Category: Awards

We quit like a boss

A result of my years worth of efforts and contributions to this cause 🙂

I’ve quit though.

We all have.

Long story as to why.

But here it is: my shield:


Pakistani Blood Donors In Kuwait.

This organization was founded by Pakistanis to raise awareness among all citizens of Kuwait about the importance of blood donation. It was run mostly by Pakistanis encouraging people of all cultures and backgrounds to save lives.

Apart from hosting blood donation drives and campaigns, the organization also held monetary donation drives for certain individuals who required financial backing up for their cancer treatment and also for individuals that needed kidney transplants.

The organization had been recognized among the top ten humanitarian causes in Kuwait  by the Kuwaiti ministry of health and had been honored by the minister as well.

It was the best experience and I met the best, most committed and dedicated individuals via this organization. They had admirable loyalty towards this cause and I absolutely adore these people.
May Allah reward them all for their efforts 🙂

We’ve all quit though. But not before we treated ourselves to a celebration for all our efforts and contributions towards this cause.

This event was hosted by the executive members of the team to honor their general council team members as well as their ex executive members whose efforts had never been acknowledged before. The shields were presented by senior executive members and our sponsors and the Pakistani ambassador.

I’m glad I was part of this team and I will forever cherish the memories.

Here’s my brother’s shield:


P.s. Yes they spelled the name wrong on mine 😛

– Hiba

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“Food Challenge”

Okay so I got nominated for this challenge very long ago by Inky and by Sana. I’m not sure if any one else had nominated me… I just remember my nominations, lol. Not my nominators 🙄

So Inky’s got an amazing blog full of poetry, photography, and very random but relatable thoughts and very motivational pieces as well. Do check her blog out. And as for Sana, she’s got a brilliant blog. Truly. I love the way she breaks different quotes down so as to relate them with life and all her comics and her poetry too. Here’s her blog. 🙂

So I’ve got the rules here:

RULES:

  1. You have to write your feelings not the recipe.
  2. You have to tell the person who is nominating you what is your favourite food(so He/She can also give it a try if they like. 🙂 )
  3. You have to add a picture of the dish.
  4. You have to nominate 7 persons for this challenge.

Now first of all, I cannot pick just one dish, okay? So I’m gonna talk about a bunch of different foods that I like. ‘Cause, yes I’m a foodie.

So to break it down, I’ve tried a bunch of different cuisines. I was raised on Desi and Arabic cuisine. And other than those, I’ve tried Italian, Thai and Chinese, and some bit of Mexican too.

Among Desi food, I love literally everything. From Biryani to Daal to Pulao to Korma. I think that the only desi thing I don’t like is Paratha and Nihari and Paye (yuck). I’m sorry, I just don’t X-( (Buakh)

But I specifically wanna talk about those south Indian dishes that I had the honor to try due to my Indian friends. (Those friends rock btw) So I had tried Dosa the first time very long ago when I was in grade four. A girl named Farhana used to bring Dosa for lunch and we all used to share our lunch, so yeah. Haha. It was delish. The one thing I really tell my Indian friends to make for me is that. Then there’s idli which I had tried with mint chutney/sauce a few years ago and that day had been legendary. It’s a very long story as to why it had been legendary but me and the friend who had made me try idli had made amazing memories that day. I cannot even put it into words.

Btw, my dad and I really like Sambar 😀

Oh and I had tried curd rice a few months ago at my friend’s place and it had been so good that I had taken the recipe from her so I could make it for my mom. 😀

My mom had loved it 😀

Too bad I don’t have pictures…

But I really really really love Arabic food. It’s usually always very light and refreshing. You will feel full but never overfull. You’ll feel just satisfied. From Fatayer to the falafel sandwich to Ruz Bukhari to Shawerma to Cuzi to Khubz and Hummus to labneh and olives for breakfast. I literally love the Arabic style of eating. I can spend my entire life living upon this cuisine. It’s the healthiest and most refreshing kind of cuisine. It’s majorly built on wheat and grains like rice and chickpeas and herbs that include thyme, parsley and sage and dairy products like yogurt and labneh etc. And you’ve got the favorite fruits: pomegranate and orange. And most usual vegetables include spinach, cucumber, tomatoes, olives, carrots, and eggplant and zucchini. And of course, olive oil 😛

Olive oil is love okay? I never ever cook my food in anything other than olive oil.

Actually I’m too conscious of what I eat.

No I’m not dieting, I’m a foodie, remember?

