The Muslim Commonplace Book

I scrapbook. I also journal. I also like to highlight favourite quotes from books and wish I could write in the margin but feel guilty doing so. A Commonplace Book feels like a perfect fit for the kind of thoughtful journaling I want to do. Not a daily exploration of my innermost thoughts on the day’s events but rather a thoughtful introspection of the works and words that inspire and guide my daily life. Embellished, of course, by doodles lettering! Continue reading The Muslim Commonplace Book

Ramadhan 2020: pregnancy, and pandemic…

“Now, again, I know that some folks will forgo public health recommendations to attend community prayers, but I am not so confident. As the Arabic saying ‘Trust in God, but tie your camel!’ implies, one can place their faith in a higher power and still choose to be prudent!” Continue reading Ramadhan 2020: pregnancy, and pandemic…

Ramadhan 2019

Last year, I struggled with Ramadhan, and winded up fasting only about half the days. I had to take things easy on myself as my mental health took a dive. I could not rely on my favourite exercise of faith to give me strength, and I saw Ramadhan 2019 approaching with almost a sense of dread. So, as Ramadhan approached, I didn’t have it in me to plan – my plans have been upended so many times before! Continue reading Ramadhan 2019

Stop telling me I look good without hijab!

“You look so much better without hijab!” reminds me that you – stranger, acquaintance, family member – have not bothered to get to know me beyond my appearance, have not considered the context in which I and we exist, do not realize the impact of your remark, and do not recognize that clothing choices can be and are political. Continue reading Stop telling me I look good without hijab!