How faith is Hope!

​A 100 mistakes.

A thousand regrets.

A lot of fun, turned dark in a minute.

Stumbling and falling,

down an abyss she fell.

A bottomless doom awaiting fate.

Like a fool without a mind,

she spun in this worthless web.

She stumbled and fell,

Until faith was discovered.
#forevergratefultothealmighty
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Day of the Girl, and a day of failure?

Today is the International Day of the Girl. 
Speaking of girls and children,

720,000 Rohingya children are currently in the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
– 2017, UNICEF

4.3 million children have been affected by the humanitarian crisis faced in the conflict of South Sudan.
– 2016, UNICEF

8.4 million children have been affected by the conflict in Syria.
– 2015, UNICEF

2.3 million children have been affected by the violence in Central African Republic.
– 2015, UNICEF

5.1 million children are in need of humanitarian assistance, due to the ongoing conflict in Iraq.
– 2016, UNICEF

More than 17,000 children were recruited as child soldiers in the conflict in South Sudan since 2013.
– 2016, UNICEF

Around 120 million girls under the age of 20 (about 1 in 10) have been subjected to forced sexual violence.
– 2014, UNICEF

1 in 4 of world’s out-of-school children live in crises-affected countries.
– 2017, UNICEF

About 3 million young children die every year from malnutrition.
– 2017, UNICEF

The aim of this day which is celebrated globally, is to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.

Now let’s talk about WHY a world generally full of empathetic, capable, strong and willful adults, led by powerful and wealthy leaders, have FAILED and ARE FAILING to protect all these children over the years!!

Honestly, all of us….let’s just do something, instead of sitting around talking out of our behinds!

*End*

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Not everything is good for us

Its difficult to give up the things we grew up loving, even though we find out those things are supposed to be given up.

But Allah has promised:
“Take one step towards me, I will take ten steps towards you. 
Walk towards me, I will run towards you.”
Hadith Qudsi.

These are powerful words that contains an even mightier promise.

But these words will only make sense if we only Trust in Allah completely.
Us being weak beings, who are used to breaking promises, it takes an open and willing heart to accept what Allah has revealed us.

Everyday is a struggle for each of us. 
But all we need to do, is take that step towards that promise.

*End*

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How I make my Hubbs’s bowl of breakfast Honey Oats :)

Thought of blogging something different, so here it is:

How I make my Hubbs’s breakfast honey oats :).

Basically I decided to try oats for breakfasts a few months ago,….you know, as a healthier option…and I only made oats only a handful of times before I was inspired to cook it a little different and to add in a bit more honey than usual. Like lots more honey.
Thus, came about, possibly the most basic but delicious bowl of oats that I made for the husband.
It was also the kind of oats I could get onboard with too, since I really had a hard time getting used to oats at first. Not my fav thing if made differently. So yayy! 😀

Anyway, ingredients! Right!
Here’s what you need:

First lets start with dry ingredients.
1- 1/2 cup Oats (rolled or instant…both works fine. But rolled is a tad better if you can get it)
2- 2 to 3 teaspoons Honey
3- 1 teaspoon Chia seeds (Totally optional k?)
4- 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon powder
5- Salt (to taste)

Now the wet ingredients. Which is basically just one.
6- 2/3 cup Milk (I ran out of full cream, so used 3 teaspoons of powder Coast Milk stirred into about 2/3rd a cup of warm water).

Now that that’s sorted out, here’s how the magic happens 😀

Step 1-
Take a non-stick pan and warm it up over medium heat. Make sure its hot before you add the oats.

Step 2-
Add the oats into the hot pan and gently toast them over medium heat, until the oats turn light brown. Or brownish.
Watch the pan carefully coz otherwise, they may get burnt.

Step 3-
Turn the heat to low.
Add the milk gently. Mix the oats in the milk well. Stir constantly. Don’t forget to stir!

Step 4-
Add Chia seeds. Again, this is optional. Add it only if you want it, or have it.

