The first step is knowing that they exist.

Life isn’t just happening. The way life is happening for us is because of us.

That can be a hard pill to swallow for those who believe they always draw the short straw; that the world is against them and that life is just so damn hard.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Not once you understand that there are laws at play in the universe that are always working with us — we just need to first become fully aware of them, so we know how to work in harmony with them, too.

Let me explain.


And the only solution is, and can ever be, non-violence.

As if enough had not already been done; as if enough pain had not already been endured; as if enough lives hadn’t already been mercilessly taken… what’s happening currently in Palestine is even more heartbreaking news to add to the list, leaving many of us feeling helpless as we watch Israel continue to wage its genocide on the Palestinians, with most of the world complicit in its actions.

Over fifty years ago, Israel ripped the remaining Palestinian territories away from the hands of their desperate people — from those who were still clutching on to the last remaining parts of…

… because it’s really not about ‘starving yourself’.

Ramadan is here once again — a time of the year, that for me, is absolutely magical.

I remember a good few years ago, I was sitting with my teenage nephew when he loudly proclaimed, “I can’t wait for Ramadan! Samosas, pakoras… all that nice food!”.

I smiled and looked at him. “Ramadan isn’t all about that nice food though darling,” I said. “Do you know why we actually fast?”

He looked at me blankly and then as if a light had switched on somewhere in the back of his head, he robotically mumbled, “Oh, to know what the poor…

A reminder to myself, first and foremost.

“You can do this. This is the year. This is your time.”

“Oh, but you say that every year. You don’t have it in you. You can never complete anything. You think you can do this? No way. Not a chance in hell.”

“Oh come on, don’t listen to her. You know that’s not the Truth speaking. You know it’s not real. Fight through it. Ignore her. Drown it out!”

“Who do you think you are though? 32 years old already… and what have you got to show for it?”

“You are amazing! 32 years old and look at everything…

Once upon a time, these were the things I needed to hear myself

It was the summer of 2010, and Ramadan had just arrived. After the shenanigans of my brother’s big, fat Pakistani wedding and everything that comes with that just a couple of weeks prior to the holy month, we now had a new sister-in-law in the house and our first pre-dawn meal together was really special.

We prepared our food, ate together and laughed together, and then each of us raced to the bathroom trying to get a vigorous round of teeth brushing in before the clock ticked to the minute signalling the beginning of sunrise.

Then talk turned to praying…

Sabah’s Soul Saturdays #16 — the whisperings of my soul.

Sometimes life doesn’t go the way we expected it to go.

I know for me, this has been one of my biggest struggles: having been thrown head-first into the world of parenting and motherhood, before I’d had the chance to do all of the things I’d once wanted to do — like go backpacking around the world and establish a career in honest journalism.

Even now, the truth is, every time I feel like I’m getting back on track with my goals and dreams, something comes along to shake things up a little. …

Sabah’s Soul Saturdays #15 — the whisperings of my soul.

When you begin to understand true Oneness as the vast, beautiful and intricately woven tapestry that makes up this entire Universe, you begin to truly understand the concepts of “want for your brother, what you want for yourself” and “thou shall love thy neighbour as thyself”.

We are all connected — as incomprehensible and mind-blowing as that may be — but we are, each of us a unique thread woven together to make up this whole magnificent tapestry.

Understanding this, whatever you give to another who makes up another part of the whole, essentially you are giving to another part…

…and it ain’t always pretty, that’s for sure!

It’s just turned Mother’s Day 2021 here in the UK and this is my first Mother’s day as a momma of — dare I say it — three children. Three! Damn, I feel like I just blinked and three kids appeared along with the multitude of grey hairs making their homes on my head and the permanent panda eyes that I’m kind of learning to accept are here to stay.

Motherhood pounced on me after an unplanned pregnancy back in 2013, when we welcomed our first wonderful baby boy into the world quite calmly just three weeks before my 25th…

Sabah’s Soul Saturdays #14 — the whisperings of my soul.

It can be scary to take that first step into the unknown. To turn your back to something that was once familiar and comfortable. It can be terrifying to take your trembling hands, shut the doors and begin to walk away.

And this applies to absolutely anything. Relationships, work, situations, things — parts of ourselves, even.

We’re all called to let go at some point or another. Actually, we’re called to let go continually, because our human lives are about movement, about growth and about change.

To become comfortable in places where we’re disrespected, ill-treated, misunderstood, unhappy or to become…

Sabah’s Soul Saturdays #13 — the whisperings of my soul.

Abundance isn’t some far-off dream reserved for a future which may never arrive.

Abundance isn’t having more numbers in a bank account that you even know what to do with.

Abundance is here.

Abundance is here and now.

Abundance is the little moments. The little things.

The sound of silence when the house is empty; the sound of silence within your own soul.

It’s in the sitting back and looking upon your life and realising that there isn’t one moment when God hasn’t provided for you.

It’s in the holding of your child as they fall asleep in your arms…

Sabah Ismail✨

A writer, artist & seeker exploring the world around me & the Universe within me. Expect words on healing, spirituality and all that comes with being human.

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