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Why Do We Fall?

As a nation, we failed. And we failed our children the most. They are the ones to suffer the most. They will see the aftermath the most and be effected the most. No, we didn’t fail because we failed to elect Hillary Clinton. In fact, it was never about Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump the …

Arham Turns One

Arham beta, I can’t believe you are ONE! I can’t believe my baby is a one year old, mashAllah. A year ago today, at 9:44 AM, you came into this world and forever made mine infinitely better alhumdulillah. To say anything but that this past year [and the pregnancy] has been anything but a roller …

Papa

Papa. Not only my maternal grandfather, but one of the most humble and nicest people I have ever encountered. I was just super lucky and beyond blessed to call him my grandfather. Most people, in fact, referred to him as Papa. Like he was a father figure to all. His generosity? Kindness? Affection? Wisdom? Knowledge? Knew …

Family Pillars

There is just something about the generation of our grandparents that hasn’t shown up in our parents or ours. It’s hard to pinpoint, but there is something remarkable about them. Something that stands out. That or maybe we were just extraordinarily blessed to have wonderful role models in so many of them within our family. We …

Ten Years Ago

Ten years. I can’t believe it’s been ten years, but it is a day I will remember in detail for many many years to come… if not for the rest of my life. What started off as an ordinary Saturday in July, quickly became a life altering day. Faraz’s graduation party was the following Saturday, …

Be Your Own [Health] Advocate

By now, some, if not most, of my family/friends know that in the early months of last year[2014] I faced a pretty terrifying health scare — a possible/potential c-word diagnosis. 99.9% of the time referring it to as the c-word because it’s just that real still. Many tests, several biopsies, and months of uncertainty later: I had to go …

Milestone Anniversaries

This past Saturday, we celebrated my aunt and uncle’s silver jubilee [about a month early]. Their anniversary falls in the middle of Ramadan this year, so their kids decided to throw them an early surprise party. My aunt and uncle in Canada will, inshAllah, mark their 25th milestone next month. My parents just celebrated their 30th wedding …

Falsehood

One of the most irritating things of a person’s character I find to be is this: creating false statements about others. Worse? Passing it on. It could be something frivolous or on a grander scale. Either way, it’s baseless. But it’s something I have never been able to tolerate. I pray to Allah SWT that it’s something that never …

Handmade

A couple of weeks ago, I found Ami trying to find my baby pictures, and it was so nice to go through some of our old pictures from our childhood. It had been a while since I had gone through them. Many of my newborn photos, including the first photo taken of me mere moments after …

Hajj Friends

Saturday night, several of the local NJ families from our hajj group finally got together. I say finally because we have been trying to make it happen since we got back from hajj six months ago but life kept getting in the way. Alhumdulillah for a huge and close-knit family, but sometimes that makes it …