ن وَالْقَلَمِ وَمَا يَسْطُرُونَ "Nun. By the pen, and what they are writing." [68:1] I am standing inside a used-bookstore. It is extremely hot. A bracket fan installed up in one corner spews out bursts of humid air. Beads of perspiration slowly roll down my back as my eyes minutely scan the shelves, up … Continue reading Books that Impacted Me as a Teenager: Confessions of a Bibliophage
If a person, of any age, showed immunity to the prevalent rat-race culture fueled by this oversharing of information with others i.e. they refused to get sucked in by the trend of being obsessed with who just did or acquired what, and vice versa, they were considered weird or outcast.
﷽ Assalamu alaikum. Hope all of my readers are doing well! 🙂 I just wanted to drop in here and address (finally) the issue of why I have almost totally stopped mingling freely with the people ("socializing", I think it is called). This post is not an attempt at justification for this change in my … Continue reading Now You See Me, Now You Don’t
بِسْمِ ٱللّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيم It amazes me nowadays just how great a change in global ethos and cultures the past decade or so has brought about. Those who live in their own little bubbles, however, might not have much of a clue of what I am talking about. It is possible that all such people … Continue reading The Case for the Organic “Influencer”
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ I am going to admit it. I have an embarrassingly loud laugh. I admit that I do not like it. I have always been the guffawing type. The one who has to bite her lip after letting out a big laugh accidentally. At the wrong time, in front of the wrong … Continue reading The Believer’s “Last Laugh”: The Laugh of Victory
﷽There is a hadith that always brings a smile to my lips. Why this is so, I will attempt to explain below in a moment, inshaÁllah. But first, I want to point out when and how I heard it in the first place. I first heard it during a Quran tafsir class in which the concept of … Continue reading A Hadith About Divorce You Might Never Hear From the Pulpit
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَـانِ الرَّحِيمِ السلامُ علیکم readers! I hope and pray that your Ramadan is going well. I thought I'd pop in here and share a recipe that I think would be very beneficial for Muslims everywhere, but especially for those who are fasting long, dry and arid days in very hot weather like us … Continue reading A Prophetically Endorsed “Power” Recipe for Suhoor in Ramadan (or for Everyday Breakfast)
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ I awaken gradually, the metallic leg of the steel bench next to my head feeling cold against it. I spot sneaker-clad feet go by. The airport terminal seems to finally be very quiet. I blink several times as sleep leaves my eyes. I sit up. The tablets seem to have worked. … Continue reading The Price of Success
بسم الله الرحمٰن الرحيم I just love the gradual way I am going grey: it is a uniform scattering of silver emerging all over my head. By now, I think its a well-known fact that I am a very different kind of woman (innit!), so if you spot silver slivers in my hair, please don't … Continue reading This is 40: The Parent of a Child Who is the Offspring of a Parent
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـانِ الرَّحِيمِ السَّلآمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ الله وبَرَكآتُه to all my blog readers and subscribers. Hope you are all doing well. I am sorry that I have been unable to update this blog as often as I would like (monthly). However, the blogging hiatus has not been because of some writer's blogger's block or … Continue reading Into the Qur’an: Let it Enrich Your Soul and Your Life
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـانِ الرَّحِيمِ Last year, I blogged about being on a bridge between two places: crossing over from one side to the other. Well, I mentioned how I am taking my sweet time crossing this bridge, and hoping to enjoy the ride, insha'Allah. We should try to appreciate every good thing about the phase … Continue reading Before You Roll Out the Red Carpet: Be on Red Alert for these “Rishta” Red Herrings & Red Flags
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْم The thing with being a writer is, that you evolve with time: your thoughts, writing style, and even priorities, keep changing. I suppose that is true for every aspect of life: the only thing constant in life is change. As a homeschooling parent who also likes to write, I keep growing … Continue reading The Clouds Parted and “the Son” Shone Through….
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ I don't know what I would do, if I did not have the Qur'an as my source of guidance and solace in life. As I meander myself, guarding my thoughts and actions, in a turbulent world plunging more and more into confusion & turmoil with the passage of time, I cling … Continue reading Trying to Make Sense of it All
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ Perhaps you have been wondering where/how I am? And, maybe why/to where I seem to have disappeared? Why you are seeing less of me? Yes, I will admit, things in my life are different now. However, this change did not happen overnight. Life has a way of throwing surprises at you. … Continue reading Standing on a Bridge, Aspiring to New Vistas
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ The complexity of the human mind really fascinates me sometimes. It is even more thought-provoking how the Qur'an mentions human behavior and psychology at many instances. It makes one wonder: do humans always think about this life and its origin, and about "God", the same way, no matter which era of … Continue reading Seeing Things as They are