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

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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

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

Niqab: A Trip Down Memory Lane

‎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

A Heart in Turmoil: My Conversation With Myself

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

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

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

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

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