What an absolutely brilliant piece of writing by Hina Shamsi 👏
I always adore and enjoy reading books by our Pakistani Authors because it gives me a sense of ownership. We have so many competent writers in our country but unfortunately, the literary community here in Pakistan is still in its struggling phase.
This book caught my attention, not only because of its vibrant cover but also because of its title.
Hina Shamsi has undoubtedly proved herself in her debut book. She has highlighted one of the most critical issues existing in this era, that is, body shaming.
The story revolves around a girl, who in order to survive in this so-called modern society, is compelled to lose the extra bag of flesh on her body.
Moreover, she has also discussed other social ills in Pakistan, like the treatment of servants, mental health, etc.
She has also talked about the most favorite hobby of all Pakistanis, yes you guessed it right, F O O D, which makes this book more relatable 🙈
Here’s how it is: I feel guilty about every single bite of food that goes into my mouth
With a satirical tone, she has very well delivered the message that one should never judge someone on their appearance, furthermore, it’s totally not acceptable to pinpoint shortcomings of the other individual and make them suffer.
Laundry is the only thing that should be separated by color.
It also delivers a message of self-acceptance. Often times, in order to please others, we forget to live in the moment. Remember, you’re not answerable to anyone, it’s your life and you’ve all the right to live it your way!
There should be ‘limits’ for giving advice that is not welcomed or needed. How often we cross out limits we don’t even know.
All in all, it was a fun and light read with a powerful message and incredible quotes!
Ramadan is a sacred month. It is not only the month of fasting but also asking Allah for forgiveness and his mercy!
We are honored to be able to enjoy the blessings of the divine month this year as well! Alhumdulillah ✨
The last Ashra (10 days) of Ramadan is very important as well as the most blessed of all.
We should increase our worship in the final days to get the maximum rewards from Allah. In these 10 nights there is one night of Laila tul Qadar (The Night of Power) which the Quran has told us is better than 1000 months. It may fall on 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th Ramzan, so it’s really important to pray every night of the last Ashra.
Therefore, in order to get the most of these nights, we need to prepare ourselves accordingly.
•Here are some tips to follow to gain gratification from Allah:
1) Take bath and put on your best clothes
2) Apply Itr, It’s Sunnah.
3) Pray Isha and Taraweeh
4) Pray 2 Rakat of Salat Tauba
5) Pray 2 Rakat of Salat Tasbeeh
6) Recite the Quran and make lots of Dua
7) Do Zikr: Recite Kalma Tayyaba, Astaghfar, Subhan Allahi Wa bi Hamdihi, Subhan Allahil Azeem, as many times as you can
8) Pray for yourself, pray for your parents well being and pray for your loved ones
9) Give charity especially during these 10 days so if it falls on Laila tul Qadr, it is as if you gave charity for 84 years
10) Eat less and focus more on your Ibadah. Full stomach makes you lazy and drowsy.
Since we are under lockdown, this is the best chance to get closer to Allah, to change our unhealthy habits, to get rid of all the negativity, and to learn something new on a day-to-day basis, be it an Ayat or a Surah from the Quran or getting to know the life of our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and obey his teachings.
Thus, don’t even waste a second, make the most of it, we don’t know if we’ll get to witness Ramadan the following year.
Let’s stay at home and grab this opportunity! 😊
May Allah make it easy for us and accept our prayers.
The world is presently experiencing a deadly pandemic called Covid-19. A disease caused by SAR-COV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). It is a part of large family of viruses known as corona viruses. The mode of transmission is from animals to humans. This particular strain of corona virus emerged from a seafood market in Wuhan, China, in late December 2019. Symptoms range from fever, cough, shortness of breath to abdominal pain and nausea. Age group mostly affected is 50 years and above but it is also infecting young ones. People who are Immunocompromised, are Diabetic, have Heart Disease all are at a high risk of catching the deadly virus. WHO has been regularly updating the world with the preventive and precautionary measures in order to minimize the spread of this fatal virus.
Initially fake news were being circulated all over the social media about the virus being airborne but WHO has clearly stated that the Virus is a droplet infection meaning that it transmits through direct and indirect contact. It is airborne only in certain setups where the procedure or support treatment generates aerosols.
Currently there is no cure of this lethal virus, however, WHO has issued guidelines on infection control and prevention which are as follows: 1) Wash hands for 20 seconds and sanitize frequently. 2) Maintain social distancing of 6 feet. 3) Avoid large gatherings 4) Avoid going out unnecessarily 5) Cover mouth while you cough or sneeze. 6) Avoid touching face and Nose. 7) Self Quarantine if you feel sick.
As of April 30th, 3.25 million cases have been reported world-wide.
China reported its first case on 31st Dec 2019. With each passing day the number of cases were increasing due to which the government decided to put Wuhan and other severely affected cities under lock-down. On the other hand, cases were being recorded from various parts of the world including USA, Italy, Spain, Pakistan, India, Thailand, so on and so forth.
With the deadly rise in the number of cases, WHO on 30th January, declared Corona Virus as global emergency. On February 9th, the death toll surpassed that of SARS 2002-2003.
