The Journey Begins…

اَعُوْذُ بِاللهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيْمِ
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمن الرَّحِيْمِ

Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatu hu everyone!

As this is my first blogpost, I thought I would start by introducing myself and telling everyone who is reading this a little bit about who I am and why I decided to blog. So, obviously what’s the first thing that people want to know about you when they meet you? Your name, right? Well that is what I tend to ask when I first meet someone anyway. So, my name is Sadia Halimah Aziz, the 20-and-some year-old British Pakistani Muslim behind this blog. If you’ve read my About Me page, you probably already know that this blog was born out of boredom during quarantine, which is ironic because I never used to leave the house prior to the lockdown anyway.

Being bored out of my mind got me thinking as to what my passion was. I’ve always loved writing and telling stories. When my siblings were younger, I made up this character called Dido the Dragon Detective, who was a dragon and a detective….duh…He used to go on all of these adventures with his two best friends (an elf and a fairy) battling evil and saving the world, because that was the sort of things children like to listen to. I even have a Wattpad account, but I can’t really tell you which one it is, because my family members know about this blog and I don’t want them to find my Wattpad account. Not because I have anything bad on it, but because I just don’t want them reading my stories. It’s personal.

Another one of my many hobbies is cooking and baking, more baking to be honest. Albeit I’m not actually allowed to bake because my mum has a thing against sweet dishes and thinks that cakes and desserts are the cause of all diseases, so I kind of have to stick to cooking. Being Pakistani a lot of my cooking is based on Pakistani cuisine or Indian, whichever way you want to look at it. Although according to my siblings, I can’t actually cook Pakistani dishes. They always tell me to stick with other world foods and to leave my mum to do the Pakistani cooking. However, this quarantine has allowed me to perfect some Pakistani recipes seeing as we eat some form of curry almost every day in the household. You know what they say practice does make perfect. Cooking (and baking) had always been a side thing for me and when term time started, I barely had time to be in the kitchen anyway. I actually find cooking quite therapeutic when the dish actually turns out well that is. So, when my university exams finished, and I was still in quarantine I now had the spare time to take it a step further. Whilst I was doing absolutely nothing, I was thinking what could I possibly do that will help me be more productive?

And that’s how the idea of this blog was born…my origin story I suppose. Yes, it was a bit boring but not everything will be exciting now is it? This blog combines my two hobbies of cooking and writing.

Now I did a lot of research prior to me writing this post. I mean, what could I blog about? Ask anyone who knows me, they will say that I have a tendency to talk too much nonsense, which I can agree with sometimes. Apparently, I am really loud as well but personally I don’t see it or hear it rather. My older brother tells me to shut up on a daily basis several times a day. So, what is this blog, I hear you ask?

To be honest with you, I haven’t actually sorted out the ins and outs of this blog or even decided what it’s supposed to be based on. I suppose you could think of it as a rigorously edited online diary. This blog is something which I have dedicated a lot of my free time to recently, so I have thought very carefully about how to go about doing this. Being a proud Muslim, Islam has always been a very important part of my life. I do try to implement Islam in everything that I do whilst still being able to live life in the 21st century. Although my Islamic knowledge is extremely minute, this blog is something I can use to help share my experiences of the Deen with everyone as well as my many recipes and my love for reading.

My intention behind this blog is to give me something to do. Before I start university again in September, I want to be able to establish this blog and say that I did something productive with my time in quarantine. My original intention was to actually find a job in the summer months, but with the virus, my mum doesn’t want me to leave the house in case I get infected. I think we should all take a moment to appreciate all the key workers who are putting their lives at risk to keep the rest of us people safe.

Now, if you haven’t already figured it out, I am a university student. To be more specific, I am a second year Biology undergraduate student which according to my family is an absolute horrible and terrible choice for a subject. I seem to be the only person in my family who actually likes science. Being a science student, I get called a nerd a lot by my siblings, endearingly not meanly, although my brothers do tend to be quite mean to me. Now to emphasise how much of a nerd my siblings think I am, my last birthday cake had written on it “happy birthday to our favourite nerd.”

Whilst at university, I live with my uncle and their family. The city where my uncle lives in is very different compared to the one that I grew up in. The city I grew up in is absolutely tiny, relatively that is compared the one where my university is. One of the biggest problems with my home city is there is nowhere halal to eat in terms of restaurants. There are a few halal takeaways but none of them are all that great (apart from my cousins’ takeaway which is obviously the best in the city). With that being said, it’s where I grew up and it is still one of the best cities in the UK. Again, I am a bit biased.

I think we have gathered enough information about me, so I should probably end this post right about now because I do not want to babble too much, and I do have a tendency of doing that. But anyways, if you didn’t get bored of my ramblings (or even if you did, although if you did why would you bother to read to the end?) I hope you have a lovely week!

Sadia

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