Never take your health for granted

Health is such a huge blessing from Allah, alhamdulillah. We should never ever take our health for granted. We should take good care of ourselves in terms of diet and exercise and healthy habits all around to care for the bodies entrusted to us by Allah for this life. We only realize how incredible the blessing of health is when we are not well. May Allah protect us all from falling ill. We should be in the habit of thanking Allah every single day whether we are healthy or sick.

We should do everything we can to ensure we are thankful to Allah for our good health and get into good habits as a lifestyle choice. I have highlighted a few items that I think we should pay special attention to in terms of ours and our families’ health and well being. This is not an exhaustive list by any means:

Make the morning and evening Azkaar daily – the daily remembrances of Allah and the supplications were taken from the sunnah of the Prophet (ﷺ) who taught us how to remember Allah, make Dua and ask Allah for continued blessings. These duaas and azkaar are readily available in printed form or as apps for our smart devices. Make this a daily habit after fajr prayer (mornings) and after maghrib prayer (evenings).

Pray the “Duha” prayers daily – this is a great habit to acquire. Pray 2 (or 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12) units of prayers in the morning (15 mins after sunrise to right before zohor time). There are a lot of benefits mentioned in the Hadith of this prayer.

Give Sadaqa regularly – Giving charity regularly is also a great habit.

Take care of our health as a habit – This goes without saying: take special care with what we eat and keep a healthy exercise/walking/jogging/biking/swimming schedule to stay in shape.

Avoid unhealthy habits – This also goes without saying: avoid unhealthy habits such as smoking, drinking, sleeping too much or too little, eating too much or too little, eating unhealthy foods, not eating a balanced diet etc. Our bodies are a trust from Allah to us, we are obligated to take care of it.

Visit the sick regularly – this is another great habit. It builds humility, gratitude and awareness in us of how great a blessing health is. And as a bonus, this is a very rewardable good deed and is often neglected.

Go with the Janazah (funeral) regularly – this is also another reminder for us that this life is temporary and we are all destined for the grave one day and so we need to prepare for our death NOW.

Get health checkups regularly – Doctors will tell you and this is common sense as well. We need to keep an eye on our health and get regularly tested to ensure we are healthy inshaaAllah.

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What’s up with this thing called Data Science

Data Science is the newest thing that has become popular for Math, Statistics & Computer Science geeks. This is a new area of study that has increasingly gained popularity over the last couple of years or more. This is evident from the many courses and numerous well paying jobs that turn up with a simple Google search. The courses available online for those who are interested in acquiring this new skillset. And there seem to be tons of jobs for Data Scientists as well. Mose of these jobs require an advanced degree (such as a Master’s or a Doctorate).

Data Science is a new discipline that includes various topics of interest such as Statistics, Data Analysis, R or Python Programming, Regression Models, Machine Learning and more. Usually, the courses demand that learners have Math/Stats & Comp. Sci backgrounds but there are people who have business degrees or humanities background that have ventured into this area because it is so attractive to people who crave creativity and challenge in their work.

A typical Data Scientist does a lot of different things, but primarily it has to do with making sense of data in a meaningful way that is useful for a purpose. That sounds vague actually. It really means extracting meaning from and interpreting data, analyzing it with tools (using pre-built software like Microsoft Excel or custom programming usually with R or Python). It requires the use of Mathematics and Statistics skills. First and foremost it requires acquiring the lots of data, cleaning, cleansing and formatting data and asking useful questions and getting really creative with the use of the data in some way that may be useful for medicine or policy making or urban development or whatever else might be the area you are interested in using Data Science for. In other words, Data Science has tons of applications.

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Amazing Math

1 x 8 + 1 = 9
12 x 8 + 2 = 98
123 x 8 + 3 = 987
1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876
12345 x 8 + 5 = 98765
123456 x 8 + 6 = 987654
1234567 x 8 + 7 = 9876543
12345678 x 8 + 8 = 98765432
123456789 x 8 + 9 = 987654321

1 x 9 + 2 = 11
12 x 9 + 3 = 111
123 x 9 + 4 = 1111
1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111
12345 x 9 + 6 = 111111
123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111
1234567 x 9 + 8 = 11111111
12345678 x 9 + 9 = 111111111
123456789 x 9 +10= 1111111111

9 x 9 + 7 = 88
98 x 9 + 6 = 888
987 x 9 + 5 = 8888
9876 x 9 + 4 = 88888
98765 x 9 + 3 = 888888
987654 x 9 + 2 = 8888888
9876543 x 9 + 1 = 88888888
98765432 x 9 + 0 = 888888888

Brilliant, isn’t it?

And look at this symmetry:

1 x 1 = 1
11 x 11 = 121
111 x 111 = 12321
1111 x 1111 = 1234321
11111 x 11111 = 123454321
111111 x 111111 = 12345654321
1111111 x 1111111 = 1234567654321
11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321
111111111 x 111111111 = 12345678987654321



Now, take a look at this…


101%



From a strictly mathematical viewpoint:



What Equals 100%?
What does it mean to give MORE than 100%?

Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%?

We have all been in situations where someone wants you to
GIVE OVER 100%.

How about ACHIEVING 101%?


What equals 100% in life?


Here’s a little mathematical formula that might help
answer these questions:


If:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Is represented as:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.


If:



H-A-R-D-W-O- R- K


8+1+18+4+23+ 15+18+11 = 98%


And:


K-N-O-W-L-E- D-G-E


11+14+15+23+ 12+5+4+7+ 5 = 96%


But:


A-T-T-I-T-U- D-E


1+20+20+9+20+ 21+4+5 = 100%



THEN, look how far the love of God will take you:




L-O-V-E-O-F- G-O-D


12+15+22+5+15+ 6+7+15+4 = 101%


Therefore, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that:

While Hard Work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will
get you there, It’s the Love of God that will put you over the top!

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Voyager 1 & 2

I have long been fascinated with the exploratory spacecrafts sent into space by NASA some 37 years ago. Human beings do not have much capacity to travel in space as we are dependent on so many things on this planet, including the air that we breathe, the water we drink, the food we need to consume and the temperature that must be maintained constantly for us to survive. Still the desire to discover what lies beyond the solar system remains. Both the energy required for us to travel on such a journey and the sheer time that the travel takes, is formidable. For now we have to rely on the spacecrafts: Voyager 1 and 2.

Voyager 1 entered interstellar space (outside of our solar system) in August 2012. NASA’s web site dedicated to the Voyage of Discovery is pretty detailed: it contains a lot of the images taken by the spacecrafts, among other things.

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Voyager is carrying a disc, dubbed the golden record, which contains a sampling of sights and sounds from our planet. The idea behind it carrying data from earth in case it is discovered by some other space explorers far far away. There is a list of all the stuff that’s on the disc on the web site as well. While browsing through it, I found that there is an image of a street scene from Pakistan – complete with rickshaws, taxis, people on bicycles, a woman beggar, a goat and cow sitting on a heap of what looks like garbage, horse carts and a family on a vespa scooter. Isn’t that something?

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