Posts Tagged ‘Work’

A Workaholic?

December 8, 2010

Recently, I have been feeling somewhat depressed and this feeling only comes the strongest when I am at home.

The workload has increased. My manager has ordered me to do, in addition to my original job, four other tasks. He said I have to wait and be patient until they recruit more employees to fill the recent vacancies.

I cannot find a minute of rest, and I am very sad that I miss the noon prayer.

I asked for a week off from work starting next Sunday. I am not that happy. I am really worried about my work. Who is going to do my job(s)? Will I find myself under a pile of files and papers? What is going to happen when I am away?

I cannot relax at home while I am thinking about work. I am like this:

Work vs. Home - © Mitra Farmand

There were times when I wished I was an octopus.


Ramadan Questions & Answers

August 16, 2010

I would like to share some questions and answers regarding the holy month of Ramadan from Islam Question and Answer Website:

And here is a link to a book about “70 Matters Related to Fasting” from Islam Question and Answer.

A Stereotype about Muslims

August 9, 2010

At work, a colleague and I were talking about one of the janitors. I really appreciate the work he does and I like to chat with him. When I greet him, he greets me back. I mentioned this to my colleague, but she said:

He badmouthed Islam, once.

When I heard this, I instantly felt sad. I remembered the good short chats we had, the money rewards I gave to him, and remembered me sharing food and water with him, but I told myself:

I hope what good I do to him will change his thoughts about Islam.

I wanted to convince myself that this janitor was misunderstood when he reacted to questions about Islam asked by another colleague. I kept asking my colleague about it just to make sure.

To be honest, I could not believe her.

I always remind myself that we cannot impose our ideas on other people, and that we cannot persuade them to accept our thoughts.

I always believed that people are recognized by their behaviors. I still believe that. That is why I keep reminding myself and others to be a good Muslim from the inside and the outside.

But, my colleague said one thing that was about to crash my enthusiasm:

I am sure this person hold these bad ideas about Islam because of what he sees and hears Muslims doing and saying around him.

I agree with her.

But, just because a group of people not behaving as they are supposed to is not enough evidence for a person of another group to hold wrong impressions about them.

They are doing this and that.

They are bad.

Islam is bad.

This stereotype is very dangerous to the image of Islam. We have to remind bad Muslims of getting back to the correct path. We have to remind our sisters and brothers to reflect Islam’s light on their behavior.

Starting this Wednesday, work on it. Ramadan is an opportunity. Let us use it wisely for this purpose.

My Friends of Religions

July 25, 2010

At work, I deal with many colleagues from different religions, mainly Hindus and Christians. My relationship with them is very good. I like to share conversations with them and work together. I respect them and they respect me. We greet each other and wish us good luck. We help each one in hard times and cherish their good times.

Maybe some of you have thought that I may have tried to talk to them about Islam? I did not and I will not. I do not approve of the common stereotype that I have to change people’s religions simply because I am Muslim. Hindus and Christians are humans and they can think and make their own decisions regarding accepting a belief or rejecting it.

I strongly believe in the saying:

Live, and let live.

I do not harbor any feelings of hate or grudge in my hear against them. Why? Because they are nice people and they have nothing to do with what happens to Muslims in some parts of the world. It is simply stupid, if you ask me, to hate someone who has nothing to do with anything!

Leadership and Me

July 22, 2010

Leadership? I do not think so.

I am naturally not a leader. I do not like to make people depend on me for direction and control. I like to be a part of a group rather than being their master. I like to be a team player, but not the captain.

Simply, I am not feeling good being the center of attention.

I enjoy assisting the directors of some departments at my work. Yes, I like it very much and I am pleased when they thank me for helping them. On the other hand, I do not seem to be a good appreciator of others’ work. I cannot say a thank-you in a good manner. Nevertheless, it does not mean that I am stingy! I try my hard to thank my colleagues. Even the janitors are rewarded.

I do not simply go to work just for the salary. It is socially absurd. I work for the love of my work! I like it and when I am depressed at home I find work to be a good refreshment.

So, I would like to be always in the middle.