Step 5-
Add the honey.
We keep our honey stored in the fridge at home, hence the chunky consistency in the pic.
Don’t be stingy with the honey k? Add generously. The more honey, the sweeter the oats, and the more you’ll enjoy. Also it’s healthy :D.

Step 5-
Add cinnamon powder.

Step 6-
Stir and mix everything. And add salt to taste.

Step 7-
Keep stirring gently and constantly until the milk is reduced and the oats have doubled to twice their size (coz they absorb all the milk).

And VIOLA! It’s done! Stop stirring and add to a clean fresh bowl.

HONEY OATS IS SERVED 😀

Hope you’ll enjoy guys 🙂

*End*

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Hey Teachers! You all are rock stars!

Prophet Muhammed ﷺ, said:
“Verily, Allah did not send me to be harsh or obstinate,
but rather he sent me to teach and to put at ease.”
-Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim

The best of teachers, was our Prophet Muhammed ﷺ.

The kindness, patience, tolerance, fairness, understanding and respect shown by how he taught Islam to a city full of people who held their pride above anything else, is truly remarkable.
His empathy, virtues and knowledge, eventually tamed even almost the wildest of hearts.
And more than 1,400 years later today, anyone who seeks to learn about Islam and studies the Seerah of the blessed Prophet ﷺ, can only love and respect the beautiful examples shown by him.
O Allah, let Your blessings come upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as you have blessed Ibrahim and his family.
Truly, You are Praiseworthy and Glorious.
Aameen.

Throughout our lives, we’ve been blessed enough to have learnt from sometimes the best of teachers.
I’m a student still today, and honestly, I can vouch that one of the best thing that can happen to a student is a good teacher.
A good teacher may very much contribute to the difference between a Higher Distinction and a Pass for sure.

A shoutout to all the Teachers at home and around the globe.
You really are rockstars!

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A woman gained her eyesight in Hajj, as revealed in Surah Al-Hajj!

I wanna share with u this experience that I had…
I heard about the woman who regained her eyesight on Arafah while performing Hajj in 2015.

I have grown used to refering to the verses of the Quran whenever I come across an incident, information, a story or anything for that matter, which tends to surprise or awe me. Sometimes even shock or disturb me. 
Anyway, as usual, when I heard this story, I immediately searched for a verse in the Quran that would help me understand this miracle.
I searched for the verses about Allah (SWT)’s Will. 

And I immediately found this verse.

“Indeed Allah will help those who help Him. Indeed Allah is Exalted in Might, All-Powerful.” Quran -22:40

It wasn’t just finding this verse that made my heart skip several beats,
it was also realizing which Surah in the Quran this verse belonged to.
The verse that completely explains the story about the woman who gained her eyesight while performing Hajj….belongs to the Surah Al-Hajj!!!
Subhanallahi!
How amazing is that!

I heard about the woman who regained her eyesight on Arafah while performing Hajj.
The Noble Quran, the word of our Creator, never ceases to amaze and affirm my faith.
There are so many miracles within the Quran,
which are unique and can only be experienced personally if we study and learn from the Quran,
keep it close to our hearts and include it in every aspect of our lives.

*End*

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My Short Stories: She was invisible

Her back was hunched.
She trudged along.
She smiled at everyone. 
No one smiled back. 
She wore blue today.
It was always the awful blue.
But she was always invisible.
No one ever smiled back.

Why would they even bother?
She wondered.
She was just a cleaning lady after all.

*End*
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My Short Stories: Their first date

It was their first date…

Her head jerked back,
She opened her mouth wide,
and let out a voluminous laugh!

The kind that bubbles up from the tummy
and erupts like a cascading fountain,
making anyone who hears it, catch the infection, and join in laughing uncontrollably.

He blushed with surprise.
She had loved his joke!
He straightened up his shoulders
and grinned at her.

She threw up her hands and covered her mouth,
suddenly self conscious, still laughing nonetheless.

