Category Archives: New Start

Long Unplanned Writing Break (and a New Platform)

I had a rather long unplanned break from writing during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. No, fasting and the lack of food and water from dawn to dusk was not the reason behind the break, but rather, a mere lack of inspiration and motivation to come up with anything to put down into a decently sized string of words.

With Ramadan over, as well as the three-day holiday of Eid al-Fitr (literally translated as Celebration of the Feast) that marks the end of the month of fasting, it is time to try to keep this blog alive once again.

Another piece of news I would like to share is a new writing platform I recently joined.

While searching the net for a platform geared toward writers a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon Medium. And at first I merely followed some writers and publications that I found interesting, inspiring, and motivating.

Just today, I posted my first piece on the platform and decided to also try to write regularly there as well. (How regularly? I’m not even sure yet.)

And for any writers reading this post right now, you might want to give it a try as well.


Hope and Rebirth



The concept of rebirth has always provided humanity with a sense of a new life and hope. Whether it is the idea of life after death, or the idea of the metaphorical rebirth from sin to purity, the idea of being reborn still provides much inspiration and motivation to us.

Even in everyday life, the old dies out and becomes new again. We fall into a state of unconsciousness every night, and become aware once again of the world around us in the morning.

Life kills our souls quite often. We fall into states of despair, hopelessness, sadness, sorrow, and depression at various stages in our lives.

Those are stages in life in which we must look into ourselves, let our old, tired, and feeble souls perish away, and bring life to a new self-realization that, so long as we can still breathe, there still is hope.

The First Fengan

The Arabic word ‘فنجان’ (pronounced finjaan in traditional Arabic and fengaan in Egyptian colloquial Arabic) can be translated to mean a cup, a mug, or a chalice.

The bottom line is that it is a container of some sort from which a drink is drank from. And it is most commonly used to refer to such a container into which hot drinks, mostly tea and coffee, are poured.

Each morning, millions around the world start a new day, a new chapter in their lives, with a fengan of their favorite drink.

And just as beneficial as these actual drinks are to start off a day, a fengan of wisdom and reflection is also crucial to uplift our spirits as we go through the burdens of our lives.

Start your day with a fengan of inspiration and optimism.

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