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A new sunrise, a new dawn, a new beginning, a fresh start, a new year…The Sun rises every day, and it sets with the hope of shining on a better world, better people when it rises again the next morning. Sets again but rises…yet again, each day… every single day, with new hope, same shimmer, not decreasing in strength nor losing even a single ray of glimmer.
Youm-e-Ashura (By: Shazia Yousuf)

Youm-e-Ashura marks a great calamity when the grandson of Prophet Muhammad and his family faced a tragic end. The loss was irreversible, the sequence of events extremely painful. The sad part was the fact that the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (s.m) met with such a painful fate! You need not be a Shia or a sunni to observe the youm-e-ashura or grieve over this tragedy.


Only When A Soul Departs (By: Shazia Yousuf)

Day begins, day ends. Time is running fast; so much to do but such little time...We are all the time busy in a race against time...There are so many people around us, who we take for granted. We think we’ll talk to them tomorrow, but tomorrow never comes.

Eradication of Hunger (By: Shazia Yousuf)

Hunger – How many of us actually know what it means? I am sure none. Even when we fast, we are sure that at dusk, there will be good food, enough to feed us and eradicate this temporary starvation. But can you imagine for a while, that you are fasting but you are not sure when you will get to break this fast? This is the case with millions of people out there.
Conquering Your Fear (By: Rabia Tirmizey)

If I was to list down the number of ‘my firsts’ I have thought a lot about, my first ever article would probably top that list. The reason why I kept on procrastinating seeing my name first time in print was because I wanted to see it with the most perfect article. The big question was what to write about. The first thing that came to my mind was to write about something that I am good at or have closely been working on...


We Never Have Enough (By: Shazia Yousuf)

Whatever we do, however much we earn, we never have enough. Life is a tough struggle these days. Inflation has hit us all badly. “Mehngai” (inflation) is the talk of the day.


Pursuit of Happiness (By: Shazia Yousuf)

Happiness – a feeling, an emotion, which can be seen on a mother’s face when she hugs her new born baby, heard in a child’s laughter when his father playfully punches or tickles him, visible in the beaming smile of a winning athlete standing up on the winner’s pedestal, in the contentment that is visible on the face of a previously hungry man...Every individual is in the pursuit of happiness.

The Faith of a Five Year Old (By: Sumaira Hasan)

I have a daughter who has recently turned 5. Lately I have been observing her faith and the level of belief she has in her God - and it never fails to amaze me!!! To be so young, but to have such a firm belief!!!


Starting Fresh (By: Shazia Yousuf)

Mother Nature teaches so much about relationships, life, and its realities.

فصیح خیری
دنیا میں اکثر لوگ ایسے ملے، جن کو اپنا اچھا - اچھا نہ لگا
ان کو سمجھایا تو ان کو میں سچا نہ لگا
زندگی کی دھوپ چھاؤں میں، رات دن کے گھٹتے بڑھتے، جانتے نہ جانتے۔۔۔
۔۔۔ سچ کو سچ نہ کہنے کی عادت سی ہو گئی ہے

Bees - Ambassadors of Coexistence and Cooperation (By: Shazia Yousuf)

As a child, I was extremely afraid of bees. When outside, in the garden, if I spotted even a single bee, I would rush back inside and not think of going out till I was sure it was gone. My father would casually laugh at this, and he would tell me that I was being silly, and that a small bee would not do anything to me. He would suggest...


Sunglasses (By: Zahoor Ul Islam)

It has been quite hot today in Dubai; mercury has risen to 48 Celsius.  Being a desert by birth, Dubai’s summers are always like this; hot and humid...Walking to a restaurant under the scorching sun at mid afternoon was quite an unwelcoming appetizer.


The Traveler (By: Shazia Yousuf)

"We are travelers on a cosmic journey…We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis (digression) in eternity." (Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist)

Sometimes, We Just Need To Let Things Be (By: Sumaira Hasan)

Lately, I feel as if my life has been like a whirlwind. Blowing this way and that, but not actually "doing" anything worthwhile or achieving I came home and saw the light blinking on my phone, signaling that there was a message on the answering machine.