“He had probably seen even her uvula just now.” She thought.
“But oh! He’s so funny.” She thought.

“Like wow! Even her laugh is beautiful.” He thought.

They looked at each other grinning.
She had loved his joke He thought.
The first of many more that will come,
in the years ahead.

🙂

*End*

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Haraam & Halaal : A look at Food.

Lets talk about what’s Haraam and Halaal.

One of the things that struck me the other day, was the scale of what’s haraam, compared to what’s halaal.

Let’s take food for example.

Now Islam is a way of life. It isn’t just about going to a mosque to pray, but rather about inserting the elements of faith in all areas of your life.

Everyday we wake up to pray Fajr, and from then on continue with refraining from all that is prohibited and try to continue with engaging in all that is allowed and loved by God, until we go to bed that night with a clean conscious.

Daily meals are no different.
A Muslim cannot take a few elements of our daily routine and pretend that it’s excluded from the practicing of faith. And therefore, meal times are no different.

But before we talk about what food is Haraam (prohibited), let’s talk about what’s Halaal (allowed).
This is intricately exhibited by the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammed (May Peace and Blessings be upon him).

Prophet Muhammed pbuh showed us the correct etiquette of having meals as a Muslim.
First we say “Bimillah”,
then we eat with the right hand.

‘Umar bin Abu Salamah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), said to me, “Mention Allah’s Name (i.e., say Bismillah before starting eating), eat with your right hand, and eat from what is near you.”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Before everything, a Muslim should always say “Bismillah”. We already know this. Our parents have made sure to drill it into our brains since even before we learnt how to speak.
But what is the benefit of it?
Why do we say “Bismillah (In the name of Allah)” before we start eating or drinking?

Jabir (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

I heard Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) saying,

“If a person mentions the Name of Allah upon entering his house or eating,

Satan says, addressing his followers:

‘You will find no where to spend the night and no dinner.’

But if he enters without mentioning the Name of Allah,

Satan says (to his followers);

‘You have found (a place) to spend the night in,

and if he does not mention the Name of Allah at the time of eating,

Satan says:

‘You have found (a place) to spend the night in as well as food.”‘
[Muslim]

Wait what!
Satan will find food in your house? Specifically your food will be his food?

When I came across this Hadith a while back I was shocked!
I mean seriously, the devil will also eat from my plate?
That’s pretty intense. And gross. And scary!

Alhamdhulillahi for our Prophet pbuh’s Hadith informing of this.

Now I know there will be those who question the validity of a hadith when they hear it (which is a seriously dangerous attitude to keep persisting, but I believe this happens usually because people don’t really have the right knowledge. But if you don’t have the knowledge now, then please find out! I mean otherwise you’re just ignorantly arguing about something you don’t really know. And that’s just stupid isnt it? ), but Allah has mentioned this in the Quran as well.

“Then eat of that over which the name of Allah has been mentioned, if you believe in His signs.” Quran, 6:118

So there! Allah SWT has instructed us the Halaal way on how to eat food, and Prophet pbuh’s Sunnah has shown us WHY this is the halaal way.

Going back to what’s haraam,

what struck me the other day was, how out of all the food in the world, including the fruits and veggies straight from the plants, the meal from livestock, the baked food in Bakeries, the canned and packed food in supermarkets, the meals available in restaurants…out of all these, except for a couple of foods or by-products of foods, ALL others are halaal!

There are only very very, VERY few food items that are prohibited for a Muslim.

These are:

  • Meat from swine (or pork)
  • Pork-based products and by-products
  • Animals slaughtered improperly, or those animals that are already found dead before slaughtering.
  • Animals killed or sacrificed in the name of anything or anyone, other than Allah (swt)
  • Intoxicants/alcohol
  • Most carnivorous animals, birds of prey and land animals without external ears (i.e., snakes, reptiles, worms, insects etc.)
  • Blood and blood by-products
  • Foods contaminated with any of the above products.

So you see, almost all foods are Halaal. And only a few are prohibited.