But I just like to eat healthy, that’s all. I’ve got the Arabic gene in me, lol. So I never ever consume white sugar either. Sorry I don’t. (Not even in my beverages. Not in my tang or in my kahwa. Not even in my coffee) Very rarely do I make dessert and when I do, I make sure to use refined brown sugar instead of white. White sugar is poison. If by mistake I consume white sugar, I go hours feeling horrible and guilty. I start saying to myself: Hiba, apne upar itna zulm? Ainda mat lena white sugar…

I mean okay, I can ignore it on the rare occasions when I visit someone at their place and they serve me with white sugar products and food cooked in ghee or butter. On those rare occasions I cannot be impolite. It’s against my Arabic values. According to the Arabic tradition, if you visit someone at their house, especially if you’re visiting and Arab itself, and he offers you something of the food in his house, you cannot and you should not refuse. Even if it’s just dates and water. It’s considered incredibly disrespectful to decline the offer. I mean come on, they’re doing good. Why snatch their chance? Have from what they offer you. Unless you’ve got health problems of course.

So yeah, I can ignore my food consciousness when someone offers me from their food with that much of love. 🙂

But usually I’m very conscious. No white flour, no white sugar, no butter or ghee, or simply anything other than olive oil. In fact, I even avoid frying my fries. I bake ’em 🙄

Yeah kill me now.

But who said that being a foodie means not being conscious of health?

I mean I don’t wanna end up with diabetes and all those heart problems when I’m in my forties okay? Forties and fifties is too young. 🙄

I mean yeah I love McDonald’s and KFC and Dominos Pizza and all but it’s not like I order it everyday. Look you’re allowed to eat everything as long as you know how to balance it. Maybe once or twice in a month you’re allowed to eat all that stuff but you’ve gotta eat healthy. Be kind to yourself. You can’t keep poisoning yourself like that. (Haraaam!)

Okay, and then there’s all those other cuisines and I like ’em too. I mean who doesn’t like Italian or Chinese? I feel sorry for you if you don’t 😛

I especially love the aroma of those herbs that are used in Italian food.

I recently learnt an amazing recipe for pasta which involves those herbs. It is only when I read the recipe that I realized where that aroma comes from. It’s from the Italian seasoning which is not even all that difficult to make. All you need is dried basil, oregano, dried parsley, rosemary, thyme, garlic powder and onion powder. Just but ’em in a chopper and let ’em grind. So next time you wanna make good pasta, add it to your sauce or mince or however you make your pasta.

Also desis, stop adding that much ketchup to your pasta. That’s not how you make pasta. 🙄

Btw, here’s a pic of the pasta I had made. It’s my favorite dish to make.It’s too easy and I actually enjoy making it. 🙂

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Thai and Mexican I like but not all that much. Not as much as I like Arabic or Desi or even Chinese. But it’s still delicious.

Oh and I think that the only American food that I like is Apple Cinnamon Pie 😀

I love it.

It’s delicious.

In fact forget the pie.

Someone just make me the stuffing for Apple pie.

I’ll just eat it with a spoon 😀

Speaking of Apple pie, I’m not much into desi desserts. The only Desi desserts I like are Jalebis and Habshi Halwa. I used to like Gulab Jamun but I’m sick of it now. We used to eat too many Gulab Jamuns when we were little. Ab dil bhar gaya 😛

I also don’t like those custard trifles they make with fruits and cake and biscuits and jellies in Pakistan. Everyone likes to pretend that it’s something western when it’s really not. Plus Custard is baby food. I don’t like it X-(

I like Cheesecakes and brownies and cupcakes oh and Tiramesu *_*

Btw, I recently made triple layer cheesecake for dessert. It was delicious 😀

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And I had made a few vanilla cupcakes too some few months ago. (I like baking 🙂 )

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But that’s all for this challenge.

The one thing I do wanna share though, is that Inky’s post about how her mom reminded her that she got all that amazing food without even asking for it while there are people who beg for it, kind of struck me.

Now I think about that all the time. Every time I get to eat something good, I get reminded of that. SubhanAllah, may Allah have Mercy on us all and Alhamdullillah for all the privileges I’ve got.

Btw, I’m not really nominating anyone for this challenge. 🙂

– Hiba

 

 

 

#GIRL LOVE Challenge

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Hello everyone.

