Gender segregation and Islam?

During the time of our beloved Prophet Muhammed ﷺ , women would attend the mosques just like the men and, both genders would mix freely in the mosques during sermons or khuthbas delivered by the Prophet pbuh. 

During khuthbas, women had every right to ask the Prophet ﷺ  all the questions they wanted to just like the men.

Of coz all the questioning, hanging out at the mosques and worship was done while maintaining a level of respect, obedience and modesty that many of us today cant even measure up to.

But the bottom line is that there was NO gender segregation in the mosques during the time of Prophet Muhammed ﷺ .

Nowadays, I have to depend on Hubby dear to come and tell me the details of all the interesting lectures he can participate in at the mosques.

I mean forget sermons, nowadays us women cant even see the Imam DURING the prayers ! We are completely separated from the Imam and the men’s congregation by ceiling high walls as if trapping us women inside the tinier half of the mosque. 

During the time of the Prophet ﷺ, there was no gender segregation during or after prayers either. I mean of coz women stood in line for prayer behind the men…but there were no walls separating both genders.

So why is there segregation now??

I mean what’s up Maldives mosques? Seriously!


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“Assalaamu Alaikum”

How would the residents of Paradise greet one another?

When the believers enter paradise they will be greeted by the words “Assalaamu Alaikum” meaning May Peace be upon you.
And this is the greeting the dwellers of Paradise will stick to .

Allah has revealed:
“And those who believed (in the Oneness of God and His Messengers and whatever they brought) 
and did righteous deeds, 
will be made to enter Gardens
under which rivers flow,
– to dwell therein forever,
with the Permission of their Lord.
Their greeting therein will be, ‘Salaam’ !”
(Quran 14:23)


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The silent miracles you didn’t know about!

Did you also know that it’s not only scientific miracles that are found in the Quran???

The Quran is a miracle!
In it, are heartwarming words of wisdom, of guidance, of warnings, of instructions.
In it, are also signs of our Creator’s magnificence and wonder.

We read about or hear about the mind boggling scientific miracles mentioned in the Quran which have strangers to Islam wonder about HOW a person (Prophet Muhammed pbuh) from more than 1400 years ago, could have known to pass on a message about such a miracle. Often these scientific miracles are proved by scientists only in recent years once the technology was invented.

So what other kind of miracles exist in the Quran?

I’m talking about something so fascinating that it will surprise you that you never knew about this before, although you may not understand it in full comprehension…especially if you don’t know the language of the Quran…Arabic.

Yup! I’m talking about the linguistic miracles found in the Quran.

The Quran also has in it, absolutely mindboggling words, phrases and sentences of Arabic, that only a linguistic expert can fully appreciate the miracle of it. Just like how a scientist can fully understand a scientific miracle.

Here’s an example of one such miracle:

From the verse 3 of Surah Al-Mudhaththir;

وَرَبَّكَ فَكَبِّرْ

(And your Lord do glorify) -74:3

Note: The “وَ “ at the beginning of the verse means “And” and it is used here to begin the sentence. So, what I am talking about is the next bit of the verse (رَبَّكَ فَكَبِّرْ).

Pause here. Do you know what a palindrome is?

A palindrome is a word, phrase, number or other sequence of characters which reads the same backward as forward.
A word like “Madam” or “racecar” is a palindrome. It’s spelled the same backwards and forwards, therefore it can be read from any direction without losing the pronunciation.

Now, composing a palindrome is a difficult thing.
Quick! Think of a palindrome in your own language. If you’re thinking of a 3 letter word, think of a 4 letter palindrome. How about 5? 6? Or 7?….Not the easiest task eh?

Now that you know what a palindrome is….getting back to the verse  “رَبَّكَ فَكَبِّرْ “, believe it or not, this verse is not a palindrome word, but it’s actually a palindrome SENTENCE!

Yup! The whole sentence is a palindrome. It can be spelled and read the same backwards and forward!

رَبَّكَ فَكَبِّرْ

The letters are arranged as ر ب ب ك ف ك ب ب ر

Notice the Palindrome??!!

