Monthly Archives: January 2016

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Recite and Rise

  “She’s a hafidhah” a friend casually adds to the introduction as she introduces me to another friend I was meeting for the first time. “MashaAllah, I hear you’ve also memorized the Quran!” says an aunty the second time she sees me. A tinge of happiness, mixed with pride and guilt fills me, yes guilt….

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There And Back Again

“Leave your country in search of loftiness And travel! For in travel there are 5 benefits, Relief of adversity and earning of livelihood And knowledge and etiquettes and noble companionship If it is said that travelling brings humiliation and difficulty And long journeys across deserts and toil and trouble, Then death is better for a…

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Warm Whispers Of Istighfaar

I am in love with Istighfaar. Every time I hear this term, torrents of words instantly flow in my mind: Forgiveness, Comfort, Opening, Hope, Broken, Needy, Du’aa, Abundance! These words, then, help me to reflect deeply upon the beauty of istighfaar and on its constant companionship during the highs and lows of life. Thus, I…

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Safiyyah Bint Huayy – Our Mother

  Safiyyah bint Huyayy was one of the wives of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, and was a Jewess before she married him. Her lineage became an immense test of her patience and restrain, thus beautifying her character even more رضي الله عنها, as we shall go on to see. Lineage and Early Life…

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You Booze You Lose

A glass of wine? A few beers? A shot of tequila? Scotch? On the rocks? With a twist? Man the choices are endless, and they sound so appealing, don’t they? (Oh don’t give me that look! Of course they do!) If alcohol didn’t make people feel SO GOOD, why on earth would they start drinking?…

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