You Will Always Be Remembered (By: Shazia Yousuf)

A perfect daughter, a supportive wife, a proud mother of seven (she always counted her niece brought up in her house as her real daughter), an encouraging sister, a loving mother in law, a very helpful neighbor, the greatest chef,  the most wonderful grand mother ever; all in all a great example of a person with perfect relationships! Loved and remembered by all with words of praise. Muslima – my belated mother.


I had lower back pain for the past two weeks. The doctor suggested an MR. After a fairly long wait, I finally got the insurance approval for the MRI, and so I finally went to get it done at the appointment time.

Mother - A Spiritual Relationship (By: Sadaf Chaudhry)

We are all chained in different relationships. It is a sort of bonding and an acquaintance between two human figures living on the earth. A spiritual relationship is one that aims for the highest good for those in the relationship. It is something that facilitates our spiritual growth. Among all relationships, no relationship can aim for our highest good other than that of a mother.

Happy Mothers' Day - Every Moment, Every Day (By: Shazia Yousuf)
I can never forget that very special moment when I held you in my arms for the very first time. The warmth that I felt was something so different; the strange emotions that stirred in my heart were something I had never felt before. 

Speak Your Heart Out (By: Shazia Yousuf)

There he was, standing beside the grave, as he would every Thursday. Another Thursday, one more rose on the grave and yet another hour or two of silent memories and flashbacks. He would stand there, not utter a single word, say a few prayers, and just shed a few uncontrollable tears that would lift the burden off his heart of losing her forever.

Consumed By The Self (By: Shazia Yousuf)

When the hearts turn that of stone, frozen, solid, nothing seems to be able to penetrate into it or even out of it. What remains inside sinks deep within, trapped, concealed, secluded, excommunicate – “Consumed by the self”!

Restless Soul (By: Shazia Yousuf)

Standing alone, feet bathing in cool waves from the huge ocean that is stretched right in front of me.
My gaze fixed at the sea, as if in a trance, thoughts as deep as the ocean.

Mirrors (By: Zahoor-ul-Islam)

“Do we have such a mirror in our lives to judge our personality?” We do have mirrors that tell us of our appearance, but what if we had such a mirror, that could actually tell us how we look when we frown upon other people.

Are You Alone? (By: Shazia Yousuf)
There are times when you may find yourself extremely lonely. This loneliness could be due to the absence of physical existence of human souls around. But there could be times when there is a huge crowd around you, yet you feel alone even in that crowd...And all you seek is maybe someone who could just remove this void.

Prayer – Does it make God change His mind? (By: Shazia Yousuf) As a child, I had always believed in intense praying. I believed that I could achieve anything, and I mean anything, if I prayed hard enough. Of course I knew hard work was an essential ingredient for achievement but hard work without prayer was incomplete. A very traditional belief, this is what all of us know and have been taught at home and at religious classes and this is definitely the truth.

However, experiences in life gradually made me to scratch my head and compelled me to think and think harder.

Love is, when a father gets angry at his daughter for forgetting to tell him that she’ll be late from work. He is not angry because she did not inform him, but because he is concerned for her out of love.
Love is, when a wife is upset with the husband when he forgets to take the lunch to work, that was so lovingly prepared for him in the morning. Not because she had to get up and go through the pains of preparing it, but because she is concerned about the health and the well being.

The Paradigm Shift (By: Shazia Yousuf)

It still feels like a dream…standing right next to ammie’s dead body. My entire self trembling, trying to accept the truth – the real truth…ammie’s gone! I knew she would not survive, yet it was very difficult to accept this. She fought for two months in ICU against plural effusion but finally gave in. A brave woman indeed! 

footsteps on the sands of timeFootsteps on the sands of time (By: Shazia Yousuf)

I happened to browse through a photo album of a relative recently posted on face book and got to see a few faces after a very long time. It was quite pleasant to be able to see them after a long time. Flash backs took me down the memory lane.