Plant A Tree In Heaven

I come from Indonesia and the truth is, I hadn’t fully appreciated the beauty of greenery until I relocated to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The barren view of the desert and the surrounding city was a wake up call that caused me to ...

A Sincere Bond or An Obsession? Part 1

Bismillaaah… It’s 2 o’clock in the afternoon and the sun is gloating its scintillating heat, burning the skins of every being. 15 year old Hannan, daughter of Tamanna, enters home drowning in sweat with tears glistening in her gorgeous black eyes. She ...

How to Gain More Sustenance

Jeddah 2015 ~ Right here, in my neighborhood, is a white bearded old man.  He wanders our street cleaning – working to keep our streets clean.  Resting just a moment, he heads to where there are clusters of garbage. He ...

May I Call This Globe A HOME?

Part 2 With the will of Allah, we meet again through this platform, Alhamdulillah. We stopped at a question, “Are we living like that?” in the previous article. “Are we living under circumstances where we all feel like like ...

May I Call This Globe A HOME?

Part 1 “What is a home to you?” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe1 said this in his native language, “hier bin ich mensch hier darf ich sein.” I stumbled upon these words of wisdom during an understudy visit to Muslim Women´s Meeting and ...

My Vacation Reflection

The tickets and hotel has been booked, visas are ready, tour guides are in place, the itinerary has been arranged, and super thick clothes have been purchased. For those of us who live in Saudi Arabia with hot weather, we ...

Top 10 Halal Friendly Holiday Destinations 2014 ~ (OIC Countries)

Have you ever found it difficult to find a halal restaurant, a convenient place to perform obligatory prayers in airports, hotels, shopping centers, or recreational areas during vacation in your holiday destination countries? Most of us may say YES! Especially when you are ...

Paris – The Most Popular Tourist Destination

Bonjour! Today I will share my first experience from my stay in Paris a few months ago. France is ranked 3rd in terms of the best geographical areas within European countries and is bordered by six countries: Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg to the northeast, Switzerland and Italy ...

Try A New Experience In Your Holiday: Rafting

During our last holiday my big family wanted to try something challenging but exciting. We chose to join a rafting package in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. You cannot imagine how it went when we participated in a rafting activity as beginners, and even ...

Some Differences Between Applying To College Now And Twenty Years Ago

It was hard to believe that it has truly been twenty years since I was in college, that was until I started helping my son with the college application process and saw how different things are today. In 1993 when I ...

The Story of Prophet Salih ‘Alaihis Salam, My Trip to Jordan (2)

Day Three Early in the morning after breakfast at the hotel we left for Petra, the location of which must be taken for at least 3 hours from Amman. Petra is a cursed location of Nabathean kingdom because the people did not ...