(The ب is repeated twice side by side, therefore as per Arabic grammar the two ب are merged when pronouncing the words which gives a small jump to it or a Shaddhah or “thashjeedhu”)

Our Prophet pbuh was not a literate. He could neither read nor write. He was born into an Arabic community that had no rules of governance or education. Social rules were heavily restricted to mere family ties which resulted in a people who prided their kinship and tribe’s honour above anything else.
Education and development were the least of their worries. Although they spoke a form of Arabic, it was by no means even close to being fine and eloquent or adequate.
Composing poetry and stories by those who did have a knack for it fell short of creating perfect literature.

Because the people stemmed from such backward roots, they were in shock and awe of the illiterate, yet brilliant and gifted Prophet pbuh and His message from God.

Both his enemies and followers had nothing but admiration for him.

When they first heard the Quran it had such a powerful impact on them, because they had NEVER heard anything like it before.
Those who opposed him attacked with vehemence and fear. They called him a magician and all sorts of names, yet all the while vary of these beautiful verses he was reciting.
Those who followed him had their hearts melting and they listened in wonder and love for our Creator for giving such a beautiful gift as the Quran to mankind.

So imagine the wondrous grip the Quran would have had on their hearts when they heard this palindrome!!
A palindrome! To a people almost barbaric! Which came to them from a person among them!
And this isn’t the only palindrome in the Quran!
And neither is a palindrome the only linguistic miracle in the Quran!

Truly it’s no wonder that Islam spread so fast and so wide and so suddenly then, even defying the efforts of the then mighty Romans and Persians!

Fast forward to today, and since the appearance of the perfect Arabic in the Quran, the Arabic spoken language have been refined and taught responsibly to the passing generations.

However, even though we have really talented and learned scholars of the Arabic Language and Arabic poetry today, NONE of them can even come close to composing even a single sentence as that of one in the Quran. NO other language can compose anything so amazing either.
They are simply baffled by the Quran. And those of Islamic faith, well this helps to affirm their faith even more.

The Quran is simply perfect!

Even with my very, very basic knowledge of the language, I myself get blown away by how easy on the ears and heartwarming and beautiful it sounds when reciting or studying it.

The eloquence of the Arabic sentences and phrases in the Quran obviously supersedes anything in the world today.

This is why God has challenged mankind:

“Say: ‘If all mankind and the jinn would come together to produce the like of this Quran, they could not produce its like even though they exerted all and their strength in aiding one another.’” (Quran 17:88)

“Or do they say that he has invented it? Say (to them), ‘Bring ten invented chapters like it, and call (for help) on whomever you can besides God, if you are truthful.” (Quran 11:13)

“And if you all are in doubt about what I have revealed to My servant, bring a single chapter like it, and call your witnesses besides God if you are truthful.” (Quran 2:23)




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Oh how we long for Paradise!

“[To the righteous it will be said], “O reassured soul,
Return to your Lord, well-pleased and pleasing [to Him],
And enter among My [righteous] servants
And enter My Paradise.”
Quran, Surah Al-Fajr – 89:27 to 30
The last verse of this Surah always makes me break down in tears.
Have you ever heard a more beautiful phrase?
What would you give to enter into Paradise for the first and last time until eternity (which we cannot even comprehend)?
How blessed and full of hope is this verse!
How simply magnificent!
Can u even imagine the day when your Creator, the Lord of all that is created, would address you and give permission to enter Paradise?
I cant even comprehend what that would feel like.
I can only understand the longing.
Oh how I long.
Oh how we long for Paradise!!
The answer lies in faith and worship.
Just a few years on this earth, and if we remain faithful with repentance, it’s Paradise that shall be granted.
Oh how we long! ❤️❤️❤️
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“Bilehh gandu” : Where did the Maldivian habit of chewing areca nuts appear from?

“Adafi kolhu”, “Hedhi bilehh gan’du” , “bilehh gan’du”, “foahh kolheh”, “dhufaa echethi”….all of these local terms are referred to one very persistent habit embedded in the Maldivian society.

