Friday, July 1, 2011

Big Eagle

By: Shahbaz Saleem

My name is Shahbaz Saleem. The meaning of Shahbaz is big eagle. I was born on 6th March, 1996. I am 14 years old and I live in Abbottabad. I attend the Al- Imtiaz Academy which is situated on Mansehra Road, Supply Bazaar. I read in class 8 and my class teacher’s name is Ms. Nadia. She is very punctual and dutiful. I pray five times a day and recite the Holy Quran regularly
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I have very loving and caring family. Family means a group of people who love each other. There are five members in my family. My father’s name is Saleem Akhtar and he is a businessman. My mother’s name is Shamshad Bibi and she is a housewife. I have one brother and one sister. My elder sister, Maryum Bibi, is in class 11. She is very intelligent and obedient. My younger brother, Saifullah Saleem, is in class 4. I love my siblings because they both are very cute and handsome. I like to play football with my younger brother when I am free.


Playing football is my favorite hobby. Football is the most popular game all over the world because it is a very interesting game. In my opinion, Messi from Argentina is the best player because his passing is very fantastic. Messi is also the captain of the Argentinan team. I play football in leisure time with my friends. I love football because it makes men strong and keeps them fit and healthy. I also like to read books in my spare time. I have read several books but my favorite Book is the Holy Quran because it is the Book of Allah. Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W.) is the last prophet of Allah. Good books give good expression to people and help the readers become better people. Quran is the only one Book which gives information about Islam. I also exchange books with my friends and we share our views with each other.


I have many friends, but Noman is my best friend because he is a very honest person. For example, I gave him some money and asked him to give it to my brother. He honestly gave the money to my brother. I was very pleased with his truthfulness.


In short, hobbies, family and friends are very important in my life. We should all obey the orders of our parents because they are our best friends and guide us; they help us whenever we need help. A friend in need is a friend indeed. These things and people make my life more meaningful.


This student forgot to post his blog up last year.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Note to Readers


Dear Readers,

I had the pleasure to work with 18 amazing students this July. One goal of my internship with the Al-Imtiaz Academy was to introduce “blogging”, a new form of online communication, to the students. After long lessons on figurative language, what makes good writing, essay structure, and the writing process, these students successfully posted their writings on this blog.

As I taught these students—some days without electricity!—I was impressed by their commitment and dedication to learning. These students sacrificed their summer vacation to come learn with me. Moreover, they arrived to school through their own means of transportation. In scorching hot weather or flood-like, heavy rain (monsoon season has begun), these students showed up every day with notebooks in their hands, ready to learn.

Working one-on-one with these students gave me the opportunity to learn about them through their writings. But even more so, it gave me a chance to learn about their daily lives, their families, and their future aspirations. In every single student, I saw a strong yearning to be successful. These students have a lot of potential and promise, and I have no doubt that they will leave a lasting mark on the world.

I hope you enjoy reading their essays; they have worked very hard on them. As you read through them, keep in mind that English is the students' second language. As such, please do forgive them for any grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors.


With best wishes,
Ms. Mariya Ilyas
Bowdoin College ‘13

Saturday, July 31, 2010

I Still Remember My Father's Slap


By: Muhammad Maaz Jadoon

I am one of the most intelligent and talented boys in my class because I always gain first position in my class. All my teachers like me.

My name is Muhammad Maaz Jadoon. I was born in Abbottabad on May 25, 1995. I am 15 years old. I am in 8th class at the Al-Imtiaz Academy.

I have been studying at the Al-Imtiaz Academy since nursery. It is located on Mansehra Road in Abbottabad. My school has well-furnished class rooms, libraries, laboratories, a computer lab and a spacious principal office. My school building is as beautiful as Taj Mahal. The principal of my school is well-disciplinarian.

