So I heard the tragic news just some moments ago and it's deeply disturbing to know, humans, who claim to be the best among the creatures still kill animals to establish the superiority we were gifted by the nature. We named ourselves homo sapiens, but are we?
From what I learned, a dentist from US thought it to be fun to fly to Zimbabwe and hunt a well known lion to the locals, Cecil. What's even more disturbing is the process he chose to carry out the killing operation. He with the help of the peoples who helped him lured Cecil away from the sanctuary since it's illegal o hunt any animal within the perimeter. Shouldn't it be made illegal to kill an animal anywhere? The poor animal was then bewildered with flashlight when the coward 'hunter' took the chance to put a arrow through Cecil. To the lion's agony, he escaped the ferocity of the cruel creatures named humans only for 48 hours before the devil tracked him down.
The month-old news started emerging on the social medias earlier this month after the incident and spread rapidly this weekend. I came across some news posts before I saw the video response of Jimmy Kimmel. Jimmy bashes the dentist and spoke for all of us when he demanded the devil be trialled. There have been petitions with more than million signs demanding the trial of the hunter. As Jimmy pointed out, the guy has a notoriety of killing animals. What makes me more afraid is the fact that it's extremely likely that there's many other animal killers like him out there and if no one is charged and trialled, many more will emerge.
It’s been hours since our beloved earth’s distant cousin, Kepler 452b has been introduced to the earthlings. But the hype is nowhere to diminish a bit and threatens to continue like this for quite some time!
The announcement came only two days after NASA published the first picture taken by the EPIC (Learn how) on the DSCOVR mission from a distance of 1.6 million kilometers! It’s amazing how only hours separates the publishing of picture of two extremely similar floating orbs in the void, one of our home and one of maybe someone else’s to call home!
There’s been speculation about the conference for quite some days that it might declare the discovery of extraterrestrial life. So when it was announced that they found ‘merely’ a planet, some might have got disappointed. Good news for them, the nicknamed Earth 2.0 (as if it’s a new version of earth -_-) have characteristics that are so close to earth (closest yet, as of the date of discovery) that it’s quite possible to contain at least some sort of life forms. Although there are details yet unknown, but there’s no harm in hoping, right?
I’ll try not to bore you with minutiae , you can always check the IFLScience article. But if you’re getting too excited about intelligent alien life in Earth 2.0 to colonize and turn the 452b-lings to your minions, read the article to know that having a diameter 1.6 times of earth and possibly five times the mass of the Earth, Kepler 452b might as well be Krypton and the habitats being Superman to us. So your plan might not be a viable one, afterall it can be the other way around 😉
Anyways, to me personally, it’s a great achievement that was certain to come, with time as the only variable. I’m not rooting it to be our next destination or hoping to befriend the aliens living there, but I’m considering it as a great gift to see the future. Since the sun of Kepler 452b is so similar to ours that it’s being dubbed as the ‘twin’, (only that it’s a 1.5 billion years older twin :p and the planet too is much older than Earth) it’s currently in a state that our earth will reach about a billion years later! (if we don’t destroy it by then -_-)
So here’s to hoping we will someday come across maybe our future home or our cousins from a different planet. Interstellar doesn’t seem much of a thing of fiction now, does it?
When the Eid day starts with two consecutive erroneous Eid prayers, you know there’s much more to come!
Posting my second post on the blog after a pretty long time. The first post was published in Blogger, but lately shifted in this site which I’ve been constructing for some weeks now. The packed schedule of engineering study life doesn’t quite let me check off the infinite entries in my todo list of which blogging was entried almost six years ago.
It’s been three weeks since my Elder Uncle has passed away. It’s been truly a massive blow even for our family. He was like an impervious shelter from tornado, a dependable figure for all our distresses, the most supportive person through our thick and thin, rushing to aid whenever help was needed. In his professional life he was as successful as anyone can aspire to be. With supreme honesty and dedication in his works and utmost respect from his colleagues, he was an idol to many. So when in the middle of the night three weeks ago, I learnt that he’s no more, it felt like the world fell apart. But it’s so disturbingly surprising how quickly time can diminish shocks of this magnitude. And what seemed to be an impossible task three weeks ago even to think of, that is to pass an Eid day without him, is now done. May Allah grant his soul eternal peace.
I always prefer Eidgah over Mosques for the Eid prayer, which is Sunnah. But for some years lately, the rain causes Eidgahs to be rendered useless, so had to settle for the Eid prayer in the mosque. Anyways, after reminding the special cases in Eid prayer, the Imam unusually asks us to pray and hope that the prayer be free of error which is pretty ironic because of the fact that the Imam made the same mistake he warned and did four Takbirs instead of three. After seeking forgiveness, the Imam starts the prayer all over again only to make an error again, skipping the Ruku in the second Raka’t this time. Both the times the error could've been avoided if anyone corrected the Imam as it was happening or by a Saajdah Sahw (Prostration of forgetfulness). The devastated Imam was saved from further embarrassment by the Muazzin who came to rescue and performed the prayer. The impatient congregation tried berating the Imam, but shouldn't they understand that man is prone to error? Well, it was a new experience.
This one event reflects how a society should follow it’s leader. You are not to follow the leader blindly and if what he does is wrong, anyone has the right to correct him. Also, if he understands his fault and seeks forgiveness for his wrongdoings, he should be expected to be waived off of his sins. Also, the followers has the right to make him start all over again. Islam truly is a complete guidance of life.
The continuous downpour made the day more despairing. What started as a drizzle in the noon soon turned into the kind of rain that tries to soak you with gloomy nostalgia. So be it nature, so be it. Let us put down the handheld device and sit beside a window with a steaming cup of coffee and cherish the precious memories we made.
The rain kept me from meeting my friends too, not that I had any plan, but now I have an excuse 😜 I couldn't even meet with my friend next door let alone my friends kilometers away. Some guests were supposed to come but after waiting for the whole afternoon and evening, they informed they’d come the next day. So much for the waiting. After chatting with sister for some times, now I’m here trying to check off blogging from my checklist!
Let me end this long post with a short story and an even shorter hadith. I first heard the story several years ago in an Eid Khutba by my most favorite khatib. It goes as, Hazrat Umar (Radiallahu Ta’ala Anh) was once seen crying vehemently on a day of Eid. Upon inquiry, he replied, “How can a person who does not know if his fasts have been accepted, celebrate Eid?” If the man about whom Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said that his good deeds are equivalent to the number of stars in the sky, cries in fear if his fasts are accepted or not, then who are we to celebrate Eid!
Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has said, “The people who will be called towards Paradise first on the Day of Judgment are those who praised Allah Ta’ala during happiness and sadness.”
May Allah accept our prayers and fastings and bless us with his forgiveness on this Eid day.
Eid Mubarak 🙂
An undergrad student from Bangladesh, currently doing my BSc on Electrical and Electronics Engineering to pursue my dream of making the world a better place with the help of technology.