Appreciating Life’s “Invisible Walls”

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ Have you ever come across a situation in life, when you encountered a seemingly insurmountable problem or obstacle to your goals, which eventually got miraculously solved? And at that moment, you knew, in your heart of hearts, that it was only Allah Who did it, so your faith in Him got … Continue reading Appreciating Life’s “Invisible Walls”

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Going “Home”

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ The home is where the heart is. So you miss home. And you might feel very homesick when you are away from home. What is it that makes a house a "home" for a person? The aura in it? The people? The number, personalities, habits, faith, natures and lifestyle of it's occupants? … Continue reading Going “Home”

Define the “Qur’an Vision” For Your Family

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ Every human being is unique. What a precious gift of Allah this uniqueness is! It enables each one of us to use our exclusive set of talents and abilities, to acquire our own little pool of knowledge, through our own distinct style of learning, and to weave our own "one-of-a-kind yarn" … Continue reading Define the “Qur’an Vision” For Your Family

“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 till-then, by-and-large structured, curriculum-based, and parent-driven model of homeschooling, paved the way for a smooth … Continue reading “Unschooling” Update and Frequently Asked Questions – Part 1

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, she becomes too headstrong and rebellious, and loses interest in living a simple life that … Continue reading Women at the Time of the Prophet (ﷺ): Empowered But Humble

The Real Housewives of Ancient Arabia

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ Continued from: The Real Housewives of Ancient Egypt In the first part of this post, we discussed an incident from Surah Yusuf in the Quran, involving a dinner banquet with an agenda that was convened and attended by the urban, socialite housewives of ancient Egypt. We noted similarities between the ethos and … Continue reading The Real Housewives of Ancient Arabia

Prophet Musa and Khidr: the Quest For Divine Knowledge

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ This is the third story in the inspirational and insightful Surah Al-Kahf. The story involves 3 people, namely Prophet Musa [عليه السلام], his young boy-servant Yusha bin Nun, and Al-Khidr [عليه السلام]. This story is inspirational in many ways, but in my opinion, it is primarily so in the way it … Continue reading Prophet Musa and Khidr: the Quest For Divine Knowledge

Surah Al-Kahf: The Curious Case of the Bohemian Boys

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ Think, "a group of young boys hanging out together", and what comes to mind? If you are in the age range of 10-25, you'll probably think they are having fun. And if you are older, you'll probably assume they are out and about cooking up some trouble just for the fun … Continue reading Surah Al-Kahf: The Curious Case of the Bohemian Boys

Surah Al-Kahf: The Two Conversing Companions and the Trial of Affluence

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ Reading, reflecting upon, and reciting Surah Al-Kahf every Friday has been an enlightening and exceptionally rewarding experience over the years. This surah is packed with lessons, and what's interesting is how the main source of these lessons, for me, has been the four narratives or stories narrated in it. We all … Continue reading Surah Al-Kahf: The Two Conversing Companions and the Trial of Affluence

Defending Prophet Muhammad صَلَّى اللِّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ The world is talking about Prophet Muhammad (صَلَّى اللِّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ). In an age dominated by instant online marketing, media strategies, public relations campaigns, and digital media publishing, the power of the printed or published world, audio podcasts, recorded videos and public opinion has increased manifold and quite frequently, spirals even … Continue reading Defending Prophet Muhammad صَلَّى اللِّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ

The Quran of Al-Fajr: Quran that is Witnessed

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ As the readers of this blog as well as those who have been reading my past articles probably know by now, through many of my writings I have attempted to pen my thoughts and in-depth reflections upon different verses of the Quran. Fact is, I have been attempting to analyze the … Continue reading The Quran of Al-Fajr: Quran that is Witnessed

The Effect of the Quran on a Believer

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ Ramadan is once again almost upon us, ‎الحمد لله. It is the month in which the Quran was first revealed. Muslims the world over unite in their efforts to bond with this Book during these blessed and spiritually-charged 30 days involving day-and-night, round-the-clock worship. Have you ever wondered why Allah did … Continue reading The Effect of the Quran on a Believer

The Apprentice

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ As someone who had no younger sibling; who never in her life babysat any little children for even an hour; who has more than the average penchant for personal privacy, solitude and demarcated boundaries of living space, I often find myself at the receiving end of the following question: How can … Continue reading The Apprentice

Imparting the Blessings of Quran to a Baby – From Before Birth!

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ I flip the pages of my Quran mus-haf forward, checking with some concern how many total marked portions of each remaining juz are left before I reach my target. Why, you might wonder? It was back in April this year that excessive vomiting, dehydration and fatigue made me, for the most part, … Continue reading Imparting the Blessings of Quran to a Baby – From Before Birth!

Fasting Ramadan in the Family Way: A Daunting Yet Surmountable Challenge

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم As I begin to write this post, to say that I feel overwhelmed with gratitude to Allah - an intense gratitude that is tinged with incredulous wonder at His benevolence - would perhaps be an understatement. You see, 28 days, ago, I was faced with a challenge - a challenge that … Continue reading Fasting Ramadan in the Family Way: A Daunting Yet Surmountable Challenge