Author Archives: Sadaf Farooqi

About Sadaf Farooqi

Muslim homeschooling mother of three, non-fiction author, freelance writer, and foodie.

The Fruits of Unschooling: Better a Misunderstood Misfit, Than a Cultural Conformist

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ What does being a niqabi, an unschooling parent, living in culturally-rigid Pakistan, not being able to people-please and sweet-talk my way into and out of superficial, culturally-enforced social conversations, and being a work-from-home, freelancing housewife make … Continue reading

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Changes in My Life, and a New Book: “How to Benefit From the Qur’an”

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ Ramadan came and went like a whirlwind. A beautiful whirlwind of blessings and worship; swoons and sighs; soul-stirring Qur’an recitation; parched throats and lovely cold water that slid down those throats at sundown; lovely community taraweeh … Continue reading

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Getting it “Just Right”: The Components of Wisdom

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ Many, if not most of us, try to ‘get it right’ in life. We want the right mix of blessings, experiences, relationships, and possessions, which will grant us a happy life in this world and the … Continue reading

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Become a Giver: Have the “Upper Hand”

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَانِ الرَّحِيمِ Ever since I discovered the hadith below, I have prayed to Allah to always bless me with the ‘upper hand’ – الْيَدَ الْعُلْيَا – in the life of this world: لأَنْ يَغْدُوَ أَحَدُكُمْ فَيَحْتَطِبَ عَلَى ظَهْرِهِ … Continue reading

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The Positives of Pain

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَانِ الرَّحِيمِ Pain: all of us dread it. It would probably not be too far-fetched a claim to say that no one in their right mind would ever want to experience any kind of pain, at least willingly, … Continue reading

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Now Available: My Past Articles as Books on Amazon

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَانِ الرَّحِيمِ It is very interesting, how time brings about change and growth. I find it almost incredible to believe that there was a time – less than a decade ago – when I used to hope and … Continue reading

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4 Childhood Indicators of Future Success

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَانِ الرَّحِيمِ Success: a lot is said, written, and taught today about how to achieve it in life. For most if not all human beings, becoming successful in life is a top priority. But before I begin talking … Continue reading

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