Wednesday, October 16

A book you love

This is one of the harder ones in this list. I have been reading since forever. I remember the first set of books my mom bought for me. It was a 6-book box set of fairy tales. Those were not the first books I read. She got me those so I would stop reading her Medical encyclopedia. 
I was that kid that read everything and anything. My older cousins would hide their mills and boons when six year old me came to visit. I read My book of bible stories over and over again because a tutor's daughter forgot it during a holiday. Guys remember we called tutors 'Lesson teacher' 
I was that kid that hid Goosebumps in between my textbooks while the teacher dictated. I got in a lot of trouble for that. I went to Arabic school with Harry Potter novels all the time. I got in a lot of trouble for that!

After a lot of thinking, A book that I love, and have decided to write about is Half of a yellow sun.
I read this book for the first time a few years ago, and like everyone else it was instant love. I am not going to write about the obvious. I will tell you why it was special for me.
For the 1st time in my entire life, after reading the book, I read up on the Biafran war. When I was around 8 I came across old newspapers (oh joy) in a cabinet in my dad's room. It had a lot of old Nigerian newspapers, and there was this one with the headline Beauty and the beast. It had the picture of a man in army uniform and a very beautiful woman, It was a wedding picture and the words scribbled below were General Ojukwu and his newly wedded wife Bianca.
I asked my dad, and he might have mentioned Biafra - Looking back now, probably not. He was in the army after all.
Anyways after reading Half of a yellow sun, I did my read up on the Biafran war because I wanted to know more. I needed to know more. I needed to understand.
It's hard to believe that so many lives were lost and most people do not even know about it, but thanks to this book, most people I know actually care to find out about that war, especially if you grew up in the North, seeing as the North has a significant role in the war - Unfortunately.

I haven't seen the movie adaptation yet, I will get it when it is out on DVD hopefully.

And that completes my post for today!
Tell me about a book you love, not your favorite book - just one that you love

Sunday, September 22

Something you feel strongly about 

Every morning I log unto my work email, Bella naija and  Linda Ikeji AND Facebook. Both accounts. Unfailingly. It is a habit.
During Coffee breaks at work I grab as many newspapers as I can (Well honestly, just two. 24 and Metro, if you live in Canada you know what I mean)
As the day goes by, I stumble upon various publications and news reports, and as an avid reader I devour everything. There is always something that comes up. Muslims

I was going to tag this post, The potrayal of Muslims in the media, but I felt that was not exactly what I wanted to write about. I decided that my post under Something you feel strongly about would be How we Muslims potray ourselves to the rest of the world.

I just did a quick search for muslims on google and there I was 100% sure that there would be violence depicted. And of course, there you have it

Or this...
During Ramadan I was at my friend's house for iftar (breaking your fast dinner) and her 7 year old son asked her, 'Mummy are we bad people? Everyone says Muslims are bad'
You could hear my heartbeat. The shock on her face was understandable, but she knew she had it coming. For how long can you keep a child shielded from the news?
30year old Ramla had to explain to her son what thousand of Muslims have recited tons of times to their friends, co-workers, random strangers.
No habibi, Islam is a religion of peace. Or in every religion there are good and bad people and the bad ones give us the bad name
But for how long are we going to keep reciting these movie lines, when we do not show it. We are a religion of peace but we have our brothers and sisters in Islam using violence as a method of communication.
Islam does not condone killing but we wake up everyday to Islamic jihadists shooting people in the mall who could not answer the question, What was the name of the prophets mother?
These events that happen everyday make us sound like hypocrites. Why do you say something and you do the exact opposite.
May the souls of the departed rest in peace, and no words will ever be enough but may God grant their families the fortitude to bear this loss
No amount of #hashtags and blogposts can ever make this right.

Born a Muslim, raised as a Muslim, I never noticed this much uprising until recent years. What do you think is happening?
What are your views on the Muslims you know personally, not the ones you read about? I'd really like to know

Please share your comments below

The 30 day Challenge. Day 1.

Five ways to  win your heart

My heart
Haha let's see.
Why would you want to win my heart? It is not a conquest or a challenge
Anyways, I intend to do this challenge for lack of anything better to do - For real

Umm, for starters NO PICK UP LINES!
There is no such thing called a Good pick up line. That is an oxymoron!
Except if you are Robert Downey Jnr reciting his lines

Be yourself. Honestly I am a sucker for people who don't apologize for the way they are
Okay this is getting a little bit silly
You never really know what you will love about someone

People win you over and you don't even realize it happening
I am a sucker for meaningful conversations/arguments

I don't need to write about this one

Okay on to the next challenge on the list

Something you feel really Strongly about