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Badshahi Mosque – Lahore, Pakistan

The next stop on our historic sightseeing in Lahore was Badshahi Mosque. This was my second time visiting the mosque and I was as mesmerized by it this time around as I was the first time I saw it. It’s located near Lahore Fort and is probably one of Lahore’s most iconic landmarks.The mosque is a Mughal-era architecture which was commissioned by Emperor Aurengzeb in 1671 and was completed within two years. Its exterior is made of carved red sandstone with marble inlay. The interior also has carved marble and elaborate plasterwork. At the time of completion, it was the largest mosque in the world and now is the second largest mosque in Pakistan itself. You have to climb about 20 or so steps to get to the entrance. From the entrance you have a view of the gate of Lahore Fort (my next stop).After taking in the view of the massive gate,…

The Streets of Pakistan

As you can tell by the title of this post, I have finally started sorting through photos of my recent trip to Pakistan and I am so excited to share it all with you! This country, which my parents are from is one that is full of diverse cultures, a rich history and delicious food. Although I wasn’t born in Pakistan, I did move here when I was only 6 months old. I lived there for about 6 years in a town called Rabwah (now known as Chenab Nagar) which is located next to the River Chenab in the province of Punjab. The country itself is located in South Asia and is the 6th most populous in the world with over 197 million people! Getting to Chenab Nagar from the airport in Lahore is an experience in itself. Most of the highway is nicely paved, however as soon as you get…

Wednesday Wisdom -God does not burden…

First of all I’d like to wish all my Muslim readers a very happy Ramdhan (month of fasting in which Muslims fast from dawn to sunset every day)! May this month be full of blessings for all! In the spirit of this blessed month, I’ve decided that my Wednesday Wisdom posts this month will be selections from the Holy Quran. In doing so, I will share one of my favorite ones first! God does not burden any soul beyond its capacity. -Holy Quran 2:287 A lot of times we are faced with trials and tribulations and think how can we possibly get through them. Now, if you reflect back to those times, you realize that you did in fact get through them and came out stronger and better because of them. That being said, God only burdens us with what we have the strength to bear. And I know that at times, it can…

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