That Post-Hajj High

I realize the word "high" and pairing it with anything Islamic is kind of contradictory. Getting high is kind of completely antithetical to Islam. Ecstasy is no better. Maybe spiritual elevation? I don't know. It's not succinct though. And as a writer, I like my titles to be as succinct as possible. Although most of… Continue reading That Post-Hajj High

There and Back Again: A Hajji’s Tale

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

Where do we go from here?

It's been a while since I've done this, sipping my morning chai as I type away. I'm not really sure how to start blogging again after my month's hiatus. But I know that I cannot without at least attempting to give the previous month its due. Eid began yesterday. Ramadan is officially over. It feels… Continue reading Where do we go from here?

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end”

I am lovingly drinking my morning tea as I type this post... because I finally can! (ETA: I was when I first started writing this post, anyway) I haven't been able to do this for a month (well... there was a week in between where I did, but that's a minor detail we don't need… Continue reading “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end”

A journey of discovery into the world of cakes

Yay, it's Eid! I can eat again ;) What I love about Islam is that it's not an otherworldly religion. We are commanded to give charitably, to be hospitable to our neighbors, to always speak with gentleness, etc. And the month of Ramadan gives us the perfect opportunity to improve upon these virtues. But we… Continue reading A journey of discovery into the world of cakes