Life around here is frugal, basic, and simple: no shopping malls, no fashion boutiques, no cinema, no fitness studios, no luxury, no restaurants, no fast food, no newspapers, and no distraction.
There are no insurances, no assurances and no bank accounts.
Electricity, heating and fluent water are not there for granted and often it is a life “back to the roots” with candles, water from the spring and blankets against the cold.
People here would be mostly considered as being poor.
Living is harsh and rough just as the nature around. The rhythm of life goes along with weather and seasons and the days are scheduled by the five prayer times.
Clocks tick otherwise in this part of the world…
Life and its circumstances are imperfect, just as natural as human beings.
There is no hurry, no rush; there is always time for a glass of tea or chatter in the sunlight. There is always a real relation to nature, to the self and to existential things.
There is no anonymity and being part of the community sometimes is a lifesaver.
It is a living that totally submits under Allah’s will.
It is a living that teaches modesty and contentment with the little things.
It is a living that teaches gratitude with every breath. Subhanallah!