Monday, February 28, 2011

if you have even the slightest chance of escaping, take it.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

I just got Photoshop, so I'm going a little crazy with it :)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

نا لله وانا اليه راجعون

I didn't know until now that my heart was capable of feeling so much pain for someone else's loss.

(Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji'un, 'Surely we belong to Allah and to Him shall we return'.)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Sunday, February 20, 2011

tough times

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) told us in an authentic hadith:

"There will come a time when holding on to your Iman (belief) will be like holding on to hot coals"

Saturday, February 19, 2011

I don't have bad hair days, I have bad scarf days :)

NEW CONTEST!!! there is a group on Facebook that is in the process of making t-shirts that display the logo “I don’t have bad hair days, I have bad scarf days”, and they need a picture to go along with it. They want you guys to come up with a cartoon, drawing, painting…whatever you can think of that would best fit this saying. Have fun with it, get creative and even a little silly! :)

Once you have your design, submit a picture of it to asma.zafar@badscarfdays.com and we will pick the top 5 to for YOU GUYS to choose the winner!

The winner will get a gift bag with items such as a hijab (scarf), khol (black eyeliner), henna designs and a FREE t-shirt with your own design so you can proudly show it off as well as other goodies.

Deadline to submit is march 02 11:59pm Eastern Standard time, US.
GOOD LUCK!!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

yesterday

this blog is officially two years old! :)
thanks for sticking by.
& to celebrate, here's some skyy-
sunset from the apartment view
in daylights,
in sunsets,
in midnights,in cups of coffee,
in inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife
in five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes
how do you measure a year in a life? :)
seasons of love

Thursday, February 10, 2011

on fashion, dreams and driving

I used to have this crazy dream of being a actress/model when I was younger. I decided I'd have to be in an Arabic TV show or movie because I can more easily pass as an Arab and I wear a hijab, so I didn't think I would be able to act in any other types of cinema. I always knew I wanted to learn the language, so I wasn't worried about that. I was going to learn Arabic before I was 20 and then move to Morocco and start auditioning. That was seriously the plan.

I've decided I need to start wearing more of my clothes! I have so many, but I'm too lazy to put outfits together! I'll try to be more fashionable this semester :) Maybe I'll get closer to my childhood dream, haha. I don't really love this outfit (in the photo below) or anything, but I like the modesty about it, and I like the saturation of the photo.

Dinaa Torkia

On driving: The other night Erin and I went for some late night pizza nearby. On our way out of the pizza shop, we were waiting for the light to turn red so we could cross the street. A bus was stopped before the intersection even though his light was green. I looked closer and saw he was sleeping! I went up and tapped on the window. He opened it and I told him, "Wake up!!! Get a coffee if you need to!" He seemed nice. WHAT THE HECK. That's so dangerous. I'm a very tough critic when it comes to driving (as I've said before) and I can't handle when people aren't completely attentive while driving. Seeing a bus driver sleeping while behind the wheel... scary stuff. The night ended right, though. The weather was perfect, so we ate outside on our campus plaza. I love eating outside. It was the best pizza I've ever had. Or maybe I was just reallyyy hungry. I forget to eat sometimes.

shoutout to Ibrahim!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Solidarity

A Muslim man holding the Quran and a Catholic man holding a Cross. Egyptians standing united. Source: Unknown

Sunday, February 6, 2011

I miss this

Dad, Khalid, and me (West Virginia last summer)
My dad and brothers are the best guys I know. My dad is hilarioussss. I love when we go on roadtrips because I just laugh and laugh the whole time at his stories and jokes. Also, he's the only one that goes on all the rollercoasters with me when we go to theme parks. My dad and I are the most adventurous. Once when we were driving to the Mosque and running late, he stopped to help a blind man cross a large, busy intersection. He's someone I admire very much. My older brother, Khalid, is the nicest. He does so much for other people, you wouldn't even believe. He'd empty his entire wallet for someone he barely knows if they needed it. He's amazing at computers and is always trying to play doctor with my laptop. He's the best driver I know, and I'm a very tough critic when it comes to drivers. My younger brother, Umar, is probably the sweetest 17-year-old boy you'll ever meet. I don't know how he's in high school and completely uninfluenced by those around him. It's amazing. I remember when I was a junior and he was a freshman, he would hold the door open for everyone in the morning. He would just stand there and everyone who got out of the bus walked right through the door, and he just held it open for the longest time! He's also really funny, and a great story teller- very original in everything. These guys just have so much respect for everyone around them, and when we're all together, we can have fun doing nothing. I miss them so much when I'm here at school.

Umar, during my basement photoshoot :)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

my blind optimism is to blame

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