In 1666, a fire ripped thorough the city of London, for four days and nights, destroying the entire city.
Only eight people are known to have died.
Fast forward 351 years later.
In 2017, a fire ripped through a tower block, blazing for a day and a night, leaving just a shell.
89 are know to have died.
Strange, isn’t it? We were meant to be at our most advanced time and more.
We have a fire service. They didn’t have one. (It was created afterwards.)
We have safety regulations. They had none.
They had no alarms. We have advanced fire alarms (but not installed in Grenfell)
Their houses were mostly made from wood – flammable.
We have brick, stone, concrete, iron etc.
London was completely destroyed. One tower block was ravaged into a shell.
So if they had less than us at that time, why did more die in an “advanced” age?
We had everything that they didn’t have. Yet many more died in a fire in a tower block than in an entire city.
Strangely, people thought that the Grenfell fire was deliberately started by.. Muslims.
In 1666, people blamed it on the Catholic minorities and the French.
People love to blame.
But we have improved still.
After the fire, hundreds of Muslims came to a small area from all over the UK to provide aid for those victims of the fire.
After the fire of London, there were murders, executions, hangings, hate and more against Catholic and French minorities.
So what do you think?
Let me know in the comments.
One day ago, WannaCry hit millions of computers all over the globe, locking NHS computers, and causing severe damage.
Only a few hours ago, a researcher managed to find a ‘kill switch’, which has slowed its progress down.
But what if it happened again? On a bigger scale?
Could we have an A Digital Armageddon?
In 2012, Obama stated: “So far, no one has managed to seriously damage or disrupt our critical infrastructure networks. But foreign governments, criminal syndicates and lone individuals are probing our financial, energy and public safety systems every day. Last year, a water plant in Texas disconnected its control system from the Internet after a hacker posted pictures of the facility’s internal controls. More recently, hackers penetrated the networks of companies that operate our natural-gas pipelines. Computer systems in critical sectors of our economy—including the nuclear and chemical industries—are being increasingly targeted.”
Back in 1962, we had the Cuban Missile Crisis. Now, could we have a Computer Malware Crisis?
Within a few years, we could have a cyber war. When asked about how it might look like, Mort Zuckerman replied that a hacker “can tap into our computer networks and move money, spill oil, vent gas, blow up generators, derail trains, crash airplanes, cause missiles to detonate, and wipe out reams of financial and supply chain data.”
So maybe the nuclear missiles aren’t the most dangerous weapon of all time. Now, with a computer, skills and an internet connection, people could bring down a country with a tap of a key.
Power would go down. Communications and vehicles crash. Hospitals are infected.
Without any method of communication, it would be extremely difficult for politicians and leaders to get their act together.
Scary, isn’t it?
And it’s already happening.
When I first started using WordPress, my first thought was to build a site for my scout group, as theirs was extremely old (15 years) and built with Flash.
However, as I had no idea about design, it turned out horrible. At that time, I thought it was great. Now I regret it. 🙁
Then, two years later, I made a new design. It was still too dull.
Then about three months ago, I came up with a entirely new design. This is better as I have finally understood design – I think.
Throughout all of these projects, I researched for a theme for scout sites. However, I came up with very old, tacky designs and themes for that.
So why is there not a good, modern, clean theme to use?
- ‘It’s too expensive to get a good designer to do it.’ This is a common one. Many people feel that it’s cheaper to get a free pre-made theme, instead of investing into a web developer. However, there are many developers who will charge like crazy for a website, and won’t do it right! Others who are cheaper could do a better job.
- ‘Design doesn’t really matter. It’s the content.’ Actually, design does matter. Adobe did research and found that two-thirds of people would rather read something beautifully designed than something plain. They also found that 38% of people will stop engaging with a website if the content or layout is unattractive.
- ‘We don’t know how to use all this modern software.’ This is a big problem. Most groups won’t switch their sites to a new one because they don’t know how to use it. In fact, their content management systems are really out of date (like the current J4Y site) and are falling apart, and have no security at all.
