Hello, salaams and welcome to my blog! My name is Sidra Ansari and I am a writer and a teacher by profession and have started this blog in order to be there for people through life’s challenges, its ups and downs. Life rarely turns out the way you plan it and things like ‘adapting to the change’ and ‘enjoying the journey of life’ have helped me to overcome many a difficulty. I try to see the positive side of situations that life presents and feel I have been blessed many a time to help numerous friends and family in times of distress.
I have a profound belief in destiny and sincerely believe that the story doesn’t end here. Whatever your belief, be it in science, creation, mother nature or the Creator Himself I hope by reading through my blog, you find a way to navigate through your journey of life a little more easily.
As I write this, I aim to connect with you every week.
If you have any questions, or any topics you would like me to cover, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I welcome you on this journey. Thank you for your beautiful company!
***UPDATE OCTOBER 2018***
Hello and Salaams!
Many blog posts are now being revised and edited for inclusion in my upcoming book, published by Beacon Books!
Do look out for a link to pre-order, coming soon.
Peace and Love
Sidra Ansari ❤
PS I began writing in January 2018, after I broke my wrist and I’ve been writing fiction as well as communicating my ideas and thoughts through this blog. I have recently been shortlisted for the AsianWriter Short Story Prize 2018 which I was very surprised about! However, it has given me the confidence to continue to write every single day and get my ideas out to you inshaAllah (God Wiling). I aim to write from a perspective of an Asian Muslim woman and I wish to ‘normalise’ Islam and help people to realise that we are not represented by the negligible amount of people that are reported in the media for committing insane atrocities. We are now nearly 25% of the World’s Population and we refuse to take the blame for crimes we would never ever even imagine committing!
Watch this space for engaging stories that are relevant, relatable and always carry a message!
Sidra Ansari is a teacher and a writer. She has been shortlisted for the AsianWriter Short Story Prize and has recently been selected for the Penguin WriteNow Mentoring Program for underrepresented writers. She officially began her writing career after she broke her wrist this January and was forced to stop all extra-curricular activities (not to mention suspend the children’s taxi service) to actually sit down to write. She lives in the West Midlands with her husband of thirteen years and five children. You can reach her at @sidra_writes on Twitter and follow her blog at the7ofus.blog.
Since you’re here I have a small favour to ask. More people are reading the the7ofus.blog than ever but advertising revenues are non-existent. And unlike many lifestyle magazines, I haven’t put up a paywall – I want to keep my writing as open as I can. So you can see why I need to ask for your help. These posts take a lot of time and hard work to produce. It would be amazing if you could help fund me by donating a coffee a two to keep me going! Please press here to give.
Thank you very much! God bless you ❤️