Chewing areca (betel) nuts after a meal or in-between meals is as common in our culture as drinking water after meals.
Due to a social standing of associating areca nut chewing with an adult habit, it is often not permitted by parents for kids younger than 13 to 15 years to chew areca nuts in most of the urban districts and cities of Maldives.
However, in the more rural islands, kids as young as 7 to 8 years..or even younger.. are allowed to consume it.
This is how common it is.

While it may be the fact that education is the reason for having a negative stand when it comes to kids chewing areca nuts, it may entirely be that chewing areca nuts is viewed to be as much of a “bad habit” as is smoking.
In the more recent years, people have started giving up the habit of chewing areca nuts, given the health warnings and awareness on the many risks of sticking to it.

Regardless of whatever social attributes areca nut chewing has, the habit is still prevalent.
I myself do enjoy a good mouthful of areca nuts wrapped in a piece of betel leaf and doused with a generous pinch of “kick” (or Heera pannaa) after a meal….yumm!

Couple of days after I started researching on the tales of Ibn Battutah’s travels to the Maldives, I was surprised to learn of how he observed that the ancient Maldivians used to chew areca nuts too!

“The grand vezir took his seat on a dais, and near him sat the other vezirs and amirs. The slaves stood by with shields, swords and staves. The repast was brought in, then areca and betel nuts and finally a small dish containing muqasari sandal. As soon as a number of guests had dined, they were anointed with it.”
– Ibn Battoutah in his travel book, the “Rihlah”

This being covered in Battutah’s narratives means that even almost 675 years ago, chewing betel leaves and areca nuts was common for the Maldivians!

This really fascinated me and made me wonder about exactly when this habit came into existence in this country.
Like who introduced it? And how did it gain such popularity?

For the answer to this, we have to look at our past and the pre-Islamic era. 
It is well proved from the accounts of the few travelers who came to the Maldives and studied our history (as much as they could) that Buddhism and Hinduism used to be the main religions in Maldives before Islam. 
I’ll talk about the history of religion in Maldives in another blog post, but for now, lets look at our neighbors to the North (where winter is still not coming..haha!).

Chewing areca nuts/betel nuts is very common in the South Asia region. Especially in India.
So why do they do it? 

Apparently, areca nut is regarded by Indians, or rather Hindhus, as a fruit of divine origin. 
It is considered as an auspicious ingredient in Hinduism and is consumed with betel leaf in religious ceremonies and when honoring individuals. Among the followers of the Hindu religion, areca nut is considered a vital ingredient in the food for their idols (Bhagwan).
In the absence of idols and other sacred images, the fruit (whole nut without its husk) is used while offering prayers.
They believe that their idols blesses the fruit which is then distributed to the idol followers.
(Williams S, Malik A, Chowdhury S, Chauhan S. Sociocultural aspects of areca nut use. Addiction Biology. 2002;7(1):147–154.) 

So umm…yeah! No wonder people started chewing the thing!
Once Hinduism appeared and the stories of the areca nut being the food of their deity spread, people would’ve rushed to grow and eat the stuff!

With Hinduism being one of the religions of pre-Islamic Maldives, as found by H.C.P. Bell in his explorations of Maldives, it’s obvious that the Hindhu Maldivians also started chewing areca nuts as an act of worship!
Years and years passed on and after Maldives converted to Islam, the myth of the areca nut has become long forgotten, yet the consuming of it remains a habit.
Future generations, being used to the customs of the elders, have continued the habit until present day.

Talk about a shocking find! 

To be honest I feel kind of put off with knowing the history behind this much addictive custom. Not sure if I wanna eat it anymore.
However, that’s just my personal view.

No matter how weird and crazy the origin of the habit of acera nut chewing may be, it is fascinating how the story of the areca nut turned into myth…and the myth, in time, has dissolved into a second-nature custom, with the truth to it.. completely forgotten. 

But then again, such are the ways of human lives and human history.


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To read, or not to read ?

Spent a lovely hour at the library the other day…just reading 🙂

Quran, Surah Al-Alaq, Verse 1:
اقْرَأْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ
“Read in the name of your Lord Who created.”

Most scholars agree that the first verse revealed to Prophet Muhammed pbuh, was this verse.

