The desert…

“There is a quality about the desert that is unlike anything else I have encountered.  It creates the sensation of being utterly alone, with an extension of physical distance beyond which is the unlimited extension of time itself.  In this environment, the human mind is lifted out of itself, above the level of mundane existence, until one has the feeling of being cast out into a limitless world of endless space and time.”

 World without Time – The Bedouin. By Edward Nevins and Theon Wright
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First trip to the sea

Bismillah Rahman ar-Raheem. I don’t remember the first time I went to the sea. My parents and I travelled a lot when I was little and I don’t think they would remember that first moment either. In the summer we went on a little family outing to the seaside, and Insha’Allah I will not forget it. […]

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Pregnancy Dreams

Bismillah Rahman Ar-Raheem So I had this dream I was walking through a very clean and sparkly Waitrose. The little branch that my Mum used to wheel me through in a trolley as a child and then I where I worked at when I was at University. I know those aisles very well. In the […]

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A Simple Life

Bismillah Rahman Ar-Raheem. Walking away from the comforts of consumer lifestyle is not a step to be taken lightly. Yet people living in cities often tell me when they come to the desert their soul feels something that is missing in their home. There are many things we do without here, which come as granted in […]

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Ants

Bismillah Rahman Ar-Raheem I have always been fascinated by ants. They are so awesome. Living organic machines with sophisticated structures and methods of living which surpass their brain power. I remember as a child in Greece watching soldier ants marching along a stone step, and planting smarties for them to find and watching them as […]

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Portrait of a Matriarch…

A short sturdy lady came towards me. Exuding strength, warmth, kindness, generosity, and an uncompromising self. She smiled greeting me with the booming greetings of the desert. At least 3 minutes dedicated to the ritual. Allah hayki, kaif haliki, shlownki, Al-hamdulilah, Allah maki, Halla ya halla, Allah HAYki. She kisses my cheek, grasps my head, then […]

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