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. Olives are delicious and I have loved them since I can remember. In fact I am told one of my earliest words was “lo’live”. Always pestering my father for one (or usually more) when he was making lunch. For me then, one of my favorite times of year here (Oct/November) is when […]Read more "Olive Season – Pickled Olives Recipe – with lemon and chilli"
Bismillah Rahman ar-Raheem. I don’t remember the first time I went to the sea. My parents and I travelled a lot when I was little and I don’t think they would remember that first moment either. In the summer we went on a little family outing to the seaside, and Insha’Allah I will not forget it. […]Read more "First trip to the sea"
Bismillah Rahman Ar-Raheem So I had this dream I was walking through a very clean and sparkly Waitrose. The little branch that my Mum used to wheel me through in a trolley as a child and then I where I worked at when I was at University. I know those aisles very well. In the […]Read more "Pregnancy Dreams"
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"
Bismillah Rahman Ar-Raheem I have always been fascinated by ants. They are so awesome. Living organic machines with sophisticated structures and methods of living which surpass their brain power. I remember as a child in Greece watching soldier ants marching along a stone step, and planting smarties for them to find and watching them as […]Read more "Ants"
Bismillah Rahman ar-Raheem. Today I am feeling a loss of hope in humanity. When I think of all the suffering that is happening right now, my stomach turns. How can I sit here in my quiet little corner, living in the luxury of peace, of safety. My children have not experienced the terror of bombings, […]Read more "What would you do?"
Bismillah Rahman Ar-Raheem Travels in Indonesia Continued… After our lovely home stay concluding the terror ferry ride, we continued our travels through Sumatra to visit the beautiful lake Toba. The lake is in the crater of a super volcano. This place sticks in my mind for two reasons: Here I would have my first encounter with my greatest […]Read more "A Letter to Born Muslims – Part Two"