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Good Bye, 2016

Good Bye, 2016

By on December 23, 2016 in current events, personal stories with No Comments

I’m not one of those people that would lump an entire year into a negative label and dramatically welcome in the coming year. You know what I’m talking about– when people are all, “This year sucked! The new year can’t get here soon enough!”  No- I don’t talk like that. Every day that I wake […]

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I am a mom now, dear friend. And I am lobbying for your heart.

I am a mom now, dear friend. And I am lobbying for your heart.

By on August 3, 2016 in personal stories with No Comments

I welcome guest bloggers here at yasminareality.com. I am honored to have a dear friend, a Muslim sister named Rula whose thoughts are shared here this month.  Rula is a mother of 2 small children. A wife, madly in love with her husband. And also a woman who has not only moved a far distance from […]

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I’m a Pomak. (What’s That?)

I’m a Pomak. (What’s That?)

My Muslim heritage goes back to the Ottoman empire when Islam spread into the Balkans. My paternal ancestry is Bulgarian Muslim or Pomak.  It’s such a minority, it’s still not completely recognized.  I’m a minority of a minority.  When hanging around mosques my entire life, finding a Pomak was like finding a needle in a […]

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Happy Ramadan 2016

Happy Ramadan 2016

By on June 6, 2016 in personal stories with No Comments

Ramadan Kareem! May this blessed month provide you with spiritual revival and depth, success in your spiritual journey and the ability to receive Allah’s bountiful blessings. I already messed up and woke up an hour earlier than I needed to. Eating must stop at the beginning of dawn – which is prior to fajr. Don’t […]

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Muhammad Ali – Legend

Muhammad Ali – Legend

Allah has taken our brother, Muhammad Ali, back home to Him. inna lilahi wa inna ilahi raji un. To God we belong. To Him we return. Wow- notwithstanding his accomplishments in boxing – and the memories I have of my family watching his matches with such excitement – he leaves behind such an indelible mark […]

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As My Firstborn Graduates

As My Firstborn Graduates

By on May 25, 2016 in personal stories with No Comments

When I was pregnant for the first time, I couldn’t believe a baby would be in my arms at the end of the journey. My friend even had to keep reminding me that yes … a real baby will be yours at the end of this journey. And then she arrived and I was dissociated […]

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Our Story in Daily Sabah, Turkey’s English Newspaper

Our Story in Daily Sabah, Turkey’s English Newspaper

By on May 9, 2016 in personal stories with No Comments

Honored to cover this feature story with Sadaf Syed for Turkey’s Daily Sabah.  We visited Fatima in Lombard, IL and met her beautiful girls.  We brought our own daughters along to break the ice.  I am so amazed at the resilience displayed and her heart of gold. ****** A day with a Syrian mother in […]

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Happy International Women’s Day 2016

Happy International Women’s Day 2016

 

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Welcoming Refugees with Sweet-Smelling Soap

Welcoming Refugees with Sweet-Smelling Soap

By on February 21, 2016 in personal stories, social issues with No Comments

Having a teenage daughter who is really into body care products that ignite the senses has been fun. From lotions and potions to make-up, soaps and even candles, my daughter has amassed a collection of feel good stuff that resembles mini-spas in our bathrooms and closet shelves. When she dragged me into the store, Lush, […]

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Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year 2016

By on December 29, 2015 in personal stories, social issues with No Comments

As 2015 comes to a close, I want to take a moment to reflect on this past year. Personally- there are many blessings I thank Allah subhannah wa ta Allah for including the health and happiness of my children and husband, the blessing of having extended family and friends and even the critters in my […]

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