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Book Review: Desperate in Dubai

In Muslim Women, Muslimah Media Watch, Review, Society, Story on July 23, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Desperate in Dubai, a cheeky exposé novel based on the original blog written by Ameera al-Hakawati (a pseudonym), revolves around the lives of four women who live, love, and labour in the sparkling Gulf city of Dubai.

Cover of Desperate in Dubai.

I recently had the chance to catch up with al-Hakawati in Dubai, to chat about her book, her faith, and the politics of anonymous writing as a Muslim woman.

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Moving Forward

In Story on October 19, 2010 at 9:52 am

Published in Al Huda Magazine

One stormy night, as my husband and I, in deep conversation, contemplated the future, an idea was born. We explored the possibility of relocating overseas, for a short period, to experience life in another country. Four months later, our home was packed away in storage and we were on a plane, headed to Dubai, the city of dreams, with no jobs, but a lot of hope.

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Lasting Impressions of the Muslim World

In Story, Travel on October 19, 2010 at 9:40 am

Published in the Arabian Woman magazine in the U.A.E.

Being in Dubai, the crossroad of the worlds’ new trade routes and a melting pot of cultures, has afforded my husband and I the opportunity to explore the world, and so we began, with the Middle East, in search of a spiritual awakening. We chose the countries that had the most historical significance to Islam, the religion we both follow, namely; Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Syria, Jordan and Turkey.

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A Blessed Mountain

In Story, Travel on October 19, 2010 at 9:28 am

This story was published in the Muslim Views newspaper.

(Please do remember to read the customary salutations after the mentioning of Prophet Muhammad’s name – peace be upon him)

Picking up an old favorite, “Payambar-The Messenger” by Zeinolabedien Rahnema, I opened the book randomly, and landed on the chapter entitled “Read…!” It started off… “There stands in Makkah a mountain famed in history, and in the story of that mountain one man closer to it than all others.”

I was soon engrossed, and memories of my trip to that blessed mountain, one year ago, were conjured up so vividly, I could smell the fresh mountain air, and feel the throbbing of the pilgrim’s fervor to reach the cave. “This mountain, by the will if God, saw the birth of Muhammad, the Prophet of God” writes Rahnema, and experiencing that mountain, saw the birth of a renewed love and devotion in me, to that great man, the Messenger of God.

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