Is Social Media Turning You Into a Narcissist?

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ Click. Tap. Swipe. That is all it takes nowadays for a random stranger to subscribe to your blog or Facebook feed. To "Like" your page. To "Follow" you on Twitter. To "Add" you to their circles. To "Pin" your photograph. All over the world, people are now connected to each other … Continue reading Is Social Media Turning You Into a Narcissist?

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

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

The “Larger Than Life” Wife

‎بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ An edited/abridged version of this post was first published in SISTERS Magazine. Over the hill. Has-been. Past her prime. Off the shelf. Used goods. And the worst: “hag!”. How many subtle and direct titles and tags does modern media and journalistic chick-lit use nowadays to remind a woman who is approaching, … Continue reading The “Larger Than Life” Wife

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

“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 structured lessons and classes for the first 10-12 years of their lives is not "crazy". … Continue reading “Unschooling” Update and Frequently Asked Questions – Part 2

“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

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 it not that all people would become one community, We might indeed have provided for … Continue reading A Person’s Worth Lies Not in Square Feet or Area Code

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 at 8:30 p.m, exhausted from the day's work. As he shuts the front door gently, … Continue reading You Were a Spouse Before You Became a Parent

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, measuring it, pricing it, valuing it.....we just can't get enough of this precious metal - … Continue reading For the Love of Go(̶l̶)̶d!

Life Lessons at the Threshold of 35

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ "How do you remember names, places and events that took place decades ago, complete with all the little side details?" "Having a good memory is not always good, you know. It means that you remember the pain of the hurtful aspects of your past. And it also means, that the regret … Continue reading Life Lessons at the Threshold of 35

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

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

The Several-Year Glitch and the Deafening Silence

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ I am 'interrupting' my Surah Al-Kahf series to write this post because the muse paid me a visit, and like most writers, I cannot stall when inspiration beckons. I have this habit of intermittently practicing a spiritually refreshing mental exercise that makes my eyes well up with gratefulness to Allah, and my soul … Continue reading The Several-Year Glitch and the Deafening Silence

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