I’ve been reading a very good book called No god but God by Reza Aslan and he talks about the history, evolution and future of Islam. He talks about a couple of good stories about the Prophet Muhammad that I would like to share. I was raised as a Catholic and even though I don’t practice it, I still identify as one. I am genuinely interested in Islam and am always interested in learning more about the religion.
The Prophet Muhammad, was not very well liked by a group in Mecca called the Quraysh and one night they decided that, the next night, they would appoint one man from every family to enter his home at night and stab him with a sword simultaneously killing him. Muhammad learned about this plan the night before, so he was prepared. The plan? His friend, Ali, slept in Muhammad’s bed that night pretending to be him while Muhammad and Abu Bakr (Muhammad’s father-in-law) snuck out of the house and hid in a cave. the Quraysh were angry when they found Ali in the bed and not Muhammad, so they put a bounty on Muhammad’s head. For three days, Muhammad and Abu Bakr hid in the cave and once the Quraysh’s hunt for him had settled down, Muhammad and Abu Bakr left the cave at night into the desert returning to their home Yathrib.
I’m not exactly sure why I found this story so interesting but I just did. Something that may be interesting to know is that right before this, Muhammad’s wife Khadija and his uncle/protector Abu Talib died. Abu Talib was essential in Muhammad’s survival at the time. Abu Talib was the reason why Muhammad was not attacked for many years; he was the reason why he could preach and pray in public in the city of Mecca; and Khadija always supported him. Losing those two was a huge blow to Muhammad yet he still persevered.
While reading this story on a plane, I simply found it remarkable. This may be boring or lame, but I do enjoy these readings and I will continue to write about it. There is more to come.
When I was younger, I would always say that I wanted to live in California or New York or Spain but when I went to Miami, that was the first time that I actually believed I could live there. In the five days I was in Miami, I could actually see myself moving there after graduation. I realized how tired I was of the snow and how much I really wanted to live by South Beach.
When I went to visit my family in Singapore, I also said that I wanted to live there but the truth is that it won’t happen. It’s not right for me. Yeah it’s a nice place to visit time to time but I can’t live there. Again, when I was younger I would always say I wanted to live here or there but I don’t think I was every serious. Miami was different.
After I graduate, I’m going to move to Miami. Even if I don’t have a job there yet, I’ll find one somewhere. I just know that Miami is where I want to end up. It’s a beautiful city, it’s close to Puerto Rico and I know there are plenty of jobs there. I’ll find something. But for now, I have to focus on doing well in school so I can secure a job (hopefully in Miami) after college.
So I just got back from my vacation with my Puerto Rican family on a cruise in the Caribbean for nine days! It was probably one of the best Christmas vacations I’ve ever had thus far! I reconnected with my grandmother, my cousins and so many more! It was exactly what I needed.
The day after my last final, we flew to Miami and stayed there for three days just exploring South Beach and the downtown area before we met up with our family. South Beach Miami was so beautiful! I could definitely see myself living in Miami sometime soon… I’m sure of this. Anyway, my family arrived two days later and at first, it was awkward. It had been eight or nine years since I’ve last seen them and I kind of forgot what they were like, so I didn’t really know what to expect. We went for dinner that first night and that was when I realized how much fun they really were. We all had drinks that night and we caught up for a couple of hours but we soon went to bed because we had to board the cruise the next day.
Our first night on the cruise was fun! Family members bought me drinks (during the entire cruise they were buying me drinks) and we talked and had a good time. I was hungry and went to the buffet and ran into three of my cousins eating dinner. We got to know each other better…we talked about sandwiches and stuff and it was fun.
I really enjoyed how around 12 or 1 o’clock, we would start drinking haha. Someone in the family would invite me to a beer and we would continue drinking beers until our 6 o’clock dinner at the Villa Rosa. Almost every night at dinner, I would have a mojito with my mom or some sort of drink (by this point, I’ve had at least 6 or 7 beers, but we paced ourselves). After dinner, we would go to the bars and drink some more! Whenever we were all together at the bar talking and drinking and playing games, those were my favorite memories of the cruise! I had the time of my life!
The islands we went to were Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Cozumel Mexico, Belize, and the Bahamas. I had the most fun in Cozumel, Mexico though. But again, the most fun was after dinner at the bars when we were all together; it’s the family and the people you are with that makes anything special.
I needed this vacation to connect with my family from Puerto Rico. I learned a lot of Spanish in the nine days I was with them and I am looking forward to visiting them in Puerto Rico soon!