Black Panther: did it live up to the hype?

I know… The Back Panther movie has been out for several months already, and I’m a late comer to the debate. But this is a good thing, because I know you all probably have watched it already, so I won’t be spoiling anything for you! I actually just watched it with my kids on a DVD borrowed from the library (yes, that’s how frugal we are!). One … Continue reading Black Panther: did it live up to the hype?

The Eye of the Storm

I just read a post by a dear fellow blogger, whom I’ve been following for a little while now, and it really resonated with me. She wrote about her mother in law’s conversion to Islam, and how they have such a special relationship despite the running preconception that in laws are meant to disagree. Because her mother in law had so much in common with … Continue reading The Eye of the Storm

Family Reunion

Two weeks ago, (on FIFA ’18 soccer final weekend) I travelled with my kids to visit my mother and her side of the family for the first family reunion in eight years. I hadn’t been to the last one, so this was my first one since my grandparents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary a few decades back. I was excited to go, because I knew that the … Continue reading Family Reunion

Manipulative

Just as I think I’ve grown immune to your maneuvers You up the anties, and here I am again On my knees, in tears Wondering what I’ve done wrong to deserve such treatment Your strongest weapon of all Is your seemingly docile demeanor Your apparently endless patience, kindness and gentleness But that’s a mask That you remove only when those you hurt the most can … Continue reading Manipulative

Who Made my Clothes?

  I’ve been taking a free online course offered at the University of Exeter in association with the Fashion Revolution group, which was formed after the infamous Rana Plaza clothing factory collapse in Bangladesh five years ago. Through it I was hoping to learn more about how to become a better informed fashion consumer, how to advocate for workers through my shopping habits and information campaigns, … Continue reading Who Made my Clothes?

Khadija

  Salaam Alaykum, if I were to meet you for the first time, what would I learn about you? My name is Khadija. As an American hijab wearing Muslim I come across a lot of preconceived ideas as to which box I should fit in. When I meet people for the first time, especially since I’ve been back to the US, the first thing they … Continue reading Khadija

Paradigm Shift

I guess Minimalism is the “West’s” attempt at a paradigmatic shift away from equating material possessions with wellbeing, and toward its obliteration: happiness = no clutter. Although I recognize that there tends to be a need for measurable and meaningful satisfaction, I’m not sure its all but complete elimination would necessarily bring about the result sought (happiness). In other words, we need to realize that … Continue reading Paradigm Shift

Conscientious Clothes Shopping for Kids

As you know from previous blogposts, I am concerned about the clothes I purchase, not just for myself, but for my kids as well. I have four kids, so this can be quite a challenge. I fear that I may have given you the impression that I am unsympathetic to the plight of the average mom, who finds herself having to clothe her kids on … Continue reading Conscientious Clothes Shopping for Kids

Why I’m not a Minimalist

Although I grew up wearing hand-me-downs, shopping at thrift-shops, and searching for clearance deals, recycling, reusing and reducing like a pro (a must in most European cities), I have travelled and lived in parts of the world where the requirements and habits were much less rigorous. In North America for example, the cost of living is much lower than in most of Europe, there still … Continue reading Why I’m not a Minimalist

To My Sister In Faith

We used to bump into each other in the elevators of our University’s Arts building as we often used the top floor to perform prayers. When I moved to a more central location to be closer to campus, I started bumping into you in my building, and the superintendent rightfully thought he should introduce us, as he thought we had a lot in common. May … Continue reading To My Sister In Faith