👋🏼Hello! Today I'm reminiscing about this beautiful pink-purple Parisian🇫🇷 sunset that we got to see in 2018 on the city's largest hill. By the way, I've been purposefully inactive on the gram to give more time to my real-life relationships and career that I love. Sometimes the superficiality of Instagrammers in the pursuit of followers and likes is especially off-putting. As a travel blogger, I ironically don't follow a lot of other insta-travelers because so often the focus is just on taking pretty pictures and posing in front of landmarks instead of actually understanding and appreciating a country's culture, history, and uniqueness. To me, traveling has become a way to strengthen my faith, learn about the world, and grow as a person. I put these thoughts and more on how I want to evolve the conversation on Muslim travel in a blog post for @muslimgirl. Link is in my bio if you fancy a read💕#travelwithannum
Eid party #latergram with @moderneid's tablecloth as a backdrop 💛 and on-point matching👌🏼
EID YANKEE SWAP As a kid, one of my favorite parts of Eid was getting Eidi - a gift (usually monetary) that elders give to younger family members as a reward for being good (and fasting) during Ramadan. After Eid, little Annum would be rollingggg in the green stuff and then promptly spend it all on chocolate 🍫. Now as an adult, not much has changed… just kidding😬! Life has come full circle because now it’s my turn to hand out cash to our nieces, nephews, and friends’ kiddos. It’s such a joy to continue this tradition and get all the hugs and kisses from tiny humans. But that doesn’t mean adults shouldn’t have any gift-giving fun. One idea to spice up your Eid parties is to run an Eid Yankee Swap🎁 - a gift exchange where people bring wrapped, unlabeled presents then open/trade based on a randomly drawn number. It’s a great way to share things you love (like fav makeup, kitchen essentials, etc.) with friends you love without breaking the bank. If you’re hosting an Eid party this coming weekend, more ideas on how to make it festive are in my blog 👉🏼link in bio!
As Ramadan 2019 comes to an end, I wanted to look back at some of my favorite memories from this blessed month that rekindled our faith and brought us together. 1️⃣ Chand raat party (pre-Eid party) 2️⃣ Rooftop iftar 3️⃣ First iftar party 4️⃣ Eid countdown chalkboard 5️⃣ Ramadan hostess treats 6️⃣ Dessert swap 7️⃣ Love notes for shelters 8️⃣ Nightime prayer vibes Inshallah, can't wait to meet you again next year oh holy month🌙
RAMADAN MUBARAK It's almost time to break our first fast of #ramadan2019 here in Boston eek! I hope you're hanging in there and enjoying the kick-off to the Muslim #hungergames😬😊. Before I pop back into the kitchen I wanted to share this peek of my minimalist Ramadan decor! The masjid and moon silhouette is from @daysofeid and it looks so beautiful lit up at night (will show you in stories post iftar). By the way, I'm compiling my favorite Muslim-owned businesses that make Ramadan and Eid decor and cards into a blog post that will be up in a few days inshAllah🌙 but if you want some inspiration sooner, I've linked my Ramadan decor post from last year in my bio! Now back to frying rolls for a delicious desi comfort food iftari 😋 #createwithannum
THE GRAND CANYON This past weekend I got to visit one of the seven wonders of the natural world - the Grand Canyon, subhanAllah. Located in the U.S.🇺🇸 state of Arizona, part of the canyon was formed by rivers dating all the way back to the time when dinosaurs roamed the land. More recently (like for the last 6 million years), the Colorado River, which flows through the canyon, has been carving its red rock and valleys. Here, I'm actually standing inside the Grand Canyon's west rim. The thing that struck me most about the Grand Canyon was its stillness. Whenever my spirit cries for peace, I find immense relief by retreating to places of natural beauty, away from the noise and trappings of the material world. The silent majesty of places like these are a reminder of nature's strength, the Earth's ability to endure, and above all, the craftsmanship of Al-Khaliq, the Creator. And verily in the remembrance of Allah, do hearts find rest. [The Holy Quran, 13:28]. In the company of canyons, I see Allah's artistry. I believe we can only appreciate the Artist if we spend time admiring His work. #travelwithannum