Beauty Around Me

They say: “Beauty is in the eye of beholder.”

The definition of “beauty” totally depends upon the perspective of an individual that how a person “finds” beauty in a particular human being, object or surroundings.

Where some people may describe beauty as physical traits like big eyes, blushing cheeks, silky hair, lean waist and gazelle’s gait, on the other hand, another person may dive deep into the nature and call a person beautiful irrespective of their looks simply by being impressed by their honesty, kind & caring nature, loyalty, polite way of talking, sacrifice and helping others etc.

Beauty according to me is a pure and loveable heart. Beauty is the sacrifice of personal desires of the parents for the peace and fulfilment of their children. Beauty is in the love of siblings who grow up together, understand each other and stand by each other through every thick and thin. Beauty is in the relationship of spouses who respect each other, who are a source of comfort and peace for each other. Beauty is in every relationship which is based upon trust, loyalty and being selfless.

Beauty is in the changing of seasons. Where in hot weather, enjoying ice-creams and cold beverages is an ultimate source of pleasure, there hot beverages and warm desserts are yummy ways to beat the cold.

Beauty is in nature, the voice of melodious birds in the morning, the sight of sun setting in the evening, the scene of waterfall in a lake, the appealing smell of soil after rainfall, the blooming flowers in the spring, all these things add beauty and attraction to the life of a person.

Hence, as I feel and look around myself, I find beauty in each and everything of this universe. Indeed, the creation of God is marvelous and perfect.

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– Stoori

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Check out my new short story (fiction) written exclusively for the competition of Write Right. Your comments and feedback regarding it will be highly appreciated 🙂

Write Right

It was a dark night of winter. The sky was full of stars. Despite of the cool breeze blowing, Harith was sitting on the grass in front of his house, as gloomy and cold as the night!

He was reading the last text sent by his fiancee again and again, who eventually announced to break their engagement due to his habits.

When Ghazala got engaged to Harith, she had no idea about his habits, except that he was a good looking and rich guy who was chosen by her parents for her bright future. Being a handsome guy, she was attracted to him the moment she saw his photo while Harith saw Ghazala at a relative’s wedding and he was smitten by her personality; a mixture of being confident, shy, bubbly and pretty.

Ghazala trusted her parents’ decision, so there was no hurdle in this engagement.

As soon as they…

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Book Review: Believe

“Believe” is a concise self-development book published by Prolance publishing.

The author “A.E” who chose to remain anonymous compiled the do’s and don’ts from the 114 chapters of the Holy Quran for personal use, but then thought to publish a book for others to benefit from it.

The book is divided into four chapters, extracting the do’s and don’ts of worship, character, giving & taking, relationships, and eating & dressing, along with notebook pages for making your own notes.

This book is ideal for everyone, but specially children and teenagers for learning the etiquettes of living mentioned in the Holy Quran as it is precise and easily understandable. I would totally recommend this book to be added to your reading list.

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– Stoori

Book Review: I’m Full Truth, I’m Half Truth, I’m All Lie

“I’m full truth, I’m half truth, I’m all lie” is a children’s book written by Ayesha Marfani and published by Crimson Cloak Publishing.

The story is about 3 cousins Saad, Hassan & Talha whose fathers had abandoned city life and live in a forest, far from the people’s eye because of their strange & weird looks.

The three cousins have a bad habit. Saad being used to lie in every situation, Hassan habitual of mixing truths with lies while Talha is brutally honest.

They are proud of their habits until one day, they face a huge problem due to their habits.

Moreover, being cut out from social life, the three cousins have no idea how to respond and act in a certain situation and this make their fathers realize their mistake.

I really liked the messages that this story conveys.

Firstly, people should not cast weird glances and gossip about someone’s look as all creatures are created by God and this type of behavior is against social etiquettes.

Secondly, it has an advice to the victims that they shouldn’t abandon their normal lives due to the sick mentality of some people as it may really negatively affect their family life.

Thirdly, it teaches the children that one should never tell a lie or merge truth with lies. One must be honest, but care should be taken that their truth and honesty doesn’t contain un-necessary blame & shame which may result in hurting other feelings.

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– Stoori

E-Book: The Sealed Fate

Blogged by Zara!

What would you do if the most handsome guy of your university asks for your hand in marriage? Will you feel elated and say yes? Or will you hold back due to your doubts of his piousness? Ajlal opted for the latter choice. Zaafir’s intelligence or looks weren’t sufficient to impress her as the young Muslimah sought someone who took religion seriously. But, a few years down the road, her heart softened towards him. Want to know what was it that sealed their fates? Read this short story by Stoori to find out!

It is beautifully scripted around a young muslim woman who is headstrong in her approach towards her religion, leaving everyone astounded with her rejection to befriend the most desireable boy in university. It also depicts how what meets the eye in terms of a person’s character, may not be entirely true. You may not pay heed to…

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Review: Gathering Petals

“Gathering Petals” by Nabila Ikram is a spiritual journal specially designed for Muslim women who love to be creative and is available through her website.

The journal contains different activities fulfilling of which will not only provide fun, satisfy your desire for creativity, but also will provide a chance to improve yourself and develop a sense of thankfulness to your Creator.

In addition to it, if you’ve not been able to look for some Quranic verses or browse some new quotes, this journal will revive your spirit to do so, so go on…

What could be better than getting your hands on such a fun filled journal with spiritual awakening eventually to kill two birds with one stone 😛

Gathering Petals

– Stoori

Book Review: Miss Never Pleased

“Miss Never Pleased” is a children’s moral story book written by Ayesha Marfani and published by Crimson Cloak Publishing.

The main character of the story is Habiba, who calls herself “Miss Perfect” due to the praise she keeps hearing from her mother followed by other family members because of her good looks, responsible nature and great academic performance.

Everyone listens to her advice despite of being older than her and act upon it.

But the problem is that her “perfect” advice which she thinks is beneficial for others is actually full of criticism, pinpointing and only create problems between people. She keeps noting the incidents of her “perfection” in her diary named “Miss Perfect” until she realizes that she lost the trust of everyone due to her proud, jealous and fault finding nature. No one listens to her advice now and her grades start suffering badly.

The day she finds a secret poem written by the people who endured her becomes a turning point in her life.

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I really enjoyed reading this book and would totally recommend it as it has a lesson for everyone.

For Children:

It will teach the children that they should never be proud and should be humble despite having exceptional qualities as it will displease the Creator and it would not take much longer that their condition is changed!

It also teaches children that they shouldn’t be jealous of the qualities possessed by others and should not break friendships due to their jealousy.

For Elders:

This book also conveys a special message to the elders that they must not spoil their children to such an extent that they become too proud and insensitive to the feelings of others.

For Readers As A Whole:

Never break ties due to gossips until you know the reality yourself because some people only wish bad for others. Also, use your brain while acting upon someone’s advice.

Miss Never Pleased

– Stoori