Author Archives: Sadaf Farooqi

About Sadaf Farooqi

Homeschooling parent, writer, teacher, Muslim activist, and amateur foodie.

One Man’s ‘Poison’, Another Man’s Meat: Some “Food” For Thought

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ Disclaimer: This post is like an ebook in length! Read it when you have the time, and perhaps a cuppa with you. Sitting at a gathering, I listen quietly to a sister launch into a heartfelt, … Continue reading

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“Unschooling” Update and Frequently Asked Questions – Part 2

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ To continue from where I left off last month at the end of Part 1 of this post, I want to point out how and why letting your children learn mostly via play and not through … Continue reading

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“Unschooling” Update and Frequently Asked Questions – Part 1

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ It has been very long since I blogged about and provided an update on our homeschooling journey. The third addition to our family was a huge blessing in disguise, because the lull it introduced into our … Continue reading

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A Person’s Worth Lies Not in Square Feet or Area Code

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَلَوْلَا أَن يَكُونَ النَّاسُ أُمَّةً وَاحِدَةً لَجَعَلْنَا لِمَن يَكْفُرُ بِالرَّحْمَنِ لِبُيُوتِهِمْ سُقُفًا مِّن فَضَّةٍ وَمَعَارِجَ عَلَيْهَا يَظْهَرُونَ وَلِبُيُوتِهِمْ أَبْوَابًا وَسُرُرًا عَلَيْهَا يَتَّكِؤُونَ وَزُخْرُفًا وَإِن كُلُّ ذَلِكَ لَمَّا مَتَاعُ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةُ عِندَ رَبِّكَ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ “And were … Continue reading

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You Were a Spouse Before You Became a Parent

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ Escapism is officially defined as: Es·cap·ism (-skpzm) n. The tendency to escape from daily reality or routine by indulging in daydreaming, fantasy, or entertainment. [Reference: The Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia] *** He arrives home … Continue reading

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Neither Busy Bee, Nor Queen Bee, Nor Socialite: Musings of a Secluded Scribbler

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ Life has changed. A lot. I find it bemusing how true this adage is: “The only thing constant in life is change.” My life is so different now, from what it used to be. And I … Continue reading

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Women at the Time of the Prophet (ﷺ): Empowered But Humble

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ I often come across rather polarized views regarding women and wealth. On one end are the slightly misogynistic myths that purport that if a woman is allowed to earn her own money and become financially independent, … Continue reading

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Niqab: A Trip Down Memory Lane

‎بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 13 years after I started my ‘covered’ journey, distressed by witnessing many of my fellow Quran course colleagues and batch-mates ‘tone down’ or completely discard their niqab, jilbab, and – in some shocking cases – even … Continue reading

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For the Love of Go(̶l̶)̶d!

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ Digging it out of the earth, diving in the sea for it, buying it, vying for it, envying others over it, talking about it, wearing it, displaying it, crafting it, selling it, hoarding it, weighing it, … Continue reading

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A Heart in Turmoil: My Conversation With Myself

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ I am sitting in front of my iMac, blinking and staring blankly at the screen, my fingers poised atop the keyboard. Do it. Just write. Anything. It will be cathartic, insha’Allah. Yes, but I cannot write … Continue reading

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