Link to new blog…

Here is the link to the new blog, please visit the site and read the first post

https://myjourneyintotheunknownthesequel.wordpress.com

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Links to Previous Blogs

I’ve had a few requests for the links to My Journey into the Unknown and Into the Depths of the Ocean. Please see below the attached links to part 1 of the blogs. Use the options at the bottom of the post to navigate to the next post. Also just bear in mind that those blogs were written a couple of years back so if you see a personal post know that it was incidents from that time and not current incidents.

My Journey into the Unknown

https://desertrose18.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/part-1/

Into the Depths of the Ocean

https://intothedepthsoftheocean.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/part-1-big-news/

I make reference to other blogs in the above two so if you’re wondering which ones they are here are the links to my other blogs:

Random Short Stories

https://randomshortstories18@wordpress.com

Second Best

https://secondbest2016@wordpress.com

Me Against Society has been made private that’s why I’m not posting the link to it.

Happy reading:-)


Details of the New Blog

In terms of the new blog I’ve decided to go with “My Journey into the Unknown: The Sequel”. The blog will start on Monday 12 March 2018 In Shaa Allah.

I’ll start off posting 3 times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. However if I can’t manage I’ll down scale to twice a week and maybe even once a week depending on my work load. However I will inform the readers if this is to happen.

The bright side to less posts is that posts will be a little more interesting and there will be a little less of those space filling posts. I’m not sure when the blog will end but I’m not going to try to drag it to a year. It’ll end when the story has run its course even if that’s 2 months from now.

As soon as I get the new site started I’ll post the link to it so keep your eyes on any one of the previous blogs for updates.

If you haven’t already read “My Journey into the Unknown” then I recommend that you do so. It might also be a good idea to read “Into the Depths of the Ocean” as there may be guest appearances from Zuhairah and family ūüėČ

I see the poll results were quite tight but for those who voted for the other story don’t feel bad. There is still the possibility that I will write that story at a later stage. I do believe that it’s a story that needs to be told.

In the meantime keep calm because “My Journey into the Unknown: The Sequel” starts on 12 March 2018, In Shaa Allah.


A new year, a new blog?

It’s been almost a year since I last wrote a blog. In that time so much has happened and I’ve posted a few updates (mostly to beg for dua because I’m always in need of it). So today instead of naming the post “updates” once again, I decided to go for a more appealing title. But before I delve into the title I have a few words to say.

(Brace yourself, this paragraph might sound like “The Sad Story of My Life: the Sequel” but I feel it’s essential to understand where I’m coming from and what I can deliver)

These past few months have been extremely taxing on me. In between the stresses and struggles of daily life I lost yet another grandfather. So in the space of 1 year and 5 days (to be precise) I went from having 3 surviving grandparents to only having one. He was ill before he passed away so the weeks before and after his death were just as taxing for us. I think it’s only now recently that we’ve started to recover from it all.

I truly believe that somewhere out there someone (or possibly more than one person) must have been making dua for me because there has been a minor easing of the stresses that I’ve posted about before and because during this time while being exhausted trying to balance work with running to the hospital and afterwards to the funeral house I have been having random bursts of ideas for a new blog. I can’t explain it and it might sound ludicrous but I truly feel like someone out there must have really been praying for me because I could not have progressed on my own paltry efforts. I want everyone to know that I so greatly appreciate those duas. If there was something I could ask for in return for reading and enjoying the blogs it would be dua. Please don’t stop praying for me because I’m always in need of duas.

Back to the title now. I enjoy writing, I’ve just been a lazy and busy blob recently (a bad combination). However I received an email from a former reader and like I’ve said to her, I think I just need to be pushed to write because if there’s no pressure or commitment then I won’t end up doing anything. So this is me asking you to put pressure on me to write something.

I have ideas for two possible long story blogs. I’d like some feedback on which you would most want to read. The first possible blog is a sequel to “My journey into the unknown”. From the feedback I received previously I gathered that My Journey was the best liked blog. I always thought that I’d exhausted the story line, yet funny enough I’ve been getting ideas for a sequel.

