For part 1 - Read here. Part 2/2 There’s a positive to this story. I am here telling you this story because one thing did happen. We traveled to Turkey. We finally set aside the funds and made it our goal to visit Turkey this year. In April 2019, we got on our flight out … Continue reading In Pursuit of Home Part 2/2 – exclusive
Part 1 /2 I come from two generations of refugees. Both my parents and both sets of my grandparents had to flee a country, where they were born and raised, and forced out in their mid-teens, mid- youth to another place to build a life again and find a home again. In 2007, my husband … Continue reading In Pursuit of Home – exclusive by Jamal-e-Fatima Rafat
The hotel we stayed in was not impressive. Dingy rugs, old squeaky furniture, rugged looking sofas from the 70's and a tiny room crammed with too many beds. But our take away from this experience was the welcoming family that hosted us there.
Tulip buds of spring, Snippet of life past Or the life within? ~Hidden gems
Finally, I decided to speak up.The Hijab Forum gave me the opportunity and I took it. I poured my heart into this. https://hijabforum.com/infertility-does-not-define-me/ I don’t know when is the first time, when someone puts that image of motherhood in your mind. You see it all around you. There’s nothing wrong with that image until you … Continue reading Infertility doesn’t define me.
The Forty Rules of Love; both the book and the rules, have opened my mind and more importantly my heart in unknown ways. Since I lend this book to my sister in law after completing it, I had been looking for a compiled source that contained all the 40 rules. Well, I found it. This post is precious to me.As the blog by The Vision was published in 2011, I thought what better to revive the timeless rules of love, other than spreading to more readers by reblogging it.
Here they are; the Forty Rules of Love by Shams-e-Tabriz, from Elif Shafak’s book ‘Forty Rules of Love’.
How we see God is a direct reflection of how we see ourselves. If God brings to mind mostly fear and blame, it means there is too much fear and blame welled inside us. If we see God as full of love and compassion, so are we.
The path to the Truth is a labour of the heart, not of the head. Make your heart your primary guide! Not your mind. Meet, challenge and ultimately prevail over your nafs with your heart. Knowing your ego will lead you to the knowledge of God.
You can study God through everything and everyone in the universe, because God is not confined in a mosque, synagogue or church. But if you are still in need of knowing where exactly His abode is, there is only one place to look for him: in the heart of a true…
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In response to a writing prompt... WATER Running water in my ears, A quiet lane of solitude A ‘mouse’ sweeping under my hand A blank screen in front of me, My imagination in unknown lands Life stretched across me of thirty some years Another life stretched across me of unknown years Still I can’t write … Continue reading Water
Hey all, I have some exciting news. We are planning a trip to Turkey! Yes, if you are thinking we have been there before, you are right. However, 12 hours layover in Istanbul did not do justice to this extremely history-rich country, where a blend of cultures and continents happen like nowhere else. One thing … Continue reading Planning a 10 days trip to Turkey
The tagline to this book's title says 'an intimate history of Pakistan' and to a certain degree the author, Rafia Zakaria accomplishes telling a very insightful story. For a person almost the same age as Rafia, I was able to reflect back to some political incidences in contrast to my own childhood memories of them … Continue reading The Upstairs Wife – A short book review
I am going to be the devil's advocate with this one. Before you read my review, here are some basic details about the series (source: Wikipedia). For the fans of the show, please embrace yourself for some heart break. I finally finished the much-acclaimed Netlfix's newest superheroes flick, the Umbrella Academy. For me, there were hits … Continue reading The Umbrella Academy – was it a comedy of errors?