Syrians in Saudi Arabia

It was like heaven: the annual vacation to Syria is a ritual that almost every Syrian family follows. The first deep breath I take each time I exit the airplane when we arrive on Syrian lands instantly charges my body with maximum happiness, energy ...

You Don’t Need to Be Rich to Thank Allah

  “And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: “If you give thanks (by accepting Faith and worshiping none but Allah), I will give you more (of My Blessings), but if you are thankless (i.e. disbelievers), verily! My Punishment is indeed severe.” (Holy Quran, ...

Serine’s So Called Life (3)

The seizures had begun after the birth of her youngest child. Upon running a series of tests, the doctors could only conclude that they were due to stress.  Medication was tried and a life change was needed to remove the ...

My Children’s Qurban (2)

“Mum, we do have savings, we are willing to sacrifice”, my kids once whine. I wondered who had the idea first, but suddenly my three children requested to pry their savings. Usually we just ask them to set aside their ...

The Forgotten: UME HALIMA

This is a story taken out of the book the Forgotten.  Written by Saima Hassan and Photographed by Katie Basbagill   “Twelve year old Ume Halima loves the Discovery Channel, storybooks, and going to school.  She is one of eight siblings.  Her ...