Yet we see people going for what’s haraam…yes even eating pork…even though there is a whole world full of food we CAN enjoy without it being prohibited. Seriously, why do that? I mean why take that risk and disobey the direct orders of the One who created you? 

To me, thats more stupid than those who adamantly insist that prohibiting any food doesnt make sense. 

There are a whole lot of reasons why some foods are Haraam while most are Halaal. Has a lot to do with your health, your wellbeing and overall quality of life. 

But Im not gonna state those here. 

Ive done my research and now its your turn. 

Allah SWT has allowed and prohibited things and actions for us for the most blessed of reasons. HE knows us better than we know our own tru damn selves. 

So isn’t obeying those merciful rules with true submission truely worthwhile, if in the end we will achieve that best of what is promised to HIS most loved servants in the hereafter? 🙂

*End*

 

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My Short Stories: The way he loved

He took her hand.
They started walking.
He had always held her hand.
Had always showed her how he loved her.
She smiled.
Little things like this got her smitten all over.
She was a happy woman since they had first met.

*End*

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My Short Stories: Love found them

They sat across from eachother.

She bit her lips.

He cleared his throat.

They were nervous.

They wondered if the other could tell.

 

He found her hand across the table.

And gave it a little squeeze.

“Hi” he said.

“Hi” she said.

“He was THE guy” she thought, as she heard him.

“Im going to marry her” he thought, as he heard her.

*End*

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My letter, to a friend who lost hope.

“This is how I see it…
In every crime, there is an offender and a victim.
Allah سبحانه و تعالى has given us the ability to make choices right?
Everyone has and is capable of making a choice in every decision they make or every action they do, unless that choice has been taken away somehow.
So in a crime the offender is someone who always had the freedom to make the choice…the choice of committing a crime or not.
And the victim….has no choice in the matter. 
A victim is someone who, in a matter of minutes, is violated in some way because of the wrong choices made by the offender.

So whether its a child or an adult or even an old man, a victim, against whom this evil act has been committed, is completely innocent and the offender is completely guilty of whatever crime he/she committed and whatever consequence it leads to.

And speaking of children, children are helpless little souls that needs to be taken care of. 
Children born into war, who live, breathe and know only violence all their lives, are completely helpless in those situations.
Children who suffer in famine and starve to death, they are helpless in those times.
Children who go through, and suffer prolonged physical and mental abuse…they are helpless too.
When a pedophile violates and tears apart the purity and innocence of a child, he is the one to be blamed entirely.

In none of these situations, can we blame a child. How can we?
It is always the one who does a wrong against them, that is to blame.

All children are pure and innocent.
And whatever wrong was committed against them could have been avoided had the perpetrator made the choice to fear God, instead of committing that crime.

It’s our childhood thats shapes us. And sometimes because of the scars left behind by our childhood, the hope within our hearts sways, stumbles and vanishes.

Everyone of us face different obstacles. Even those who are born into peace and love and comfort…..even they be tested at great lengths.
All of us are being tested.
Which is exactly the whole point of this world isn’t it?

This world is NOT the end.
There is more to come. There is another world waiting to continue for eternity.
So despite how many people make the wrong choices to victimize us, and despite all the crap we go through, our job is to just hang on.
Hang on and try to survive and make the right choices ourselves till we get there. 

How many people have lived and gone before us?
How many of them would’ve faced all these tests?

So right now its our turn.

Even the most blessed person and the most beloved person by God, Prophet Mohammed pbuh, faced years of abuse, and famine, and ridicule from the disbelievers.
So much so, that even his blood was shed from the attacks he faced at one point.
He was born an orphan, lost two of his sons when they were at a tender age, and has been through a whole lot worse.
So if the blessed Prophet pbuh went through those tests, why would we not be tested as well?

And that’s where Prophet Mohammed pbuh, showed us the importance of perseverance.