I have many friends in school, but my best friend is Ubaid. He is also intelligent like me. When he advises me not to tell lies, but is a liar himself, it is as if the pot is talking to the kettle. So, instead, I advise him not to tell lies. In spite of that, we are still best friends and spend time together. We play cricket in our extra time. I am a very good player just like Inzamam-Ul- Haq, famous cricketer on the Pakistani team. I play shots like Inzamam so I think I am the chip off the old block.

I want to be a better person—a person with character qualities like Prophet Muhammad (SA W). I want to seek knowledge which will make me better. Every single person should strive for the character qualities of Muhammad (SAW).

I want to be an engineer in future because my mother and my brothers inspire me to do so.

Close relatives that are grouped together are called a family. There are eight members in my family including me: four brothers and two sisters, my mother and my father. My younger brother is in 3rd class and my eldest brother is doing his MBA. Like me, my brother is an Einstein in math class. I am closest to my mother because whenever I face difficulty she is there to help me. She also inspires me not to tell lies but rather to always speak truth and be honest. My father died of a heart attack in 2000. He was a bank manager. When he died, I was only in nursery class.

My father inspired to be a better person in the future. My father was a bank manager. When my friends look at me, they say I look like my father. My father was an honest man. Once my father slapped me when I told a lie; ever since then, I have never told a lie because I still remember my father's slap. At every stage of my life, I need him with me. But he is no longer with us. I miss him, I miss him so much. I wish he could be with me today, and see the better son that I have become. I still admire my father's characteristics qualities and his personality. His memories will always remain with me.

"With Musical Eyes"


By: Noor Awan

Family is a group of people who live together and share their problems with each other. A family is made of love and trust. If any one person of the family goes anywhere for a long time, then all of the family members are very sad and wish for her or him to come back soon. Same is true with my family. I have six family members except me: my father, my mother, and four siblings.

My father is a very generous man. He is a regional manager in Utility Stores Corporation in Abbottabad. He always takes care of his children and helps others. He is a very loving father who never differed between his children. For example, he is always fair with us and treats us all equally. My father also takes good care of my mother.

My mother is a housewife and takes care of her children. A mother is the most important member of the family because without a mother, a family is colorless. Whenever I am sad or crying, my mother consoles me. My mother also never differed between her children.

I have four siblings in total— three sisters and one brother. My eldest sister is doing Masters in Psychology from the Women Medical College (WMC). My second eldest sister is doing B.B.A. from Comsats University. My brother is a student of grade 12 at Abbottabad Public School (APS). My younger sister is a student of 7th grade.

I am a girl of grade 9th. I was born in Abbottabad. I study in a private school named the Al-Imtiaz Academy. I have many friends with whom I share my feelings. My hobby is interior designing. In my leisure time, I listen to Hindi songs. My favorite song is “Suriley akheon walay” (“With musical eyes”). After completing my F.Sc. (equivalent to the U.S. high school diploma), I want to do M.B.B.S. (bachelor’s degree to become a doctor). My family inspires me to become a doctor by always encouraging me to work hard. I want to achieve my family’s prayers in my lifetime.

My family is like a bunch of flowers; if any one flower is plucked then the whole bunch is disturbed. I love my family and I will never allow anyone to pluck even one member.

Three Best Friends


By: Abeer Awan

I have visited many cities and in each of them, I have made friends: Iqra, Fatiha, and Fatima. Friends never grow apart—they are relief for us when we are in pain, light for us during dark times, and joy for us when we are gloomy.

Iqra is my best friend despite the fact that I left Hyderabad four years ago. Regardless of the distance, we are still in contact. We call each other at least two days a week. She has many qualities that I admire about her; she is faithful, brave, honest, and punctual. Our friendship is truly deep. I hope our friendship will never be end.

I have learned a lot from Fatiha and adopted many of her habits. She is punctual, hardworking, intellectual, honest and kindhearted. She is also very caring; she likes to give money or food to poor whenever possible. She is also very naughty. She is my best friend in Abbottabad. Her date of birth is 6th November. May God bless Fatiha forever.

