Feb 4, 2016

Where Is Time Running To?

At the start of each month, I feel like I ask myself this question, "Where is time running to?" It's like the weeks have turned into days and the days into mere seconds. Especially in the line of work that I am in, time just flies by. I see myself setting goals and when to accomplish them, but I honestly end up not achieving any of them due to having little or no time to get to it.

Lately, I have been trying to figure out how I use my time. Actually, I think I have seriously been over-analyzing that especially after a long day and I am finally in bed. I just think to myself, "well, Sahra, today was not as productive as you had planned it would be...hmmm womp womp!" But who can seriously accomplish anything when they spend 8 hours of their day at work?! One day I am going to be my own boss and not feel like I am working 8 hours for someone else's dream.

But yeah,  back to this time thing. I have come to a conclusion that I really can't help how fast time goes, all I can do is try and do as much as I want to do now instead of planning. Actually, I realized planning screws me over. I can plan for days. You need a planner, I am right here!!! But when it actually comes to doing things I plan for, your girl is lacking heavy in that department. I came across this following quote:

"Time is the most undefinable yet paradoxical of things; the past is gone, the future has not come, and the present becomes the past even while we attempt to define it, and, like the flash of lightning, at once exists and expires." - Charles Caleb Colton

And it is interesting that I did come across this quote because it really speaks to how I feel right now. Like obviously the past is gone and ain't nothing you or I can do about it child. Let's move on. Next, the future. It isn't even here yet for us to discuss so again, not much to say about that. But interestingly, the present is here but while I am over here analyzing about what I do with my time, I am already letting it pass me by. Therefore, time has gone, it will come and leave and even when it is here, it is still leaving us so fast. I hope to make better use of my time. I feel like the New Years was just being celebrated yesterday and now we are already in February! Whew! 

 Well, till next time...peace.

Sahra

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Aug 3, 2015

Maahmaah Monday

Hey awesome people!

I am going to start posting a maahmaah (proverb) every Monday. Here is the first one:

"Nin walba qumaanihiisaa qoorta ugu jira" 

So, basically what this proverb means is that every person considers themselves to be correct or right.

I hope this will also help you as much as it will help me in keeping the very rich, oral Somali tradition that has been passed down for centuries. What I really love about Somali proverbs is that they are truly the essence of our culture. When a Somali is making a point, you'll notice they draw on a relevant proverb to make their argument stronger; because proverbs are so true and applicable to many situations in life.

I am going to be collecting Somali proverbs from my mom. So, what better way to document, learn and share them with the world! She knows so many of them and I want to be able to pass down their wisdom and richness to my children just as she is passing them to me!

Hope you find this helpful. Cheers!

xoxo,

Sahra 

Jun 23, 2015

Top 5 Food Must-Haves For Ramadan in A Somali Household

5 Somali "traditional" foods to include in your afur/suhur menu this Ramadan:

1. Sambusa! Afur (Iftar) without homemade sambusa is very un-Somali like. You've gotta have 2-3 of these bad boys to satisfy that hunger. Yum, they look so good!
Sambusa




<- For a great sambusa recipe, go to
www.xawaash.com





2. Somali bur. Some call it mandasi while others say bur; some even call it "khamiir." I love the bur that has cardamoms in it. Mmmm, just thinking about the smell makes me hungry for some fresh bur. 
Somali Bur



For a mouthwatering, delicious -> 
bur/mandasi recipe, visit: 






3. Of course, a hot cup of Shaax (tea) is a MUST. I like my tea without milk especially during Ramadan.  As I am writing this, I have a cup in my hand. :) Although the majority of my family like their tea with milk (tastes similar to chai but better, of course). By the time I have had sambusa, bur, dates and drank about 4 cups of juice/water, there isn't much space left over in my stomach, but there is ALWAYS room for Somali shaax (oh yeah!). 
Somali Shaax



<- Ah, just look at that fine cup of shaax. 
Try to follow this recipe and see if you can reward your soul with some Somali shaax.






