A Long Way Down!

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Two weeks before buying this book i actually went to the book store (Times) and browse the store from top to the end, both fictional and Non-fictional areas.

Obviously i browsed through many books, but i was actually disappointed that writers of fiction books for teenagers only write about love stories and what was more irritating that those love stories are about vampires, wolves etc!

Im not really a fan of love stories, and vampires love life doesn’t entertain me either!

So i actually saw this book and read the “Plot Summary” and it was about four people wanting suicide and to me it sounded depressing and boring… So i put back that book to the shelf….

However, after two weeks when i went to the book store, (its my favorite place to hang out) i don’t know why but i picked up ” A Long Way Down” and just browse through it, to my surprise it was entertaining and when i saw the comment made by Johnny Depp ” Masterfull… Some of the finest writing, and some of the most outstanding characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading’ that was the point when i decided to buy this book!
There were other reviews made by newspapers such as Sunday Times, Irish Times etc.

I love people like Johnny Depp, not just because of their looks and personality ūüėć but they know their work very well and they always give more than 100% #Respect

The book is super funny and brilliantly written, i used to read it in Trains while going and coming back from School and every day i just couldn’t wait to sit in the train and enjoy my ride due to Nick Hornby’s A long Way Down! This book has four characters, which are of different age and background which i believe will able to connect with almost everyone. I used to giggle to myself while reading, making other commuters think that I’m crazy or high! And there were times i had tears in my eyes! It has both highs and lows!

Ouh and its now a major motion picture (or at least the book cover say so) but definitely i would recommend it to everyone and esp. to those who just need to have a good and light reading time!

Till next time…

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Amnaholic

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International Food Factory!

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Hello!

In this post i will introduce all of you to my new blog: InternationalFoodFactory.wordpress.com . I’m loving this blogging experience, You can share your thoughts, inspire others, learn internationally at your very own comfy corner.

Well I’m¬†a foodie! (a big one) and i love to take pictures of it from every possible angle. So, i thought, why not blog about it and share my “international” food with my fellow bloggers.

I will still blog here but whenever it will come to food, you will see the post about it on InternationalFoodFactory.wordpress.com

Right now, its still “under construction” the hardest part is choosing the theme especially when all the good ones AREN’T Freeee!!!

Battery Running Low! “See” You all next Post! Till then, Play hard, Blog Harder!

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Amnaholic

 

 

The Struggle of Learning!

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Was stalking on Instagram and then i came across this post! It gave me few emotions at one time! I was smiling, surprised, sad, proud… (Yeah! That much of emotions!)

I’m proud of these girls and their parents! We do take things for granted A LOT! Time to be grateful…

Sadly, the real danger comes to women is from another woman! We must teach our girls and boys to respect each other and to fight and struggle for their rights!

We all know that, if a country wants to grow, they must let and provide a healthy environment for their women to grow FIRST! And that’s what Islam teaches us as well! Some Muslims have gotten a wrong idea about it. The status of women is highest in Islam!

Well, Pictures do speak a thousand words! (But i cant type all those words out here!) and that’s why i love Instagram (@lifeofamna)

This photo was not taken by me neither do i have any rights or whatsoever over this picture!

Don’t Kill your Baby Girls And Teach your Sons to Respect them! ( and also teach them to control their hormones)

Till next time…

Source: Instagram

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Amnaholic

Ramadan Mubarak!

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Ramadan Mubarak/ Ramzan Mubarak/Kareem Selamat berpuasa etc.. You’ve been hearing this or even seeing these wishes on twitter or FB and even on IG! What really is Ramadan? and Why do Muslims all over the world celebrate it?

Ramadan is a 9th month of Islamic Calender, in which Muslims (Men and Women) fast for the whole month (period of 30 days) for the sake of Allah. Fasting during Ramadan is regarded as one of the Five pillars of Islam (Believe in one Allah, 5 Prayers, Charity, Fasting during Ramadan and Pilgrimage to Mecca ~ Hajj). Fasting during this is an obligatory for all the¬†adult (once they’ve reached Puberty) Muslims, except those who are ill, travelling, pregnant,diabetic¬†or going through menstruation.

However, they are required to pay back their fast when they are healthy or return back from their journey.

Chapter 2, Revelation 185 of the Quran:

The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, a number of other days. Allah desires for you ease; He desires not hardship for you; and that you should complete the period, and that you should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that perhaps you may be thankful. [Quran 2:185]

The time of the fast is from dawn until sunset.  Food and drink is served daily, before sunrise and after sunset. Dates become the important part of the Meal as its the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.

During their fast, Muslims refrain from eating/drinking, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations and all other forbidden things in Islam like swearing, backbiting gossiping, lying etc.

In this month, all the rewards are multiplied and therefore Muslims are encouraged to increase their good deeds! A good deed in Islam can be as simple as Smiling and Giving to Salam to each other!

