Khanversations

Rukhsana’s thoughts on her journey of life, writing and sometimes—when she dares—a bit of politics.
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Gaza under fire, Eid, and Muslimfest…

What a time it’s been! Part of me just wants to curl up into a ball and cry over what’s happening in Gaza! And yet with the end of Ramadan, and the beginning of Eid, and the big party I had planned, and all the presents and the food and the celebrating, that just wasn’t […]

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So this year I went back to my favourite version of the Quran–the A. Yusuf Ali translation. It’s the translation I grew up with, with the Arabic Quran (the actual Quran is in Arabic–the English is always a translation!) on the right side of the page and the English translation with its attempts at Olde […]

Into the stretch…

We’re well into the last ten days of Ramadan, more like the last week of it in fact, and yup, I’m wondering where the month went! It flew right by! And now the work in earnest begins. Nobody knows the importance of tradition and celebrating your festivals as much as a kid growing up poor […]

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Half way through already!

Subhan Allah, the time goes so fast! I’m down here typing this blog post while I wait for the time to break my fast. Got about half an hour left and I’m feeling pretty good alhamdu lillah. Went by one of my daughters and my grandkiddies were all there. After giving me a big hug, […]

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One Week Down…

I went to an iftar dinner on Saturday night. Funny how the topic of weight loss so often comes up during Ramadan. You’d think with the long days and the not eating that you’d lose a lot of weight during Ramadan. In fact some people gain. All the fancy dinner parties. At this party on […]

Oh how quickly the year has passed. Mind you it does come ten days earlier than the Gregorian calendar. It’s funny with Ramadan, I always approach it with a mixture of dread and excitement. And yet, when it arrives there’s such a blessing of peace! It’s like no other time! Reminds me of the days […]

Lionel Richie’s advice…

Never try and consciously write a ‘bestseller’, or a ‘hit’. He says don’t do it, you can’t. Just write something good. And it’s so true. Bestsellers and hits come by chance. You just have to hit the right note at a time when people are hungry for it, and there’s no predicting that! I was […]

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Oops…

Isn’t it funny when you make a joke and then people actually act like you’re serious? Had to pop by a school in the west end where I had some business left over and I had the pleasure of speaking to the secretary and principal and librarian. I am SO fortunate to meet such nice […]

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Apparently universities offer courses in Diaspora these days. Quite frankly I didn’t even know what a diaspora was a few years ago! And for those of you who might not be familiar with the term either, let’s just say it’s when a community spreads out. Like African diaspora is how the Africans were spread out […]

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Yesterday I went down to Kitchener to be part of the Coalition of Muslim Women of Kitchener event. Did some storytelling a few years ago for them, and they were so sweet! And they asked so nicely, that even though I’m pretty tired and feel a bit burned out by the hectic schedule I’ve been […]

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