“اقْرَأْ” or “Read”, said Angel Jibreel AS, to the Prophet.

This simple and short word contains within itself an astronomical amount of hikmah or wisdom.

Nothing in life can be completed without a full comprehension of what you set out to do.
And how will you attain this comprehension?
By learning about it of coz.
By reading.

It isn’t only the Quran that we should give priority to learn about (and read).
It is also everything else in our lives given that of coz they are beneficial to us.

You cannot build a career without learning or reading.
You cannot support ur family without leaning how to.
You cannot bring up a child without learning how to.
You cannot satisfy your curiosity on history without seeking knowledge.

Applying the lessons from Quran to all aspects of life, makes it so much more better. Alhamdhulillahi.


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I’ve decided to do a bit of research on the history of Maldives

Yesterday I decided to take up a new hobby and do a bit of research on the history of Maldives, In Sha Allah.

So I wondered where I could get reference materials for this research and I thought of the Maldives National Library. 
I visited the Library and got a membership from there. 
Quick observation, it was was pretty sad how small the library is. Especially considering that its the one and only ‘national’ library.
There was one section for English books, one for Chinese and Dhivehi books, one for the British Council and another for ancient Dhivehi books apparently.
I walked in expecting a couple of floors of rooms filled with books AT LEAST. But turns out, all of the comparatively limited number of books can sit happily on just the one floor.

Anywho, all you need to apply for the membership was,
a form that could be downloaded,
a ppt sized pic WITH WHITE BACKGROUND…they were quite specific on the form (haha..why!),
a copy of your national ID Card
and MVR 80/-. Easy peasy!
I applied through their reception, and membership was processed in a couple of minutes. 
They told me I could rent out a couple of books at a time.

When doing this research, my first priority area is on the history of Islam in Maldives.

There is so little I know and I heard that there is so little we can know based on the heartbreakingly scarce amount of information available on this topic.

I had a quick look at the books in the library and the content of information about the history of Maldives on the internet, and I’m assuming we can’t get any information on our rich past today due to civil conflicts, low literacy rate, lack of professional historians and writers, limited literacy pioneers, a general adoption of a non progressive and simpler way of life by the majority and perhaps even negligence in the past.

For whatever the reason, the horrible truth is that, the information about our past is simply not there. And the information that we do have is extremely measured, yet we have no choice except to derive conclusions based on it.

I felt quite betrayed by all this. However, I am excited to find out whatever I can from whatever content I can get my hands on.

The first book I choose to analyze, is the Dhivehi translation of the accounts of his travels to the Maldives by the great Muslim explorer, Abu Abdullahi Muhammed Ibn Battoutah from Morocco.
This translation is completed by Uz. Mohamed Ibrahim Luthufee, Special Advisor to the National Institute for Dhivehi Language and History.


Having had an overall look at the book’s contents and a rough scan on the internet, I have decided to blog the details of what I find, which will be split into potions and compiled later, In Sha Allah :).

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ



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The scentless beauty

“The air was hung with the scent of bougainvillea”, wrote Jeanette Winterson, in her fiction novel The Powerbook.

Unfortunately though, Bougainvillea has no scent.

The tiny and fragile papery flower, that blooms in clusters, without a scent to equip them and persists through the harshest of monsoon rain and wind, often represents how we tend to exist in moments of struggle and hardship in our lives.


No matter how fragile or weak we may believe ourselves to be even in our most vulnerable state, Allah SWT has granted us an extraordinarily strong soul that occupies a vessel equally brilliant. 

We surprise ourselves with our own toughness by surviving horrible heartbreaks, emotional turmoil and even physical abuse.

All we need is to believe in our Creator and His will.
And to believe in ourselves.

We’re as capable and as strong and as natural as a the examples lying all around us in nature.

Just like a beautiful scentless bougainvillea, which doesn’t let itself be defined by its weaknesses. 



Note: All photos were taken & edited by me.

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If you’re pregnant, just gave birth or are trying to get preggers, my letter is for you <3

AssalaamuAlaikum and Hi, my dearest ladies,

Recently I had two of my closest gals give birth. One of them is a first time mom, and for the other, this is her second child.

