5 things happy people simply don’t have the time for…

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One of the most sought-after forms of wealth in the world today, isn’t gold or oil or diamonds or property. It’s inner-peace & true happiness. Innately this is what we all crave. Universal Principle: When you begin to focus on acquiring and nurturing inner-peace, your life takes on more meaning, it becomes more fulfilling, it […]

Book Review: Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa

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I have had a hard time trying to review this book because it affected me on so many emotional levels. I almost feel like I am betraying the characters to say how much I enjoyed this book just because it was such an intense insight into a part of the world I knew so little […]

Deciding to Love Your Life

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One of the mysterious gifts of this life is that my Joy does not depend on my circumstances. Regardless of how bad my life may be, endless Joy is available all the same. I just have to choose it. Even more paradoxically, it’s in the embracing of suffering where we find the strength to live […]

This Day in History…

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Malcolm X, otherwise known as al-Hajj Malik al-Shabazz, was shot dead on February 21, 1965 while giving a speech the Organization of Afro-American Unity in Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom, New York, after some commotion broke out in the conference hall. Today marks the 49th year since the assassination of Malcolm X, may God have mercy upon […]

Another year older…time to get wiser!

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There’s a famous zen story that you may have heard before. It’s a very old story. I’ll put a woman in it instead of a man, just because. A woman is running from a tiger that’s chasing her. She runs through the woods until she gets to the edge of a cliff. The tiger is […]

2014: Be fierce, but flexible

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2014 looks like it’s going to be a big year for me. This Mama’s ship has been navigating through some stormy weather recently and the way ahead looks equally challenging. So we are well into the third week of the New Year — and while I don’t tend to make resolutions I have, however been […]

Book Review: The Gifts of imperfect parenting

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If you’ve been following me on Facebook, then you may have noticed that I have been quoting Brenè Brown quite a lot I stumbled across this audiobook and have been hooked ever since, she really does talk my kinda parenting language! And so of course I just had to write a review! Sharing your imperfections […]

Random thoughts: my 4 year old starting school

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September is the month of new school uniform, sharpened pencils, and melancholy that the long summer holidays are over for another year. With my son starting his first year of school tomorrow I’m feeling extra nostalgic and anxious all at once. It seems no time at all since my daughter’s (14) very first day, when […]

My Ramadan Journey: Day 29

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Wednesday 7th August 2013 As I waited for news about wether it was Eid tomorrow or whether we had another blessed day of fasting… another day to hold onto the spiritual high and peace, that is only felt during Ramadan; I contemplate the days gone by like a cool breeze on a hot summers day… […]

My Ramadan Journey: Day 28 (Finish Strong)

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Depending on what part of the world you are in, you have anywhere from 1-3 days left of Ramadan. Many of us have regrets that we didn’t make the most of it. We may have had nights where we didn’t wake up for Qiyam, days in which we didn’t control our tongues properly, or spans […]

My Ramadan Journey: Day 27

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The worst type of love is unrequited love: when you love somebody and they don’t love you – there is nothing worst than that in the world, unrequited love. And obviously the worst type of unrequited love is with God, because we want the Love of God. ~ Shaykh Hamza Yusuf. “Allahumma inni asaluka hubbak(a), […]

My Ramadan Journey: Day 26

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“Let those who have failed to make the most of this month (Ramadan) end it with good, because actions are (judged) by their endings.” – Ibn Rajab So tonight brings us to the 27th night of Ramadan. I’m feeling nostalgic and was thinking back to my days before I got married and after I just […]

My Ramadan Journey: Day 25

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Z is 4 today. Masha Allah! How time flies… What a beautiful adventure we are on together, my precious boy. My wholehearted prayer for you is that you will be of those who “Recite what is sent of the book (Quran) by revelation to you and establish regular prayer” (Quran, chapter 29, verse 45) I […]

My Ramadan Journey: Day 24

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As busy mums with young kids, we sometimes feel as if we don’t have the time to do as much ibadah as others do, or that the constant interruptions of our children take away our concentration and make us feel as though we are not deriving the best from our Ramadan. Well, don’t despair dear […]

My Ramadan Journey: Day 23

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I went shopping for few things for Eid this morning with my sister and her two young children… And my mischievous toddler. …. Still recovering from the trauma. Moral: do not go shopping with young children while you are fasting AND you have been up till dawn the previous night! Ramadan Reflection: Allah said to […]

My Ramadan Journey: Day 22

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Tonight we enter into the 23rd night of Ramadan, we try to maximise in our good deeds and worship as if it is The Night of Power because we know these deeds could be equivalent to more than 1000 months of worship inshaa’Allah. Ramadan Reflection: Remembering Allah Mu`adh Ibn Jabal (RA) said that the Prophet […]

My Ramadan Journey: Day 21

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(Images courtesy of Emz Iqbal, Luxury Arts: Heavens Islamic Words) I received the following today via Whatsapp. I thought I’d share it here. To be honest I haven’t really thought about my intention when I read the Quran. This got me thinking and Insha Allah when I open the Quran now I will do so […]

Behind Every Great Kid…

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” Behind Every Great Kid is a Mom Who’s Pretty Sure She’s Messing it Up” I came across this little saying on Pinterest and thought how so very, very true this is. There is no parenting 101 guide out there that will tell you exactly how to raise your child. Of course there are tons […]

V is for Vulnerable: life outside the comfort zone

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Some of the richest conversations I’ve had are where a dear one and I sit together and admit being lost or confused about something. where there is no clear answer, where we acknowledge vulnerability. Vulnerability is scary. Vulnerability is the core, the heart, the center, of meaningful human experiences. Vulnerability…is us at our most raw, […]

My Ramadan Journey: Day 20

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Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘annee. “O Allah You are The One Who pardons greatly, and loves to pardon, so pardon me.” So tonight is the first odd night. It’s hard to believe that Ramadan is heading down the final homestretch. The last few days of Ramadan are upon us, as Muslims from all […]