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Extremism – being told not to appreciate religious sites

Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Koneswarum Temple, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

I recently found myself in a situation where I was criticized for visiting places of worship, other than mosques. This is not to say I worshiped in said places, I merely visited, appreciated the architecture, took a few photos and left. So whats wrong with this you might ask? In my opinion, nothing. While visiting those places, at no point did I connect spiritually to them; I did not pray in them; I did not revere them; I did not believe the religions which they symbolize. I simply thought they were beautiful places or sites.

Has our religion gone to such an extreme that we are not allowed to appreciate beauty? Continue reading


Blog of the day (well two actually)

I am a huge advocate for women’s rights, especially in traditional communities, hence why I love these two blogs – today’s blog of the day is A Regular Indian Girl but I have added another blog to today’s favourites simply because this one was recommended to me by said Regular Indian Girl and I loved it! The Wandering Story Teller and  The Regular Indian Girl address issues head on, so be prepared for modern feminism with  cultural issues thrown in. If you want to hear from well spoken, frank and interesting women then I highly recommend these two bloggers. 

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A woman’s body


I love the passion that this is written with – blunt but true, everyone should take note. These are real issues.

Originally posted on wandering story teller:

This post is a part of Linda’s stream of Consciousness, you can find it here at-

Bodies -

There are many things that come to my mind when I think about bodies, I’m going to start jotting them down as I think about them, thus staying true to Linda’s rules.

A woman’s body: Every morning when I read the newspaper or watch the news or step outside my home, I realize what a pity it is to be a woman. From where I come, rapes are a daily thing, two to three cases are reported every single day and now it has stopped evoking responses of shock and horror and instead has become a mundane thing, like it is as normal as the sun rises every day in the morning.

Women are raped everywhere irrespective of their age, from a 6 month old baby to a 70 year old…

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Finding Common Ground Part 8 Continued….



Q1. As a new Muslim what is the thing you like most about your faith and what is the thing you struggle most with?

 As a new Muslim I find the learning process to be the best part of my faith. Every little thing I learn has such a positive impact on my life and how I think about things; I can’t help but smile knowing every day that I made this choice and Allah chose me to be Muslim. I’ve also found that my self-esteem has went up a great deal since my conversion and I feel proud to show people and tell people that I am Muslim. Continue reading

Ramadan in Dubai – an introduction

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Insight into Ramadan in Dubai from a non-muslim

Originally posted on CoffeeCakesAndRunning:

The holy month of Ramadan is here – somehow it crept up on me as it usually does – at one stage it was months away, a vague date in my diary far off in the future. The arrival of a flurry of pre Ramadan Iftar invites from hotels brought Ramadan closer in my mind and even attending the events for the past few weeks still didn’t prepare me for the fact that today is actually the start of Ramadan!

I remember my first Ramadan in Dubai quite vividly, I excitedly sat watching TV the night before it was expected to be called waiting for the official announcement from the moon sighting committee that the moon had been spotted in the right place and that Ramadan would start the next day. This year, the date for the start of Ramadan was published in newspapers a week or so in advance…

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The best cup of tea I have ever had – Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Have you ever had a cup of tea that you didn’t want to end? That was how I felt when I visited Bluefield Tea Gardens last year. This historic tea factory has now been turned into a museum, restaurant and shop and when I visited it was certainly very busy! Their tea and cakes are amazing and its a perfect trip for families on the way to Nuwara Eliya. 











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Blog of the day – The Indian Homemaker

Yes, I know – I have posted this blog on my page before and it is also featured in my inspired section – but I really love The Indian Homemaker!

Her posts are relevant, interesting, witty and emotive. She blogs about a huge range of issues that impact the modern woman, with a particular focus on cultural/traditional issues in India.


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