Last night, Hiba nominated me for Lilly Singh’s #GIRLLOVE challenge. This Hiba who nominated me is a different Hiba though. It’s not me 😛

She runs this amazing blog called The Ramblings Of A Muslim Girl and she also co-runs this blog called The Pink And Powerful which is mostly a girls blog. Check the first blog out, ’cause I really like it even though she doesn’t post that frequently on it. But check both of ’em if you like 🙂

This challenge is mostly in response to THIS VIDEO which was published by Lilly Singh, a.k.a Superwoman, just a day or two ago. And I request that you guys watch that video cause all the money that Lilly makes from the views on this video will go directly to the Malala Fund for the education of Syrian refugee girls. And although, I’m not much of a fan of Malala, I do love my Syrian sisters and I hope you will all check the video out.

In fact, I don’t care if you watch it. Just go and refresh it a bunch of times and give it more views. By next Thursday, the donations will be closed. I think.

So yeah. Go give it a bunch of views.

Anyhow, the video is mostly about women and how they should lift each other up instead of tearing each other down. And I love the concept. Women are the strongest, most beautiful creations, and God has gifted us with the ability to encourage and support each other in mind blowing ways. I have always adored women. They’re the kindest, most devoting and understanding people and highly influential.

Anyhow,

Here’s what you do for the #GirlLove:

  1. Tell your followers who inspires you, a famous woman who may be dealing with negativity on a daily basis. 
  2. Tell your followers who inspires you in real life, a woman you always interact with.
  3. Tag five women bloggers who you love. Compliment them and tell them why you love them, and comment under their latest post with the link to your #GirlLove post!

If you get tagged, do the post on your own blog. If you want to do it anyway, do it anyway! Add the tag ‘Girl Love’ to your post, so we can see them all! Let’s start 2016 with LOVE for each other!

So here goes:

  1. Now I can name a bunch of famous celebrities here, and the reasons would be very obvious. For eg: Emma Watson, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, etc. etc. But screw that. I wanna name one of my most loved role models: Khadija (R.A.) – The first wife of The Rasul (S.A.W.). And I have multiple reasons for this. And this one is for those “Muslim” men that think that women cannot and should not work according to Islam. Khadija (R.A) was a well known, well accomplished business woman. So successful, that even in that era where women were equal to scum, she was well respected. She was the woman that used to decline marriage proposals of wealthy chieftains from well known, rich tribes. And this is for the men who feel insecure to marry women who are more successful than them. Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) was an employee of hers. He worked under her and yet he was not intimidated. In fact, when after their marriage, Khadija (R.A.) took care of the finances, he respected her for it. In fact, after she died, he often cried, saying that she was His most loyal wife and the woman that supported Him both financially and emotionally when no one else did. It was something He liked about her and adored her for. Also, she’s the mother of Fatima (R.A.) who is one of my other role models.
  2. The women I adore in my own personal life are probably my mother, and my two amazing, most loyal friends: Javeriya and Tamanna. They’re the most loyal, strongest, wisest, inspiring women I know. May Allah bless them with the best of this world as well as the next’s. These are the people I yearn to see in paradise.
  3. Now here are my nominees:
    Jenn: For writing the best of everything. I love every bit of which you write. From your clever Six Word Stories to your Thursday Thrillers and everything in between. And especially for writing about those fictional incidents that reflect reality in one way or another. I quite adore you for that. 🙂
    Sister Sana: For writing about the most inspirational quotes and giving us constant reality checks about religion every time you make posts related to Islam and the Sunnah. And of course, the comics. 😀
    Maymoona: For having a mind like mine. You’re awesome. (‘Cause you’re like me. Which means I’m awesome too 😛 ) Haha, you’re probably the most relatable person I know on wordpress.
    Sumal: For all those short but efficient posts that have a strength of their own. Trust me, I love all those simple reminders. Don’t ever stop doing those posts.
    And Mahaah of course: For being so amazing. You’re an awesome writer and an awesome doodler (if that’s even a word) and an awesome person in general.

I love you all!

Do your posts soon, okay?

Take care and May Allah always reward you all for being such amazing women. ❤

– Hiba

Sunshine Blogger Award

Nayab, nominated me for another award and I swear I’m not as shiny as the sun, but thanks. So anyhow, do check his blog out ’cause he is a better writer than me… (Yes, I just did that) He writes the most beautiful poetry and I’m not even exaggerating. He writes ghazals too, but I’m terrible at Urdu and not fit enough to pass judgments on that, so you people can check it out for yourself if you like ghazals.

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Here are the rules for this award:

1-Thank the blogger who nominated you for the award.

