Category: Islam and Muslims

I have never fasted while breasfeeding which means I still have so many days to make up from previous years so I’ve decided to try it this year. My little one is 7 months old and I figured I can just give her water if she gets thirsty and if hungry, she can eat solid food. All sorted.

Well. No.

It turns out she much prefers breastmilk over other sustenance and so I think it’s safe to say Ramadan is kicking my butt this year. I am spent. I have no milk left but she’s surprisingly ok even though I know she is hungry and thirsty at the end of the day.  I’ve switched tactics to fasting every alternate day. We shall see how we go.

I have just finished reading “Life of Pi” and who said it would make you believe in God? It had the opposite effect on me – I still believe in God but the message I got from book is that there is no God. Funny how people can read the same book and see something completely different. Gorgeous book and a bit of a tear jerker am afraid. So all you softies, prepare yourself by stocking up on the Kleenex before reading.

From the book:

“There are always those who take it upon themselves to defend God, as if Ultimate Reality, as if the sustaining frame of existence, were something weak and helpless. These people walk by a widow deformed by leprosy begging for a few paise, walk by children dressed in rags living in the street, and they think, “Business as usual.” But if they perceive a slight against God, it is a different story. Their faces go red, their chests heave mightily, they sputter angry words. The degree of their indignation is astonishing. Their resolve is frightening.

These people fail to realize that it is on the inside that God must be defended, not on the outside. They should direct their anger at themselves. For evil in the open is but evil from within that has been let out. The main battlefield for good is not the open ground of the public arena but the small clearing of each heart. Meanwhile, the lot of widows and homeless children is very hard, and it is to their defense, not God’s, that the self-righteous should rush.”

Goodness! I’ve been on the internet for a lot of yesterday and have realised most of the Muslim bloggers I used to read way back when are now ex-Muslim and not blogging so much anymore. And I’m not talking about a just a couple – it’s an epidemic!!

I’ve started a bookclub. I know that I’m probably a few years late and everyone has moved on to crochet and knitting clubs but I’m hoping we have a few months of interesting conversation before everyone gets off the fad and moves onto something else. Plus, I’m hoping it rekindles my reading desire. Honestly –  having children, even having a life nowadays means there is no time for anything let alone reading time. I’m not a literary snob by any means but I am not reading Eat Pray Love or any of the Twilight series. I’m all for broadening the reading horizons but that’s just taking things a bit too far.

Those who know where I live are welcome to come and join us – 8pm Friday night.

Book recommendations? Something polarising would be much appreciated.

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