Wearing the Jilbab as a Muslim Woman: Do Not Discard This Dress Under Duress

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ It's no secret that I have little patience for elaborate and time-consuming endeavors when it comes to ladies dressing up. I all but have to force my eyes not to roll whenever I behold the demands of a diva as she goes on about having a bad hair day, or worse, … Continue reading Wearing the Jilbab as a Muslim Woman: Do Not Discard This Dress Under Duress

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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, sincere monologue about the perils, dangers and risks of devouring packaged milk. She'd apparently seen … Continue reading One Man’s ‘Poison’, Another Man’s Meat: Some “Food” For Thought

The Real Housewives of Ancient Egypt

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ Ever attended a ladies' social get-together or party? Of course you have, if you are female! Ladies of all ages love to dress up, get together, and have a heart-to-heart conversation over sumptuous food. For a woman, getting together with her girlfriends is actually one of the few things in life … Continue reading The Real Housewives of Ancient Egypt

Surah Al-Kahf: The Travels and Travails of Dhul-Qarnain

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ The leaders of nations today are almost always under the spotlight. In a world that is digitally connected 24/7, in which everyone has a voice thanks to instant communication via the Internet and social media, national and community leaders often bear the brunt of 'instant' backlashes and criticism regarding their actions, … Continue reading Surah Al-Kahf: The Travels and Travails of Dhul-Qarnain

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

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

Deprived of Light on Judgment Day: 5 Behavioral Traits of Munafiqs

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ I find the concept of nifaq intriguing. It is something that I often ponder upon, as it is a disease of the heart that is difficult to detect. This is because it does not openly manifest itself in a person's outward actions, so someone infected with nifaq outwardly appears to be the … Continue reading Deprived of Light on Judgment Day: 5 Behavioral Traits of Munafiqs

My Home: My Sanctuary of Solitude, Not an ‘Open House’

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ Bring to mind the hustling bustling home you grew up in. Someone or the other was always coming or going. Domestic servants would arrive early or mid morn, probably without even knocking, or after knocking repeatedly and very loudly. Relatives, near and distant, would drop in unannounced at any time of … Continue reading My Home: My Sanctuary of Solitude, Not an ‘Open House’

Prophet Musa and Pharaoh: Psychological Human Behavior Faced by a Caller to Islam

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ When one goes through the Quran the first few times, one wonders why it has so much repetition of apparently the same incidents, e.g. the punishments meted out to transgressing past nations, stories from the lives of Prophets, and descriptive reminders of the torments and rewards of the Hereafter. The Quran … Continue reading Prophet Musa and Pharaoh: Psychological Human Behavior Faced by a Caller to Islam

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