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A Tale of Two Notebooks

Allow me to say, at the risk of sounding pompous, that I have been writing for a very long time . At the risk of sounding, well lame, allow me to also say that I have, now, NOT been writing for a very long time as well. Strangely for no other reason than not having […]


Perhaps one of the most difficult conversations to have is to console a grieving friend at the time of death of a loved one. Their loss seems irreplaceable and words seem futile. For years i struggled with this and avoided having to call anyone over the passing of their loved ones, until i lost someone […]

The Beloved

If envy is a sin then I am the incurable sinner for I envy every eye that ever caught a glimpse of you. I envy the waves that carried your voice, and the air that touched your cheeks. I envy even the ground that once served you, and I confess to you that despite my […]

How a little girl prompted Abraham Lincoln to grow a beard

Grace Bedell’s Letter: Dear Sir My father has just home from the fair and brought home your picture and Mr. Hamlin’s. I am a little girl only 11 years old, but want you should be President of the United States very much so I hope you wont think me very bold to write to such […]

Competition-I Want That Too!

It is interesting to observe in traditional cultures, especially in the Muslim world, that the marketplaces are comprised of rows of businesses dealing with the same product. In America, it would be considered foolish to open a business in proximity to a business already selling the same product. In Damascus, everyone knows where the marketplace […]

A Tale of Two Cities

This is A Guest Post Post By Abdullah Intekhab. In the Writer`s own words: I’m an Engineer; and no I cannot fix your TVs and DVD players. But I can, however, say the most random things and then later defend them with great zeal: that requires a lot of reverse Engineering I’m a student of knowledge […]

When The Clouds Spoke

-This is a guest post by a writer who wishes to remain anonymous- “And how many Signs in the heavens and the earth do they pass by? Yet they turn (their faces) away from them!” (Surah Yusuf, ayah 105) Clouds fascinate me. Rather, I’m obsessed with them. Whenever I step outside, I love to observe […]

Dear Sister!

Dedicated to a Very Dear Friend, You Know Who You Are. My dear sister! Know that you leave me distressed, that my heart weeps for you! Know that when you cry, I cry!  Oh my sister! We may be far but know that I feel your hurt, your pain is mine! That your tears fall […]

Becoming a Naya Pakistani

By Umm Umamah (The writer is an Electronic Engineer from GIKI, and is currently a stay-at-home mom) “The eyes are shedding tears and the heart is grieved, and we will not say except what pleases our Lord.” [Rasul Allah (SAW) at the death of his infant son Ibrahim, as quoted in Sahih Bukhari]  Yes, we […]

Such Are the Days…

It appears it`s been ages since I have had this urge. This urge to write, to feel the swish of the pen flowing across a page, a page that only moments ago was blank. Oh the smell of paper and the feel of ideas just flowing out of an ink pen! And these winter nights! […]

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