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A Chocolate, Qur'an Engraved Box, From My Mother

For my janam-din/saal-ghira (birth-day) last year, my Mother engraved a treasure chest with one of my beloved Qur'an verses. No, it wasn't made of chocolate.
It was given to me overloaded with shokolatt, which quite frankly, I engulfed like Augustus Gloop. Face smothered with melted goo, using the ends of a khimaar to wipe my fingers clean... You get the visual. The box opens with a latch and is now the preserved home of {my toys and gadgets}.

And this is what it reads: "Qul: inna salatee wanusukee wa maHyaaya wa mamaatee lillahi rabbil `alameen" -- "Say, Indeed, my prayer, my (acts of) worship (sacrifice), my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the worlds. (Qur'an, An`am, 6:162)

Y'know how certain ayat are particularly relevant to you at some point in life? They "speak" to you, give you a bigger perspective. Well, this is one of those verses. May Allah swt have mercy on my Mother for what she does. And bears. (Reasons to love your parents).

ps. Can I have an Aston Martin next year...?


  1. Aww, ma'sha'allah! Indeed, May Allah (swt) Bless your Ammi-ji for all that she has done and yes, for bearing you (double meaning there, lol). Ameen!

  2. Ummi*. Superwoman. In years to come they'll make biblical-esque movies of her goliath power and miraculous abilities to drive with one toe, lay bricks with one hand and turn water into lassi with the other. Alhamdulillah.

  3. Oh, sorry, you call her Ummi. We use Amma/Ammi/Mummi in our extended family, depending on which child you are asking. Water into lassi! Wow!

  4. "No, it wasn't
    of chocolate."

    That's what I thought you meant for a second lol. I was like hmm that may be problematic, although delicious.

  5. It WAS deliscrumptious. If I recall correctly, I was given 12 bars of Hotel chocolate slabs, 2 boxes of Thorntons collections (English co.), little puffs of handmade lemon desserts and coffee creams and divine 70% dark chocolate bars whose name and brand I forget because I ate them whole. Let me tell you, women and chocolate: unbe-freakin-lievable. I've said it before and I'll say it again - someone needs to invent a chocolate drip. Glory be to Allah.


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