The second option is an entirely new story, with new characters and a different story line. Please vote in the poll below to let me know what you would most like to read. Please also note that I can’t commit to writing everyday. Posts could be 2-3 times a week. However we can get into the details at a later stage. For now I’d appreciate your thoughts…

Jumuah Mubarak
With love, salaams & duas
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Updates 

I know I’ve been away from the blogs for a long time without much communication. Things have just been so hectic these past few months. Believe it or not even this post was supposed to have been published a while back but I just couldn’t find the time to complete it. But today I feel like if I don’t force myself to finish it, it will never be published. 
I want to start off by thanking everyone for their duas and messages of support. It means so much to me, and some of the messages have really touched me deeply. Some of the readers have made dua for me at such auspicious times (tahajjud, in front of the Kaaba etc) and that astounds and touches me so deeply. To make dua for someone you have never met, yet you ask for so much of good for them…I have no words except: May Allah bestow the same blessings and more upon each and every one of you.

With regards to the problem that I was facing (that I mentioned in my previous post) not much has changed. I have had to let go of what I was pursuing for this year. However I would still like to pursue it for next year. It is still an epic uphill battle that gets me down at times and I would still appreciate duas. Even though it’s a personal pursuit there are so many other people involved. As it stands I’ve already lost a significant amount of money, that I cannot get back.

It’s always playing on my mind, or somewhere at the back of my mind eating at me because I’m making no progress and it’s October already. But enough of my personal problems.

With regards to the blogs if anyone has visited the sight recently (and some have) you will see that “Me Against Society” has been made private. The reason for that is that earlier this year there was a reader who misinterpreted some of the posts. I didn’t have the time to explain the context or intentions behind the posts and I did not want to get into any arguments nor cause fitnah, therefore I made it private. The plan was to edit the posts and make it public again afterwards. However I don’t seem to be getting the time to do that. In Shaa Allah if I get the time I will make it public again. However until then to prevent fitnah I’m going to leave it private.

In terms of “Random Short Stories” I have ideas for a couple of stories and I have started a few but I just can’t seem to finish them. I write one or two posts and then move on to the next one and do the same. Hopefully by putting it out there that I’m busy with a few it’ll put some pressure on me to actually finish them. I don’t want to give a deadline or a date for a story to be published because I probably won’t be able to stick to that but keep an eye on Random Short Stories. In Shaa Allah when I manage to finish a short story it will be published on “Random Short Stories”.

There have been requests for me to start a new story and I don’t think it’s completely out of the question. The problem, however, is that I just can’t seem to sit down and start writing. At the moment I’m very unreliable and won’t be able to stick to posting regularly and that is the one thing I disliked about other blogs so I’m scared to go down the same path. Maybe if I do start a new story it will be only 2-3 times a week. However I’d like to have quite a few posts penned before I start a new blog, so that even if I go a while without writing the pre-penned posts will carry us through. Just to be clear there is nothing in the pipeline just yet, but if things change I will put up a post on the existing blogs so that the readers will be made aware.

In the haze of everything that’s been happening I think I may have missed some questions by readers. Please do not think that I am being rude by not responding. Its just that things have been so crazy. If you have asked me a question and I have not responded please drop me an email at desertrose315@yahoo.com. In Shaa Allah I will try to respond as soon as I can.

Once again Jazakallah khair for all the kind words, support and duas. It means so much to me. May Allah continue to guide us all and may He accept our efforts. Ameen.

Salaams & Duas
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Request for Duas 

At the beginning of this year I set out to do something, however 4 months down the line and things are just not going the way I thought it would. I’ve been shunted from pillar to post staring at unreplied to messages and emails, being let down by people repeatedly.
I’m at that point where I feel so much of despair. I can’t back down because there’s too much at stake so today I’m humbly requesting duas because I’m very much in need of them.

I would greatly appreciate if the former readers of this blog would take just a minute to make dua for me. The dua you make for your Muslim brother or sister in his/her absence is readily accepted and the angels say: “Ameen and it is for you also”.

In turn please comment with your dua requests or drop me an email at desertrose315@yahoo.com

With Ramadaan approaching I would appreciate if even one person would remember me in their duas.

Ramadaan Mubarak. Please follow aspiring to be a better Muslim for spiritual updates. In Shaa Allah.
http://aspiringtobeabettermuslim.wordpress.com


If you missed it…

If you missed it, the new blog starts today. Do be sure to check it out:

http://secondbest2016.wordpress.com/

You never know if you’ll enjoy reading it unless you take a look ;-)…