Thursday, December 10, 2015

Your Terrorism Doesn't Scare Me!

Your Terrorism Doesn't Scare Me

Dear Terrorists,

You might think your actions have affected me, but all you've done is make me appreciate this world even more and everything that I have been blessed with. I pity you. How miserable your life must be that you feel the need to cause so much chaos and destruction.

You may threaten my places of worship, my children's schools, my health clinics,  my movie theaters, my workplace, my marathons, or even my existence in a country I call home, but your actions will not affect the way I live my life.

I will continue to wake each morning and educate myself, provide for my family, wear my hijab, pray and seek guidance and peace. I will unapologetically be me and there is nothing you can do about it.

While you teach your children to hate and discriminate, I will teach mine love, respect and empathy. While you and your children destroy and abuse because of your ignorance and xenophobia, me and my children will share our compassion with those who are in need. While your children learn from your hateful rhetoric and become school bullies, mine will focus on the things that matter and be valedictorians.

Even if you use my religion as a tool for your psychopathic propaganda, I will continue to show the world the truth with my peaceful actions and stance against oppression. Your sick and twisted ideology has nothing to do with my beliefs and nothing to do with my Prophet. Terrorism has no race, religion or nationality.

You are just an empty shell of a human being that has been filled with hate and ignorance. I would pray for you, but I doubt it would make a difference. I pray for humanity, peace and a more compassionate world.

So you see, my life continues, without fear or apprehension. I will stand up for myself, my country, and my faith. I will educate my children and teach them to be tolerant, fearless and confident. And on election day, I will use my vote to ensure your fear mongering and fascism does not reach the White House.

An American Muslim Woman

Friday, January 10, 2014

Introduction

Hi there, I'm Anila, muslim mother of two beautiful girls and I live with my family in Orlando, Florida. In this blog I plan to share things that are of interest to me and I might talk about my family and expand on recipes from my food blog.

I used to blog back in 2005/2006 regularly on my homeschooling blog, Orlando Muslim Mama. At that time my girls were around 4 and 2 and I was homeschooling both of them. That blog was my mommy/homeschooling blog. After 2007, we got a little busier and my posts became less frequent. Then in 2010 I enrolled them both at the local public school and they have been attending since then.

The transition to public school was a pretty easy one. Because of my eldest daughter's FCAT scores, she was placed in the gifted classes right away. My youngest is also in gifted classes now. They adapted to school quicker than I thought and made many friends already. I was a bit relieved as both of them were always on the shy, quiet side so I wasn't sure how it would be for them, but luckily all is going well and they really enjoy going to school.

Now that I have more time to myself, I realized that I really missed blogging. I decided to start up a fresh blog this time because I feel that I am no longer a mommy blogger. My old blog was more about homeschooling and my children, but now I no longer homeschool and my daughter's are at that age where they really don't want me to share all sorts of things about them across the internet. So, I figured I'd start up writing again, but this time just for me.

I've always wanted to find a way to record all of the recipes I have learned from my mother and my mother-in-law as well as ones I've picked up from here and there, so I started up a food blog and will maintain that as well this one.

On this blog I plan to share things I like, perhaps some reviews of books or things I use as well as some tutorials. I hope you follow me along for the journey. Thanks for reading.