Career Test


INFP’s feel internal turmoil when they find themselves in situations in which there is conflict between their inner code of ethics and their relationships with others. They feel caught between pleasing others and maintaining their own integrity. Their natural tendency to identify with others, compounded with their self-sacrificial dispositions, tends to leave them confused as to who they really are. Their quiet personalities further feeds their feelings of depersonalization. The INFP’s quest for self-identity then seems even more alluring โ€” but increasingly impossible to attain.

As with all NFs, the INFP will feel lost and perplexed at stressful times. As stress builds, INFP’s become disconnected from their own personality and perceived place in life. They will lose sight of who they are in relation to time and place. They may not make basic observations, while instead they will focus on the more abstract and symbolic meanings of a particular interaction. This can sometimes baffle those who expect more direct communication and a fairly concrete relationship.

This lists represent careers and jobs people of your type tend to enjoy doing. The job requirements are similar to the personality tendencies of your personality type. It is important to remember that this is not a list of all the jobs possible. And it is very important to remember that people can, and frequently do, fill jobs that are dissimilar to their personality… this happens all the time…and sometimes works out quite well.

college professor
legal mediator
social worker
holistic health…practitioner
occupational therapist
diversity manager
human resource…development specialist
employment development…specialist
editor/art director
organizational development…specialist


Haji Ali

Brother Ali on his Hajj experience:

I lived in two pieces of simple white cloth,slept in tents and on the ground, visited the most ancient symbols of spiritual oneness.

I prayed and meditated on the plane where humanity will be gathered for the day of atonement.

I slept in the dirt on the plane where the first man and woman descended from heaven and created humanity.

I stoned the Jamrat, the ancient symbols of the devil to commemorate my rejection of my ego, greed, lust, anger, etc.

I visited the home, mosque and grave of our beloved Prophet Muhammad in the illuminated city of Medina, established by the first Muslims.

The Hajj is extremely difficult and grueling. There were funerals at all five of our daily prayers for 3 weeks without exception. There were somewhere between 3 and 5 million pilgrims from every country performing the same rites at the same time. You literally get caught up and carried by the crowd of humanity. Terrifying, humbling and beautiful experience.

Met some of the most beautiful people of my life and some really troubled ones. Imperfect people united by a perfect system.

That’s the most reflective and naked I’ve ever been. Tears of joy, repentance and immense gratitude. To be in place with millions of people with all the commotion and hear it get dead silent for prayer and all you hear is wind and birds.

I got lost in the tent city of Mina with no phone,no cars, no guides and no one speaks english. Didn’t know if I’d ever find my group. I walked for 8 straight hours with no idea where I was going. I have blisters covering the bottoms of both feet. Still performed my rites. While living in our tents, it rained for two days in a row. Scary thing in the desert where it never rains.

I never believed that you could go to place and feel the presence of God until this. It’s tangible in the air. You can taste it. The feeling of true brotherhood is electric in the holy precincts. Even the police are bound by it.

People come from every corner of the world. Many on foot from Africa and Eastern Europe. You see people on canes and crutches. People spend months walking thousands of miles and sleep in the streets. Other pilgrims feed and look after them. Saw a family with kids and the parents were sharing a pair of shoes. Went into a store to buy some things and a stranger picked up my bill.

I’ve had some very low, dark moments in my life but it hit me on this trip that I literally have received everything I’ve ever prayed for. When Undisputed Truth came out someone asked me if there was anything else I could hope for. I said I wanted a daughter and to make Hajj.

I want all of you to know that your support is what made it possible for me to have these experiences. I love you deeply for that.

I was challenged in every imaginable way. This has been the greatest exercise in patience I could imagine. I’m so very grateful. Part of the pilgrimage is shaving your head to symbolize removing your crown, old prejudices etc. I actually let my hair grow a little so I could cut it.

After losing my father, my friend Eyedea and making this pilgrimage all in 3 months, if you don’t believe in God, let love be your god.

Please don’t assume you know Islam because of what you’ve heard. I’ve practiced Islam for 17 years and didn’t truly understand until now. Human beings have built an artificial environment around ourselves that disconnects us from nature, from our humanity and from God.

