Archive for the ‘Reflections’ category

Coolness of the Eyes

By Ammarah Usmani We live in a world where most of us don’t really consider the home a peaceful haven or a sanctuary. To some, seeking refuge inside one’s home seems overrated, antisocial, and makes one seem reclusive and bereaved from the lively, rambunctious happenings of the outside world. Be it even somebody else’s home, […]

What If

By Talha Ghannam Note: The post was written a few months before traveling for Umrah. Alhamdulillah, having now completed the journey, I cannot emphasize enough how important preparation is to the journey. To remove oneself from the dunya (worldy life)and prepare for what lies ahead is essential. What will you say to your Lord and […]

Everything’s Gone Wrong

Her life was falling apart before her very eyes. She spoke to me about the catastrophes that she was going through—slammed with one trial after another. “Nothing is going right,” she had told me that night, “Nothing.” And I had to admit her life was rough. Things looked like they kept going from bad to […]

On Terrorism, Muslimness, and the Boston Bombings

By Sunna Syed In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, there’s been a lot of talk about assimilation, in particular about the suspected perpetrators’ religiosity and prayer habits and in general about foreign immigration. I’d thus like to take a moment to clear something up. Muslimness does not make you a terrorist. I get it. […]

A Marriage Mystery

By Meltem Baykaner I have recently reached that age. Many sisters will know the age that I am speaking of. It is an age not necessarily marked by a number, but rather recognised by the way you are treated… Having bounded through childhood, jumped the hurdles of adolescence and, alhamdulillah (praise be to God), somehow […]

Lessons on a Journey by Train

By Syed Hanzala Rahman It was 2:30 PM when we reached Bandra Terminus, Mumbai. Fifteen minutes back, we had come to know that our ticket to New Delhi (19 hours away) had not been confirmed, which meant that we would have to look for new tickets. There were three of us, about to leave for […]

For the Sake of Allah

By Ismahan Abdullahi There was a time when words spoken were binding contracts; pledges held and honored, where an individual would act as a testimony to his character.  Speech was not just words of folly, but rather true and honest communication between individuals. Often times we utter words heedlessly without realizing the impact it has on […]

I Promise.

By Nabila Z Most of us, we never really intend to break a promise when we make one. That’s why it is a promise in the first place; a confirmation to someone of a future action we pledge to do. A verbal guarantee. As children, we grow up learning about keeping promises from our parents, […]

Bringing a Secret to the Prophet’s Garden

I had been in Medina for 3 days and the crowds were like I had never seen in this city before, not even during Ḥajj. Would I leave without visiting the Prophet ﷺ? Anyone who has been there knows that such a thing is unthinkable. We had to give it one last shot. My sons […]

Broken Pieces of Clay and Pottery: A Lesson in Humanity

By Farhia Yahya I was once walking along a narrow but busy street in Cairo when ahead of me was a donkey-cart laden with handmade pottery and clay utensils. It belonged to an old man who had been walking slowly beside it, and trying to sell whatever he could to make an income. He walked […]

Don’t Leave the Mountain

Dear Brother, I have known you since you were a teenager, and I have witnessed you bloom beautifully. When I saw you around friends and people in the community, and saw how steadfast on the deen (religion) you were, you reminded me of how Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala (glorified is He) protected Musa and brought […]

This Tree

By Abid Mohammed “Daddy!” I said. “Yes, son?” my father replied. “Why do people only work five days a week and not seven?” I asked. “Well, because most people need a break from all the hard work that they…” “But why?” I asked again. “If you’ll just let me finish, I’ll tell you wh..” “But […]

Qur’an – The Centripetal Force

By Mehreen Omer Life has always been a mystery for me; it is an enigma perhaps no one can solve. But one thing that I’ve been able to discern from my life is that the Qur’an keeps your life in order. The longer and the further you go away from it, the greater the chance […]

It’s Not Just a Green Card

By Yeasmines “But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah knows, while you know not.” (Qur’an, 2:216) These are the verses that eventually shaped the very nature of my existence with my Creator and the struggles He […]

The 7 Goals for a Productive Day—Surah Fatiha

By Sana Gul Waseem We all want to have a productive day. We strive hard in figuring out our interests and potential and learn to manage that precious commodity, time. We set goals and develop strategies to accomplish them. Now, the point to ponder is, are these “goals” really aimed at gaining the Pleasure of […]

Seeing the Clouds Move

By Ubah When I was younger, I took many things for face value: leaves were green, fire burned, candy tasted yummy, and perfume smelled nice. I don’t remember ever questioning why certain things were the way they were—in depth at least—and I just sort of accepted whatever I perceived as being the ultimate truth. Which is why, […]

Genuine Surrender: Lessons from Labour

By Umm Sephora We learn many of life’s most profound lessons through paradox.  Here we are – human beings with a soul that yearns for the eternal and lasting, yet living in a world of the temporal and ephemeral. Our hearts seek spiritual highs, yet all the while are encased within bodies which have physical […]

Luminosity: Lessons from the Full Moon

In the summer of 2010, my friends and I went camping during a full-moon in the famous White Desert. As the sun began to set, we made camp and had dinner under the stars. It wasn’t until later in the night that we really saw the full-moon. For all the full-moons we’ve seen, nothing compared […]

Are You Like Her?

As I stood amongst millions of pilgrims from across the globe, I noticed a girl walk up to two elderly women sitting in front of Masjid al-Haraam. After greeting them both, I noticed her asking if the women may be interested in a bag. One of the two women accepted it eagerly, excitedly pulling out […]

Put Your Best Face Forward

Think back to the last time you caught a glimpse of yourself in the mirror when you were stressed.  Did you look approachable?  What message did you send to others around you with your distressed facial expressions?  What type of reaction did your family or co-workers have when they engaged with you while you were […]