Hello! And welcome to my blog. If you landed here through another website, or were searching something and stopped by, I’d be delighted if you grabbed a cuppa and decided to stay.

My name is Mehmudah.

I am:

A writer,

a mother,

a wife,

a sister,

a daughter,

a student,

a teacher (Montessorian)

a blogger,

a dreamer,

a cricket buff (yes, the sport) and

a photography enthusiast.

Most importantly, I am a courageous Muslim woman, not afraid to share my views. I invite you to take this blogging journey with me on my blog ‘Footprints in the Sands of Time’ (previously Ummanaal’s Musings) – a place where IΒ rant and vent, share inspirational thoughts and ideas, post pictures and videos and chronicle my published written works.

I’m originally from Pakistan, and I live in Dubai. And yes, it’s totally worth it to subscribe to this blog! πŸ™‚




121 thoughts on “About

  1. assalamoalaikum…….i’ve been readin ur articles here n there…..n i really like ur writin….yr words ve a power…i do hope ur writing brings bout a change….in sone one’s heart or life…..many people have nice ideas…thoughts….but very less people can actully express them nicely in words…

  2. Hi Mehmudah,
    Your blog posts are quite the food for thought kind!
    I am a journalist with a paper in AD and was wondering if I could get in touch with you for a couple of stories related to the Pakistani education scene in the country.
    Think you can get in touch on the supplied email id?
    Looking forward to hearing from you

  3. Hey there!

    I really enjoy your diverse and interesting articles!
    Keep going and Thanks for coming by to my blog πŸ™‚

    Girl From Karachi πŸ™‚

  4. Hi Mehmudah,

    My site went down because I stupidly messed with the coding. Took two days to get it back up … after I begged hubby endlessly. Pays to marry an IT specialist – finally I know. hehehe.

    Your page looks fantastic. I wanted to say this earlier that I am a very private person as well. That being said, I think I can still share a lot about myself on my about me page – we just have to pick things that aren’t so personal. Your page is the perfect example of that. I enjoyed reading each and every word and get a clear idea of you as a perosn.Fianlly, what a treat it is to read blogs written by talented writers such as yourself. Well done! πŸ™‚

  5. Hey Marya,

    Thank you so much! Actually it was because of you that I decided to make a proper about page… glad you like it!

    On another note, you are quite talented yourself, and I’m pretty sure Writing Happiness will go places. Take care.. and thanks for dropping by!

  6. Assalam o alikum!

    finally i found u mehmudah!!:-)-Muzna here-springfield school?u disappeared from facebook and rightly so.i sooooo love reading what you write:-)

  7. your article in online dawn news today really impressed me and took me to this blog site. I admire and appreciate such articulate writing and wish one day I could express myself half as well as you do. It is actually the essence of your writings that struck a cord with me, how I felt the same during fasting month, how I feel about muslims who forget how to be human and so on. Wish to continue reading such superb articles just as much as I wish my country was a sane place to be. warm wishes from Down Under

  8. Hiyya,

    I’ve been meaning to visit your blog for a while now; it keeps slipping my mind. After reading around, you’ve got a nice writing voice…nice blog πŸ™‚

    Also, is it Um-Manaal or Umm-Anaal? Wasn’t sure how to differentiate the name, but if your daughter’s name is Manaal, it’ll be the first time I’ve heard of another Manaal and even spelled the same way πŸ™‚ (My daughter’s name is Manaal as well)

    Anyway, thanks for stopping my little ol’ blog and I’ll be checking in from time to time πŸ™‚

  9. Thank you Amira! It’s Manaal, and yeah, its a first for me too! I know a couple of Manals but it’s the first time I’ve come across Manaal.

    I love how you write — you almost always make me smile or laugh. Take care then, and hope to see you around!

  10. I’ve recently taken to sending my friends links to blog posts that I enjoy reading when finally one of my quarries emailed me and wondered how I have the time to find all these delightful (her words, not mine) posts unless I am on the computer all day. I told her it’s all because of blog incest – she didn’t care for that phrase much but laughed when I explained that often when I click on a link to a link to a link on a blog comment, I come across with the most endearing blogs. So I am surprised that it is only now that I find this darling little blog even though I read almost half of your blogroll! Looking forward to hearing more from you.

    P.S. What a nice coincidence that the last commenter and I share the same name!

    • Hey Sadia! Salams and welcome to the blog. The person above you is one of the nicest people I know — and I’m sure it’ll be a pleasure to get to know you too. Masha Allah your lil one is adorable and it’s fun to read about what you guys are up to.

      Thanks, hope to hear from you too!

