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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 constantly raised funds and volunteered for many charitable organizations. Her reach went beyond Sacramento and the Bay Area when many of us learned she helped found the Ihsan Foundation for West Africa. This project supports a school in Sierra Leone and became her passionate mission. We urge you all to help continue her legacy in supporting this amazing foundation for years to come, Insha’Allah.

May she rest in God’s eternal peace and light, may her legacy live beyond our years, ameen. ūü§≤ūüŹĽ

The First Day of Spring

Today is the first day of spring which means it’s mother’s day in the Middle East..

To the woman whom has taught me how to love and fear God, why I should love others unconditionally for nothing in return, the appreciation of God’s creatures, how to be the one that listens but not to forget to speak out, being kind and generous all while looking too good for my own good!

HAPPY MOMMY’S DAY MAMA!! Love you, miss you, can’t wait to hug you, kiss you Insha’Allah!! xoxoxox

Happy Mother’s day to all the wonderful women whom have inspired me and helped my mama deal with the crazy child that is me! Know that I love you, miss you and have you in my prayers always!!

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Valentine’s Day… Who Cares?!

After reading Dean Obeidallah‘s hilarious piece with regards to Valentine’s Day, I figured I’d include my perspective in the mix.

I LOVE chocolates… who doesn’t right? I enjoy flowers, we have them in our house all the time. I was raised to always express my love and appreciation to my family and friends. However, I don’t in anyway believe that I or anyone should bring or do any of this exclusively on February the 14th.

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Valentine’s Day is one of those Hallmark holidays. I call it that because it was invented to sell greeting cards. There is no holiday in February except for President’s Day… who is going to buy a greeting card for that?¬†It has since evolved into an unnecessary holiday that forces people to spend money. What goes with greeting cards? Flowers. What’s sweet that goes with both? Candy. How to make candy last? Turn it into¬†jewelry, preferably a gem of sorts. What is expected after buying all this stuff? Hopefully three minutes of physical pleasure.

Seriously? Yes!

I swear the same goes for May when¬†Hallmark someone invented Mother’s Day and June for¬†Father’s Day. My parents don’t get all upset when no one buys them a present or breakfast in bed. Why? Because we appreciate our parents EVERYDAY. I don’t need a day in the year to go all out for either of them. Their five kids do it every day (or at least attempt to do, I’m not gonna lie!).

So I ask you all, single or not, to celebrate love in all it’s forms EVERYDAY! Not just on February 14th. Don’t feel obligated to go all out just because of the day. Don’t get caught up in this materialistic hype, I’m sure many of you are still paying off the debt you¬†incurred¬†from Christmas not even two months ago!

I’d also like to take the¬†opportunity¬†to tell my family and friends:¬†I LOVE YOU. I appreciate you in all your goodness and flaws. I’m not the person that I am today without you and for that I love you more every day.

To all my readers peeps, I love you too! =)

Ms. Hala