Bismillah Hir Rahman Ir Raheem
Sunday, 24th Feb
There were many interesting talks on the second day of SIST. SIST is an Islamic related event as it has events such as Tajweed and Nasheed, and many speakers were Islamic. The theme was ‘Broaden Your Horizons’ as it focused on involving everyone’s perspective and to practice the Islamic ethics and values such as tolerance.
I had been looking forward to listening to Yusuf Chambers for days! His topic was ‘Youth in a Daze, Lost in a Maze’ and he made it funny as well as interesting as well as serious with a strong message that we need to be a better Muslim Ummah and we need to open up centres for spreading Islam by good deeds,feeding the poor and providing them free health care, etc. so that we live as true Muslims and not be stereotyped negatively as the media does.
After the closing ceremony, the speakers sat down and spoke to us of how we can and should make SIST one of the biggest events in Islamabad as it is an important extra-curricular event and a means of spreading Islam and other forms of knowledge. In addition, we were motivated to be more than just doctors and serve people with excellence. I felt really inspired as two of these speakers are foreign Islamic scholars and they took the time out just to say these important words to us. I’ll never forget that.
Monday, 25th Feb
Since one event was not enough, Mama sent me a link to another event to attend. My schedule is so busy, even my free time is getting booked.
Tuesday, 26th Feb
Had Jumbo Boom Boom Chicken Cheese rolls and fries from Hot n Spicy in I-8 Markaz near my college. We were weird in bringing all this food to Coffee Planet and eating it there (we had coffee and mousse from there so we weren’t that unethical)
Wednesday, 27th Feb
Yusuf Chambers came to my college to give a talk! I was so excited when I found out. Since one day and one talk was not enough, I got both!
He was very funny and engaging but left a strong ending message as he did in the previous talk. He also told us his story of how he converted.
After his talk, my friends and I went to him and asked him questions for half an hour and he answered them so well and fluently. On a funny note, we were ending on a discussion about marriage when I asked him how he liked Pakistan, to which he replied, “You will marry a Pakistani also.” We all laughed.
Thursday, 28th Feb
This is one of the competitions that I’m taking part of. We are given a case of Hepatitis E for which we are to choose and explain the step-by-step process for managing and eradicating it based on a specific scenario. Personally, I got information about this on the internet as I’m in first year of MBBS and haven’t been taught about this disease yet. But my team and I are trying our best. Plus, it’s a good learning experience.
Friday, 1st March
A friend of mine has a nickname that we forced her to tell us. I sent her this picture to annoy her. Guess what her nickname is.
Saturday, 2nd March
It’s raining today and I am on my way to Lahore via Daewoo bus service to meet my family and to attend the event. I’m taking part in STOHP, as mentioned above, and in Public health quiz. Along with these competitions, there are talks and conferences that will take place which I’m excited to attend. I’ll return with my college to Islamabad on the same day.
So that’s how my week went. How was yours? Let me know in the comments.
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