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  1. @aaaz1618 I asked the question because I have many Shia friends throughout the United Kingdom and I hoped that I may have been able to provide you with some helpful local information. Unfortunately, I don't know anyone who lives in/close to Preston. Perhaps someone else on ShiaChat who lives in/knows/is familiar with the local Shia community in Preston could be of more help to you. Best wishes.
  2. Walaikum Salam and Welcome! I apologise @aaaz1618, but I must confess that I've only skim read through your post. Which city in England do you reside in?
  3. Every year since my ninth birthday onwards my mother gifted me gold jewellery for my birthday. This was actually a gift for herself as she wore all this jewellery until I got married. No joke! My fathers presents were always more thoughtful. I honestly have no desire for presents anymore as by the grace of Allah I have everything I need. I appreciate and value the hand written cards and messages that I receive. A pleasant day out with the family and a good hearty meal together is all my heart desires.
  4. I would strongly suggest that you google images of Buddha ornaments. The one that I've been gifted is covered in mirrored mosaics and embellished with crystals so it definitely catches the eye. In any case, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.
  5. This was honestly my gut reaction and thought process too - hence I chose to place it in my cloakroom. However, both my husband and son felt uncomfortable with it being placed anywhere in the house. It's such a pretty ornament that I didn't want to part with it but if it makes others in the family unhappy then it's not worth keeping it. Oh the sacrifices I make for my family - (that's a joke BTW).
  6. Thank you all for taking the time to respond. As suggested by @Hameedeh and @Anonymous2144, I shall donate it to a charity shop.
  7. Salam, I have been gifted a beautiful Buddha statue that is approximately 30 cm tall in height. Would it be permissible for me to place this in my cloakroom for purely decorative purposes? Thanks.
  8. @Hameedeh @Murtaza1 Excellent read. This quote from the book defines it perfectly: "When we hygger, we frame the moment, give it our full attention, savour and hold it, in an awareness that the moment will pass. We feel how one moment will become layered onto the next, past and present mingled together - everything falling into place, into one accord". There is so much to takeaway from this book and the concept of hygge. It truly changes one's perspective of the the world and it teaches one to value each and every moment in your life. Basically, it endorses the age-old concepts of 'less is more' and 'live in the moment'. Do let us know what you think after you've read it.
  9. Woooooow!!!! That's taking hair care to another level! Very cool.
  10. I put a small amount of Moroccan oil onto my son's damp hair and massage it onto his scalp too after he's had a shower. It is packed with antioxidants; it conditions the hair, controls flyaways, gives his hair a healthy sheen and makes his hair smell absolutely gorgeous too. Sorry to gatecrash your party lads.
  11. I used to watch The Batchelor years ago when I was a student... the United Kingdom version of the show. I used to binge watch it during the holidays with my sisters, cousins, and believe it or not my aunts and mum too. Haha! We all used to guess which girl would get the guy in the end from the first episode and whoever was right would get treated to a meal by everyone else. Gosh, sounds so crazy when I think about it now. Lol. It was OK as 'timepass' as they say in Pakistan. I wouldn't go out of my way to watch it now. I have no idea what the Magnificent Century is. The only TV serials I'm currently watching are 'Silent Witness' on the BBC and an Indian chat show called Koffee with Karan.
  12. Strawberries and cream in Pakistan? Wow! They never seem to taste sweet to me anymore. Plus, unless you eat them on the day they are purchased, they go off very quickly. I stick to blueberries instead as they tend to have a slightly longer shelf life. Though blueberries do stain teeth. I've paid a fortune over the years to get my teeth whitened owing to black coffee and blueberries.
  13. Thanks for sharing. I will be staying at my parents for a couple of days. I'll ask my mother to regale me about all the seasonal vegetables that she used to consume in Pakistan. How much I miss eating out in Pakistan. My cousins used to secretly take me to eat the street food when we were kids... and my dada would get furious with them because he worried that I'd get sick because he believed that I had a sensitive 'angrezo wala' stomach.
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