Well, he doesn't technically require our permission to take a break, yet it would be great to hear from him again. It's been 10 days since his last post, a record length since I've been here. In fact I'm surprised no one's mentioned it yet.
I'm hoping you're well, Ashraf.
I have seen him logged in a few times over the last 2 weeks, but he's left without doing anything.
I too have spotted Ashraf's "all seeing eye" as recently as the last 2 days and, in response to Refpeuk, did remark on his "silence" in my post about fake contests – also about two days ago..
Guess we are all miising our daily "fix" of his utterings and suffering withdrawal symptoms as a result.
C'mon Ashraf, give us a sign (not two fingers though ) that all is well with you.
Humour is a nice way to get over the undeniably painful separation pangs. Apart from the ones here there is another excellent one by Joji in the main blog –
Until Ashraf either comes back from the following:
1. From the hospital, he probably injured himself. O_O
2. From going on a cruise but forgot his laptop OR it broke down and couldn’t contact us! D:
3. He went to outer space and learned the ways of the Jedi and faught Darth… wait… WTF!
4. He’s too busy and stressed out from work.
5. He’s playing Call of Duty MW way too much… addicted! XD
6. He’s out with his girlfriend and trying to impress her with his computer h@cK0rs of pure amazingness.
7. He forgot about us D:
8. He’s shopping for new stuff at Best Buy to soup up’ his crappy computer.
9. He’s working at Microsoft to do all that Halo REACH stuff.
10. He became nuts and is trying to travel the world in 80 days.
11. He reached the center of the earth and is about to make a great discovery!
12. He’s watching TV.
There are about 500 other reasons why Ashraf hasn’t been posting in a while… but that would be too long.
Hope that helped!
The only Islamic holiday I found was Malwid which celebrates Mohammed's birthday: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mawlid which in 2010 was celebrated on 2/26 (Sunni) or 3/3 (Shi'a).
Of course, this is all just speculation. But I learned something new about a religion I know little about, so regardless of where Ashraf actually is, it is always good to learn something new.
I believe Ashraf explained this last year.
He is not Christian like me. He is Muslim I believe and their religious holidays and beliefs are diferent from you and me.
No big deal – He'll be back. We all miss him and wish him well.
In the spirit of world peace & harmony, of respect for all faiths, & equality for all:
In a very general sense, one's beliefs are not necessarily = to one's religion, as many of us have absorbed the positives from the wealth of the world's religions, & many also have positive spiritual values, that are derived from both religious & other cultural institutions.
Realizing that sometimes we say things that we had absolutely no intention of harm, we must be mindful that when using the phrase "diferent from you and me…" it may inadvertently connote an exclusionary “us versus them” feeling, which can further lead to other negativities.
I only mention this after a friend saw this & she said that it seems to say that all others on the forum are of ‘their’ religion. It also assumes that one knows just what others beliefs are; yet typical forums are anonymous, making that impossible.
So my intention is not to be construed in any way as an admonishment, merely a suggestion that we all need to be aware of other’s sensitivities.
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