I read the letter by Saira Fatima in the iaaue of May 6. I agree with her that ‘The case of illegible writing’ was very interesting, and I appreciate the light tone of article as well, but do not agree with Saira’s assertion that since we have the facility to type, there is no point in not using it. I think that we have, in general, become very complacent because we use machines without a second thought. That is why there are so many health complications in people my age (26 years); Writing on slates or with pen or pencil is good exercise for metacarpals. Similarly, actually playing outside instead of playing video games because we can is not good for our physical health. I don’t mean to offend Saira, but just wanted to point out that we should not always do something because we have the opportunity; we should see what’s best for us.
Wajahat Ali, Lahore
‘To infinity and beyond’ by Zakeriya Ali (May 13) was not only very interesting but very informative, too. I loved the way the writer traced the origin of rockets from ancient times to the modern era. Also, I was very happy to see Robert Pattinson featured as the ‘star’ of ‘The Green Room’. All Potterheads love Cedric Diggory and I think Robert Pattinson was the best choice for the role. I am not a Twilight fan so as Edward Cullen I did not like him much. I was happy to see a young star featured in this section, because most of the time the stars chosen are like really old.
Faseeha Zaidi, Karachi
In the 13th May edition of Us, I read ‘The horrors of adulting’ by Aleezeh Fatima Hashmi. I was a bit skeptical, Ed, because growing up is not harrowing for all people, and most people I know – classmates, family members, colleagues – did not have a problematic time growing up. What I am trying to say is that Aleezeh should perhaps not generalise such an important topic.
Farhim Khan, Peshawar
Narrated Sad (RA):
I became seriously ill at Mecca and the Prophet (SAW) came to visit me. I said, “O Allah’s Apostle! I shall leave behind me a good fortune, but my heir is my only daughter; shall I bequeath two third of my property to be spent in charity and leave one third (for my heir)?” He said, “No.” I said, “Shall I bequeath half and leave half?” He said, “No.” I said, “Shall I bequeath one third and leave two thirds?” He said, “One third is all right, though even one third is too much.” Then he placed his hand on his forehead and passed it over my face and abdomen and said, “O Allah! Cure Sad and complete his emigration.” I feel as if I have been feeling the coldness of his hand on my liver ever since.
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 70, Number 563
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