A Lesson in Mindfulness From my Infant

One of my little treasured blessings was born at the cusp of the Arab Spring. We were living in Libya, and I was just finishing up an online course with Kim West (The Sleeplady, author of the revolutionary book on baby sleep). I had my hands full with a busy home, a very large extended family, an online condensed course, an infant, two adventurous toddlers, … Continue reading A Lesson in Mindfulness From my Infant

Greatness Should Keep On Giving

Yesterday, for the first time in about twenty years, I shopped at H&M. It had been accused of not caring for the environment or its workers, the complaints were loud, and unapologetic. H&M took notice, and it’s been cleaning up its act ever since Fashion Revolution began about six years ago, in response to the Rana Plaza disaster. I rarely buy new clothes for myself, … Continue reading Greatness Should Keep On Giving

Half Breed

I once overheard someone proudly calling herself a “halfbreed.” It caught me off guard. I lost my footing for a split of a second. It fogged my brain and made me dizzy for an instant. I tried to convince myself that I must have misunderstood. But I hadn’t. Because she went on to explain that she was half Native and half something else. She explained … Continue reading Half Breed

Craft Camp #2

As I mentioned here, I’ve come up with the idea to run short and sweet little craft camps at our local mosque to get the kids together doing something fun, with a hint of spiritual growth to it. We were able to get approval for the camp at three mosques, but we are only doing it at two, because we’re already in August, and we … Continue reading Craft Camp #2

Amira

Amira started off as an illustrator of Muslim holiday and special occasion cards, which is what grabbed my attention at first. She and I met in Tripoli, Libya, first on FB (of course), and then in person, when I invited her to be the featured artist at my Caterpillar Café, which she happily did, by hosting a monthly kids’ craft session. You can view some … Continue reading Amira

Craft Camp

    This summer I decided to start a small camp for kids between the ages of five and eleven, where they’d learn about some interesting aspect of life (gratitude through Ramadan, kindness through the example of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), humility through Hajj, and being constant through prayer) from a story. We’d discuss it together, make a small art project on it, and then … Continue reading Craft Camp

Shukr Sale

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Gratitude

The only way to succeed is to acknowledge what you already have, as little as you might think it is, this step is essential. You won’t be going anywhere until you realize what you’ve got to work with, and with that comes the realization that you’ve got a lot more than you think. You might need to be very creative, resilient, imaginative, and persistent, but … Continue reading Gratitude

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