Reflections on Orlando

Hey Everyone,

I hope you’re all doing well!

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I want to start this post off by saying that my heart truly goes out to all the victims and  families of the senseless and completely inhumane act of terror that occurred in Orlando, Florida. From the bottom of my heart I hope that those that have passed away rest in peace and I wish a speedy recovery for those that have been injured.

Yesterday, once again, my heart broke when I woke up and read the news of yet another tragic mass shooting right here in the United States.

I was later further shocked to learn that the suspect was an American with Afghan parents. As some of you may know I am also an American whose parents were born in Afghanistan. So this definitely hit me hard to know that someone from my own cultural group would do something so disgusting and inhumane.

The wide majority of Afghan immigrants came to this beautiful country to flee the violence of their own war torn nation so I would have never imagined that anyone within this community would ever even think of inflicting such pain and suffering on others. I guess like they say there are black sheep within each community.

It brings me great sadness to know that because of the actions of this one inhumane individual there are others who will put the blame on Muslims and the religion of Islam. As a Muslim I know for a fact that these are not the teachings of Islam.

The Islam that I know and love has taught me that taking one life is the same as killing all of humanity and saving one life is as if you have saved all of humanity. Here is the exact verse from the Holy Quran:

“…if any one killed a person, it would be as if he killed the whole of mankind; and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole of mankind…” – The Holy Quran (Chapter Five, Verse 32).

Just last week the United States and the entire world was celebrating the life of “The Greatest of All Time” Muhammad Ali who was a proud American Muslim and now some of those people are blaming Muslims and Islam for this recent heinous act.

As The Champ himself eloquently stated: “The word ‘Islam’ means ‘peace.’ The word ‘Muslim’ means ‘one who surrenders to God.’ But the press makes us seem like haters. ”

I sincerely hope that throughout these difficult and trying times we all stay united in our fight against extremism and that we always remember that the actions of one person or a few people are not representative of an entire religious community.

With Love,

Yasmin

 

Lovely Blog Award

Hey Everyone! Hope you are all doing well 🙂

Today I would like to give a huge thank you to the beautiful and very sweet Tookii for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award. I love reading all of her posts and I really admire her for starting her own blog at such a young age. Her blog is fun and interesting for people of all ages so make sure to follow her if you haven’t already done so!

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The Rules:

Thank the person that nominated you and give a link to their blog.

List the rules

Display the award on your post of the award

List seven facts about yourself

Nominate (up to) 15 bloggers for this award and comment on one of their posts to let them know that you have nominated them for this award.  

Seven Facts About Me:

  1. I don’t really have a favorite color. I like many different colors depending on what the colored object is. For example, I don’t really like to wear white or yellow but I love white roses and sunflowers :).
  2. I don’t like any foods especially desserts with coconut inside them even though I know coconuts are really healthy. Ironically though lately (once a week) I have been loving to massage my hair with coconut oil at night and showering it off the next morning.
  3. I don’t drink coffee. I love the smell of it but I feel like the two or three times that I did drink a cup the next day it made me break out. Instead, I love green tea.
  4. I am an introvert.
  5. I am bilingual. I can speak and understand both English and Farsi. In the past few years I have learned how to read very basic Farsi.
  6. I haven’t traveled anywhere outside of the United States but I definitely would love to do so in the future 🙂
  7. I prefer my moms homemade cooking to any restaurant cuisine. I may be slightly biased but I honestly think that my moms cooking is just the best!

My Nominees: 

Stylishable Blog

Rhio Amber

Becoming Rivera

Life With Ktkinnes

The Cake Faces

Claudia Marie Fit

Glam It Up Online

Jessica Jade

The Chic Community

Mary in Manhattan

Fearfully Wonderfully Me

Reviews by Brandi

Dajana Erd

Fresh Perspectives

Pixie’s Big World

 

Once again, thank you so much to the beautiful Tookii for nominating me 🙂 I hope you all enjoyed this post!!!

With Love,

Yasmin