Through them, I have seen up close and personal, how bearing a child and giving birth, is as tough as it is magical to see that initial positive test. 

Some women have an even tougher pregnancy with all sorts of overwhelming phenomenons happening to their bodies like gas (ikr!), excessive throwing up, swollen joints, messed up skin and hair etc.
So much for feeling a “GLOW” right?! I’m assuming “the glow” would be the farthest from their minds.

While for others, it is a complete breeze where instead of being uncomfortable and frustrated, the women feel sexy and beautiful.
For these women, its like their “glow” resonates right from within their bellies and outwards through their faces! 

Whatever kind of pregnancy you are/were blessed with, and however you gave birth to your child…whether it’s through a natural delivery or through a C-section, 
I just want to say to all the courageous and strong women, that YOU ARE WARRIORS!!

If you’re feeling blue and having a hard time adjusting to motherhood or feeling overpowered by the constantly changing routine of your baby(ies), please hang on! 
Postpartum depression is very real. It can be the most horrible experience you’ve ever had yet. Yup…Apparently it may even be more difficult to handle than the pain of childbirth itself. And it also becomes extra harder to handle when people who don’t understand it, tends you tell you that it’s no big deal.
But don’t worry. In Sha Allah u will get through this! Realizing what you’re going through is the first step. 

That feeling of doom and claustrophobia stuck in your throat and mind whenever you can’t stop your baby from crying, or whenever you’re so exhausted you’re about to drop or when you start to hate the overweight woman looking back at you through the mirror, or whenever you’re feeling frustrated about finding it hard to adjust to a life at home as a homemaker or whenever you’re feeling extra mad at your poor clueless husband who is doing his best to provide for the fam and to make you happy, 
just know that, like everything in life, this too shall pass, In Sha Allah.

Speak to your loved ones about it. Don’t keep everything bottled in thinking that ‘maybe,  just maybe, perhaps you’re really bad at handling motherhood’. No! That’s not the case at all!
Make your husband understand (if he is around). Make your family understand. Make your friends understand. Talk to them. Seek help in whichever way you are comfortable with, to help yourself get through it.

In Sha Allah, you will come out stronger, more capable, and as a fantastic Mom/Woman.

Enjoy this experience with a lot of patience and care for your own self too. Don’t be impatient with your feelings. Remember that there are a zillion hormones rushing around in your body, giving u all these ridiculous feels as well 😉

So welcome to motherhood ladies!
I’m rooting for you 🙂

PS: Btw, I know nothing about the experience of motherhood yet, and I may be speaking complete rubbish here. Do forgive me for my ignorance, and please ignore what I’ve stated wrong.

Lots of love,
Your Sister

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The broken family lineages: Attack in Sinai, Egypt

I had a thought today.
Hubbs dear was talking about this new lecture he watched and how the Scholar described the consequences of murder in terms of breaking family lineage.

Each person who is alive today exists because of the continuation of his or her lineage, starting from the very beginning with Prophet Adam AS.
It took unimaginable strength and courage for the generations before us to fight and survive. God knows how much sickness, poverty, and struggles they had to face given the lack of advancements in development and technology in the past.

However, despite all that, Alhamdhulillahi, we are alive today, to continue living until we can pass on our torches to our children and them to their children and so on.

When a person commits murder, the victim’s lineage is broken in a matter of seconds!
Not everyone may be married, or have kids, or be an adult, or have a surviving family with them.
They may be the only people alive in their family today, and because of a senseless killing, the person’s entire future generation is lost. And the efforts of the family before him/her has gone all to waste.
The incredible struggle a mother goes through to bear her child, the heavy burden a father carries to protect and provide for his family has been lost in a matter of seconds all because someone decided cruelly to take the life of their beloved child!

This realization of how human lives and human lineage is affected by killings and murder is painful to even think about.
Which brings me to what I’ve been thinking about today…

The terrorist attack in a Mosque on a Friday in Sinai, Egypt.

