5 Ways to Show Kindness to a Child

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L.R. Knost Quote About Raising Children Photo Credit: Pinterest

One of my favorite times of the day is dinner time.  It has nothing to do with the food, especially when I am the cook, and it has everything to do with my usual dining companions-my two daughters.  Even during the most hectic of times, sitting down together at the kitchen table for dinner is more than a tradition, it is sacred family time that I fiercely protect.  The reason I guard it so closely is that it is during these times that we share the occurrences of our respective days, dream aloud, laugh hysterically, and just enjoy being in one another’s presence, and I refuse to let anything interfere with that if at all possible.

Some evenings, we cover a variety of topics, and I find myself inspired by something that is shared among the three of us.  Tonight, the subject of what makes someone a…

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Lessons learnt from Baby No 1


The Modest Bride

Warning: this post is a long one.

I am currently 36 weeks pregnant, and am stuck between the anticipation of meeting my new baby (baby no 2), getting labour over and done with, or just trying to enjoy having only one child in the world and some time to myself.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMe (18 weeks pregnant) with my little girl

Having less than four weeks left to go makes me reminisce about the birth of my first daughter, two and a half years ago. As with anyone’s first baby, it was a tough one. Not only was the labour long and traumatising, but the recovery after the birth was, to be honest, unexpectedly difficult. When you’re pregnant with your first you seem to focus only on getting through the labour, because you’ve heard horror stories about the pain your whole life. No one bothered to mention how excruciatingly painful breastfeeding could be, or how physically…

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My spoken word performance this Saturday!

pmToleranceHaulWebBannerGreat news! I’ll be performing “Ode To My Beloved” this Saturday, at Peace Meal’s event Modern Society and The Tolerance of Muhammad (upon him be blessings and peace). Thank you, Peace Meal, for the invitation. Please keep me in your prayers.

I’m thrilled by the lineup –  scholars, poets and storytellers – and it goes to show how multifaceted love can be. Some express it through stories, some, through poetry, and others, through speaking about the Divine. Come and witness these expressions of love for the Beloved (upon him be blessings and peace), and bring your friends and family 🙂

(Note: I’ll write up some thoughts on my Singapore book launch shortly!)

Ramadan Kareem!

IMG-20140628-WA0010Ramadan Mubarak and Selamat Berpuasa, everyone! Please forgive me for my shortcomings.

A year ago, I was in Peace Park with my family and friends, searching for the crescent moon. It was winter then, and I recall feeling very cold. I miss my moonsighting days. There’s a special joy that comes with sighting that thin, glorious sliver of the moon.

Now that I’m in tropical KL, I don’t remember the feeling of a crisp winter’s night. I also have no idea where the local moonsighters are lol.

Still, there’s a different kind of magic here, Malaysia being a Muslim country and all.

Although my thoughts are always with my loved ones in Sydney, I’m looking forward to breaking my fast with my new friends and my Malaysian family.

Please make dua that Allah helps me through the heat and haze of my first Malaysian Ramadan 🙂 Speaking of which, may Allah grant ease to those of us fasting in long summers, especially those with 19+ hours of fasting.

Calligraphy source: Subhi Bora. Find her at @saafara_ on Instagram

My radio interview!

I was approached by Y-Factor’s Miran Hosny about having an interview with them about Finding Jamilah, my articles and travels! You can find the interview here. My segment comes up midway through the hour-long program.

It was really encouraging to hear positive feedback from friends and family who tuned in!  I was particularly touched by the mothers with babies who were upset that they missed it, and who then asked for the link so they could hear it 🙂 May Allah reward you all for being so supportive!

On another note, I really enjoyed this short TED talk about Losing Everything. It really made me stop and think. If I lost everything the way David Hoffman did – my writing, my paintings, my sketches, my personal effects – would I be able to make something good out of it? Food for thought.