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
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ Life has changed. A lot. I find it bemusing how true this adage is: "The only thing constant in life is change." My life is so different now, from what it used to be. And I mean that in a good way. It is all about finding yourself and reaching that … Continue reading Neither Busy Bee, Nor Queen Bee, Nor Socialite: Musings of a Secluded Scribbler
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 13 years after I started my 'covered' journey, distressed by witnessing many of my fellow Quran course colleagues and batch-mates 'tone down' or completely discard their niqab, jilbab, and - in some shocking cases - even the hijab; as I experience ambivalent feelings towards 'Burka Avengers' and scantily clad Disney princesses … Continue reading Niqab: A Trip Down Memory Lane
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ I am sitting in front of my iMac, blinking and staring blankly at the screen, my fingers poised atop the keyboard. Do it. Just write. Anything. It will be cathartic, insha'Allah. Yes, but I cannot write 'anything'. If I were to write down and publish all of my thoughts here, on … Continue reading A Heart in Turmoil: My Conversation With Myself
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم I wrote this reflection as a student of the Quran, when I was 21~22 years old and had just started hijab. I submitted this 'article' somewhere, hoping that they'd publish it on their website, but they didn't. I became disappointed in my ability to write, and stopped writing completely, until 5 years … Continue reading Hope
This post is about warning parents, because conveying the message of Islam, particularly one containing warning and admonishment, is a tricky, sensitive issue when it comes to them.
Anyone who has a child knows what it means when you have to decide on a school. This is all the more mentally exhausting in urban, upper middle-class Pakistan, of late. The focus on early schooling (preschools), when the child is just a toddler, has taken the world of educated socialites by storm. Now, the … Continue reading The Schooling Dilemma: Elitist, Islamic, or the Purely Mundane..
Oh, the ordeal it is. After having passed the whole hot, humid day doing usual chores/work/routine, the night finally comes....... "[He is] the One who causes the dawn to break; and He has made the night to be [a source of] stillness..." [Surah Al-Anam: 96] The energy in the body is at its minimum … Continue reading The Ordeal
Bismillah Ah I finally discovered how to start doing this. Ahem. The future as from tomorrow is very uncertain. I am being provided the opportunity to practise (or perhaps even grow from scratch) "tawakkul Alallaah" - trust in Him - in my heart. If I really do believe that He is the Al-Raaziq and each … Continue reading The Future is Al-Ghayb