The Month of Blessings, is divided into 3 parts. The first 10 days are believed to be of Allah’s Mercy, the next 10 days of Ramadan are for Forgiveness¬†and the last 10 days are Release from hell fire.

During this month, the Gates of Heavens are open and the Gates of Hell are closed and Shaitan (Satan) is locked. During this Month, many Muslims who usually don’t abide by the rules and regulation of Islam (May Allah Guide Them) turn over a new leaf and make many resolutions such as to pray 5 times a day, quit smoking, giving charity etc.

Qura’n, the holy book of Islam was revealed in the month of Ramadan. Many Muslims read the Qura’n with the translation during this month so as to become better Muslims even after the Ramadan. The act of fasting is said to redirect the heart away from worldly activities, so as to cleanse the soul by freeing it from harmful impurities. Thus, fasting cure the diseased hearts and souls.

Ramadan also teaches Muslims self-discipline and to be in the shoes of those who are less fortunate; thus encouraging compulsory charity (Zakat Рanother important pillar of Islam)

Tarawih, special evening prayer is conducted after Isha (The last prayer of the day) during the month of Ramadan. During this prayer, one recite long sections Qura’n (1/30 Juz every day or more) So, before the end of Ramadan, the whole¬†Qur’an will been completed.

When The month of Blessings and mercy ends, its followed by Eid-ul-fitr (Feast of breaking the Fast) or Hari Raya Puasa and its also the beginning of the 10th month of Islamic calendar – Shawwal.

And when its the time of Eid, all we do is eat, enjoy and Thank Allah and of course, not forgetting the resolution we’ve made and practiced during Ramadan!

There is a lot more about the Blessed month of Ramadan which i can’t summarize into one blog post! Kindly, Pardon me for the mistakes! Indeed, Allah knows best!

That’s all for now! happy Fasting! May Allah make me and you a better Muslim and Human.

To have Evil Desires, is Human, but to Resist them is Muslim!

Source: I’m a Muslim, Google, Quran

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Time Management!

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Many deadlines to meet but can’t manage your time! Not productive enough and/or cant finish your tasks on time? Ive been through this as well and now let me help you!

Firstly, what is time management? Its the  act or process of planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase effectiveness, efficiency or productivity. Too much to absorb? basically its just a skill which helps you accomplish your tasks/goals on time so as to increase productivity!

We are living in a multi-tasking society, we have to study, work, play, have some family time or maybe just read or write blogs! We must learn to manage our time to reduce stress. Below are some tips which you can rely on…

  1. Get your priorities right!
  2. Admit that you aint a super hero and cant accomplish all task at once, pay full attention to 1 goal at a time! if you are studying just study and if you are reading this post just focus on this!
  3. Break your goals into smaller units of work.
  4. Make it easy to get started or you can also choose to finish the harder one first. ( whichever way suits you!)
  5. Make a to-do list every day! ( it doesn’t have to be the most stylish one out there, you can jot down on small piece of paper, so you know exactly what you are gonna face today)
  6. Its ok be to slow! Remember we are humans and not machines or super heroes! Give your self some time!
  7. Think ahead, look ahead… spot troubles ahead. If you have an appointment coming up write it down so you can plan accordingly!
  8. Be honest to yourself and your loved ones, if you think you need a break and you wont be able handle any outings tell them! they love you and they will understand you! ( But please don’t do this every other day and kindly avoid last minute cancellation)
  9. Finish what’s important and stop doing what’s no longer worthwhile.
  10. Last but most important! Maintain a lifestyle that will give you maximum energy. Do exercise at least three times a week, eating a healthy diet and getting enough sleep.

Im not saying these are just the things you need to work on but they are the few important ones! So think about what are the obstacles you need to deal with. Whatever you do, do with determination and a believe that its ok to slow down or make mistakes!

Well that’s all for now! Keep reading and feel free to comment below!

Source: My brain and google

Picture: Google

amnaholic

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Boxing Day!

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What is Boxing Day? Why do we celebrate such day and why is it called Boxing Day? Well, it’s not related to boxing! Well it’s celebrated on the 26th of December a day after Christmas, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts from their superiors as thanks for good service throughout the year. Cool huh?

It’s a national holiday in the UK and Ireland. Good for them as they have another day to celebrate Christmas with family and eat all the leftovers….

Boxing Day is a time to spend with family or friends, usually those not seen on Christmas Day itself. It was more like a charity day but now it is more seen as a sports day, we have many matches played around the world. Many countries have horse racing, soccer matches and they also organise other fun filled activities for families to enjoy before they need to back to the ‚Äúreality‚ÄĚ. their are even Sales going on in shopping malls!

There are still many arguments on why it is called boxing day at first place, however, I heard that it name derived from the word BOX… you know that square box and Boxing itself! How creative! LOL!

Well, that’s for now! Happy New Year!

Source: Google, My Dad!

Pictures: Google

amnaholic

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