2-Display the banner/sticker/logo on your blog.

3-Share 7 facts or things about yourself.

5-Nominate 5 bloggers that you admire and inform nominees by commenting on their blog.

Seven facts about me:

1- I hate winters. I like the rains, not the cold.

2-  I hate shopping.

3- I have a habit of biting my bottom lip.

4- I adore women. I love them for their ability to support and encourage each other in a way no man could ever achieve. I love when women lift each other up. There’s something very sacred about it.

5- I’m an insomniac.

6- I have anxiety.

7. I had received an acoustic guitar as a birthday present a few years ago after months of begging for it. And yet I never did learn to play it. No time.

I Nominate:

God I’m so lazy to do this…

Okay. Here:

  1. Maria (And this one’s very easy, Maria. You better do it.)
  2. Maymoona
  3. Aamena
  4. Sana
  5. Izza (You too :P)

I had wanted to nominated a bunch of other people but they’ve all either already done this post or they’re not the kind to actually do such awards… I don’t see why though, but whatever.

Have a beautiful day.

– Hiba

“Quotes Challenge”.

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Please admire this gif. That’s the sole reason I put it in this post.

 

I got nominated for this challenge by an admirably adorable blogger who runs this blog.

Thank you very much for that and I suggest you guys check her blog out. That is for those of y’all don’t already know her 🙂

 

Firstly the rules:

  1. Post three consecutive days.
  2. You can pick one or three quotes per day.
  3. Challenge three different bloggers per day.

 

By the way these are the rules that I’m not going to follow. Well, not all of them anyway.
I’m putting up all my 9 quotes in a single post ’cause ain’t nobody got time for 3 days. Also, I’ll be putting an extra 4 quotes as bonus for absolutely no reason other than the fact that my heart was aching at the thought of not sharing them. So there’s going to be a total of 13 quotes I’ll be sharing.

Here it goes:

1. “In life, either you point the gun or you face the gun.” – Shabana *This was said by my chemistry tutor as a matter of fact and I don’t think there is a better way of defining the world that we live in. It’s harsh but it’s also true.

2. “If not me, who? If not now, when?” – Emma Watson

3. “I thought life was unfair until someone said to me: Life is fair because it is unfair to everybody.” – Unknown

4. “Someday you’ll be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” – C.S. Lewis

5. “Act like you trust people, but don’t.” – Unknown

6. “When men are weak, our mothers are strong.” – North Korean saying.

7. “Race, gender, religion, sexuality; We are all people.” – Connor Franta

8. “Do not allow loneliness to lower your standards.” – Unkown // Read that one more time.

9. “People who have no hold over their process of thinking are likely to be ruined by liberty of thought. If the thought is immature, liberty of thought becomes a method of turning men into animals.” – Muhammad Iqbal (a.k.a Allama Iqbal)

And here are 4 extra ones 🙂

1. “Trust Allah but tie up your camel.” – Prophet Muhammad PBUH (Sunan At-Tirmidhi 2517)

2. “Surely we belong to Allah, and surely to Him we shall return.” – The Quran (2:156)

3. “Why do you not help each other?” – The Quran (37:25)

4. “Are you a more difficult creation or is it the heaven? Allah constructed it” – The Quran (29:27) This was Allah’s reply to the people who mocked the Prophet PBUH for claiming that mankind will be resurrected after death in order to invalidate His message. *I shared this one because every time I hear someone recite this verse in Arabic, I get overwhelmed and it raises the hair on my skin.

That’s all now. Thank you for bearing with me.

Here are the people I’m nominating:

“Y’all.”

Lol, yeah. It’s an open invitation. Do your own post or share your favorite quotes in the comments section below. Do it however you like it. But DO it.

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Thank you all and have a beautiful day 🙂

 


Liebster Award.

I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by “Maestro”, who runs a blog by the name of Elegies And Aches, and I believe him to be one of the best poetry writers I’ve had the honor to interact with on wordpress.

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And here are my answers to his questions:

Why exactly do you write?

Why do I write? Honestly I have no other reason than I’m quite pathetic at explaining myself in speech, so writing’s the best option. I know it sounds quite shallow, but it’s just that I’ve never been comfortable expressing my self in speech, it’s easier to write it down. All feelings and frustrations.

Do you believe in miracles? If yes, have you ever seen one?

Miracles? People have a very different understanding of miracles, you know? People may translate it as something unexplainable, something positive but in no one’s control… But to me it is as Arabic has taught me.