Yes, not all of us are strong to handle all of it…but hey!
Thats what Duas are for!
Allah سبحانه و تعالى hasn’t forsaken us. And we have to believe and rely on that hope. 
Only He can make it easier, can save and protect us….and ultimately grant us a Paradise that will go on without us shedding a single tear.

Allah سبحانه و تعالى says in the Quran:

“Do the people think that they will be left to say, “We believe,” without being put to the test?” -29:2

“We have tested those before them.”- 29:3

“And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits…” – 2:155

“O people, you are the ones who need God, while God is in no need for anyone” -35:15

So know that Allah سبحانه و تعالى is testing you coz, He wants only the best (Jannah) for you.

But the question is, since this world is all about tests, despite the hard tests, are we going to come closer to Him or move further away from Him?

Don’t give up love.

If no amount of words or therapy or meds can make you believe in hope, then believe in the following verses, and none of what we go through in this life will be too much.

The Quran says:

“Say: ‘Nothing shall ever happen to us except what Allâh has ordained for us…’” – 9:51.

“Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear…” – 2:286.

So you see, you ARE strong. And you can handle whatever you may face.
And don’t for even a second think that God has forsaken you. 

Allah tests most, those that he loves the most! 
This life is about trials.
So hang in there.
One step at a time. ❤

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A lesson from the Quran: Surah Al-Fathihah and Surah Al-Baqarah

I wanna talk about the ending of Surah Al-Fatihah and the begining of Surah Al-Baqarah.
Surah Al-Fathihah is mainly a dua’ or prayer that provides as a tool to seek guidance from Allah so that He may make it easier for you to benefit completely from the Quran and all the knowledge it holds within.

Now notice how Verse 6 to 7 of this Surah is specifically asking Allah for guidance…
Surah Fatihah ends with the prayer: 
“Show us the straight path.”

So how does Allah show us the Straight clear path?
The answer is found in the very first verses of the immediate next Surah… 
Surah Al-Baqarah begins with the answer to the prayer we made before:
“THIS Book, there is no doubt in it, IS A GUIDE to those who guard (against evil)”.

Subhanallah! How amazing is this!
1- How clearly does Allah show us the harmony and relation of every verse to the other…of every Surah to the other….and the entire Quran as a whole.

2- How clearly does He show that the answers we seek….the guidance we need…the rules and guidelines we yearn to follow to complete a life of this Earth, are all included in the Quran.

3-The Quran IS the only rule book we need!

4- So Study it people! Treasure it! The answers we need are all in there!! 

Side Note: * The Quran and the Sunnah of Prophet pbuh needs to be given equal importance when seeking guidance. Because while studying the Quran, without the Sunnah, the Quran is incomplete. 
And without the Quran, the Sunnah is incomplete.

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمََِ .

صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا الضَّالِّينَ .

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الم .

ذَٰلِكَ الْكِتَابُ لَا رَيْبَ فِيهِ هُدًى لِّلْمُتَّقِينَ .

صدق الله العظيم

“Show us the Straight path.
The path of those upon whom Thou hast bestowed favors. Not (the path) of those upon whom Thy wrath is brought down, nor of those who go astray.”
Surah 1:6-7
🌹

“Alif Lam Mim. (Only Allah knows the true meaning of these 3 letters that begins this Surah).
This Book, there is no doubt in it, is a guide to those who guard (against evil).”
Surah 2:1-2

*End*

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The Quran Translation : A book review

Hubbs found this pocket-sized (umm….a sizable pocket I mean ) translation of the Quran a few days ago, and we are so impressed.
Its the translation by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan & Dr. Muhammad Taqiuddin Al-Hilali.

The Quran translation’s current printed book that I have is so large and heavy and not at all practical to carry around. Or refer to at most times, due to the small print.
But this one is absolutely portable and super user-friendly.

Like most of us I’m sure, I live a pretty hectic life too. Usually I would be juggling work, a small business and studying law, all in one day. 
Sometimes, because our schedules are jam packed and stressful, we are more closer to loosing focus on maintaining our priorities of faith, than holding on to them.

