You’re asked to nominate someone for Time’s Person of the Year.Who would it be, and Why?
When I think of all the good things that has happened this year in our online course, I’d gladly nominate our facilitator,Mr. Khurram Ali Shafique.
He is a good teacher. He is humble and he knows his subject well. He offers online courses on, “Iqbal” who is a highly acclaimed Muslim Philosophical thinker of Modern times.
I have learned a lot from him and I thank him for giving me the opportunity of learning about the great Philosopher.
Think of the last time you broke a rule( a big one, not just ripping the tags off your pillows). Were you burned ,or did things turn out for the best?
The last time I broke the rule was a couple of days ago. We were given a question in our online course, where we were told to give brief answers, no more than 100 words, at first I did write a short answer, but my online friend asked me to write the longer one I had talked about. I made my excuses why I could not, some one else already wrote almost the same as I was thinking about.
When I got a second request, this time it was from the facilitator to write the longer answer, I felt it was safe to do it. I broke the rule but when the person who made the rule wanted me to write the longer answer, I felt confident to break it.
Why did you start your blog? Is that still why you blog,or has your site gone in a different direction than you planned?
I started using the computer for my online course, I was busy studying and answering questions at the end of a lesson. One day our facilitator introduced us to the blog of one of our fellow participants, before this I had no idea what blogging meant.When I read his post I was interested, I asked our facilitator, was it possible for me to start blogging. His reply was positive.
I asked my daughter how I could start this, she looked up and found WordPress the best for me. I started slow, I was a novice,I had no idea what to write, I started with short posts and gradually wrote about different things.
I was lucky one of my course participants encouraged me to translate Tagore’s poems. I wasn’t confident but rather than say I cannot do it, I took it as a challenge. I have translated a number of poems of Tagore, and the participant took time to read it and wrote his comment which helped and encouraged me a lot.
I did not plan what I should do next, I registered to do some prompts, I still write them, each morning I wait for the topic and write, I have a small number of people who read my posts, their encouraging comments keeps me going!
Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938), a notable Muslim philosopher, poet and scholar from India (then British India) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
My online journey began in November 2011. I did not start blogging then,I registered for a course to study about the great poet and Philospher, Sir Allama Mohammad Iqbal. This course is offered by Iqbal Academy.The course facilitator is ,Khurram Ali Shafique. Because I showed a lot of interest about the great poet and Philosopher,I was asked if I was interested to register for the course offered by the academy. I was thrilled and immediately indicated I would be glad to study about Iqbal.Mr Shafique registered me at once, thus began my online journey. A few months later,Robert a course participant started a blog, I read it and wanted to know from Mr. Shafique,if I could start one of my own. He encouraged me and thought it would be a good idea.
I was not familiar how to get started.My daughter,Selina is a computer programmer. She did some research and found WordPress to be the best of the ones she read about. I did not know much about blogging,I roamed around and read the posts of different bloggers.The ones I picked were the ones written by other participants who were registered for the same course.Every now and then I would yell out,’Selina , can you help me?’
I must say I am somewhat comfortable writing the posts. I am grateful to Mr. Shafique, despite his busy schedule, he takes time to read my blogs and leaves a comment. Mr. Akhtar Wasim Dar is another person who has from time to time given me advice about my posts and is always very generous when he writes his comments. He gave me the idea of translating, Rabindranath Tagore’s poems. He takes his time, reads them and leaves amazing comments. Robert is another course participant who helps me immensely. He never fails to read all my posts and types his wonderful comments. I could not just name one person,all these wonderful people are behind my blogging. I am glad I got this opportunity to do something I dearly love. I get the privilege of reading some very amazing posts.