The history

Why do I waste my and your time writing nonsense?

To put it succinctly, I really don’t know.

It all started for me on al-maghrib forums some years back. In a since deleted thread (It was called “I’m not insane”) I wrote about some of the experiences that I’ve had and I kind of found it fun, despite being excruciatingly painful to extract at times.

I forgot about “trying” to write entertaining stuff for about a year or so until I was approached about writing for the Islamic Network site in a section to be known as “Hāts Ōn Vōwēls.”

I was relatively happy with some of the things I managed to put up on there; like, for example, Salahophobia, Mistaken Identity and Hands. It was supposed to be a weekly article but that eventually got too difficult for me to keep up with. In trying to write a “long” piece each week I invariably neglected many other things that I was supposed to be doing. Emails of apology to the site for late submission became a frequent practice.

Then when Abu ‘Eesa made posting comments on his blog restricted to blogger members only I decided to open an account. I also got bored enough to make a couple of posts on that blog, I’d made whilst opening the account. I didn’t really tell anyone about the site though, I really only passed a couple of hours there and left it at that.

When Sas created Puglu (now long dead) Islamic Network’s first blogging service, I figured I could export what I’d started on Blogger over to Puglu and thereafter make a concerted effort at blogging.

I stuck with the name (Smāll) Hāts Ōn Vōwēls that I’d used on Blogger in order to distinguish it from the longer writings I was still doing for Islamic Network [which I subsequently referred to as (Bīg) Hāts Ōn Vōwēls].

As time went by I started to feel that writing long stuff so frequently was a bit ambitious for me and so I stopped (Bīg) Hāts and concentrated on (Smāll) Hāts.

When Sas started the second blogging service for Islamic Network, Muslim Pad, I briefly exported my blog onto there. But I couldn’t work out how to do some of the techy stuff that I wanted for it and so I deleted it a month or so later.

I’ve often thought about exporting my Puglu blog onto WordPress but it just seems like a lot of work and I’ve never really gotten around to it.

Anyway, today I created this site, Ḍoṭṣ Unḍer Conṣonanṭṣ, so we’ll see what happens.

Although, most likely nothing.

Abū Ilyās

Epilogue:

Since I wrote this the Puglu domain name passed away. It happened suddenly and without warning over night. However, its passing was a quiet one and I don’t believe it suffered.

In a bid to revive (Smāll) Hāts Ōn Vōwēls it was rushed over to MuslimPad where it now lives happily (although “ever after” remains to be seen).

Unfortunately, Hats on MuslimPad met its end too (*pause for moment of silence*).

Anyway, after a vague surge of energy in 2010 I managed – with much help from WordPress support – to resuscitate (Smāll) Hāts Ōn Vōwēls .

And so – back from the dead – it can now be found over at the new WordPress address (Smāll) Hāts Ōn Vōwēls.

14 responses to “The history

  1. as-salamu ‘alaykum

    Mabrook! Looking good. And you should keep it up. I already see a different angle to this blog, so it’d do just as well or even better!

    I like.

  2. wa ‘alaykum salam,

    Thanks. I’m still not sure what to do with this though. I only made this blog after I came across that new font yesterday, one thing lead to another, wheels started turning in my head and then voila!

  3. Assalaamu Alaykum,

    Excellent “work” masha Allah! Do keep it up! Small Hats has got us laughing out loud! Look forward to enjoying more insha Allah.

    Wassalaamu Alaykum.

  4. All these vowels and consonants are giving me an English class reminiscence moment…

    welcome to a WP… its cleaner, its better and you deserve nothing less 🙂

    wasaalam
    amad

  5. Hahaha, I’m loving this! 😀

    Why doesn’t my dad have any similarly insanely hilarious from HIS tutoring-kids-English-in-Saudi days?????

  6. Hamza

    as-Salamu alaikum

    Love your blog masha’Allah, really funny. It looks like your (small) hats site is down so I can’t read about your journey to Saudi. I am soon to make my own hijra insha’Allah so I was interested to know where you are and any helpful hints for the move?

    was-Salamu alaikum
    Hamza

    • Wa ‘alaykum salam,

      Akhi, I’m really sorry but I left this blog to gather e-dust for the last year and so I never replied.

      I’m based in Khobar in the Eastern province. Have you made your hijra yet?

      If you still have any questions I’ll try to help to the best of my ability, insha’ Allah.

      • Hamza

        No worries, I know the feeling – I’ve just written my first blog post for 9 months.

        Alhamdulillah the move to Saudi was easy and gets easier all the time. We’ve been here 5 months now and we’re loving it. My family and I have been on umrah twice masha’Allah and that is what it’s all about eh? My 3 year old son is also starting to teach me Arabic!

        Thanks for your reply and please keep going with the blog, I think it’s excellent masha’Allah.

        was-Salamu alaikum

  7. umsalamah

    as-salamu alaykum br. Abu Ilyas,

    I’ve gathered that you are an elementary teacher, is that correct? I’ve been looking for someone (teacher) to contact about schools in the Eastern province. Is there somewhere I can mail you a few questions if its not too much trouble?

    barak Allahu feek

  8. Masha’Allah, I don’t think I’ve ever so genuinely enjoyed a blog as this one – I was literally laughing out loud several times. Keep up the great work!

  9. Assalam-o-Alikum,

    I hope you are doing well by the grace of Almighty Allah. I was going through your website and really liked it. Recently we have launched an online Quran reciter site it would be helpful if you could promote us to reduce our cost and spread the word of Islam and Quran, the sites are as follows

    http://www.read-quranonline.com main page

    http://www.read-quranonline.com/recitation-1.html reciter page, which ever you want to link.

    And Please do write to me so I could add your site to our blogs and networking groups.

    May Allah help us by showing the right path and give us strength to keep on spreading the teachings of Islam.

    Thanks and Regards
    Faheem Kamran
    http://www.learningquranonline.com

  10. Assalamu Alaikum.
    Masha’Allah, brother you have an eloquent style of writing!
    Whenever I happen to visit your blog, I really enjoy your blog.
    May Allah accept your endeavours. Aameen.
    One personal request: Would you mind adding my blog to your blogroll:
    http://www.yassarnalquran.wordpress.com
    Jazakallah Khayr, and keep up the hard work! 🙂
    Muqeet.

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