Qashif Masud is a 7th generation craftsman, reviving a family tradition

Original Knightfall Collection

A dear friend of mine, who is comic mad, brought his Knightfall Collection to the gallery. What a joy! They are the original print and same plastic bag they came in. The graphics in these comics are awesome. I knows its not crafts but one has to appreciate such a collection!

Only people who understand the collection know what this is about…

Wintery Bradford

While everyone was in their cozy home and the it snowed outside with a chilling wind, myself and two of my friends decided we would take some pictures. The knee deep snow didn’t stop our quest for wintry shots.

Black is Back

After 3 days of taking the Macbook apart, spraying it, watching paint dry…then putting it all back together, it came with some pitfalls and it was quite costly.

I have upgraded my MacBook with 4gb and two hard drives. I got rid of the cd drive to make space for second hard drive which holds all my data and l use the primary drive which is used for the operating system. Primary drive is an 128gb OCZ vertex 2 and the secondary drive is a 320gb Western Digital Scorpio Blue. Both with excellent benchmarks in testing. I do want to upgrade the ram from 4gb to 8gb, l hear many people have tried this and the Macbook can handle it.

First process was to start taking it apart. Not praising too much, but they do an excellent job making these laptops. The screws are so small and they hold each component in place securely. The keyboard screws were very tedious, they must have been approx 5mm in length. They were tiny! There must have been over 30 screws holding the keyboard together alone!

Now, the hardest part was removing the glass that protects the screen. In order to remove it, you have to heat the edges of the screen with a heat gun and then pry it open using a scraper. I thought l had heated it up enough to melt the adhesive, when prying it open l chipped the glass. It wasn’t enjoyable seeing that, so l ended up searching on eBay for a new one, which came in 2 days.

Once stripped down, it had to be cleaned thoroughly before it could take the primer coat. In between the primer coat a light sanding using a 2000 grit sanding paper needed to be done so the finish could be smooth before the final finish.

Another cleaned down then the black and red paint were ready to spray on. I am no expert on spray painting but l was advised to do dust coats instead of laying layers of paint in top of each other. Taking the advise was wise. In between the 2 coat a wet and dry sanding with 2000 grit sanding paper was needed for a better finish. Once the finish layer had dried a protective layer of lacquer was applied. Two thin layers did the job.

One thing l was quite embarrassed about and didn’t take picture was messing up the entire final finish because l didn’t let it dry completely. The top piece where the keyboard sits was ruined completely. I had to scrape all the paint down to the bare aluminium, cleaning in between the keys and then re-sparying it again. It was the most frustrating part ever, worse than cracking the screen!

On the third day after everything had dried, it was ready to assemble. This came with its problems as well. Firstly, once everything had been set in place, it wouldn’t turn on. After an hour of searching the problem, it turned out l forgot to close a small latch that connects the keyboard cable to the main board! Secondly, the screen came on but nothing would boot up. Again, another 2 hours of searching for a fix, it turned out, l messed up the cable for the primary drive. So now my Macbook is running on one HDD until the ribbon for the second HDD arrives. And thirdly, the backlight for the keyboard l wanted red, so l did the process correctly and added the transparent red film inside the keyboard.

Am l glad l did it? Yes indeed because it is personal to me and how l wanted it to look.

Would l do this again? Oh yes!

Why so serious? Not always…

What do scholars do when they are relaxing? Having a laugh!

Many people will recognise the faces in this picture and love them dearly. Imam Khalid Hussain, Shaykh Burhan Khandia, Shaykh Haroon Hanif & Shaykh Saad Al-Attas who is from the prophetic lineage.

“The religion of Islam does not require people to disdain seemly laughter and levity and remain perpetually gloomy. An appropriate sense of humor is often a saving grace.” {}

As everyone was in ‘relax mode’ l took this image using my iPhone 4s as Imam Khalid was joking around. It is very rare to see these scholars in one room never mind joking around. The companions of our Beloved Messenger used to joke around as well!

#iphoneography #MadniMasjid #HumourYourLife #Pranksters

The Humerous Companion

Once Nuayman went to the suq and saw some food being sold which appeared to be tasty and delightful. He ordered some and sent it to the Prophet as if it were a gift from him. The Prophet was delighted with the food and he and his family ate of it.

