short sessions high weights and do it on a morning. Don’t push yourself unless you’re doing cardio.

Once I began to understand what do in the gym and how to do it with the right techniques and everything it made sense. Now i do the following.

Monday: I do back and biceps because you’re already working your biceps when doing your back.

Tuesday: Chest and triceps. The same idea as Monday.

Wednesday: shoulders and legs because the large leg muscles help with growth of the shoulders.

Thursday: back and biceps.

Friday: chest and triceps.

For any workout, you must do light and heavy weights. When you’re in the gym let your ego go away. Picking up 4 kg dumbbells and getting the right technique is 100% better then picking up 20 kg ones just to try and act big for the people around you. After each workout try to reach failure and sometimes the best way to do that is to start high and end low with loads of reps. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday I would do something called HIIT training. High Intensity Interval Training. This would help with losing weight a lot quicker in a smaller period and helps with development of core strength. HIIT training burns fat for 48 hours, hence why I do it in between days. It works in the sense of you train for 35 seconds at a quick pace and rest for 25 seconds. This is done for roughly 10 to 20 minutes and it burns double the fat or a 20-minute cardio session. I also do my abdominal muscles every day, just one exercise. With this workout, I began noticing results even quicker. In the sense that my strength increased massively. For me personal I do not show strength my arms don’t bugle out or my chest doing explode out either. For my brother, these things happen but for me it doesn’t but I can lift more than him. I don’t mind this as I like my lean physic. The main major factor I cut out as part of my diet was bread. The first few days are hard but once your free from bread it feels good. Obviously, you must cut any fatty foods and start eating a diet that supports what kind of body you want. Just a heads up I highly recommend pink lady apples. Best apples ever. From this workout and dieting I gained 5 kg of muscle mass. I am pleased with my body. If you ever feel like you’re going to go crazy from your diet its simple eat. Have your junk food that you need and that it. Make sure you get back to your diet, don’t always fight it as you can recoil back badly. I always have cheat days. I like my pizza.

This all started off as a “thing to do” and it quickly became a habit and now am loving it. Personally, I think there is a lot of pressure on guys to look a certain way and to be strong and big. So that pressure has made guys look to supplements and protein shakes and stuff like that. I don’t do any of that as it is not natural. It I have side effects to simple stuff as protein shakes. I believe in natural eating and working out. I make sure I don’t spend more than an hour and a half and that I enjoy going there. Out of all of this I believe a person should stay fit and healthy no matter what, it doesn’t have to be going to the gym. But any size is good and how you look is good and no matter how you look and what you’re doing if you’re comfortable with yourself and happy then do it. Don’t care about what people will think because if you think like that you will always be heading backwards. The best way to enjoy something especially something that is challenging is to not care what people think and to care about your opinion only. At the end of the day you’re doing this for yourself not anyone else. Stay fit people!