November 8, 2008 § 25 Comments

I was tagged by Karachiwali to do this:

The McCains own 13 cars, eight homes and have access to a corporate jet. If you were as insanely rich as them, where would your eight homes be and why?

The only rule is: The homes must be within the borders of the country you live in, so as to utterly emulate the McCains.

When you’re done, tag 8 people, so that they may join in the self-indulgence, forgetting about the crappy property market and the equivalent of The End of Pompeii on Wall-Street.

The only rule I won’t be following [Which is also the only rule :p] is that of limiting myself to one Country.

1 – Yemen – Sana’a

I love Yemen, in fact I am obsessed with this Country. The culture, the people, the language, the religious revival. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve always wanted to go there. They have some of the top Ulema and religious Universities which specialise in Islam, Classical Arabic [Fus’ha] and other such arts. I naively asked my Dad if I could go there to study ilm for a year alone, Yemen isn’t so far from here and I’m in the region, but my Dad being the usual overly protective father didn’t think it was a ‘good idea’. I think I’d fit right in! Some of my favourite Islamic scholars are of Yemeni origin. I’d love one of my houses to be placed in the still preserved traditional housings. Yemen has some of the most beautiful historic architecture in the World.

Also check out these pictures: [For some reason I can’t upload them here]




2 – Pakistan – Azad Kashmir

I went for a tour of Pakistan in 2006 with my siblings by the urging of my Dad who thought we should see the Country once in ours lives properly, let’s just say I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw. We had the privelige of staying in Bhanjoosa, Azad Kashmir for three/four days, it was the most beautiful experience ever. I’d love to have a house in one of the valleys.

At night, there would be no electricity and there was actually no need for any electricity because it would get cool although it was in the middle of Summer. The Men there would do Jama’ah at the balcony of the highest house, and I can still remember till this day how the Imams voice echoed through-out the valley, without any electricity what so ever.

This is a picture we took, please don’t copy/use without permission:

[This was our view!]

3 – Scotland

Sometimes I wish I could be transferred to ancient Scotland. Scotland consisted of Castles, Horses, Ballards, Warriors and Princesses! [Okay, maybe I’m reading too many fictional Novels]. Anyway, Scotland today still retains some very beautiful places, not to mention I find the Scottish burr exceptionally funny and interesting. I had a Scottish friend once and I’d make her repeat some of the words because it sounded so cute. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, google or youtube, ‘Scottish Burr/accent‘. Whenever she’d come back from visiting Scotland, her accent would become heavy again and we’d have a ball picking on her half british/scottish accent.

4 – United Arab Emirates – Fujairah

I already have a house in the Country, but I wouldn’t mind another one in Fujairah! Mountainous and a stark contrast to the some of the inner main cities, Fujairah still makes you feel like you’re in a traditional Arab Muslim Country. I’d love to have a house somewhere in the desert, [It won’t technically be a a house, more like a tent] living the ‘traditional’ way.

5 – Palestine – Jerusalem

Okay, so you’re probably thinking, ‘is she crazy? That place is War-torn!’ But I’d still love to live in the blessed land. The land where all three religions of God come together, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The Palestinian struggle and history is etched in time and will not end until Allah wills it. Palestine is a Country where martyrdom is celebrated and where living everyday is a Jihad in and in of itself and where the beloved Al Aqsa Masjid lies.

6 – Afghanistan – Kabul

Afghanistan, the land where the ‘black flags of Khurasan will rise from‘, as the Propeht [sallalahu alayhiwasallam] has narrated in a Sahih Hadith. Afghani culture is rich, beautiful and interesting. The People fascinate me with their strength, war after war has invaded their Land, and yet they are still undefeated. I would love to be there, speak to their Women, live with their people. Find myself a little home in a cave. Khaled Hosseini also helped in making my imagination go wild in his books.

7 – Saudi Arabia – Medina

Who wouldn’t want to have a house in Medina? The city of the Prophet [Sallalahu alayhi wasallam]. InshaAllah one day!

8 – Morocco – Marrackech

Morocco is the Spain of the Arab World. It reeks of romanticism. [Not the love sort of romance, but romanticism as in art, culture, historic architecture and poetry]. For some reason I always parallel Moroccan with rich culture, hot tea and moments of laughter. I love, absolutely love the way the Women wear Hijab, it is so colourful and elegant. If I wasn’t living in a Khaleeji country where black is the norm, I would’ve indulged in some very beautiful colourful Hijabs, jillabiyas and Niqaabs! They have some exceptionally gorgeous dresses, next time my Moroccan friend goes there, I’m sending her a list.

I know I didn’t follow the rules, but oh well. πŸ˜›

[No tags, the people I would’ve tagged are already tagged.]

However, if you haven’t been tagged, please tag yourself and leave me a comment here!


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  • farooqk says:

    scottish chicks sound so sexy! πŸ˜€

    Kabul??? khalid hosseini’s books were brilliant, but i think you kinda bypassed the parts where the bombings and shit were discussed!!

    Marakkech is one place id love to visit, maybe own a lil ‘riad’ there..

