As someone who is drawn to intellectual conversations, and debates I can say SHERLOCK is my favorite show. I’ve completed the entire seasons of Sherlock long ago and have been waiting anxiously for a new season for a year now. I was in desperate need of a fix, until last month when a classmate suggested ELEMENTARY! Was I relieved? Of course yes, I get 6 seasons to watch the detective in action, with an interesting twist that this Sherlock is set in New York city…….(”dramatic music in the background”)
That time, Majid and I used to lie on the floor with the worn out mattress that we bought from one of his friends who had left the country. We would wake up in the morning our backs aching in our little tiny room that had the kitchen counter an arm away from where we slept. We would constantly complain about the farting smells that seemed endless in our tiny little house. I never realized it at that time, but we were making our own little beautiful memories.
We had no TV, laptop or smartphones. We couldn’t afford it. I used to write him letters and ask one of the boys we know in the compound to rush the letter
Seconds and hours passed by,
I counted every single minute,
It felt like the clock kept ticking,
Asking me to haste.
I counted the time that I woke up,
The time I slept,
The time I ate,
Time was running. It seemed.
Where was it running to?
I sit here, thinking of what ayah to elaborate on. Or is it to foretell of? The best that I always like to go back to when an episode occurs to me is simply, “With every trial comes ease along with it.
Hunger for love.
Hunger for people.
Hunger for food.
Hunger for trust.
Hunger for understanding.
There is always some kind of hunger lurking around our lives.
There will come a day,
Where you will have
I am 20 years old, and I had recently started wearing the Niqab.
I understand that I might be wearing it for the wrong reasons. The bulk of women I know wear it out of their faith. You could say that I would be wearing it out of faith as well, but not out of fear; out of understanding God has made men and women different.
Some could say that it’s for selfish reasons.
However, I am extremely thankful and grateful for the fact that my religion gave me the freedom to cover myself. That it is a blessing when a woman covers herself.
It isn’t appreciated by most of the people in the modern Muslim communities, nor by some of my family members; afraid that I am becoming an extremist. Some would sneer and smirk, telling me that this phase wouldn’t last long. That being ‘religious’ was much harder than most youngsters thought these days. They told me that I would not last, just like many others before me.
Didn’t they realize?
This story is about the little brown girl
Who never realized how beautiful her golden skin was.
She lived her life believing,
Every single day,
That she would never be defined as beauty
She never thought to look carefully, and deeply at every inch of herself
At every single speck on her skin
At every shade of color, that made her who she was
She could not bother
Society was always right
They had labeled her skin as
Much as i stand
More that i survive
My withering heart,
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If you love using natural remedies to glow up your face, hair or just cure any small illness like flu then this is something you can relate. I am someone who has so much love for her short curls, a bit too much you could say, reason being I am always reading hair care articles, trying all kitchen ingredients on my hair until I find the right one for my hair type. This is because I have used a lot of man-made products and I realized few of them even work, except shampoos those always work!
Everything from spices, eggs, oils and fruits, I leave nothing to spare, recently I also found out black pepper has it benefits to the hair, guess who will be seasoning her hair? ……..
The secret is experimentation and knowing what you want. Firstly not everything can give you all results, if you want growth there are specifics for that. So before you start searching on google and watching DYI’s what do you want for your hair? Dandruff free, shine, moisture, softness, growth. After this step, look up different ways to use the ingredients you want, for example:
• How long do you want to use the hair mask for, 30 minutes, an hour or overnight? Don’t over use as it can damage or dry the hair
• Do you want a hair rinsing type of preparation or one you just leave in a shower-cup?
• What ingredients are you ready to use, can you stand the smell for some e.g egg, mayonnaise etc.
• The need to detangle your hair while applying the ingredients, some kitchen material requires hair to be damp before application, so search thoroughly.
• Also know the amount needed for your hair, if you have long or curls then definitely you need more so when measuring just be extra. Measurements are important, don’t just mix.
• Lastly, don’t forget to search if the recipe you applied should be post or pre shampoo!
Ok, now don’t rush this is no magic portion, remember it takes time for you to see the results you were expecting or any progress at all, so consistency and routine should be your habits of using natural remedies on your head. Some remedies require daily usage; others weekly while some just monthly, so keep up!
One more thing to brush through, OVER BRUSHING! Yes it’s a thing. Don’t overdo it. Also here are some basics to start with: don’t brush wet hair, wrap wet hair in a towel not to lose the moisture, use a proper brush, force doesn’t work well with hair, wash hair as per your hair needs = oily hair, stinky hair, dusty hair, don’t do it everyday!
That is all I have to share, any questions or suggestions please let me know.
PS: hair length doesn’t equal beauty. Strength , shine and healthy hair equals beauty
As Muslims, the term “modest fashion” is not one that is new to our ears having to constantly struggle to maintain the modesty that is required in our dressing at the same time also not sacrificing the ‘fashion’ aspect.