We need a new 2017 theme, that is light years ahead of its predecessors. We also need to take down old themes, and replace them with the future.
RSo you guys probably want to know how this walk went. Well, it’s a long story. (Not really!)
Woke up, got ready and stuff, then headed for Kingston Gate at Richmond Park.
Got there, joined some good friends, and started walking.
Lunchtime. AMAZING Chicken Sandwiches and Pasta. More snaps of my buddies.
We went up some steep places, and this was the perfect time for group shots!
Got past Roehampton Gate, and started going uphill. Then this beast came along.
Unfortunately it ran away while I was snapping it.
I took a few snaps of the other heroes of the day.
Step 1 – Create a Ramadan Count Down
Counting down for Ramadan (whether it is done mentally or by keeping physical signs around the home or office) will help create hype and buzz in your mind and amongst the people around you. When you and others are counting down to the same event, it becomes part of regular conversation and excitement spreads.
Step 2 – Seek knowledge about Ramadan
This will help you ensure you will do things correctly and perfectly for Ramadan, it will create a hype as there are many motivational aspects and events in the month to look forward to and finally it is a reward reaper. The more you know about Ramadan the more you can apply, hence multiplying your rewards.
Step 3 – Make a Ramadan plan
Be it reading the entire Quran, ensuring you pray taraweeh every night or inviting families over for iftaar; make a list of things you would like to achieve in the month and then how you plan on achieving these goals. It is important that goals are realistic and it is better that your life doesn’t need to entirely take a different road in this month (i.e. take the month off work or change work hours etc.) so that you may continue to do these deeds after Ramadan. Knowing what you want to achieve in the month will help you stay focused. Ensure you plan your day every night before you sleep when Ramadan starts (try to continue this even after Ramadan).
Step 4 – Know your life
Be aware if Ramadan affects anything that is happening in the month or shortly after. Do you have exams during Ramadan? Or is there a major family wedding after Ramadan by a short time? Moving house? If so, plan for these events from now. Study now so that you are prepared for the exams before the month starts. Be packed and ready to go before Ramadan or plan that you do it after so that it doesn’t take time away from your worship. The last thing you want to do is spend Ramadan at the shopping centres. Buy any Eid presents and prepare for any wedding before the month starts.
Step 5 – Prepare spiritually
We all know that Ramadan is about Fasting, Praying, Reading Quran and giving in charity. Start these worships early; don’t expect to just click into it as soon as the first day of Ramadan starts. Start doing extra prayers from now, start revising and regularly reading Quran now, get used to being generous and follow the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) and fast during Sha’baan.
Step 6 – Prepare your mind
Fasting is to refrain from more than just what we consume in our mouth. Start working on your patience; be extra vigilant with your conversations: ensure you are not backbiting, slandering or talking about useless things.
Step 7 – Say ‘good riddance’ to bad habits
Know what bad habits you have and stop them from now, don’t wait until Ramadan begins. If you sleep late, start sleeping early, if you are a Facebook junky start cutting down, have a coffee craze, slow it down etc. It might sound much easier said then done, but once you’ve committed yourself, purified your intentions – make sincere dua for guidance. Insh’Allah, these bad habits will be easier done with than you ever expected.
Step 8 – Plan your life around your worship
For instance; instead of working through your prayer or setting up meeting etc., at prayer times, plan that you have a break at prayer time. Don’t take your phone with you to the place you pray and forget the world as you stand between the hands of the almighty Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He).
Step 9 – Worship with your family
Begin praying with your family in congregation, reading quran together after fajr, and Qiyam Al Layl between taraweeh and suhoor. And when you’re breaking the fast, don’t sit there and eat silently. Share what has happened in the day!
10 – Cultivating Good Manners
Fasting is not merely abstaining from eating and drinking. Rather, it is also abstaining from ignorant and indecent speech. So if anyone abuses or behaves ignorantly with you, then say: I am fasting, I am fasting.” (Saheeh: Ibn Khuzaymah and al-Haakim, who authenticated it.)