No need to freak out, even though you all must be thinking, what in god’s name is this post about?!

It’s just me having a super nostalgic moment that I’d love to share with a bunch of virtual strangers!

A very kind Twitter soul wrote this tweet and it touched my heart because honestly, I did not know people still read DOAD! And when I checked the ‘views’ on this site I was stunned to see that this year alone, I had over 20,000 views. I mean, that’s crazy! I haven’t updated this blog consistently in ages!

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It’s amazing that after all these years, some of you still find joy in reading this story which makes me very happy.

I’d like to end this out of the blue post by saying I hope you all have had a wonderful 2018, and as 2019 draws closer, I hope the new year brings you prosperity, happiness and peace!

Also, keep an eye out for my annual ‘December Diaries’ available at The Global Hijabi

Much Love, Tasmiyah x


Sorry to Interrupt…

You must be wondering why on earth you’re getting a notification from Diary of a Dubain.

I have a good reason… well I think it’s a good reason. 

Diary of a Dubain has reached a million views! (WOAH)


When this blog ended I think I had around 650,000 views, roughly?

And I think it’s pretty amazing that this blog is still being read! 

I get messages from people telling me they’re re-reading Diary of a Dubain.

Inwardly I cringe because (lets face it) this blog has more typos than I can count and is such a cliche!

Which is why I’m in the process of editing it, so if you find that the storyline is not exactly as you remember it, that’s why.

But nevertheless, Diary of a Dubain is my baby. It’s where my writing journey began and it’s where I found a core of loyal readers!

So thanks all for the million views. 

Here are a bunch of gifs to express my happiness and gratitude…






You can now carry on with your lives : ) 




After a long long break, I am happy to announce that I am back with a new blog!

In the past few months I’ve had time to relax, gather my thoughts and create a new story.

Solo is going to be a heart warming and adventurous journey, one I hope you enjoy.

So what are you waiting for… The first chapter is already posted!

Simply click on the link to get started…


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Summer + Writing = ♥

So So So…

A lot of you might have (mistakenly) received a post I posted last week.

Sorry, it was meant to go onto Finding Solace.

But that is beside the point.

I have some news…

Insha Allah, if god is willing that I am alive, and well,  and able,  and healthy, and sane in July/August,

I am planning on doing a Summer segment of DOAD.

Basically, DOAD will return momentarily for maybe a month, two months, while I’m on my Summer holidays.

But I need to make sure that I’m doing that for a purpose of course.

I need to know that there will be readers reading it or looking forward to it.

So, comment, send me a message; should I bring Diary of a Dubain back for a short while?!

Until then, please keep me in your prayers and duas.

While in a crucial year of schooling, I need all the help I can get with exams coming up in May.

Much Love (wow I have missed saying that) DubainGirl ♥♥♥


Summer + Writing = ♥

Ramadan Mubarak



السلام عليكم

Let me start of by wishing everybody a very happy and blessed….. Ramadan Mubarak!

I hope you all are doing well!

This holy month has dawned upon us and I decided that I wanted to wish every single one of you a blessed Ramadan.

This is just a one off post, not a regular…

Alhamdulillah we have all lived to see another Ramadan, how lucky are we!

Every other year, this month would roll around and I was never affected by it, in the sense that I would put the minimal amount in to bettering my self. But in sha Allah, this year will be different for all of us!

There’s something I wanted to share with each and every one of you.

As I prayed the first maghrib salaah of Ramadan this year, I was struggling to concentrate as so many of us usually do.
Any other day I would have blamed my lack of concentration on shaitaan and his whisperings that make me think of anything but Allah.
But today it suddenly ocured to me, I could no longer blame Shaitaan.
He is no longer the reason I cant concentrate in my salaah.
He is no longer the reason as to all the other sins I commit.
He is locked up, mute for this entire blessed month and the only person I could blame was myself.

This sudden realization got me thinking about how Ramadan is a month of reflection.
For me that’s how I see it.

From the first maghrib salaah I already began to reflect on the way I pray, my attitude towards others, and other small things in my everyday life that in sha Allah I will improve on in this coming month.

So I want to urge you all to also reflect on the small things in life.
What could you change?What could you do to get closer to Allah?

Because for this month we can no longer blame all our shortcomings on Shaitaan.
We have the choice, so choose wisely.

Do we we want to let our Naffs get carried away this Ramadan, or do we want to control it an steer it in the right direction?

The direction that will help us accumulate good deeds and will help us become better Muslims. Whatever efforts we make to change for the better during Ramadan, in sha Allah we instil them in our daily lives for every other month as well.

So I leave you all to enjoy this glorious month of Ramadan. May Allah accept the dua’s of you and your Families. Remember me in your dua’s!
Ramadan Mubarak
DubainGirl xoxo


Welcome Ramadan!

Welcome Ramadan!

Blogs to Read

Okay, so thats the end of Season 3!

Here’s a list of blogs you guys can check out. Some I’ve read and others I haven’t but if you ever want reading material you have a lot of options!

Blogs I read…

Letters From Z

Memon Girl


Diary Of A Guji Girl

MemonGirl 16

Relatable 101

Life Love Destiny

Sami The Reviewer

Two Hearts Apart


Blogs I haven’t read…

(Feel free to email me if you have read any of these blog’s below and you think others would enjoy reading it as well)

Journey To Changes

Sabeeha’s Complicated Life

Veiled Princess

Different Jerseys

A Journey in A Journal

Adios Amigos ♥


The Story of DOAD

What do you do when you’re forced to leave the only home you’ve ever known?

Yasmeen Raheem’s entire life has always been situated within Durban South Africa. But suddenly she’s thrown into the deep end when she finds out she’ll be moving to the land of Arabians in a matter of weeks.

She has to learn to let go of the past, adapt to a new city and most importantly, she has to learn to survive in a whole new world without her family and friends back home.

Will she make it and be the Dubain she was always meant to be?

Or will she remain an outsider forever, friendless and without family?

Read the story of a Durbanite finding her way in Dubai…


(ignore this post, the website menu is undergoing construction and this is basically the blurb for the blog; carry on with whatever you were doing… nothing to read here -T)