Treading water

This year (2017) has been a hurricane. The personal and family dramas have been intense and draining – starting from the very first day of the year. It’s like I can’t even think of thriving or growing. It’s been more a case of simply treading water…trying to survive. … More Treading water

My precious

Solitude. Seclusion. Divorce from the stresses and rigours of life, with an escape to the true reality of existence. Moments that are so rare, yet so precious. Moments that you need to force yourself into, because if you don’t push for them, you simply won’t get them. I speak, here, of i’tikaaf – the voluntary seclusion in … More My precious

Winter Sun

Winter sun How I miss you now. When days are filled With work, work, and more work. I first got to know you in very different times Paradoxical in that they were the dark days of my life yet your warmth brightened my heart and radiated through me – giving me peaceful interludes in an … More Winter Sun

Summer Daze

The last day of the year, in the heart of a South African summer. I’m at work now (sadly), but this time of year brings back fleeting memories of childhood summers gone by: Hours and hours in the back yard playing soccer and cricket; Still more hours and hours on the tennis courts, pushing ourselves … More Summer Daze

Second time around

Where this blog stands right now If you’ve followed this blog for the last few years, you’ll notice that my focus – since late 2011 – has almost completely been on Hajj-related topics. This was a change from the blog’s first 5 years, wherein the content was a lot more varied. Obviously, the change in … More Second time around