Forty

Forty

  Forty is a special age.It’s the quintessential age of mid-life. Your 40th birthday is a watershed moment, and for good reason: you are not young, and you are not yet old. In the span of a normal human life, it’s sort of a halfway point. They don’t call it “middle-aged” for nothing. When I […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

My Ramadan Journey: Day 18 & 19

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Aaaaand …..we have reached the last 10 nights of Ramadan ( that.was. Super. FAST) And…I missed today’s fast as well as yesterday’s. Every Ramadan I’m guaranteed to miss at least 5-7 days of fasting which has to be made up. Many mothers struggle to make up dozens -if not near about 100- of fasts missed […]

My Ramadan Journey: Day 16 & 17

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There are many times as a mother we feel we are not doing enough during Ramadan, the following came up on my newsfeed which really put everything into perspective and really, I could not have expressed it so eloquently: Many of us feel inadequate this Ramadan. Long hours of fasting with short nights makes it […]

My Ramadan Journey: Day 15

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Wow! Day 15… Where has the days gone? we have reached the second half of Ramadan already! Reflecting on my fast and Ramadan goals so far… It has been an up hill struggle specially with my toddler. Although I had initially set out to read Quran and complete it by end of this blessed month, […]

My Ramadan Journey: Day 13 & 14

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The following is my all time fave Duaa (supplication) I say it often, even more so after giving birth to my chaotic boys: O God, You are the source of all Peace and from You emanates all peace, all blessings belong to you. You are the Majestic and the Most Honourable. This Duaa or supplication […]

I Time Travel Back to Young Me

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“I time travel back to Young Me. I breathe in the air and my young mama exhaustion; it’s sweeter, coming from the future. And I forgive myself my petty frustrations because it’s plain that I knew. I knew this was my kids’ only childhood, and I spent my time trying to give them a good […]