The Nuances of Sincerity

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ Many people, especially those Muslims who desire to attain higher ranks of faith, want to be sincere. However, sincerity ― of purpose, mind, soul, tongue, action, and heart ― is an elusive blessing that is not easy to acquire, simply because it comes at a price that most people are unable … Continue reading The Nuances of Sincerity

“Seeing” Reality With the “Eye” of the Heart

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَانِ الرَّحِيمِ In the era during which the Qur'an was revealed, traveling through the lands (or seas) was not an easy task. It was extremely arduous, and the chances of surviving harsh & adverse weather, or the loss of one's luggage or animal, were thin. Journeys took months if not years to cover, … Continue reading “Seeing” Reality With the “Eye” of the Heart

How to Teach Children the Qur’an

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ One of the most beneficial legacies that a Muslim parent can leave behind for their child, is to facilitate their connection with the Qur'an from early childhood in such a way, that it leads to them having a heart that is steadfastly attached to the Qur'an, a tongue that recites it … Continue reading How to Teach Children the Qur’an

3 Lesser Known Dua’s in the Qur’an

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ "It's not safe here anymore." "Our lives and those of our children are in danger." "There is no security. Security is a basic human need." ********* These were (and still are) the reasons cited by born Muslims who wish to emigrate to Western countries from the war-torn, underdeveloped, unsafe, and politically … Continue reading 3 Lesser Known Dua’s in the Qur’an

My Latest Book, “True Heroes: The Prophetic Guide to Leadership”

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـانِ الرَّحِيمِ So, yeah, here I am. Finally. 😇 You must have noticed that I have been a little missing-in-action on this blog, since many months. Except for the "totally-frustrated-and-fed-up-with-society-as- a-misunderstood-unschooling-mother" rant that was my last post. *Chuckle*. Anyhow, I was actually working hard on my next book project, among other ongoing things, … Continue reading My Latest Book, “True Heroes: The Prophetic Guide to Leadership”

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 a woman? Answer: a Majorly Misunderstood Misfit. But, in order to answer this question in … Continue reading The Fruits of Unschooling: Better a Misunderstood Misfit, Than a Cultural Conformist

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 spirit; and calculations and disbursements of charity. It is gone. And like this time every … Continue reading Changes in My Life, and a New Book: “How to Benefit From the Qur’an”

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 next. Yet, the delusive nature of the life of this world sometimes make us live … Continue reading Getting it “Just Right”: The Components of Wisdom

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, in life. We all dream of living a life sans pain of any kind. We … Continue reading The Positives of Pain

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 about it too, first I would like to wonder out loud what exactly success means … Continue reading 4 Childhood Indicators of Future Success

The Keys of Provision

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ Who doesn't want an easy, happy, smooth life devoid of tragedies, calamities, grief and trials? Which one of us would refuse to receive more blessings and provision? I doubt if anyone would. However, there are few among us who truly understand the subtleties and nuances of the realities of the life … Continue reading The Keys of Provision

Timeless Pearls of Wisdom from the Qur’an

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ Reciting the Qur'an is an act of worship. Thinking deeply about the ayaat of the Qur'an whilst reciting them in Arabic (especially when/if Allah has blessed the reciter with enough knowledge to understand the Arabic of the Qur'an directly) can have many beautiful effects on the reciter, not the least of … Continue reading Timeless Pearls of Wisdom from the Qur’an

Family Togetherness Through Worship in Ramadan

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ Every year, when Ramadan is about to start, a mother’s mind starts having some apprehensive thoughts: will I be able to fast easily? Will I feel very hungry or thirsty? How tiring will it be with the children at home all day? How will I plan meals? Will I awaken in … Continue reading Family Togetherness Through Worship in Ramadan

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