We are thrilled to launch a new monthly series asking our readers to share a photo of what their month looked like.

To be considered, please send your name, location, Instagram handle, and a sentence or two about the image to editors@khamsa5.com. We look forward to reviewing your submissions and potentially featuring them in our monthly series.

Here’s what April looked like for our readers.

Morteza Niknahad. Bandar Abbas, Iran.

“A family in south Iran celebrated their baby’s six months.”


Soukayna. Montreal, Canada.

“Breaking my fast alone during an ice storm; thank God the power went out after I finished cooking.”


Sophia Khalifeh. Dubai, UAE.

“I met Alisa this day; we planned to shoot a few days prior since she was visiting Dubai for only a few days. I recently have been avoiding last-minute shoots for my own creative process, but I felt called to work with her. We spent the afternoon barefoot in nature, and I took this image with a camcorder when she wasn’t focusing. Everything happened very naturally.”


Malaika Naik. Dubai, UAE.

“A lonely swing awaiting a ruminating soul on Ahangama Beach, Sri Lanka.”


Raheed Allaf. Sharjah, UAE.

“One of my favourite Ramadan practices is ‘تبخير الكاسات بالمستكة’ right before iftar. As you take your day’s first sip of water, the scent and taste of the aroma create a true sense of mindfulness. It brings to attention a feeling of gratitude, warmth and care. Thank you, 3amma Hanan, for keeping these traditions alive and teaching me the small things that mean the world.”


Mashael Alsaie. Brooklyn, New York.

“On the Road is a photo series taken road-tripping in Wyoming with @lamaoudi wearing @meera.adnan.label.

We wanted to capture the feeling of being young, fearless and utterly frivolous.”


Dalia Al-Dujaili. London, UK.

“Essaouira, Morocco. On a sunny afternoon, we wandered the small side streets of this small fishing town.”


Lara Chahine. Beirut, Lebanon.

“I thought it was the sweetest thing that they brought all their snacks to this picnic, and as I watched them, more friends started coming, and it was all very wholesome.”


Credits: All images courtesy of the submitters.

Rand Al-Hadethi is an art, culture, and fashion writer who approaches all her creative endeavours with a penchant for storytelling. She explores the intersection of fashion, culture, and society and sheds light on talent and cultural movements across the Middle East and the world. Rand also publishes a bi-monthly themed substack newsletter called WebWeaver™. To reach Rand, email her at rand@khamsa5.com or follow her on social media @rundoozz.
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