A wonderful blog i read about marriage. Hope you find it as meaningful as i did. :)

Love, InshAllah

Sakina

Last year, while I was interning in New York City and commuting via public transit daily, I had an awkward moment on the subway. An older Muslim woman noticed my Palestinian-flag bracelet and spoke to me in Arabic, asking me my age, origins (French and Moroccan), my parents’ work and then mine.

When I told her that I was an intern, she said, “Wow, your husband let you travel from Europe for a three-month internship?”

I answered, “I’m not married, but, yes, my parents are confident enough to let me travel on my own.”

A few stops later, she ended the conversation by telling me that I should take off my hijab if I wanted to get married – especially given my advanced age of 26. She said this in the way an aunt, khalti, khanu or mama would say it: solemnly and with my best interest at heart.

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Atif Aslam’s Mehendi

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If you are a Pakistani and have no idea who Atif Aslam is, then you must be surely living under a rock. :)

He is “the” pop sensation of Pakistan who has been crooning music on both sides of the sub-continent. What i like about Mr.Aslam is that he has a very good boy image and it does seem that this is just not an image but a fact. Despite being famous and well by this time, wealthy, this guy seems to have no airs about himself. None of his music videos show him serenading women in an uncomfortable proximity. In all shows and videos that i have come across, he seems polite and humble.

That being said, reports state that he has known his wife for about seven years. This shows that he is a committed individual and i do like his choice. What a pretty girl, Sarah Bharwana is. MashaAllah. From what i hear she has a master’s degree from the Kinnaird College for Women in Lahore, is a sporty person and has been teaching for a while.

To me, they look made for each other and i wish them the best of happiness, love, companionship and peace and tranquillity in their marriage. Ameen.

Here are some pictures from their mehendi which took place at the Royal Palm Golf and Country Club in Lahore. Irfan Ahson was their official photographer and those beautiful pictures have rightfully been kept private by the family.

I like what the groom and the bride are wearing save for that huge turban/paggar that Atif seems to have changed into for a dance performance or vice versa. The bling on the turban is well… strange. :) The bride is wearing  a  Karma creation, specifically a dress from their Gajra collection from Karma Red. 

Here are some pictures i managed to get from the internet.I claim no rights or privileges to these photographs. Heck! I wasn’t even there. :)

But surely, the treat does not stop here. I present to you Mr. Aslam dancing on his mehendi here. ;)

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After a while you learn

“After a while you learn
The subtle difference between
Holding a hand and chaining a soul
And you learn
That love doesn’t mean leaning
And company doesn’t always mean security.
And you begin to learn
That kisses aren’t contracts
And presents aren’t promises
And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head up and your eyes ahead
With the grace of woman,
Not the grief of a child
And you learn
To build all your roads on today
Because tomorrow’s ground is
Too uncertain for plans
And futures have a way of falling down
In mid-flight.
After a while you learn
That even sunshine burns
If you get too much
So you plant your own garden
And decorate your own soul
Instead of waiting for someone
To bring you flowers.”

— Veronica A. Shoffstall

 

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Wedding Photography in Karachi: Sitwat & Insiya

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” Two girls. Two cameras. Lots of love. ” – Sitwat & Insiya

 

To be honest, these two girls are just genius at work. A quick look at their Face Book Page  reveals tons of images that capture your heart and make you quickly appreciate and respect what they have to offer in terms of wedding photography.

They describe themselves as happy people, who like yo make other people happy. I like anyone who is happy to be honest. :)

The one reason that should make you decide on hiring their professional wedding services is their dedication to work.

According to the duo, “Your event is more important to us than it is to you. No, seriously.”

*Yay*

Here’s what they said about themselves on their face book page:

Sitwat and Insiya Photography was formed two years ago when two girls decided to defy the norms and venture into the world of wedding photography. Since then they have documented many stories, shared many memories and made many friends along the way. Now older and wiser they are venturing into new and exciting avenues.

So, if you have made your mind up, then rejoice because they are available for assignments across Pakistan / USA / Middle East / Worldwide.

Here is how you can reach them:

Email: info@sitwatandinsiya.com 
Facebook page: Sitwat & Insiya
Vimeo channel here
And here are the yummy pictures. :)
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First Nikah Anniversary

Flowing from my previous post here about our Nikah anniversary, here are details of what we did that day.

We cut a rather confused looking , yet fresh and delicious cake purchased by dearest hubby. Yep! I can see this was bought in a hurry. :p

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These pictures have been taken from a sturdy basic camera so yeah, no glamour here. :)

We watched a play in the theater. Nope, we had not planned this to celebrate the anniversary. I actually had free tickets to the event and this was on the cards a week back. The theatrical play “Aangan Terrha” is actually an adaptation of the television serial presented by the PTV network in the late 1980s. Infact the television serial was really popular in the 1980’s and it will do you good and give you the much needed laughter if you decide to watch it here.

Here are some pictures of the play i took from the facebook page of KopyKats Productions.

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If you are in Karachi and still have not watched this. I strongly urge you to go and see this. You will not be disappointed. In the end, hubby dear gave a standing ovation to Anwar Maqsood. :)

To my surprise, hubby dear took me out for a very late dinner afterwards to Arizona Grill. He ordered the Twin Steak and i ate some Pasta Spinoccoli. It was some great tasting food.

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Believe it or not but me and hubby hardly exchanged a few words through watching the play and the dinner for reasons best known to us. ;) But with a small thank you note waiting for him pinned to his pillow, bygones were bygones and we were friends again. AlHamdulilAllah.

Here is hoping the coming anniversaries are better and more brilliant and AlHamdulilAllah for the current one as well.

Stay blessed you guys. xox

The Nikah

Better days have come, AlHamdulilAllah. The main tip is to not be afraid of initiating reconciliation. There should be zero ego issues. :) AlHamdulilAllah! AlhamdulilAllah! AlHamdulilAllah!

It was our Nikah anniversary a few days back. Strange that barely two months have passed since our wedding (rukhsati) ceremony, but an entire year has passed since our Nikah. For those who are confused, a Nikah ceremony is when the bride and groom sign the marriage contract and agree on various terms and conditions of the marriage. The Nikah ceremoney is usually conducted by a Muslim scholar or cleric. Ruksati is when you finally decide to leave your parent’s home and start living with the groom and his family. It is not necessary that both events be separate. Thay can happen on the same day. It’s just that my situation was different. :)

I signed my marriage contract in a jhat pat ( fast track) fashion. The decision to go through this by both families was made three days before the actual ceremony. And two of those days were working days which means i was tied up in my 9 to 5 job as well.

In three days, we scrambled to get a caterer who would put a decent tent in my backyard, as well as serve good food. In three days, I had to pick a dress and get it stitched. In three days, we had to suddenly inform close family members. There was a lot of stress- a lot of pressure- a lot of everything. But it got done. There were perhaps fifty or less than fifty people who attended the ceremony and as far as I recall, the whole thing started at around Maghrib and ended well before eleven p.m.

The nikah itself took place in a near by mosque where the groom and the males were. Since the mosque is just a few paces from my mom’s house, i stayed at home.

Here are some pics from the Nikah ceremony. I will share details of how we celebrated the anniversary later. :)

Fii Aman Allah until then. <3

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And i recently wore the same dress at a valima ceremony. This is how it looked without all the formality. :)

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