Tagged Upbringing

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First Trimester – Pregnancy Blues

1+1=3 ‘All I saw when you all were pregnant was a beautiful glowing face with a soft cute tummy pushed out!’ I complained while nagging about my nausea. ‘pfft. Haha! Tip of the iceberg’, one of my sisters replied. Nobody told me how it was when they got pregnant. And living with too many sisters…

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Why Can’t I Do It?

“Yes, that’s right, you will be asked to recite in the hereafter. There is no saying “I was busy, I didn’t revise, I need time.” You will be asked to recite, and oh hafidh! You will be asked to recite “as you used to recite in this world”. Are you able to recite it thoroughly…

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Lifetime Supply of Musk

I’ve always been one of those people who had an immense liking for perfume (itr). Back home I had a drawer completely stashed with bottles of itr and it got to such an extent and still is that I never leave home without a small bottle of itr in my pocket. Perfume and smelling good…

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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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k”NO”w Christmas

Its Mawlid Season this week. We just passed one and we have another one waiting for us. 25 December and we are in the ‘festive season’ – Christmas time. Many Muslims around the world will be actually taking part in these festivities. They will do this without really questioning what they are doing, without even…

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