Check out my latest piece on Lip Mag – keep calm and befriend a Muslim.
Thank you, Jo, for being such a savvy and supportive editor! Here’s to supporting Muslim women in our decision to wear what we #WISH.
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.
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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Great 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!)
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
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.
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