The devil lurks and seduces at every instance, every opportunity.
Unless we are careful, he will just thrive on the moments that we loose our focus on faith.

Just remember that Allah سبحانه و تعالى is the One and Only who has power over everything and anything.
So maintaining prayer and dua’, as well as constantly researching to gain knowledge about your faith, will help you keep on track…no matter the circumstances.

And where better to start learning about your faith, than the Quran? :).

I almost always refer to the iQuran app to check the translation. Simply because it’s easier to refer to one on my phone than a physical book.

However, for a book lover like me, I would prefer a book any day and this translation is magical .

*End*

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Feminism vs Tolerance, or do you practice both?

Women, for whom,
the society is cruel.
No respect, No choices. No status.
No room to breathe.

Put that on!
Take that off!

Why don’t you work?
Why don’t you stay home!

Why do you scream?
Why don’t you speak!

Did you ask your man?
Do you even need a man!

Why don’t you have kids?
That’s too many kids!

Thoughts, thoughts, thoughts!
Spears, stabs, hissssssssssssss!
Will this society never stop judging!
And what is worse is,
women judges women more!

I mean what about feminism?
What is even a feminist?
Isn’t feminism about equality?

But while trying to achieve equality, have we forgotten the beauty of tolerance?
Has equality conspired to become so ruthless?

What is a woman who fights for her mini dress, but bashes a Niqab?
What is a woman who prides on being a home maker, but ridicules a working woman?
What is a woman who finds reason in her educational achievements to be righteous,
yet sneers upon the wisdom in another woman’s experiences?
What is a woman who loathes a woman who shouts and marches for freedom,
just because she doesn’t have the passion?
What is a woman who shows selective empathy for women like her,
and for women like her alone?

Hey sister! It goes vise versa!
So tell me,

Is feminism so selective?
Have we made equality unfair?
If feminism is about equality,
shouldn’t equality also respect individuality?

Take my hijab for example.
Can’t I wear my hijab in peace?
Can’t I talk about my faith and my views in peace?
Why do you think me “backwards”?
Why do you wear your ridiculous holier-than-thou attitude when it comes to me?
Is me and my faith the real problem?
Or is the problem how you can’t accept me accepting my faith?

Are you saying I can’t define my own rights?
But then, why do you get to define mine for me?

Why is freedom so complicated?
Why can’t we both enjoy our differences?
Freedom, Feminism, Women’s liberation, Female emancipation, Women’s Rights….
whatever u may call it, however it may evolve,
why shouldn’t tolerance and equality go hand in hand?

Dear sister, Dear world, Dear friend,
Can we please respect each other?
Can we please preach and practice tolerance?
What’s the point of fighting for our common rights, when we can’t respect individual rights?

How can we fight together, when neither of us understands tolerance?
Screaming from rooftops, screaming from the streets, screaming on the internet,
it’s all very noble by appearance.
But what does the screaming really matter,
if all we are doing is bashing each other behind out backs?
What does “equality” matter, if neither of us appreciates our right to differences.

In the end, doesn’t it all come down to tolerance?
Doesn’t it all come down to sincerity,
from one heart to another,
rather than pleasing our spectators?

Doesn’t it all come down to fighting together,
for what we have in common, as well as for our differences?
Fighting together,
Woman with woman.
Sister with sister.
And the whole world with each other,
fighting together.
With love, and nothing but love between us.

*End*

 

 

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I’m stuffed! But can I be healthy instead?

Eating too much.

Now is that a sin? It sorta is.

Makes me too heavy to even move. Too lazy to do anything exciting.

All the clothes are stretched beyond capacity, showing the curves you wish you never had. I mean my curves have curves!!

Ugh! Time to leave this habit of jumping at too much food. Time to start a new journey and get back into shape.

Loose all that unwanted jiggles that your husband politely claims is sexy.

