Two months in the USA

My family has been in the US for almost two months, and what have we learned so far? Everything is expensive Very early on, we learned how expensive things are in the Bay Area. Housing is ridiculously expensive, and we spend around half our income on our two-bedroom apartment. Still,…

My Umrah before the Hajj

Although I was looking forward to the trip and determined to go through with it, I knew I would miss my children, and I worried that my youngest one, who was only 9 months old, would miss me as we had never been apart for very long before. On top…

Preparations for Hajj

Going for Hajj is a big thing, one of the biggest adventures in your life. For me, thinking back to where and when it began, it's getting difficult to remember. Although the process started almost a year ago (when we first started talking about making the trip), it finished just…