AuthorFelicia

Poverty

Poverty knows no race, no language and is not isolated to one country alone. It is in the most remote of villages and even in the most developed of cities worldwide. Poverty can be barely meeting ends meet, being up to your ear’s in debt and not being able to pay the bills, and it can also be the extreme of not having the basic necessities of life, when I say basic I mean it; food, clean water or safe […]

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Chaos in London

London and surrounding cities are in utter chaos. There is mass looting, setting fires, muggings, and violence ravaging the city. Approximately 1500 people have been arrested so far. People as young as 11 are looting, setting buildings and cars on fire, and attacking people in the streets. Some of the looters are saying that they are showing the government, police, and the rich that they can do what they want. Others are saying that they’re just having some fun and picking up free stuff. […]

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Somalia: Lost Faces

  I cannot express in words how horrifying and difficult it must be for the people of Somalia while they endure this famine. Today I am fasting, and I am really thirsty right now. Imagine how they feel. People are walking to neighbouring countries in search of food and water, sometimes never meeting their destination. They are in dire need of our help. We often times feel helpless in these situations. We think to ourselves there is nothing I can […]

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Converts

Many people convert to Islam as a belief, but do not put it into practice. Why you may ask? Because most do not have good Muslims around them, to guide them through this difficult transition. Changing your whole way of life is not easy! It’s even more difficult when they are still living at home, or have family opposing them. Luckily for me, alhumdulillah, I had a great group of people around me to help me. Truly, without them, I do not think […]

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Dealing with Change

We all have to deal with change. Change is inevitable and is a natural part of life. It can be growing older, moving to a new home (city or country), being diagnosed with cancer, staying up-to-date with technological advancements, death in the family, birth of a child, marriage, divorce, starting a new job, being laid-off or even fired. Change comes both big and small, easy and hard, expected and unexpected! Most of us are uncomfortable with what we don’t know or […]

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Under the Veil

People often do not see the person under the veil, all they can see is the cloth that covers you. Ever since veiling since my conversion to Islam I have noticed the difference in the way people deal with me. People assume that I am what many people call a “foreigner” or “FOB” (Fresh Off the Boat). When I speak many people say, “Your English is very good, you have no accent at all.” Ah well of course I don’t, I am […]

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Perfection

  We are constantly bombarded with images from the media to tell us what is beautiful, what is popular, what to buy, and it shapes how we see ourselves and our surroundings. You might think to yourself when looking in the mirror, only if my nose was a little smaller, only if my jaw line was more defined, only if I could have a better shaped mid-section, only if my behind was more like Kim Kardashian, then I would look good. If you let it […]

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Escapism

  Do you ever feel frustrated or depressed from the stress of work, or school, with your parents, spouse, or kids? Sometimes escaping or stepping outside of your reality, even if for a moment can really relieve that tension or sadness that you feel. Escaping reality for a while can be a good thing, but when the means of escapism is drugs, alcohol and/or illicit relationships (being promiscuous, or having affairs), well that’s a recipe for disaster! You might just want to zone […]

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Always Girls

Have you ever noticed that Muslim families tend to focus their efforts on the girls of the family, rather the boys? From my experience and observations, many Muslim families living in the West, as well as here in Saudi Arabia, ensure that their daughters wear the Islamic attire and are “proper,” while leaving their sons to manage themselves. I know many families in the USA and Canada, whose daughters wear the hijab or niqab and behave according to Islamic etiquette, […]

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Reach for The Stars

  You only have one chance in this world, so cease every moment of opportunity! Sometimes we let life get in the way of things, we get boggled down with school, work and our daily schedules. Often leaving ourselves at the bottom of the “to do list.” We need to live each day as its our last, while also dreaming and preparing for our futures as if we’d live forever. Savour life and the precious moments we have with our […]

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