The quality that I like the most in Fatima is that she is very religious; she has memorized Quran and she prays five times a day. Her star is Pisces and her date of birth is 9th March .She is my cousin and she is younger than me, but still she is my best friend. She is in Islamabad and now she is in Saudi Arabia.

In my life, I have been blessed with three best friends. In a nutshell, friends are the sweetest fruits for us when our life becomes fruitless. But it is important to remember that not all friends are sweet. I like my best friends very much. May God bless my friends forever.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Like A Chain


BY: Ali Raza


What is a family? A family is that in which all members live their lives with love, respect and are joined together like a chain. This chain is maintained by the head of the family but it is not necessary to have a head of the family. The head may be a male and female. Each and every family has different duties, procedures, a way of living, and discipline; for example, some are vegetarian while some are non-vegetarian. So, everyone is different from one another. In families, there is much fighting but also a lot of love. I have also a family.

Who am I and what do I do? I am a boy and I study in class 9th at the Al-Imtiaz Academy. My name is Ali Raza Khan and I was born in Abbottabad in the autumn season. Abbottabad is situated in northern Pakistan. It is a beautiful valley with moderate climate but it has not been observed in the passed three to five years. The temperature is rising day by day, and Abbottabad is turning into Venus. We should help the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) to keep our climate and temperature steady by growing a large amount of trees and plants to avoiding global warming. I also grow trees and plants in my garden.

I have three future goals. First, to become an A.M.C. officer; second, to become an I.S.I. officer; and lastly, to become a cricketer. It is not as easy as it looks but I will try my best to reach them. My future goals seem easy; however, I must remember to cut my coat according to my clothes and not built castles in the air. I have six family members.


My family comprises of six members: grandfather, uncle, aunt, cousin, little mother, and me. I have no siblings, so sometimes I feel alone. However, sometimes it is good to have no siblings because without them there is no fighting, and especially no sharing. But when I see boys playing or talking with their siblings, I feel bad because, I, too, want to share my sorrows, feelings, happiness, wonderful moments of my life, and my life secrets with someone.

All my family members well-educated and graduated. My grandfather was a teacher and a professor. He has taught economics to the candidates for 22 years, He was also in the Air Force for 17 years and worked in the army factory for 3 years as well. He worked for 42 years total in his lifetime! My uncle has studied from Army Burn Hall College and he’s a gold medalist. He is a pediatrics doctor. He is a teaching the future young doctors in NIMS Hospital. He spends his free time studying. My mother teaches English and math in Government School. All my all family members are established in well-organized professions. I, too, am hardworking and studious; I am the chip off the old block.

I like to eat fruits, pulses, wheat, oats, grains and some vegetables. I don’t like to eat lots of vegetables as compared to others. I like to study, play and watch T.V. in my leisure time. I like to play cricket, football, and computer games.. My favorite games on computer are IGI, Vice City, San Andreas and Gun. Sometimes, I like to chat on Internet and mobile. I enjoy bicycling in good weather. I am a devout Muslim who prays five times a day and observes fast during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

In order to maintain a family, there must be a routine. For example, family members should try to have breakfast at the same time, say their prayers, recite the Holy Quran, observe fast during Ramadan, have evening tea at same time, and dinner at the same time. Family members must also discuss one another’s problems and try to solve them. In a household, duties should be divided equally. Every member should be responsible for completing some chore. We all should live with peace, loyalty, honesty, love and a caring mind; this is one way family members join in a chain.

A family is that in which all the members are grouped together in order to maintain peace, love, and discipline to avoid fighting. The expenditures should be proportional to the average income to avoid poverty and to bring prosperity. I have a very well-educated family. My family is of great importance to me because they are very intelligent, intellectual, helpful, loyal, lovable and caring. So, I love my family very much and I don't want to lose it in any condition. One who has a family must give respect, obey rules and regulations and give them importance for being together forever. If there is ever an argument in a family, then one should apologize for his mistakes and be honest because honesty is the best policy. This is how a family will be healthy and successful. I can give up anything for my family.