How to know if your Hajj has been accepted is to see how your life is a year later. So said one of our Hajj teachers. It's been nearly a year since Mr. Rafia and I embarked on that journey of a lifetime. There have been ebbs and flows, I will not lie. Going to … Continue reading Hajj: One Year Later
It has been an emotional week, both on a personal and global level. I'm doing my best to not pore through every little detail about what exactly happened and why this past Friday in New Zealand. This is not the first time a right-wing white supremacist has killed dozens of innocent people and I hate … Continue reading When the rest of the body develops a fever
Why am I so happy about the start of December? I have nothing against November in theory. But I was so ready to be done with the month. I even changed my calendar to December a day early. I really did not need that extra day. November was a busy month of events, including a … Continue reading Yay! December is here!
I am reminded that the "natural progression" in life is not always so natural for many people. I have struggled with this myself many times before. But how do you grieve for a loss that is not yours? Is what you feel empathy? Or is it fear? What words of condolence or encouragement do you … Continue reading Verily, After Hardship Comes Ease
Today is our first full day back home from Hajj. I start this post off knowing that this reflection cannot do justice to the multitude of emotions and openings I felt during this pilgrimage, often and appropriately called "the journey of a lifetime." You know that scene in The Return of the King after the … Continue reading There and Back Again: A Hajji’s Tale