Submit Your Story Umm Saleh Blog – Desert Chameleon “Am I woman enough?” Life after birth is like before it happened you had something over your eyes and then in the blood, the pain, the loss of dignity, the loss of control, the shock, your eyes are opened. You see clearly. When you look at…Read more "Life After Birth Project Submission| Umm Saleh"
Al-hamdulilah it must be at least 7/8 years now since I fasted my first Ramadan. When I first started fasting it was a wonderful experience (nothing will ever beat the high of the first taste of dates and water after the first day of fasting). I can’t really express all the wonders and benefits of the month in the scope of this short post. However, I would like to share some thoughts on Ramadan and some tips for new Muslims out there who are perhaps preparing to fast for the first time.Read more "Ramadan Kareem – Tips for new Muslims"
This BBC article gives me hope because is illustrates that individuals can make ethical choices even when their culture or society has a different way, even at great risk to their own self, and that through these individuals greater social change can happen.Read more "Hope lives in the choices we make"
Bismillah Rahman ar-Raheem. One of the things I have learned in this life is never say NEVER. For a surety one is not in that much control of ones own destiny and if you say it, perhaps Allah (swt) will deem it necessary to remind you of that fact. I learned this lesson before I became […]Read more "I’ll NEVER …."
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"
Bismillah Rahman Ar-Raheem The times are turbulent. Needless to say. There seems to be no end to suffering. Everyone is the injured one. People dying on the streets in cold blood. Death falling from the skies. Each person, government, behind the trigger, behind the button justifying their acts of violence. Who do we feel most? […]Read more "What to say?"
Bismillah Rahman Ar-Raheem. Walking away from the comforts of consumer lifestyle is not a step to be taken lightly. Yet people living in cities often tell me when they come to the desert their soul feels something that is missing in their home. There are many things we do without here, which come as granted in […]Read more "A Simple Life"
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…"
Thank you very much to dbushra for nominating me for the Liebster Award. I feel honoured to know what I have written has been of some interest, and I am happy to discover lots of great new bloggers out there through this award. So here goes: dbushra’s Questions: #1: Why did you start your blog? I […]Read more "The Liebster Award"
Bismillah Rahman ar-Raheem Firstly I wanted to say a little “hello” to all the people that have been reading, liking and following what I have been writing. Thank you for reading! Funny to think someone out there might have an interest in hearing about my quiet desert life and theological musings. This blogging world is […]Read more "A Letter to Born Muslims – Part one"