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Welcome to this week's 5-Minute Friday where we share highlights from our week - a curated selection from things we've read, watched, pondered over, eaten, loved or picked up that inspire peace, purpose and productivity.

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What we're reading:
We were blown away by design guru Peter Gould's transcript of his presentation given at the State Library of NSW on May 26th, 2021 alongside a charity exhibition of his photography in support of Australia for UNHCR. His ability to capture the magic of places both in words and image is uncanny. It was even more powerful given that our journeys have intersected on so many occasions and it sparked many wonderful memories of travels abroad over the years. The section on war-torn Syria was particularly affecting. Yet he manages to somehow conclude with light at the end of what can seem a long, dark tunnel with a plea to our collective humanity:  "We may not be like-minded, but we can be like-hearted.

What we're watching:
We were eagerly counting down the return of Lupin, in the form of the charismatic French actor Omar Sy, to our screens and Series 2 has not disappointed! This interview in the New Yorker with the star provided a wonderful insight into his past, inspirations and activism. 

What we're listening to:
During lockdown last year we enjoyed tuning into the Horrible Histories series for a rather riotous series of detours into forgotten history with the kids. Their spin-off series aimed at adults 'You're Dead To Me' is equally awesome and the episode on Mughal History, in particular, is packed with that rare combination of fun and erudition. The scene about attempti9ng to scrub the stripes off a zebra had us in hysterics.

What we're loving:
We were delighted to see Riz Ahmed lend his backing to the Pillars Fund - announcing the launch of The Blueprint for Muslim Inclusion and the Pillars Artist Fellowship in response to the findings of this study: Missing & Maligned: The Reality of Muslims in Popular Global Movies from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative funded by the Ford Foundation

Our favourite excerpt: "Exceptions don't change the rules. Exceptions if anything, highlight the rules!"

Jeem Juxtapositions:
We virtually high-fived our favourite poet, activist and kindness advocate Ameera Aslam as she began her journey with Jeem this week.

Did you catch Tauseef in our new IGTV last week? If not, here it is: 'Friday is a State of Mind'

Thank you all for continuing to frequent our 
Jeem Essentials* reading list. The list is a curated selection of reads that have featured in this newsletter, been mentioned in one of our Instagram Stories or have simply tickled our fancy. One thing's for sure: they resonate with our desire to inspire peace, purpose and productivity.

Quote we're pondering over:
Allah will open a door that you never thought had a key the.lettered.inkling

All best wishes and duas,

Tauseef & Sarah

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