4. For the most promising suhur, your best bet is to go with soor aka "ugaali." Soor is similar to grits and/or sorghum flour cooked with water for a long period of time till it becomes like mashed potatoes. I hate cooking it because its time consuming, but it is so worth it.
Soor




Soor goes really well with vegetable/meat stew or sautéed spinach. To try a recipe, click here: www.xawaash.com






5. And lastly, a very original yet tropical Somali fruit salad. My favorite being a mix of mangoes, papayas, and watermelon to name a few. It is really important to eat a variety of foods especially those that your body needs. So, be mindful of what you eat and try to add some fresh fruits to your afur.
Fruit Salad





<- Here is a really nice recipe for a classic Somali fruit salad. Check it out: www.mysomalifood.com




That's it! I mean at least for this list. I really look forward to these foods during Ramadan. I don't know, there is just something about these foods that just makes me love Ramadan even more. I love my mom's homemade food and growing up on these foods have made it a "tradition" in my family to make them every year.

With that being said, I am so thankful. Alhamdulilah. Thankful that I have food to eat, to choose from and to look forward to eating. There are so many people in this world who don't have anything to eat and I am just glad that I am able to come home and have food waiting for me. Alhamdulilah! May Allah help those in need and may He protect them. May Allah make the lives of all those suffering in the world easier. Amiin. 

So, what are some of YOUR favorite foods for afur (iftar)? I'd love to know what they are and if you have recipes, please share it with me!

Please share, comment and subscribe to my blog. Thank you!

Sahra

Jun 18, 2015

Ramadan Kareem - Ramadan Mubarak - Ramadan 2015

RAMADAN KARIIM! 


It is officially Ramadan 2015. Today is the first day and I am extremely happy that Ramadan is finally here. Shaydan (Satan) is locked up and the doors to Heaven are open. Yeeey! MashAllah!

If you don't know what Ramadan is, click here ---> Learn About Ramadan.

Growing up as a child, I remember the best part of Ramadan was waiting to eat my mom's homemade sambusas (similar to samosas) once we break our fast; eating dinner with my whole family and praying together also were the best childhood memories of Ramadan. Ramadan is one of the best times of the year for Muslim families as it brings them closer together while observing this blessed month.

Although it is the same wherever you are, I personally wish that I could be in a Muslim country during Ramadan. I don't know, but I just feel like spiritually speaking, it just feels different when the entire country you are living in is also observing this month with you. In the West, for instance, during Christmas the majority of the population is celebrating it. The streets and public areas are decorated and Christmas trees are everywhere and of course, Nat King Cole's Christmas song is playing in the background in ever grocery shop, department store, etc. So, it is that same exact feeling - that spirit of Ramadan - in a Muslim country that I yearn for. Every Ramadan that I spent in the West, I've always wished to be elsewhere.

The only time - in my adult life - that I truly enjoyed and have truly experienced the absolute authentic Ramadan was when I was in Jijiga in 2011. The feeling I felt was so amazing. There were banners in the streets wishing everyone "Ramadan Kareem" and everyone passing by saying "Ramadan Kareem, Ramadan Mubarak" to me felt so euphoric. Ornaments were hanging from street lights and every house you went to had Quran or some sort of Islamic lecture playing in the background. Women were preparing amazing food for their families. Stores and mini grocery shops playing Nasheedas and Masjids filled at night with people praying Tarawih.

But Alhamdulilah, nevertheless, I am grateful that Allah has made me witness yet another Ramadan. It is truly a blessing to be given another chance to repent, ask for forgiveness, give charity and make the best of this blessed month whether I am here or there, the fact that I am alive today is a blessing on its own.

Regardless of where I am in the world, Ramadan always brings me a sense of joy. When I fast, especially during Ramadan, I always find a sense of peace and happiness within myself. And at the end of Ramadan, each year I make a promise to myself that I will continue to do the good deeds and live a life where I am always thinking of those who are less fortunate than I am. A life where I am consistently pushing myself to remember Allah in all my doings and push a little more to become a better Muslim. I hope that Allah can forgive us all and grant us His mercy and accept our fast and our prayers. I hope that Allah accepts our fasting and all of our Duas. I pray that Allah SWT makes this Ramadan easy for us and shower us with peace, joy, prosperity and a month full of blessings. 

Wherever you are observing Ramadan, I want to wish you and your family, a happy Ramadan.

With love,

Sahra