The vendor of the food then came to Nuayman to collect the price of it and an-Nuayman said to him: “Go to the Messenger of God it was for him. He and his family ate it.” ..

The vendor went to the Prophet who in turn asked Nuayman: “Didn’t you give it to me?” “Yes,” said Nuayman. “I thought you would like it and I wanted you to eat some of it so I had it presented to you. But I don’t have any dirhams to pay the vendor for it. So, pay, O Messenger of God!”

The Prophet had a good laugh and so did his companions. The laugh was at his expense, literally, for he had to pay the price of the unsolicited gift. Nuayman felt that two benefits came out of the incident: the Prophet and his family ate food that they enjoyed and the Muslims had a good laugh! {}

Fuzzy Dawn

Fuzzy Dawn @3.30am, highest point on motorway in England M62. Splendid full moon and the road ahead #YouAloneWeWorship

Shaykh Abdul Rahman Jami

All of the billions of believers since Time began have had a love for the Prophet (Sall’Allahu Ta’ala Alayhi Wa’alihi Wa’sallam) in their hearts but the heart of Abdul Rahman Jami was afflicted with such an intensely passionate love for the Beloved of Allah that few others save those amongst the Pious Predecessors can have experienced such lovely heartache and torment.

Abdul Rahman Jami was a great Sufi and also a great poet of Farsi and he assuaged his spiritual desire for Allah’s Habib by constantly reciting poems in his praise, to give some comfort to his ailing heart! These Farsi encomiums have become legendary and are recited to this day amongst the gatherings of the pious, it so happened that once this ‘ishq [noun (Arabic): ardent love] was at its peak and poor Jami became restless. He composed a wonderful poem [naat] in the praise of Allah’s Habib and in the agony of love made a vow to recite that very poem in front of the Prophet’ Mausoleum in Madina. So, gathering some of his many disciples with him, he set off on the long and arduous journey to fulfil his vow.

After many a month of travel the caravan led by the Imam of Love, Abdul Rahman Jami, reached the outskirts of the City of the Prophet and Madina was only a few miles journey away. As they camped for the day, what do they see but a rider on a horse coming towards them at a galloping pace. The strange rider stopped in their midst and asked the group, “Which of you is Jami?” The disciples pointed out Jami and said, “That is our leader, Shaykh Imam Abdul Rahman Jami!” So the rider guided his horse towards Jami and, alighting, greeted Jami with the words, “Assalamu alaykum!”

“Wa alaykum as-salam! Who are you? Where are you from and why are you here?” asked the venerable Sufi. “Jami, I have come here from Madina!”

At the mention of these words the lover of the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam), Jami, took off his turban and placed it the feet of the stranger saying, “May I be sacrificed for these feet! They have come from the city of my Prophet!”

Jami continued, “Good sir! Tell me, why have you come?”

The man went silent for a while and then answered, “Jami what I am going to tell you, you must promise to hear it with a stout heart.”

“Okay”, said a slightly bemused Jami, “but tell me!” “Jami”, continued the rider, “I have been sent to you by the Prophet (Sall’Allahu Ta’ala Alayhi Wa’alihi Wa’sallam) himself – “Tell me! What does my Master say?” interjected Jami. “Jami, the Prophet (Sall’Allahu Ta’ala Alayhi Wa’alihi Wa’sallam) has sent me to tell you that he has forbidden you to enter Madina and visit him!”

At these words Jami was thunderstruck, his head swam and his legs gave way beneath him andwith an agonised shriek the Shaykh fell to the ground in a swoon. The disciples were terrified that their Shaykh had passed away but after many hours Jami came back to a state of consciousness and he wept copiously. The messenger was still there and Jami asked him, “Tell me O’ bringer of such tidings! Why does my Master prevent me from entering Madina? What sin have I committed? Why is my Medinan Lord angry with me?” The messenger replied,”the Master is not upset with you. Indeed, he is very happy with you!”.”Then why does my liege-lord prevent me from visiting him?” “Jami.

The Prophet(Sall’Allahu Ta’ala Alayhi Wa’alihi Wa’sallam) said to me that tell Jami that if he comes to Madina with such love in his heart I will have no course but to come out of my tomb and greet him in person – such would be the recompense for his love! – so tell him not to enter Madina. I will visit him myself! Tell Jami not to come and visit me – I will visit him!”

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