Its not about what size you’re in really. Its about feeling healthy and being healthy.

And you definitely dont feel healthy if you’re stuffed to the brim.

Right!

New resolution then.

Let’s get started! New wight loss project…come to Mama!

But can Mama do it tho? Have failed too many of these resolutions in the past.

Oh well. Lets see 😀

*End*

 

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Irma, Harvey & Typhoon: 3 deadly guests, that brought with them great wisdom.

When the storm came, it took their roof. 
The worst storm in 3 decades the news called it. 
After days of preparing for it, by storing dried fish and coconuts and rice, after piling countless sand bags around the house and placing heavy stones on the tin layered roof, the winds still took away the roof.

The sound was deafening. There were screams and cries. Then a blackout. 
Thunder and lightening followed the winds. Then came the rain. Like the whole sea emptied down on them.
And in gushed the floods. Sand bags scattered and pushed away by the force.

The kids were shivering.
The parents were panicking.
Everyone was already drenched. 
At the back of his head, all that the father could think about was the electrical wires.
Had some of them got loose with the roof? How many of those wires were flopping about in the wind?

This wasnt safe! 
But how could they run?
The floods were dangerously knee deep now.
What could be done?!
Was it even possible to call for help? 

He looked out the door. His family were all up on their table. Grasping each other tightly.
He waded out the door. 
His neighbour’s roof was gone too. All around him he heard cries and wails and cries for help. 
The storm was relentless. 
The flood was still climbing. His island was a sea!

“Oh God!” He thought.
“Is that a body in the water?!” 

This is only a fictional story I wrote a few days ago.

But I woke up today, to hear the news of Hurricane Irma. Every year monsoon storms, hurricanes and typhoons affects dozens of countries.
Thousands of people die, and millions get displaced, homes are destroyed and lives are upended each year from the storms and floods that follow.

This year alone, it has affected countless cities and towns and villages.
More will be affected before the storms pass on.

Sometimes imagining what they go through during the ordeal, helps us to understand the difficulty they are facing.
I had those people in mind when I wrote this story. Unfortunately, some of the real stories I read, told by the people who experienced Hurricane Irma today, are no different:

“The winds that we are experiencing right now are like nothing we have experienced before.”

“This doesn’t look like it was ever a tropical paradise. It looks like an eerie fairytale forest.”

“I have never seen any such destruction on a per capita basis compared to what I saw in Barbuda this afternoon.”

“At some points the gusts were so strong the entire structure shook with every blast and this is a pretty solid building.”

“My main concern now is, how we’re going to survive after this?”

Monsoon storms hit India, Nepal and Bangladesh in mid August this year. Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Texas, in late August this year. And now Hurricane Irma is ripping through the Caribbean Islands this September.

With the skies and winds all raging and fuming around the globe, there lies in it great wisdom too surely?

Every natural disaster that occurs, carries with it the greatest of Hikmah.
The truth is with Allah subhanahu watha’ala.
All we need to do, is to have faith and submit to the Will of Allah سبحانه و تعالى.

“And We sent not the signs except to warn” [Quran, Surah Al-Israa’ 17:59]

“We will show them Our Signs in the universe, and in their own selves, until it becomes manifest to them that this (the Quran) is the truth. Is it not sufficient in regard to your Lord that He is a Witness over all things?” [Quran, Surah Fussilat 41:53]

These are all signs. The lessons in it are for us individually, and for the whole community.

Our job is to learn from these lessons and to help each other during these difficult times. Wallahu A’ulam.

The life on this world is the biggest and only test we have to go through. And we cannot go through it without helping those who need it the most. We are all one. And we need each other to survive.

So everyone, go quick! Find a way to donate and help out all those people desperately in need of our help right now. Those who are closer and can physically participate in the support, open your doors to them or go out to the victims and provide whatever help you can give them.

Allah is the Most Merciful!
Praise and Glory be to Allah!

To Allah we belong, and to Him we return.

May Allah accept from us, our deeds. Aameen.

