Inspired by “my comic life” which has been making me chuckle, and my marriage … for my own amusement more than anything !! Not sure if we are the only one with this or not!! … : D
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There are some things which never change about a person. A social or religious programming you have received as a child, or a characteristic you developed or were born with. No one persons unchangeable factors are necessarily the same, but for sure everyone has something that is unchangeable about them… Or at least something pretty much certainly unchangeable.Read more "Billy Goat Head in my fridge …"
I’ve been thinking a lot about integration recently. Given the news, the American election, the conversations going around online, my own multicultural family.Read more "Integration – Polarised people."
From the start I didn’t like the village. I resented its small town mentality, and the loss of wide open views that the open desert offers …Read more "The sounds of village life"
Bismillah Rahman Ar-Raheem. Obedience is an interesting thing. In the West it used to be considered good, but these days is mostly regarded as bad but with limits. Rebels are revered but the rebel shouldn’t be TOO rebellious in that the rebellion pushes the unseen boundaries of respectable rebellion, the rebel becoming a criminal. For example […]Read more "Some thoughts on Obedience"
A short sturdy lady came towards me. Exuding strength, warmth, kindness, generosity, and an uncompromising self. She smiled greeting me with the booming greetings of the desert. At least 3 minutes dedicated to the ritual. Allah hayki, kaif haliki, shlownki, Al-hamdulilah, Allah maki, Halla ya halla, Allah HAYki. She kisses my cheek, grasps my head, then […]Read more "Portrait of a Matriarch…"
Bismillah Rahman ar-Raheem Your Culture is what you do and think without thinking about it. Those unspoken things you have learned from your parents, family group, and the wider society you have grown up in. If you had asked me about what my Culture was in my early twenties, I would have been able to […]Read more "Tolerance and tranquility"
Bismillah Rahman ar-Raheem. The moment my life changed was when I picked up the Quran. At 26 years old, this book was going to change everything for me. So what led me to read it, and why should you too? Firstly, I am one of those people who doesn’t really trust the news, and media. I […]Read more "Why I picked up the Quran"
Bismillah Rahman ar-Raheem Fire is one of those things which connects with our instincts, our souls. It is something universally loved, and feared where-ever you go in the world. Sitting around a warm fire on a cold night, eating food prepared on it is one of the simplest and greatest pleasures in the world. One […]Read more "A Bedouin Fire"
Bismillah Rahman ar-Raheem We have a little house now, but when I first lived here it was in a long, wide, traditional hand made Bedouin tent. I dearly miss our first home but we are not totally without now. Most Bedouin (and us) who live in houses still keep a tent next to the house, […]Read more "Tents don’t have locks"