The countries severely affected by the lethal virus are USA, Italy, Spain and China, where thousands of people have lost their lives. Pakistan reported its first case on 26th February 2020, when a student who returned from Iran was tested positive. Gradually, cases were being reported from all 4 provinces which eventually led to a strict lock-down. Bans were imposed on congregational prayers because 27% cases in the country were linked to a Tablighi Jammat. At present, the number of cases in Pakistan are 16, 117. The cases around the globe are increasing exponentially and so are the difficulties of people living under a lock-down situation. How long the pandemic will last is hard to forecast but it has halted the normal life around the globe and has shaken the world’s economy to the core. Even the most medically advanced countries are facing hardships.
Manufacturing, aviation, tourism industries are going through tough times as well as stock market and food chains have crashed badly. Slow-down in Chinese manufacturing has also harmed countries with economic links to China. OECD has predicted that the pandemic could downgrade global GDP from 2.9% to 2.4% in year 2020. This virus has proven to be the 3rd and greatest economic shock of 21st century.
Apart from the financial catastrophe the novel virus has drastically affected Mental Health of Human Beings. Witnessing the deaths of loved ones due to this minute virus is a huge trauma. With each passing day, the fright of running out of basic necessities is creating a state of trepidation. The lockdown has led to severe traumatic stress, confusion and anger which is aggravated by fear of financial instability. The under developed countries are in dire straits. The rate of unemployment is increasing exponentially. 50 billion jobs are at stake world-wide. Daily wagers are the ones to bear the brunt. However, most of the government’s have taken measures to safeguard the jobs and support the self employed.
This pandemic has left the world in a tight spot, nonetheless, it has proven to be beneficial for the environment. The Earth is healing, wildlife is returning, a drastic dip in air pollution has been observed. Reduction in the levels of poisonous gases such as carbon and nitrous oxide has led to a clearer sky and breathtaking views.
This pandemic has made us realize that humanity is not the most powerful thing. With all the negative things being said, This virus has also given us an opportunity to start from scratch and be a better version of ourselves. Be grateful for whatever we have before its too late!
At present, there is no cure of this deadly virus but the pharmaceutical companies and various hospitals are trying their best to develop vaccines, they are also arranging clinical trials to test the drugs that could prevent the disease. Chloroquine, an antimalarial drug, gained attention but WHO clearly stated that there’s no evidence that this drug works for corona patients. Trials are being done at a faster pace, let’s pray that we find a cure to this lethal disease soon.
For now, all we can do is pray for the best and play our part by staying in! This small initiative taken by you will go a long way. Stay home, Stay safe!! ☺️
No matter who you are, and where you are today.. Everyone goes through some toughest times in their lives, where they decide to give up because whenever we face such a situation, our morale goes down, we stop appreciating our strengths and our only focus is on our flaws that makes it more awful.
The only thing to keep in mind during those hard times is that every cloud has a silver lining, no matter how dark your life seems right now, you’ll come out stronger and better than ever! 🌺
So here are some tips for the one’s going through a rough patch in their lives:
1) Be optimistic about your situation, because there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.
2) Instead of freaking out, take a deep breath and THINK about all the possible solutions to your problem.
3) Don’t let your emotions take a toll on you.
4) Allow yourself to have some fun amidst the choas.
5) Go out for a walk, observe the mother nature, it helps in healing your mind and soul.
6) Be kind to yourself, it’s the best medicine, because no one would come to cheer you up, you’re your own mentor.
7) Find ways to keep yourself busy and happy.
8) Be grateful for whatever you have.
9) Journal your feelings before going to bed at night.
10) Remember, ups and downs are a part of life, the only thing that matters is how you tackle the adversities of life.
Just keep swimming!
One day you’ll look back and realize your struggles have made you a better individual 💪
When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” – Haruki
Since 20th March’20, I am on leave from work, all hail to Covid-19 (:
Life since then has been about sleeping, eating, playing games, trying new dishes every other day!
Being a Dentist, i miss my job but to be really honest, this break was much needed and it ain’t that bad.
Where life has stopped, the Earth is healing and so are we.
Deep down we all wanted to have this break for so long and now that we have it we are already tired of doing nothing, staying in all day and cursing the stupid Virus.
But, I think, this is the best time to start our lives from scratch because this time will go down in history..It’s a chance given to Us by God to come out stronger and better. To stop procrastinating and learn new things, to stop and look around, to observe nature and be grateful for whatever we have.
Quarantine has given us an opportunity to spend time with our loved ones and catch up on things that we’ve been missing lately, due to our extremely engaging routines.
Go out for a walk, observe and appreciate nature. Due to less traffic and decrease in pollution, the sky looks beautiful, look at it, appreciate the different colors. Listen to the birds chirping. Have a look on those mighty thick trees, so fresh and green, observe the rich red Hibiscus 🌺, the colorful Zinnia.
Appreciate little things, because being grateful for anything and everything is a blessing..
Start organizing your day, dont let the laziness take its toll on you.. dont waste this opportunity, try to work on your weaknesses and polish your strengths. Plan your days, how you’ll spend the several hours you have in the day.
Practice gratitude. Reflect. Write down your feelings, write all what you’ve learned during this time, and you’ll be proud of yourself once you step out of this Quarantine phase! 😍
Do the things that you’ve been planning to do since long but couldn’t because of your busy schedules.
Now is the time, get up, bring that change you’ve always wanted to. Do something for yourself, for your home, for your family. Come-on, being locked in your own home ain’t that unbearable!
Do what you can while staying in because by doing so you’re contributing towards the betterment of this world! 🌏