Sunday, March 22, 2015

1 Year Wedding Anniversary

I can't believe it's been a year already...My how time flies! Alhamdulillah for everything. :)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Wishing everyone a happy Spring and for those who are celebrating Nowruz--a happy New Year! :)


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

    Need to vent and wonder if anyone else can relate:

    It is sad that Muslims are all clustered into one group and somehow related to terrorism just because of some people hijacking our faith and using it to promote evil. Yet, somehow those whom are non Muslim are not related to terrorists of their faiths or clustered into one group--this double standard is oppressive. The posts I read this morning (below) made me sick to my stomach and it breaks my heart. 
    3 people were killed last night yet there is no foul cry of terrorism throughout the media and no headlines of the shooter's faith. Yet, when a crime is committed by a person who happens to be muslim, their faith is thrown on the front line and used as a motive. Not ok. 

    The fact that Muslim women are being targeted by bigots and harassed/threatened is scary, sad and unacceptable. I wear a scarf, I'm pretty tough and am not scared easily but I can't imagine the horror of going through an experience such as these girls. It seems like Islamophobia is getting worse and worst. Stupid groups like ISIS aren't helping, Fox News and their agenda isn't helping and citizens choosing to be ignorant while living in the information age isn't helping.

Chapel Hill Shootings #muslimlivesmatter

    So sad, praying for the family and friends of the victims during this tragedy.

    "Racism and injustice and violence sweep our world, bringing a tragic harvest of heartache and death." -bg


Monday, February 9, 2015

Before the internet, there was a library catalog...Good times!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hakuna Matata

I love receiving handwritten mail like this beautiful postcard from a beautiful friend during her and her hubby's Tanzania trek. It's refreshing that some of us make efforts outside of the digital world to do meaningful things...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


What is the difference between your experience of existence and that of a saint?
The saint knows that the spiritual path is a sublime chess game with God and that
the beloved has just made such a fantastic move that the saint is now continually
tripping over joy and bursting out with laughter and saying 'I surrender!'
whereas my dear, I am afraid you still think you have a thousand serious moves."
- Hafiz

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Wishing everyone a blessed and beautiful Eid.  

May our hearts be filled with Divine love always. :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

"Everyone has a different colour, different race but they are all from the same father and mother, from the same family that they are from Paradise coming, Adam and Eves generation therefore we are all equal."
-Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Al Haqqani (q)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Al Haqqani (q)

'I haven't been able to post about the passing of Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (q) as it has been hard for me. I would just like to share this tribute video to him I came across by Sufilive. There are no words I could think of when it comes to Mawlana's departure from this world, but I am comforted that he will always be with us in his teachings, example and divine connection iA. I can say no more...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Bought this lovely piece for my dining room, oh how I love peacocks! 

"Seek deep within your inner self and magnify the many colorful layers within your magnificent and vibrant soul. Expose and express your bold and beautiful self by spreading your feathers freely and proudly like a peacock for all the world to see." -Melanie Moushigian Koulouris

It's Been A Long Time...

Well, it's been a very long time since I haven't blogged or put finger on keys in reference to my thoughts. So much has happened and at times I had writer's block or was too overwhelmed to spill thoughts anywhere. Many amazing things have happened for me this year; I got married to a wonderful man, I moved to Canada, I have been traveling, I have a break from working and my migraines, TMJ and pains from my accident have gone away, alhamdulillah. I also had some hard experiences this year; I moved away from my family and friends, my office dad and friend Harrison Bryant passed away, Shaykh Nazim passed away and most recently, my beloved paternal grandmother Bebe Jaan passed away. I often remind myself that as Rumi puts it, God teaches us in means of opposites and that we are a brush in the hand of the Master Painter. If we don't experience storms, we wouldn't appreciate the calm and stillness of peace. I miss blogging. I miss writing poetry. I hope now that things have settled down and I have been settling in to a new environment and settling in to married life and have some quiet time, I can go back to my days of writing...and typing. :)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

R.I.P. My Bebe Jaan

When those you love die, the best you can do is honor their spirit for as long as you live. You make a commitment that you're going to take whatever lesson that person  was trying to teach you, and you make it true in your own life...It's a positive way to keep their spirit alive in the world, by keeping it alive in yourself.
-Patrick Swayze.

