Gold cracks restoration on old Japanese pottery restored with the antique Kintsugi restoration technique. The beauty of imperfections.

Another Sehrullah 1442 H is on the horizon, three weeks away. How we wish for a miracle to happen but denying realities, is akin to doing injustice.
Accepting the situation and trying ways and means to get the best out of the present situation is the way forward.
But with Pandemic rearing it’s menacing head in different  ‘avtaars’ across the world we have to recalibrate our mindset
Let us once again brace ourselves to  seek the sacred in small things and in our home, as we did last Sehrullah 1441 H

There is no denying the fact that the Pandemic is once again playing spoilsport. Our social life appears to be broken, no community namaz in Masjid & Markazs, no salvaat  community jaman – the high points of Ramazan.  
The khidmatgujars who may have under normal circumstances started brain storming and preparations, will once again miss their shining on the center stage throughout the month. 
My wife Rabab who stiches Rida beginning from Rajab right into the second ‘daska’ of Ramazan is out of work. Although the blessing in disguise is my arthritic condition, for past two months,  regular physio therapy sessions, frequent doctor visits, has kept her occupied !!
These are some of the facts, but instead of brooding over what we will miss, let us count on the blessings.

The Big Idea that I want to share is the Japanese Traditional  Art of mending broken pottery, adorning it by  filling the cracks with gold. 
Surprised !! Do not be please.

KINTSUGI is the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold — built on the idea that in embracing flaws and imperfections, you can create an even stronger, more beautiful piece of art. Every break is unique and instead of repairing an item like new, the 400-year-old technique actually highlights the “scars” as a part of the design. Using this as a metaphor for healing ourselves teaches us an important lesson: Sometimes in the process of repairing things that have broken, we actually create something more unique, beautiful and resilient.

So this Ramazan let us embrace KINTSUGI in our lives.The gold means offering gratitude to what we will receive. 
Do not dwell on the broken but be grateful for blessings to be received.
Last Sehrullah I received the ne’amat of sharing 28 Akhba’r is Anwa’r –  posts which have been uploaded on my home page :
This year I am in gratitude waiting for any ne’amat that ALLAH may bless me with, so that I can fondly look back, when this pandemic is over.
Once again the world wide community is likely to receive Imamat Sharaf in our homes, the barakaats of recorded and live relays etc: 
The added gold filling will hopefully will be organization and distribution of salavat jaman in each mumin household.
How I personally wish and yearn to hear sabaks delivered by senior Jamea asaatizas during Sehrullah.
I fondly recall the many Sehrullahs attending namaz in Badri Hall – Chandni Chowk – Kolkata, where we were blessed to hear sabaks after magrib namaz delivered by erudite senior Ustaads of Jamea each Sehrullah. Memories that still light up the mind. 
So folks if a miracle does not happen,  it is KINTSUGI this Sehrullah, no brooding on what is broken but enriching the cracks by gold of gratitude – Hamd  & Shukr ! Shukr ! Shukr! 
Doa ni iltemas.

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