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A Life of Gratitude

When you scroll through Instagram, Facebook and you look at the picture perfect life of your family, friends and random people remember they are fighting battles and facing challenges you may know not of. They also have dark days, worries, stress, pain and tears masked behind a beautiful smile. Yes …

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The Story of Prophet Musa : A Story of Optimism

The Birth of Mūsā  The Prophet Mūsā  is the most commonly mentioned prophet in the Qur’an. His story is repeated numerous times and his names appears from the very first juz’[part] to the very last juz’ of the Qur’an. In fact, his name is mentioned from the very beginning of the prophethood of the Messenger Muhammad . …

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Corrupting Hijab part 3 – Choice or Obligation

Bint Ahmad Sulaymaan “The headscarf is my choice and I wasn’t forced to wear it,” we hear this often, “I choose to wear the niqab. My husband doesn’t force me to.” It’s excellent that women choose it. Except, most times it’s said to soothe non-Muslims rampaging against our imaginary suppression, …

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My Kind, Cruel Mother

Every cook, from a celebrity chef to a humble homemaker, relies on a few essential ingredients. Safely nestled within their ‘masala dubbah’ (spice box) are powders and pods which though small in quantity, are potent in taste. It is on the foundation of these vital ingredients that the cook exercises her …

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A Letter to Allah

  Dear Allah Ta’ala,   It hailed here in Karachi last month, and as surprising and exciting as it was, it left me with a terrible, sinking feeling in my heart. Because of the sudden harsh weather, the girl who helps with the household work at our place could not …

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Living my Dream

  Assalaamu ‘alaikum In the name of Allah, the Most Kind, the Most Merciful. My journey into purdah was not an easy one. I left school at the age of 14 and went to madrasah. It was my father’s dream for us, his daughters, to be in purdah and become …

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Tarbiyah (Upbringing) vs Ta’leem (Education)

    Sheikh Salman was asked, “How do you get your kids to love the Salaah?”   The first thing he said was, “Have them love you.”   Learn this life lesson: tarbiyah is founded upon relationship.   Tarbiyah is the raising up and education of a child such that …

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From Darkness to Light

  My name is Sumaiya and I would like to inform my respected readers about what I was and what I have become now. I am a born Muslim Alhumdulillah, however I did not grow up in an Islamic environment. My parents separated when I was in grade 11, my mum …

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Just one “A”!

By Abdur Rahmaan Umar   It had been a long two weeks thought Taheera as she stole a moment to gulp down her now lukewarm tea. Yes, it had been two long weeks of covering books, sharpening pencils and struggling to make up sets of pencil colours from leftovers of …

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