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Waking up my husband for Fajr – That damn alarm!

“Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone”

The alarm went off!

I was jolted awake. I threw up a heavy hand and fumbled on the right side of my pillow for my phone. It wasn’t there!

“Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone”…the damn alarm wouldn’t stop ringing!

Argh! Where was it? I’ll have to turn over now! Nope I wasn’t woken up enough for that. It took an effort, but I managed to stretch my arm enough to the left side of my pillow. I felt about desperately and ah ha! Finally located my phone wedged in between the pillow and the headboard.

“Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone”….my heart kept pumping with every beep of that alarm!

I gripped my phone tightly and squeezed the power button with all the force I could muster that early in the morning.

Phew! The alarm had stopped!

The silence came as suddenly as it was disturbed.  I couldn’t open my eyes. My stupor was overbearing. I had been in the deepest sleep, dreaming about what? I couldn’t remember now. The AC was at a horrible 19 degrees. The whole room was freezing. I could feel the cold seeping in through the duvet.

I slid to the left till I found my husband. I curled up into a ball hugging my legs to my chest and I snuggled against his warmth.

In a second I had forgotten about the damn alarm. I guess my sleep took over. I drifted off, hugging the coziness of my pillow.

“Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone”

“Beep” Beep” Beep” “Beep”

Bah! It was back! My eyes flew open. Rage rushed in. That damn alarm!!! And now my husband’s phone had joined in!

“Babe!” I shook him. “Babe, the alarm!” I told him.

“Hmm…whaa?” He asked me sleepily.

“The alarm! Where’s your phone?” I asked.

“Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone”

“Beep” Beep” Beep” “Beep”

God that damn alarm!! I fought back the will to swear. By now I was sitting up, searching frantically in the dark for the two phones. They seemed to have disappeared within the bedding, yet was blaring out the alarms at full force without getting muffled.

“Thud” My husband had plopped down his phone against the headboard after shutting it off.

“Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone”…I still hadn’t found mine. Where the heck was it!

“Babe shut it off!” said my husband before turning over and moving away deeper into his side of the bed, taking with him, my half of the duvet as well.

Seriously?!! Argh! The cold! It came gripping at me.

I was now freezing and frantic.

“Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone”

Yes!! I found it. Somehow it had landed near the foot of the bed. I shut it off and flung it off the bed onto the carpet.

Bah! I now had to pee.

“Babe. Babe. Babe. Wake up!!” I shook him hard.

“It’s Fajr! Hurry. Or we’re gonna miss it! Babe. Get up. Babe”

He sat up groggily. I got back under the covers.

“Call me when u wudoo” I said.

“No babe u go. You’ll take longer.” He said.

“No u go babe…I’ll go as soon as you’re done” I said. And I held my breath to see if he would refuse. Would this be another of our classic ‘No u go first, No u first!’ arguments?

I heard my husband going into the toilet.

Yess! Argument avoided. I could have a few extra minutes of sleep. My bladder was up to bursting point, but sleep was a bigger priority right now. I yawned and stretched.

I could feel myself drifting off. I snuggled into the comfort.

Suddenly..

“Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone”

“Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone”

“Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone”

BAH!!!

:/

PS: Do you know what the “Basic Tone” is on a Samsung Galaxy S6?

It’s the absolute devil! It’s like a Police, a fire and an ambulance’s alarm all got high and are super pissed off and are all blaring out at once! Every time I hear it, I keep telling myself to get rid of the alarm tone completely.

But I don’t. Because Fajr is a bigger priority. And waking up for Fajr is a real struggle. This is what happens almost everytime I AM able to wake up for the Fajr alarm.

Sadly, sometimes we sleep right through the alarm, even though the alarm tone’s insane!

Being able to wake up for Fajr, is a true blessing. And I guess our Imaan has a lot to do with waking up in time for it.

But that discussion’s for another blog post :).

Also, most of the time, it’s my husband who gets up first and wakes me for Fajr. Tee hee!

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