Khanversations

Rukhsana’s thoughts on her journey of life, writing and sometimes—when she dares—a bit of politics.
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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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A few weeks ago I was invited to tell during the entertainment session of the ISNA convention. That’s the Islamic Society of North America (Canada branch). Had a great time, went well, but got home and  hubby asked which story I told. When I told him one of them was Dajan Tigh, he said, “Oh […]

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Never fails…

Just when you get some time off…some health problem surfaces! You get a cold, or allergies or the flu or something starts aching. Been dealing with some stuff over the past few days, not fun, and yet it feels really good to get back to some projects! I really can’t believe that half the year […]

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