This week has been one of the saddest points of my life.  My beloved grandmother (dad's mom) left us on Wednesday morning to rest in peace. It will take a long while for it to really sink in, for now it feels like a bad dream. She was one of the strongest women I have ever known and I hope to be just as strong as her one day God willing. ♡

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Happy Birthday Amir

One of the greatest gifts God has given me is the honor to be a sister.  14 years ago, my lil bro Amir joined our family and I have been head-over-heels in love ever since.  Happy Birthday to my mini-me, my hero, and the one who always makes everything better. ♥ I can't imagine how it's going to be not being able to hug him every day once I move.  :,-(

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Happy Birthday Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

Love is more important. When I go to mosque in America they say many times “You will go to Hellfire if you don’t do 5 prayers.” I say the opposite that if you do them, you will get paradise.
-Shaykh HishamKabbani
May Allah (swt) grant him a long life and good health, ameen!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sipping on cardamom and saffron tea + reading one of my most beloved books rich with spiritual treasures = a beautifully divine morning ♥

Friday, December 20, 2013

Eek! Surprise gift from one of my favorite people in the world. 
Thank you Savannah for knowing me so well!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Absolutely Clear - Hafiz


Don't surrender your loneliness so quickly,
 let it cut more deep.

Let it ferment and season you
as few human or even divine ingredients can.

Something missing in my heart tonight
has made my eyes so soft,
my voice so tender.

My need of God


Friday, July 19, 2013

“When you have indulged a lust, your wing drops off;
you become lame, abandoned by a fantasy...

People fancy they are enjoying themselves,
but they are really tearing out their wings
for the sake of an illusion.”
― Rumi

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


When we fast, we aren’t “starving” since we get to eat whatever we want at sundown each day.  There are those who are actually starving and don’t have the luxury of eating daily—let us be thankful for what we have and try to help those who have less.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Ramadan 2013

Wishing you a blessed month full of love, peace and spiritual wealth.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

When I am with you, we stay up all night.
When you're not here, I can't go to sleep.
Praise God for these two insomnias!
And the difference between them.
The minute I heard my first love story
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don't finally meet somewhere.
They're in each other all along.
We are the mirror as well as the face in it.
We are tasting the taste this minute
of eternity. We are pain
and what cures pain, both. We are
the sweet cold water and the jar that pours.
I want to hold you close like a lute, so we can cry out with loving.
You would rather throw stones at a mirror?
I am your mirror, and here are the stones.


"To Love is Not to Possess" - James Kavanaugh

To love is not to possess,
To own or imprison,
Nor to lose one's self in another.
Love is to join and separate,
To walk alone and together,
To find a laughing freedom
That lonely isolation does not permit.
It is finally to be able
To be who we really are
No longer clinging in childish dependency
Nor docilely living separate lives in silence,
It is to be perfectly one's self
And perfectly joined in permanent commitment
To another--and to one's inner self.
Love only endures when it moves like waves,
Receding and returning gently or passionately,
Or moving lovingly like the tide
In the moon's own predictable harmony,
Because finally, despite a child's scars
Or an adult's deepest wounds,
They are openly free to be
Who they really are--and always secretly were,
In the very core of their being
Where true and lasting love can alone abide.
- James Kavanaugh

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

It's sad how often we take our loved ones for granted while we have them around, before life rearranges things...Time is precious--not to mention ticking.  Can't help but to wonder if those I love realize the same...hmm!  Btw, this isn't grim referencing death per say, more so change -- my peeps know what I'm talking about.