Roses & Ramadan

Ramadan Mubarak to all of my Muslims friends and a very happy Sunday to all! This morning as this post goes live I will either be sleeping or spending time with my family. My Abbu (dad) came home last night from Fiji and I’ve been waiting to sit down and listen to some tales about family and his overall experience there.

A few days ago I noticed that the roses in our garden were blooming so beautifully! I felt immensely appreciative of this because I was having a rather bad day that afternoon. As I stood there taking photos of the flowers, it occurred to me that them reaching the peak of their bloom was a bit symbolic to things that were occurring in my own life.

For the first time in years, I am finally permitted by my doctors to partake in Ramadan. This is marvellously exciting for me because Ramadan has always been my favourite time of year within the Islamic faith and culture. Additionally, 2019 has been a year of re-connecting with the religion that I was raised in from a feminist lens. I’m also taking the time to figure out what religion means to me as an individual rather than everything that I was taught growing up, which is what turned me away from it originally. Sometimes faith can be used as a construct to oppress or control others, even with the best intentions (i.e.: parents wanting the best and safest lives for their kids, including their jaded perceptions of a virtuous existence). Being able to discover what Islam means to me as a person and that my relationship with Boss Man is distinctly something between me and Them—and no one else’s business—has been very enlightening. So, being able to participate in Ramadan this year has multiple sentimentalities for me.

Currently, for anyone who may be curious, I identify as a Muslim-Buddhist. If you’d like me to talk more in-depth about my faith and how I practise being a part of both organisations, please let me know in the comments, or feel free to send me a message on my socials (Inquiries on the blog, or DMs via Twitter and IG).


Here’s a random picture of Kiki, napping on my favourite pants. She did not appreciate the camera in her face. 😹

Another way the flowers symbolised some new changes with me, or the ways that my life is blooming, so to speak, is my return to school. I began my return to college in January and am working on getting a Library and Information Technology Associate’s degree. Afterwards, I shall be transferring to a Uni to get my Bachelor’s in Asian Studies and English Writing. This is probably the chapter that I was the most afraid to begin metaphorically writing, but thus far it has been a wild ride of stress and gratitude.

Anyhoo, that pretty much sums up what went through my mind whilst staring at some roses. The middle rose, the white one, if you look closely has pink around the edges. These were originally entirely white, so seeing how cross-pollination has changed its biology is so gorgeous and inspiring to me for whatever surprises and/or adventures that life may have in store for me next!

I hope that my random sharing of blooming roses can help give you some motivation or inspiration, or even mild comfort. Occasionally taking the time to appreciate the little things in life, like flowers, can help one feel far more appreciative of said life in general, even in the midst of chaos and tragedy.

Enjoy the flowers! I wish you a lovely week ahead. For my Muslims friends, I wish you the best of luck with Ramadan! May your month be blessed with precious moments of kindness, compassion, and love from family and friends.


The pink bushes are our tallest ones!


You can see the subtle pink colour on the edges.


I love how open and vibrant this one is!

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23 thoughts on “Roses & Ramadan

  1. Love to see how many awesome responses you’ve got to this post! And I am glad to see you feeling like a new blossoming flower as you grow into your faith and school and life in general 🙂

    • Thanks so much!! Roses are my second favourite flower! My first favourite is the hibiscus haha. 🙂 🙂

      • Nice choices!! Mine (not in particular order) are roses, baby blue eyes and cherry blossoms. 🙂

        • Ooh! Yes! Cherry blossoms!! Those are also one of my faves. Probably my absolute number one now that I’m thinking about them. 😺

  2. Omg! I didn’t know u were Muslim as well! Ramadan Mubarak to you and good luck with fasting this year! ヽ(^o^)丿 \(^0^)/

  3. Nyan, happy Ramadan! I think this is one of my first times stopping by your blog. It’s such a delight to read your reflections. You are definitely at a wonderful and exciting time in your life. I have been slowly easing myself back into Islam, so I know what you mean about approaching it again with different ideas in mind. It’s kind of cool to realize that this is your personal relationship with God. You are loved and cared for by Him. In the end, we all move at our own pace and in our own directions. I hope you have a great Ramadan, one that is full of contemplation, worship, and connection with the Divine.

    • Thank you so much, friend. Happy Ramadan to you as well. ♥ I’ve learned that there is one Boss Man (as per my beliefs) and if you’re willing to be open and to talk to Them honestly without holding back, They will help guide you in anything you need guidance, even if it’s finding religion. Or choosing not to believe in a specific organised faith and just choosing to believe that Boss Man exists. I have friends who ended up accepting that Islam wasn’t for them, but they have some of the most healthiest and respectful relationships with Boss Man that I know of. It’s definitely a personal journey for sure.

      I wish you all the best with your own exploration to Islam. I hope you find comfort and acceptance in what works best for you as a person. ♥

  4. Those roses are stunning, Ramadan Mubarak ❤ may it be blessed for you and yours!

    I’ve also been wanting to go through the process of relearning my faith through my own lense but it’s quite intimidating and i don’t know where to start! I’d love to know about what it’s like being Muslim-Buddhist, whenever you want to share!

    • Thank you so much Fadwa! ♥ Ramadan Mubarak!

      It was very intimidating to me, and honestly, it still is. But I wanted to give it a proper try on my own terms. I’m still open minded to the fact that Islam may not be a religion for me, but I don’t want to make that decision without separating what it means to me as a person vs what it meants to my family and the things I was *taught* growing up (told without being allowed to learn for myself). I think it’s one of those things where you just need to jump in and take it as it goes naturally, if that makes sense.

      Thanks, I’ll work on outlining something regarding it. 🙂

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