Matters Of The Heart

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Boxing and Islam

Around 31 years ago, in October 1987, the Islamic Fiqh Academy of the Muslim World League had gathered together in Makkah to discuss a number of pertinent issues to the Muslims of that time. Many issues discussed in this meeting appear just as relevant 31 years later, if not more, as they were at that…

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Why I Left Social Media

“Oh! You’re no longer on Facebook?” This is a regular question that I am faced with whenever conversations about if I have seen or heard this or that on Facebook arise. I cannot say I have absolutely no clue what social media is, but I can say for certain I have absolutely no idea what…

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A Traveler’s Guide

18 years of living in a Muslim country had me taking the Islamic way of life for granted and when I moved to a predominantly non-Muslim country for higher studies, my happy-go-lucky life took quite a 360° jerk. The new-found freedom away from family, the excitement of delving into a new culture, the modified version…

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Death Note

Man’s greatest fear is death. Our fear of death is existential. Death is associated with everything horrid and depressing. We tend to not remember it as much as we can. Everytime we encounter death, it is a tragedy we never expect. Subconsciously, we are attached to our embodied existence, and dispossession of our soul is…

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The Abominable Touch

*Madinah, Saudi Arabia* Perhaps around 8-10 years ago, I and the elder sister walk into a small local store while our madre waited out in the car. Although it was the only one open in the area, it was also quite close to the Masjid and presumably ‘safe’. It was unoccupied and while we separated,…

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Islam Is My Life Because..

Before marriage, the place of Deen (religion) in my life was only limited to praying the Friday prayers and fasting the month of Ramadan. After marriage, my life was nothing different from that of a normal married girl – expecting a lot from your husband, glowing with happiness at his praise and appreciation, and feeling…

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Ramadan Flew Past

Ramadan flew past us like the breeze, rejuvenating our soul and giving life to our heart. The question now is, has this Ramadan done enough to improve our Iman? Or have we sunken into the ocean of this Dunya, struggling to keep up with the fast moving, hectic life with our iman paying the price?…

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How To Keep The Ramadan Spirit Alive

  You’re expecting another cliché article, aren’t you? Like the ones with the rhyming titles we read every year about a week or two after Eid: “7 Ways To Maintain Your Eman” “Don’t Let Ramadan Fly And Let Your Faith Die” “Reason Number Five To Keep Ramadan’s Spirit Alive” Let me tell you a little…

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