Although the year-ender and the first issue of 2021 were interesting, I found something missing. First of all, there wasn’t a general round-up of the main events which Sameen Amer had been doing for some time now. I love her wit and style, and of course her asides. Then, the issue came on 25 December, but there was nothing about Christmas. In the issue of January 1, there was no separate ‘Greetings’ page. Also, I was disappointed that there were no New Year resolutions! Having pointed out these things, I would like to praise the round-ups of Fatima Zakir and Muhammad Nabeel. Their articles made the issues worth reading.
Arsalan Masood, Lahore
I thought that the new episode of ‘The Eid Engagement and other weddings’ by Iqra (January 1) would have some more details about Sameer and the upcoming engagement but Iqra Asad seems to be in ‘tantalising mode’. I am loving the story! Also, Bushra Majid’s take on the work being done by our junior doctors (15 days in ER) was commendable. Ed, in this time of Covid 19, I have realized how dangerous it can be for doctors who work selflessly to save lives of patients who can give them the disease that has taken away so many doctors already. May God bless all our health workers and keep them safe.
Afshan Faroqui, Karachi
I was very happy to see my ‘New Year’ wish to my brother, Danny. This time, he could not come over with his family to have lunch with us because of the Covid situation. My parents also were sad, but when I showed them my New Year message in Us, they cheered up. My brother was also happy to see it in the mag! Thanks!
Pleasure, Susan. Hopefully 2021 will turn out to be an auspicious year for everyone. Stay safe!
Narrated Abu Huraira (R.A):
Allah’s Apostle (S.A.W) said, “While a man was walking on a road. he became very thirsty. Then he came across a well, got down into it, drank (of its water) and then came out. Meanwhile he saw a dog panting and licking mud because of excessive thirst. The man said to himself “This dog is suffering from the same state of thirst as I did.” So, he went down the well (again) and filled his shoe (with water) and held it in his mouth and watered the dog. Allah thanked him for that deed and forgave him.” The people asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! Is there a reward for us in serving the animals?” He said, “(Yes) There is a reward for serving any animate (living being).”
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 73, Number 38
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