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Asalaamu ‘Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakatuhu

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Pleasant news people!

 

Insha Allah! One blessed soul will be the recipient of;

 

A 36-colour pen brush set

A notebook with colourful lined sheets

A pocket size Fortress of a Muslim

2 pencils
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Everyday Essentials: What is in your bag?

 

Asalaamu ‘Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakatuhu!

I have never really liked big handbags you know those types like Mary Poppins’ that have everything fitting into them. You get enough weird looks being a hijabi at checkout, and then confusingly rummaging through your bag as you look for your cards or cash…takes it up a notch.

 

And keys? They may be the worst things to look for. In those moments when I am in front of a locked door and looking for my keys, I have all my scariest thoughts come out to play.

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Ramadan Reflections: Last slice of Pizza

Bismillahi Rahmani Rahim.

Alhamdulillah for extras. You know that extra piece of cake or pie that you need to just satisfy you a little extra, the confidence of having extra money, the joys of having extra time in a football match you enjoying so much. Yeah! Alhamdulillah for extras.

You know that last slice of pizza, the one everyone wants but the real strong-hearted bow out and say, “You can have it”. We had something greater.

This Ramadan, we had an extra day. An extra day of one of the most amazing days in a year. What did we achieve on that day? We always say I wish I had more time. Well, Alhamdulillah you had more time, what did you do with it.?

Most people did not want it; we thought we needed Eid more. SubhanAllah! How we forget.

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Ramadan 2016: Keep it Going

The month of Ramadan is an amazing one, Ma Sha Allah. For a whole month, we fast every day, up to 19 hours in some countries, establish our prayers at the stipulated time, we pray Taraweeh, we pray Tahajjud, we read more Quran, some do the Khatam of the whole Quran up to 3 times, the Masjids are always occupied, we give up our bad habits (sins) like, smoking, Zina, club hopping; we are careful with our speech, what we look at, what we hear, we only want to do good and better.

We are the same people who cannot wake up for Fajr. When reminded to fast Mondays and Thursdays, we respond, “do you know how busy those days are”, we claim not to have the time to read the Book of Allah, and we are lewd in speech.

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Who we are at the point of our needs…

Nur sat on her toilet seat waiting for her test result and then… “Not pregnant”. She hissed and threw the stick into the bin. Made dinner for her husband and picked up her students’ examination scripts to continue marking. When her husband came in, he asked, “why are you gloomy?” she replied, “we are not going to be parents”. Then he said to her, “we are going to start doing Tahajjud (standing up to pray in the night while the world sleeps) like Imam Shafi’i said, “Tahajjud is like an arrow that doesn’t miss its mark”….Fast forward six weeks later, Continue reading

Can I memorize the Qur’an? — Part 1

 

Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem.

I recently decided to start this series. I mean you don’t know who your story would touch. And so I would be putting them in short enough bites for your enjoyment.

*Nur’s Journey

Growing up, it was compulsory to go to Qur’an School and so I went. I learnt the alphabets, memorised just enough to pray and then came high school. I went to a boarding school where no one made it compulsory and then to the university and I was a graduate. I remember having a group of friends and we encouraged each other to learn the first ten verses of Suratul Khaf to save us from dajjal and then I took another break.

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