Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Likes & Dislikes

Assalamu Alaikum readers,

I've been on an iffy mood lately, so I started rambling on dislikes. But we need to balance it out with likes. So here goes:

I dislike that after we spent time together we don't say a closure of see you later or bye.

I dislike that sometimes you're too busy for me. Or that you just put me at then end because you want to.

I dislike being rushed or having to wait too long.

I like that you read my notes and sometimes even my eyes, that you give a gentle touch and come talk with understanding and give advice. I like that you give me a chance to get out of class and collect myself.

This is just a few. There is more, but I don't want to enter a never ending rambling. Allah did make us human with emotions, yet we have to understand and accept that Allah has a reason for every good and bad that happens. Insha'Allah and Alhamdulillah.

There is, though, some people I want to tag: Zara, Fatimah, and TheSisterWhoSmiles. And if you want to, you can tag yourself.

I hope you are having a better day than me,

-written by Fida Islaih
(all writing is mine and is copyrighted)

Monday, April 16, 2012

Book Review - Moving Across the Globe

Hello readers,

I recently read Habibi by Naomi Shibab Nye. Habibi is Arabic for my love or darling. One would think it is about a romance brewing, but instead, it is about the mixed feelings of moving out of the country. Liyana, the main character, and her family move from America to Palestine.

Before arriving in Palestine, there is another trip. The family had a stop in New York and went sightseeing. The father shares stories of when he arrived years ago.

Soon enough they arrive in Palestine and on that same day they meet their relatives. Within one country are many different cultures and one gets to see it play a role in the family's life.

Liyana finally finds a friend, yet it is a boy, a Jewish boy. One would think trouble will brew, but another barrier is broken. As one reads on, one sees modern mixed with the old and the simple life Palestinians live.

One could notice the little things like the shops, food, and dessert. If one tried the food before and gets pleased easily, one might drool. Parts of the book will give humbling feelings for the Bedouins, refugees, and of things that happen. The book is more about hugs and kisses than gunshots.

It makes one want to go to Palestine. Finally, this book should be picked up if one wants to learn about a different culture.

thank you,
Fida Islaih

(all writing is mine and is copyrighted)