  • I don’t about it being ‘sexy’, but its definetely nice. πŸ˜› And funny.

    It’s okay, I think I’ll live through it. Or maybe shift somewhere else in Afghanistan where its more quiet. *dreams*

    I want to go traveling so bad!!! 😦

  • safiullahhussaini says:

    Man I hate my decision to not to go into merchant navy when I see such posts. I would have loved traveling the globe, for now I just sit at my computer and use Google Maps. Pathetic ain’t it?

  • karachiwali says:

    i would love to live in one of the caves in Afghanistan too πŸ˜›
    and the azad kashmir pic is just beautifull!!

  • saifullah: That was an opportunity lost!! The World is a beautiful place. Sigh. It’s okay, at least we the technology these days to look at wherever we want without even visiting the place. But obviously nothing beats the experience of actually visiting.

    Karachwali: The place was equally beautiful! I’d love to go back and stay longer. lol, Maybe we should get be cave neighbours in Afghanistan. πŸ˜‰

  • have the*
    be cave*

    I think I tend to write my comments in a hurry.

  • farooqk says:


    Dude if you were in the merchant navy your kids would prolly look like the neighbours! Shukar karo.. πŸ˜‰


    ever considered joining the taliban?? theyre recruiting female suicide bombers! πŸ˜›


    lol karachi ajao, vacation pay!

  • Karachi isn’t traveling the whole world! I’d actually go somewhere else, but khair, we actually *do* have plans for the coming Eid, or most probably after Eid. My Mom really wants to visit, tou dekho.

    The only reason I’ll be coming is because of garlic rolls and my Sister might be coming over with her kids from isloo to khi, and I really want to see them. My little munchkins, sigh. But if my classes start, i might have to fore go the trip.

  • Not to mention, K-land has too many issues…

  • farooqk says:

    pleaseeee, karachi is the bomb!!!

  • mubi says:

    the word “purple” in your blog made me come here πŸ˜‰
    even i did this post(tagged by someone else) but hey not fair huh! you broke the only rule there was..temptation i know! :p 😦
    interesting choices btw

  • farooq, yes, karachi is the bomb, that is why there are so many bomb blasts!

    mubi, welcome to the blog. πŸ™‚ You like purple too huh? lol, I couldn’t help breaking the rules, you’re right, too much of a temptation. πŸ˜› Thanks. Oh and you’ve got an interesting blog yourself!

  • farooqk says:

    dont be such a hater!! πŸ˜›

  • Saadat says:

    Yemen and Morocco pics are cool!

  • hira s says:

    not fair!! i didn’t know we could bend the rules ( i know, it’s something i should have figured out for myself, but i’m pretty slow when it comes to oiginal thought)

    khaer, i love how with the exception of one country, you’d prefer to live in a muslim land.

  • karachiwali says:

    i am not becoming a suicide bomber any time soon…but yea purple and i could be cave neighbours, thatd be just soo cool πŸ˜‰

  • Saadat, I see you have a an eye for great architecture! πŸ˜› Btw, just for the record, none of the pictures above are officially owned by me, except one.

    Hira, lol, just do it πŸ˜‰ I mean, really, no one can ask you to un-change it if you mess around a bit.

    Yep, I’d always prefer living in a Muslim Land compared to a Non-Muslim one, alhamdulilah. Too many advantages/blessings.

    Karachiwali, definetely! I can just imagine, soooo when are you getting the tickets done? πŸ˜‰

  • farooqk says:

    oh, itd be so cool to be cave neighbours with Pamela Anderson! πŸ˜€

  • wait… where did this Pamela Anderson come from? :O

  • farooqk says:

    lol from California! πŸ˜‰

  • haha, honestly, i think the last thing she’d want to do is, come to Afghanistan. Aur woh bhi, to live in a cave! πŸ˜›

  • farooqk says:

    lol sochnay main kia hai!! πŸ˜›

  • Minerva says:

    Oh my GOD, I didn’t read any further than Yemen. I’ll be moving there soon (getting married in March) and I’ve been information hunting. You actually like the place? Any other reasons apart from Yemni ulemas? I’ve heard the weather is excellent.

  • First of all, Mabrook to the wedding! πŸ˜€ What exactly do you want to know about Yemen? Also, which city are you shifting to? I haven’t been there myself, but I have friends from there. Okay, from what I know, most parts of Yemen are still very traditional and religious [Think conservative/religious Peshawar side afghanistan], you don’t see women without Abaya/Hijab/niqab, but you find a lot of things to ‘sight-see’. People are usually friendly, but only go to the marketplaces with a MAN.

    If you don’t mind me asking, why are you shifting to Yemen? [You’re lucky!!! :P], I’m assuming your husbands based over there? [You don’t need to answer this if you think its too personal :))]

    Besides, do check out some of the gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous architecture, some of the sights in Yemen have been preserved for ages.

  • Mahwash says:

    I’ll be moving to Sana’a hopefully insha’Allah in March. My fiance is Pakistani and is currently working there..

    Man, here I thought it was a boring old place. Can’t believe people have actually listed it as a favorite πŸ˜€

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