  11. wow!! i love the layout of ur blog..for a sec..i was wondering.. wasn’t it dark above..how did it become bright below..silly me! πŸ˜€
    And cricket enthusiast!!! I LIKE IT!! I’m like that sport too! πŸ™‚
    will be dropping by more often inshaAllah! πŸ™‚

  12. HI, You have some wonderful photos on show to the world. I will be back often to read & enjoy your blog.

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog as well. I really appreciate it. πŸ™‚

  13. Hi Mehmudah,

    I love your idea of blogging. And I enjoy what I’ve been reading so far in your blog. I write some poetry and flash fiction which may be of interest to you:
    “God Invites you to a Party” : http://subhanzein.wordpress.com/2012/03/08/god-invites-you-to-a-party/
    β€œLove is the Water of Life”: http://subhanzein.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/love-is-the-water-of-life/
    β€œA Hug from My Heart”: http://subhanzein.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/pantun-sz-012012/
    β€œThe Scholar and the Boatman: http://subhanzein.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/the-scholar-and-the-boatman/
    β€œTwo Rupiah Notes”: http://subhanzein.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/two-rupiah-notes/
    β€œBecoming Human”: http://subhanzein.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/becoming-human/
    β€œChinese Bamboo and Paulo Coelho”: http://subhanzein.wordpress.com/2012/01/24/chinese-bamboo-and-paulo-coelho/
    And the latest: β€œPham and Her Gold Fish” http://subhanzein.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/pham-and-her-gold-fish/

    Please feel free to have a look at them. Thank you and have a great day! πŸ™‚

    Warm regards from Down Under,

    Subhan Zein

  14. Good morning, thank you for the award nomination. Your work (both images and words) has inspired me to improve my photography and my attitude; therefore, I nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger award. Check it out : http://monahoward.com/2012/03/25/very-inspiring/

    When I wrote this, I forgot to include directions: 1) Include the image of the award on your post, 2) acknowledge the person who nominated you & link back to his/her blog, 3) write a list of things about yourself [usually it’s 7], 4) nominate 7 or more bloggers.

  15. Dear Madam, Assalam alaikum, Even though I am a man I am writing to you on account of the impression I got after reading your narration about the help you provided to the poor girl of Dera Ismail Khan. On reading your article I reminded myself the truth that the almighty helps those who helps his creature. We are here to help the Almighties creature in what ever way we can. I feel that the right way of showing our behavior is that we should help others. These are the acts which will help us at the time when we will be helpless. I feel great when I help somebody in what ever manner I can. This happiness last longer and its real. So please accept my congratulation and pray for me also that Almighty give me strength to server Allah’s creatures in what ever manner I can.

    • Walaikumassalam wr! I’m sure you’ll go a long way in helping the creation of Allah! I can see some strong sentiments there!

      Thanks for coming around and leaving a comment.

  16. Umm Anaal, good to see you have settled down post-“colourful past” πŸ™‚ Your photographs are lovely and the fact that you do not take animate pictures is a fresh breath in this age of ‘me me & me’.

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    • Walaikumassalam! Yes Manaal is my daughter Alhamdulillah, this blog is named after her.

      Thank you so much for the wonderful, encouraging comment. I hope to see you around!

  18. Happy New Year to you, Mehmudah,

    May 2013 be blossoming roses to you, and may you have happiness and joy.

    Subhan Zein
    #PS: My subscription has gone messed up, so now I am resubscribing, looking forward to reading more! πŸ™‚

  19. Just wanted to stop by and thank you for your visit and liking of my recent post ‘Word of the Week Challenge entry – Clouds’. Your support is appreciated! I have only looked a little at your blog but what I have seen in the way of images is beautiful and I look forward to exploring it more in the future. πŸ™‚ Take care – Stan

  20. Alhamdulillah, this is such a wonderful blog. My deep appreciation to you for always taking the time to share your thoughts with us! Absolutely wonderful and beautiful pictures, sister! πŸ™‚

  21. Hi Mehmudah,
    I’m not religious but love all people of all nations and races. Pleased to meet you.
    Thanks for checking out my blog. I was in Dubai for the first time in May this year. WOW!! What a place. I’m hoping one day to go back as I only had 2 days there on my way back to Oz, from the U.K. Beautiful architecture and such a diverse range. You have air conditioned bus stops? How cool is that! Lol Still, I can imagine the heat in Summer must be unbearable! Hugs from Oz. Paula xxxx

  22. Thanks for your visit to my blog! I wanted to drop by and invite you to join in Project O which is a look into how opinions are formed around the world. If this interests you and if you have a social issue you might want to share with people, please consider joining! The post can be found at the top of my blog under Project O – The Original Project Idea and the template is the post next to it. Thanks again for taking the time to visit my blog! –OM

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