On the Central line going home today. What in the world is ROD ARAB? Or are these separate? ROD, and ARAB? Any ideas? Anyone knows who did this?
Yesterday I decided to skip the daily frustration and hassle of buses. I opted for the alternative
to London public bus inconvenience – the underground. A few tube and DLR stops later, I returned unscathed, and with a whole 30minutes to spare! Highlight of the journey? Woman sitting next to me on the DLR was reading – reading – a copy of the English dictionary. She was shaking her head, not happy with the definition of “already”, brandished a pencil and started making notes.
If tube fares weren’t so expensive I’d be on it everyday. But alas….
I’ve had woes. Woe is me taking public buses in and out of South London. Roadworks have been going on at Elephant and Castle, and that’s been a major travel-stopper. A few days ago a 168 bus driver stops 3 buses away, then refuses to open the doors at the actual bus-stop! The day after the normally reliable 122 was super delayed. Woe is public buses in London. Plus the warmer months always seem to attract more people onto buses, and the warmer air brings with it all sorts of (un)wanted odours. Sigh. But here’s a snapshot of one of the many recoveries in South London that strangely cheered me up walking to (yet another) bus-stop in South London.
I was in transit in Dubai for all of 14 hours recently and took the opportunity to experience the city’s Metro. Arrived at Burj Khalifa and the Mall of Dubai. I felt like I was at Canary Wharf. Coincidentally three weeks after spending 14 hours in Dubai I found myself in Canary Wharf. I was wrong. Canary Wharf has nothing on Mall of Dubai and Burj Khalifa’s dancing fountain!
I have been asked many questions in my life but I am still waiting for someone, anyone to ask me the proverbial “If you were stranded on a desert island what book would you choose to have with you”. My answer would be paint-dryingly ecstatistic. But since I have never ever been asked the question I am now brimming to the follicles – the Qur’an! Without a doubt and a complete no-brainer. I can’t think of another book so filled with history, drama, passion, emotion, grief, pain, joy, great story-telling, lyricism, rhyme, music, insight, you name it the Qur’an has it all. Kind and wise words are my sandy beaches and blue waters. My stranded-on-a-desert-island days will be filled with reading the Qur’an, re-enacting Hayy ibn Yaqdhan and wondering why I was stranded on a desert island without even a gazelle to my name. Happy Shawal. Remember the 6-day fasting recommendation 🙂
I cannot believe it’s already Day 30 of Ramadhan. Eid Mubarak to you and your families. May Allah bless us all with yet another Ramadhan next year.
It’s day 2 of Ramadhan 1431. Today’s Ramadhan recommendations are a few Qur’an apps and widgets that will get you started:
1. I use the free www.zoosware.com Mobile Holy Quran app on my iPhone that lets me download sura by sura, and include recitations by either Sheikh Ghamdi or Sheikh Husairy, or neither. This app is built specifically for the smaller mobile screen, allowing space for each ayat only. Recitation is synced with each ayat as it appears and you can read the Yusuf Ali English translation as you go along. You can choose to repeat ayat by ayat with their controls. Being Malay, I like that it also offers Malay translation! It also has ‘Notes’ that allows you to add your own notes for each ayat.
Zoosware have apps for everything – iPhones, Android phones, iPads, Palm Webos, as well as for non-mobile PCs and Macs. You can choose to donate to the company. I’ve never used it but their iPad Quran app looks fantastic. Do click on the image to check it out for yourself.
2. Paid apps – There are a lot of other Quran apps available, and if you search ‘Quran’, the iPhone apps store comes up with:
a. Quran Reader by Batoul Apps – £1.79 (as far as I can see the interface is more elaborate than my free zoosware ap)
b. YaSeen by Condetsoft – £1.19
c. Quran Urdu by Shaheen Soft – £1.19
d. Quran: Reading Plan for non-Muslims by Ian Vink – £1.19
e. AIMulk – The Sovereignty by Condetsoft – £1.19 (for the surah al-Mulk)
3. You can download the freeware Quran Cast Podcast Widget by Khaled Mohammad straight to your desktop/dashboard. I find it particularly useful as it’s handy if you want specific sura recitations and not the entire Qur’an. For some reason, though, the list of suras is reversed, so you have to scroll all the way down for Al-fateha. This is a podcast that you can subscribe to.
4. A more complete widget for your dashboard is the freeware Electronic Quran by Mohammad Umairi. It offers an endless list of reciters and you can pause it as well. My only grouse about it is that its scroll doesn’t work and you have to click on the arrows to move up and down the lists.
Give some of them a try and stick with the ones that suit you best! Ramadhan is the month of the Holy Qur’an – read, listen, think and in sha’ Allah act accordingly. Thank you to all the developers for your generosity and work. Blessings of the good month from my family to yours!