Don't want to just keep blabbing on about this and be an overkill but wanted to share a few takeaways from my last night's praying scene, because so many still have their 27th night to go tonight. 1. I prayed really long and hard last night. It was my BEST ever. I pushed myself to do better than last year and it was AMAZING (versus my own self; maybe the background extra to you if you're the shahrukh khan of ibaadat, lulz) 2. I woke up today and I felt PHENOMENAL. I know there are many of us pretty much teetering on the edge each year, going back and forth on whether we'll actually pray, getting distracted and sometimes skipping because of laziness despite our best intentions. I've struggled with it, I struggle with it. So for those who're performing such gymnastics on the grand night 😛, just know that it feels BEYOND the next day, once you're done with it. It's like going to the gym; feels like someone's taking you to prison, but once you're done, nothing feels better (don't kill me for this loose analogy). 3. This is more to do with a general life observation: I had a pretty terrible migraine yesterday and was very worried that I wouldn't be able to commit. Out of desperation, I prayed to God to help me and kill this headache and I kid you not, it lowered in intensity like nobody's business, with no help from painkillers. This could be God, something psychological, or both, but I realized that when you really believe in something, it becomes possible. Whatever your faith is (or lack of any), believing in yourself is so important. It's half the battle won. 4. Try to avoid the distractions, no matter how much they seduce. They'll eat up your time and energy and you don't want that. I had a Transformers premiere to go to last night and I considered going and quickly coming back by 11 pm but I knew I'd be tired and wouldn't be able to give to my prayers as much, so I skipped it (and I don't say no to Mark Wahlberg, you guys). It felt like a loss last night but feels like NOTHING today and also I'm expecting extra brownie points from God for this sacrifice (lol, JK...or am I?) so it's all good. That's it. Sorry for long reading. Here's a pakora for iftari.
HALLO. So I totally had a plan to do a pre-eid mehndi kind of session with @sarashenna tomorrow but I kind of ran out of time for a bunch of stuff and had to cancel 😭😭 BUT if any of you would like to get your henna/mehndi done, she's going to be in Dubai 23rd and 24th June (Friday and Saturday) and has a few open slots left! She travels the entire world for her henna (for realz) and is coming to Dubai just for this Eid. Her charges are 250 aed for application on both hands (one side each, you can pick which side you want). For you guys, she's offering a discount and doing the same in 200 aed so just tell her you're coming from here and book, book, book. Contact her on her page jaldi se. I really wanted to get it done btw 😭
The sweetest purchase of the year: this whiteboard for the refrigerator that we bought a few days ago and that's making life feel like a giant bag of confetti. I put a tiny story about it on the blog, if you'd like to read. Link on my profile 🎈 #dubaiblogger #pakistanibloggers #lifestyleblogger #daisojapanme #daiso
[PART 2...Part 1 is in previous post] 8. Namaz is my ibaadat of choice, it's what I can do for longer and enjoy more. Different things work for different people. Go out help someone. Meditate. Read the Quran. Pick what feels like prayer and do it. 9. Indulge in loads of dua. Ask, ask, ask, keep asking, then ask some more. Give it quality time. 10. If you really cannot do anything and find everything puts you to sleep (there's nothing wrong with this, everyone takes time for their connection to build so no religious trolls please), here's something you can try: Read the quran and start with surahs that have a story. There are quite a few surahs that narrate stories and that are so much easier and enjoyable to read. You'll be reading the word of God and yet not feel distracted. You could try Surah Yusuf (#12), Surah Kahf (#18, has 4 stories), Surah Maryam (#19). Or listen to a YouTube lecture from your favorite scholar while hanging on the couch or doing any chores (my favorite are the small videos by Ghamidi, there are so many, your choice of scholar is yours, mine is mine, please don't object). .... Feel free to add your tips. No judgments for anyone. No one knows who's higher than the other in God's eyes so let's chill and do our best. Have a great, great night. ✌ (I know some people believe that Laylatul Qadr is any one of the odd last ten nights and not just the 27th. You are welcome to pray on all of those nights 💛)
[Part 1] Oh hey, biggest night of the YEAR. The night of the 27th is here, boys and for anyone who has serious plans or wishes to pray tonight, let's talk (the rest can tune out). No matter what anyone says, if your connection to God isn't rock solid and your passion isn't burning with the fire of a thousand suns, praying at a stretch can be hard. It can feel boring (feel free to send chapairs my way for saying this, I'll dodge you, lulz). But it's a night better than a thousand months and it's worth it and praying long and hard can make you sleepy but it can be done and it feels so good after and it comes once a year and it'll only come again next year and who knows whose going to be alive then so let's do this. I'm sharing some tips that work for me, I only hope to help and that none of us miss this grand opportunity. 1. Before beginning, wrap up anything I have to do so there's nothing to distract me. Otherwise, my mind keeps wandering. I also plan my day to slot time for it so it's not something I'm scrambling with. 2. Just like we get ready and prepped for something special (I hope), I take a shower, put on fresh, clean clothes. Put on a fragrance. 3. I spray some fresh fabric mist on my prayer mat and on my dupatta. Rose water, itar, whatever works for you. It feels so good and special to pray with that. 4. I pray in my bedroom so I turn down the lights and only turn on the lamp. The soft mood lighting feels calming and peaceful and helps me focus. 5. List down on a paper all my duas, wishes, questions, desires, random shariah-compliant doodles. It helps figure out what I want to ask God for, it helps give a sense of purpose to the prayer. Instead of being a meaningless, robotic exercise, it brings depth to whatever you do that night. 6. Imagine all prayer as being in front of God and like I'm talking to him (which is pretty much how I say regular namaz). 7. I take breaks. It's not a triathlon. It's happy time spent in the company of God. I have chai, a light snack, chat with a friend on Whatsapp..... [continued in next post]
Loving these ice cubes TOO MUCH. Rosemary and thyme are two of my favorite herbs, they're so, so pretty. If you want see a couple more ways to do the cubes (hint: flowers), they're on the blog todayyyy. Link in bio.
Oh hi. Here is the simplest, quickest entertaining trick for your drinks (Tang, of course): Fun ice cubes. Takes only two minutes to put together only and have high impact. I did a couple of options for the cubes, link in profile. Enjoyaiz. @tang.pakistan
After fighting internet issues for two hours, I've emerged victorious. Finally posted on the blog and am sharing all eid preps that are happening in my life. Eid is so close, I'm verrry excited and ready to be the Energizer eid bunny if anyone's interested in hiring me 🐇🚀🌙 Come tell me yours, link on my profile. Also, old eid picture of us from September 2016, thank you.
When I did the 50 AED eid gifts post last week, some of you asked me for recos if you wanted to gift slightly higher. When I'm not doing the super inexpensive stuff, I just get stuff from @ritualscosmeticsgcc. Easy and simple. Their new Ritual Of Light Collection is limited edition and STUNNING. The packaging is perfect for Eid (I got some stuff for my mom, woohoo). From this collection, my favorites are the perfume (I think I'll show you guys the packaging on Snap and Insta stories, I LOVE it), the body scrub and the body cream (their hand and body creams are epic). The collection is available at the Rituals store in the UAE and the price point is between 100-200 aed (not 100% sure, maybe a little up or down but pretty much this range). Also, take a look at the packaging once again, I wish this wasn't Limited Edition 😭 #dubaiblogger #pakistanibloggers #lifestyleblogger #ramadan #ramzan #ritualscosmeticsgcc #shareyourlight #ritualoflight