Family, Islam, Malaysia, Personal

It’s a boy!

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alḥamdulillāh, on Monday, the 19th of Rabīʿ ulʾawwa, 1430 (16th of March, 2009) at 5:38 PM Malaysia local time, Allāh blessed us with a 2.3 kg (~5 lb.) blessing we named ʿAbdurraḥmān (عبد الرحمن), which, in Arabic, means “slave of the Most Merciful”, which is one of the beautiful names of Allāh in Islām.  In fact, the…

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Malaysia, Media, Personal, Science

March of the Ants!

Basil / February 9, 2009

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem As bugs are normal around the house here in Malaysia, I have just gotten used to them for the most part.  Yes, the wall next to me is a veritable graveyard for mosquitoes, but most other insects don’t bother me much, alhamdulillaah. This includes ants.  Ants are usually very benign, they mind their own business, and they…

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Egypt, Family, Malaysia, Travel

En route to Malaysia

Basil / January 15, 2009

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alhamdulillaah, my wife & I are en route to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where we’ll be staying one night with her brother & his family before continuing on our way to home in Kuala Terengganu, in shaaʾ Allaah.  Right now we’re in the Kuwait International Airport, and, alhamdulillaah, they have free wifi throughout the airport.  This is even…

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Egypt, Media

Flock of Seabirds

Basil / January 12, 2009

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alhamdulillaah, from our apartment in Alexandria, Egypt, we have an outstanding view of the Mediterranean Sea on clear days. On foggy days, we’re treated to an eery sight where the sea is ambiguously “missing”. One of the amazing sights I discovered while looking over the sea was the hypnotizing landing sequence of a flock of seabirds that…

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Egypt, Family, Personal

Alexandria one month in

Basil / November 7, 2008

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alhamdulillaah, we’ve had some good times this past month here in Alexandria.  The weather has been outstanding – the only other times I’ve been here I remember the weather being far warmer on the border of being uncomfortable.  This time we’ve hardly had a day that didn’t feel cool and fresh, alhamdulillaah.

Egypt, Family, Media, Travel

From the South China to the Mediterranean Sea

Basil / October 16, 2008

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alhamdulillaah, my wife & I arrived safely in Alexandria, Egypt this past Friday to the welcoming arms of my parents, whom I haven’t seen since I left the US back in June.  If you’ll recall, I originally departed on this journey because I could not bring my wife to the US yet, as the immigration process is…

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Islam, Malaysia, Media, Personal

Close Encounters of the Blurred Kind

Basil / September 21, 2008

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem While riding (on a scooter) to a nearby masjid with one of my brothers-in-law, I felt something flew straight into my eye despite the fact that I was wearing my glasses at the time.  I was unable to flush it out while on the bike, and I thought that, like most eye gunk, it would just migrate…

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Family, Malaysia, Travel

Back home in Kuala Terengganu

Basil / August 12, 2008

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alhamdulillaah, I’ve returned “home” to Kuala Terengganu (KT), which is my wife’s hometown, and I’ve taken it to be my home-away-from home.  It’s a beautiful place, especially because we actually live in a kampung, or village, not to far away from the main part of KT.  Additionally, compared to Kuala Lumpur (KL), the air here is so…

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Free Software, Fun, Malaysia, Media, Technology

Time Lapse Barrage

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alhamdulillaah, I’ve been able to take an enormous amount of pictures during my stay here in Malaysia until now.  And while the actual yield of shots with any value may be low, the sheer volume of photos means that I have plenty I would like to share. The sheer amount of work to upload these and present…

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Fun, Malaysia, Media, Technology, Travel

Panorama shots of Kuala Lumpur downtown

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alhamdulilllaah, there are some outstanding opportunities for views of the downtown Kuala Lumpur skyline from the roof of our apartment here.  Some of the shots are clearer than others due to the conditions at the time I took theme.  These are my first attempts, as well, so keep that in mind.  Click the link to see them!

Family, Malaysia, Personal, Travel

Back in Malaysia

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alhamdulillaah, I am back in Malaysia, which means I am also back with my wife.  Words cannot express how much joy the two of us are experiencing being together once again.  More than six months have passed since we’d been together the last time.  In case it is not obvious, the reason we are not yet able…

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Family, Malaysia, Personal

(Belated) Marriage Announcement

Basil / December 8, 2007

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Putting aside for now the minor detail that it actually happened over six months ago, I just wanted to announce as far-and-wide as possible that Allaah has blessed me, Basil Mohamed Gohar, with marriage to Nor Sallsabil binti (daughter of) Abdul Razak.  Our marriage took place after `Ishaa’ (evening prayer) on May 3rd, 2007, in the beautiful…

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Malaysia, Travel

Back from Malaysia

Basil / November 29, 2007

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alhamdulillaah, I’ve returned safely back from my outstanding and wonderful trip to Malaysia. In all truth, I did not really want to, and I miss my wife terribly. However, Allaah knows better what’s best for us, fa sabrun jameel.

Islam, Malaysia, Travel

Floating Masjid of Kuala Terengganu

Basil / November 16, 2007

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem One of the beautiful sites in the city of Kuala Terengganu, the hometown of my wife, is the Floating Masjid, pictured below: We prayed `asr here a few days back, and naturally, having my camera with me, I snapped a few pictures. Click on the image above to go to the gallery and see more pictures of…

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Travel

Malaysia – Part Deux

Basil / November 9, 2007

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem   Alhamdulillaah, I’ve arrived safely in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. The reason for being here, obviously, is to visit my wife as we have yet to receive the green light regarding her immigration. Right now I’m in KLIA, just relaxing and waiting for my next flight, which will take me to Kuala Terengganu, where I…

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