In #Gaza 

My friend, 
If you are able to drink a cold cup of water in a very hot day, 

If you are able to use your fridge to preserve food at a cold temperature, (not using it as a closet)

If you are able to buy fruits, vegetables and meat and keep them in your fridge, without finding them spoiled,

If you are able to work on your laptop without thinking of any electricity problem, 

If you are able to wash your laundry when you want to, 

If you are able to choose the time of when to iron your shirt, 

If you are able to sleep, without having to wake up in the middle of the night to do any of the above, then say alhamdulliah, you are living a mastestic human life!!! 

In #Gaza, as we are only having 3 hours electricity and 24 hours cut, I would like to remind you to remember the favors of Allah upon you- those that we won’t ever enumerate. 

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Ya Allah we compalin to You what has befallen us, 

Ya Allah adversity has touched us and we are calling upon You to change the situation to the bettter.

Starting in Qatar, ending in Gaza!

Baraa Nizar Rayyan writes about Boycotting Qatar at alJazeera blogs (in Arabic) He says that what’s happening is begining in Doha and will be ending in Gaza. He is not optimistic of the situation saying that the main target is to eliminate Hamas!
 
He says that what the area is going through indicates that there might be a near ‘war’ on Gaza that lets nothing remain and leaves nothing unburned. And after the rockets eat our childrens bodies, Gaza people will then count their enemies again, seeing more faces [Arabs] this time, as he mentioned.
 
Baraa, the son of the Muslim scholar and well known Hamas leader- the Martyr, Nizar Rayaan, lost 17 members of his family all in one moment! Rayyan family was deliberately targeted by the Israeli occupation on the Jan 1st, 2009, and they were all killed at once while they were inside their house.
 
I personally know this beautiful family. I would say that the family’s death is a big loss not only for Palestine yet for all the Muslim Ummah.
 
May Allah grant the Muslim ummah patience to endure all that that is happening and replace the leaders of our Muslim countries with leaders who can be real representives of their people, establish the truth and abolish falsehood. Ya Allah make us not go through a 4th ‘Israeli’ agression as Palestinians are still living the suffering after the 3rd ‘isreali’ agreession on Gaza, summer 2014!

The world is going crazy. I am personally afraid of what might happen. However, I am reminding myself of this great calming verse of the Qur’an:

“Those to whome hypocrites said, “Indeed, the people have gathered against you, so fear them.” But it [merely] increased them in faith, and they said, “Sufficent for us is Allah, and [He is] the best Disposer of affairs.”
Qur’an Surah Aal Imran 173

 Ramadan Kareem ✨

Salaam alikum and Ramadan Kareem my Muslim friends. 💙 May Allah grant us the ability to fast from food as well as sins whether small or big through the month of Ramadan and help us be better Muslims. 

I usually love to go out with siblings one or two nights before Ramadan starts. The city is so active and everybody is preparing for Ramadan and buying stuff for suhor. I usually buy Eid clothes before Ramadan starts so I can utilize time best during the month. 😉

Already bought my Eid clothes alhamdulliah

Fanous Ramadan- Ramadan lantern

Isra buying icecream 🍦

And we ate falafel 🌯

Looking forward to the month of Ramadan, to every tiny detail in it. To prepare the suhor, to wake my family members, to drink water before the athaan, to pray with my sisters, to read my portion of the Qur’an after every prayer, to prepare iftaar with mom, to pray Traweeh, to make Duaa together as we are waiting for athaan al-Maghreb, and more ❤

Kul ‘aam wanatum bekair 

All pictures by my beautiful sister, Somaya 

The Journey, the Return and Love 

” I’m writing to feel the love I’m breathing. I write down every year, because I have the desire to meet my beloved homeland and lovely village. I’m living this love by being more and more selfless and nobler yet will never forgive the delay of not going back there.” 

For the full blog I wrote back in 2012: http://wp.me/pYJQ6-4I 

Picture from he internet

Picture: from the internet

Grandma, Sarah

My Grandma: 

“Being forced to leave, my father told us that it wont take much time. It took us 69 years, waiting! And still, I did NOT lose the hope of returning back!”

Here is a great piece about the Nakba written by Lora: http://wp.me/p1gkEC-3Sx