How to Support the Beirut Relief Efforts

As you many all be aware, on August 4th, at 6pm local time, a massive explosion took place at the Seaport of Beirut in Lebanon. It appears the cause of the explosion was due to the accidental ignition of over 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate stored unsafely for many years at the ports. https://twitter.com/MsHalaCo/status/1291430788873904129 This…

Back to Normal? What Normal?

https://www.instagram.com/p/CBQyo8hg8yi/ I recently posted the following statement on Instagram and Twitter, "I do not want to go back to normal. I want to go forward to a better, brighter, and peaceful future." I have been reflecting a lot these past several weeks on many, many things, from what's happening around us to my personal well…

A Prayer to Start off the Holy Month of Ramadan

May God make our fasts easy, accept our supplications and strengthen our faith... may God heal the ill, protect the most vulnerable and bless all the essential and healthcare workers... may God grant one and all a rewarding and joyous Ramadan... ameen.

A Moment of Reflection

The other day, I went out for a walk after staying home for a good week straight. Upper Great Highway by the Ocean Beach Trail was (and still is) closed to traffic. The skies were a bit gloomy, the air was cold and the waves were hushed. I just stood there in the middle of…

Be Like Shabana. Be a Beggar for Life

Be Like Shabana. Be a #BeggarForLife. Yesterday's funeral services for our sister and friend Shabana Patel was bittersweet. We gathered amongst hundreds from many communities to support her children and honor her life. We hugged, wept, smiled and laughed remembering her warm hugs, tears, smiles and laughter. Shabana always deemed herself a #BeggarForLife as she…