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
Warm days, spent playing in the garden.
Oblivious to time,
Free of all responsibilities.
in it’s purest form.
It felt like every day was sunny – no matter the season… … More Memories of a past life
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
This is a follow-up that’s long overdue. It’s almost 2 years now since I published part 1 – which was a look back on some of the more creative posts on this blog over its history. I’d intended to do the follow-up a few months later, but like so many things in life, it never … More Let it flow (part 2)
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
Three years ago, I experienced my first magical moments in Madinah. It was the opening destination on my first and only Hajj, and I was awe-struck and honoured to be in so blessed and peaceful a place…a little piece of Jannah. As the days passed, Madinah’s glow wore off, and I moved on to Makkah, … More Beyond Hajj: Reflections 3 years later
Sometimes, we live moments that feel unreal. Emotional. Out of normal reality. This evening was like that. To put this into context: by the time I got to high school, I felt like I’d seen more than my fair share of death. In junior school, I lost 3 grandparents, a young uncle, and – hardest … More When death speaks to you
With poetic inspiration returning to me at the end of last year, I thought it would be a good time to look back at some of the more creative posts on this blog over its history. Since there’s nearly 7 years to cover, I’ve split the selection over more than one post – hoping to … More Let it flow (part 1)
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
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