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P.O.D. – Alive

Satellite, the album this was on was released on 11 September 2001, a date famous for all the wrong reasons. I remember watching the planes crash into the World Trade Centre live on CNN, being horrified that some thing most of us thought was confined to movie scenarios was happening in real life and beyond the shock and horror of realising how many lives were being sacrificed I was worried that Muslims were behind it and this would lead to all Muslims and Islam being scapegoated. I think Muslims faced a lot of bigotry in the past 9 years as a result of 9/11, but at the same time I believe it forced a lot of people to try and understand Islam and American foreign policy and critically question the party line and what was being said in the media. Whether this understanding was worth the thousands dead on 9/11 and subsequently in the wars fought in Afghanistan and Iraq, Allahu alam.

This post sort of took a detour, but I really like this song and this whole album. Nu-metal as a genre has been dead for a number of years now, but I think this positive, spiritually-minded anthem is one of its high points. Cool video too.


Linda Gunther and Achmed Djaki getting married

I don’t know who I’m really writing to, but as stated earlier LG and I are getting married. It’s exciting and at the same time a really scary proposition, because it’s a really big step into adulthood proper that we’re taking. And the arguments we had after our decision to cement the deal have been pretty big. I’ve personally seen engagements, marriages and relationships in general go wrong in all sorts of ways in the past few years with my own eyes.

And yet, I think LG and I can make this work. I don’t know how to talk about this without resorting to the clichรฉd, but she completes me and makes me whole. A few years back I couldn’t imagine that I could spend my life with anyone, and now I can’t imagine that I could spend the rest of my life without her.

We’d wanted to plan more than a year ahead, to have the ‘ideal’ wedding that both of us would be happy with. ‘Circumstances’ resulted in us pushing the date six months forward, and when it came down to it we’re both happy. Getting married is something we’d both been looking forward to, and there simply wasn’t a good reason to make it sooner rather than later.

There are going to be plenty of obstacles and trials and tribulations from here on, and even after we’re married of course things will not be perfect, but we both understand that and are willing to make it work.

Succinctly, then: LG and I are going to be man and wife in a little under a year, and I couldn’t be happier. ๐Ÿ™‚


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Ramadan resolutions

SunniPath Answers – Shafi’i Fiqh – Missed Prayers

A habit I restarted this Ramadan was making up missed prayers. I rather shamefully haven’t always been very observant in my ibadah, and even when I was praying I didn’t make the effort to make up for any prayers I had missed. I had tried a couple of years back to fix this, but I lagged behind due to some mix of laziness and shame. Now I’m trying to get back on track to do so, and what better time than Ramadan? So I’ve started praying my missed prayers, in addition to the tarawih and sunnah prayers, and this a good part of my day is spent in qiyyam.

Where I’ve fallen short this month is in reading the Qur’an. I don’t expect to be able to complete 30 juz in a month, and my lack of fluency doesn’t help either. So I need to step up my efforts there by reading more regular, getting a teacher once again and learning Arabic so I’m not just mouthing the words.

I, like anybody else, am a sinful person and aware of my own shortcomings, but I pray that Allah accepts my good deeds and attempts to atone for my mistakes. Insya-Allah.

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Mos Def – As-Salaam-Alaikum/ Wahid (live @ Takin’ it to the Streets 2010)

The Ecstatic is an incredible album, and on the whole I think Mos has found his centre once again and is back on his deen and back to making music that matters.

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Among the things I have on my plate right now…

  • Getting married, and consequently needing to prepare for the wedding, and married life
  • Brushing up on my religious knowledge in light of my upcoming marriage
  • Trying to do well at a job that I increasingly find unsatisfactory…
  • …while simultaneously trying to find a good new job elsewhere
  • Trying to figure out when the remnants of my corn surgery will heal so I can get back to working out properly, and wear proper shoes


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Native Deen – Ramadan is Here

Yeah it is. ๐Ÿ™‚ Ramadan Mubarak to all.

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Yusuf – All Kinds of Roses

New ringtone for my new phone. ๐Ÿ™‚