In the Arabic language – the Quran-ic Arabic to be more specific, the term that’s used for miracles is “Ai’jaz”. And although it’s simplified translation in English is miracles, it actually means something else. The word originates from the word “Ajaz” which means to be on your knees, overpowered. To be rendered incapable, overwhelmed. And the the thing that overpowers you is known to be “Aajiz” over you. And the entire phenomenon is known as “Ai’jaz”. Which is the word that Arabic uses for miracles.

So to me when I hear the word miracles, the meaning that registers with me is that of “Ai’jaz”. Things that forced me to my knees. Those which overwhelmed me with how unbelievable and pure they were. And in Ai’jaz, I believe with all my existence taken into account.

There are too many things that overwhelmed me. Too many that forced me to my knees. The fact that I was born and raised in a genuine Islamic society, in a practicing Muslim family, is a miracle to me. The peace and contentment, the humility of praying and talking to my Lord five times every day has brought me to my knees every time. Learning the definition of a woman in Islam over the coarse of many years has been my greatest miracle. Discovering verses in the Quran that were too heavy with meaning for me to handle all at once has been my miracle.

And one very beautiful and simple miracle, despite being a very casual thing, that forced me down to my knees, overwhelmed, is this big blessing in my life called Javeriya. She’s my friend and the level of understanding between us would force anyone to their knees if they experienced it. We’re birds of a feather. If she were a boy, I’d have married her.

They say a great writer is a great reader. Do you agree?

I think I do. Writing is a way of expressing yourself to people in order to connect with them. And if you know what connection really is, you will be good at connecting in both ways. Reading and writing.

What is the basic ingredient according to you for someone to be a writer?

Genuine and simple and honest emotions and a desire to connect with people. Emotions such as empathy are important.

How do you cope with writer’s block, if you find yourself in the situation?

I don’t cope with it, really. I just leave it. If my mind is numb, I let it be. It’ll come back to feeling on its own. It always does. Watch movies, read books, listen to music, give myself a break… 🙂

Which is more important, heart or brain? 

Well, technically, both are important, I’d die without either, but if you’re speaking about which one to follow, like which one gives better advice, then I think my heart is best. Our heart is our conscience. It knows and urges us to stay away from things that may stain our souls (i.e. if your heart is in the right place and not on your sleeve). Plus, I personally believe in trusting your instincts and I believe instincts to be a gift of the heart, not the brain… 🙂

Do you think you are living your life well? Do you sleep satisfied at the end of the day?

Frankly, I never sleep satisfied… I constantly feel nagged by the realization that there’s too much I’ve left undone. I feel like time is not enough, it keeps running out and every time I reflect over this, I feel like I’m stuck in slow motion and there’s so much to do!

It’s dreadful really. Leads to horrible anxiety in the pit of my stomach. :/

Name your favourite music artists.

Oh, Nayab, there are so many…

Greenday, Ed Sheeran, AC-DC, Arctic Monkeys, Passenger, The Neighbourhood, Phil Collins, Janelle Monae, The Backstreet Boys, The Script, Snow Patrol, The Fray, The Smiths, The Beatles, Halsey, Melanie Martinez, Panic! at the Disco, Young the Giant, Years and Years, Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons, Troye Sivan, One Republic, Coldplay, Lorde, Big Phony, Stevie Wonder, Smashing Pumpkins, Jaymes Young, Evanessence, Linkin Park, Lana Del Rey, First Aid Kit, Eminem, Modest Mouse, 5 Seconds of Summer, Death Cab for Cutie… etc. etc.

Lol, I’m sorry, I can just never get over music. Songs just never get too old for me!

And these are just my favourites… :3

Blogs I’m nominating:

Randomly Abstract

White Shadows

Stories and Srcibblings

Roller Coaster Rides

Atta ul Kibria

Bano’s World

My questions are:

Since when have you been writing and why?

Naturally, you must be a reader, so what are your most favourite books or those that you would strongly recommend for your readers to read?

What do you personally feel is a terrible aspect of the society that you live in which needs to immediately be changed?

Who are the people you admire most in life?

If there was one thing among all that you would truly want to thank your Lord for, what would that be?

Tea or Coffee? Apple or Android? Facebook or Twitter?

Any good in the kitchen? 😛

Are you satisfied with who you are?

Pray for me?

AWARD RULES

Once you are nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.

Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.

Nominate 5 -10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.

Lastly, COPY these rules in the post.