As of November 25th (3 days ago), the death toll had risen to a horrifying 305, and number of injured is 128.
It’s difficult to fathom exactly how devastating this is just by looking at this simple figure, so lets break it down..!

  • A total of 305 people died in the attack so far. 
    This means, that assuming all parents are alive, a total of 305×2 = 610 parents had lost their children today.
    Assuming all grandparents of the victims are alive, and that they’ve only had one marriage, this means a total of 610×2 = 1,220 Grandparents had lost their grandkids today.
    A total of 305 direct families have been victimized today.
  • Out of the total 305 victims, reports say that 27 are children.
  • Assuming that out of the 278 adult victims half of them are men, a total of 278/2= 139 adult males have been victimized today.
    And 139 adult females have been victimized today.

  • Out of the total 305, assuming that the male victims are married to one wife each and that all the wives are alive, a total of 139 wives have lost their husbands today.
    Assuming the female victims are married, and that all the husbands are alive, a total of 139 husbands have lost their wives today.

  • Out of the 278 adult victims, assuming that half of them have one child each, and that all the children are alive, a total of 278 young children have lost their parents today.

  • Out of the total 305 victims, assuming that half of them have one sibling each, and that all the siblings are alive, a total of at least 153 siblings have lost their brother or sister today.

  • Out of the total 305 victims, assuming that all of them have at least one close friend each, and all the friends are alive, a total of 305 people have lost their best friends today.

And the list goes on and on.

To summarize, with all the assumptions I’ve made about the status of victims, 
a total of 139 men, 139 women and 27 children have been killed directly.
This affected a total of 305 direct families, 610 parents, 1,220 grandparents, 139 wives, 139 husbands, 278 children, 153 siblings and 153 close friends.

Which gives a total of 2,997 human beings that have been affected by this senseless killing alone, which includes 2,692 adults and 305 children.

Seriously, wth world!

2,997 human lives being victimized by an attack that probably took a few minutes to occur is beyond shocking!
Of cause I based this conclusion on a bunch of assumptions I made, but knowing human behavior and habit, one thing we can all be certain of is that this total figure I got is definitely MUCH LESS than what the actual number of victims will be.
It’s unrealistic that every married couple will have one child or that every person has one close friend or that every person will have one sibling each.
And I haven’t even considered the extended families in my assumptions here!

The sad truth is, generations of strong human lineages and ties have been severed senselessly.
The efforts by our ancestors to survive and continue the family chain have gone up in smoke.

When we read such news, we dont always immediately realize the magnitude of victimization in every such attack.

My prayers are for the victims and their families :(.

And I just cant stop thinking about how it may be Egypt today, but at the rate these attacks have been happening, there will be more of these acts of terrorism in the future too.

I pray that there wont be.

May Allah save us from our enemies and May He guide us all to the path of righteousness and humanity.


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A woman’s pain and what we ignore

Violence against women.
This isn’t a new phrase to us anymore.
It was only just a few decades ago that the world’ largest organization, the UN brought forth an International Agreement between countries to combat the harrowing issue of one of the most devastating violations of human rights, which is abuse and violence against women and girls.

But when someone talks about violence against women, what goes through your head?
Have you ever thought about this enough?
Have you ever sat and wondered exactly why the human rights defenders and organizations of the world keep on talking about combating this issue?

I’ve personally come across dozens of situations where people have scorned at, ridiculed and undermined persistent efforts to eliminate this sick issue.
And majority of the times, the people who do give an attitude are men.
Sadly, its mostly men who beat up the women too.

“What about a men’s day?”
“Why do we always celebrate a women’s day?”
“Hama firihenun nah ves aniyaa kurey!”….
Are some of the few fantastically ignorant comments I’ve heard and come across, said by both men and even women in often cases!

Alright! Fine! 
How about we look into detail at what Violence Against Women mean eh?
How about we go through what the violence actually does to a person’s body?

Lets start with a punch to the jaw.PicsArt_11-26-07.04.46

When you punch someone hard on their jaw, it causes a sequence of physical impacts in the body, which while individually are terrible enough, when put together are sometimes life threatening.

Someone punches you on the jaw, and it causes your head to suddenly spin around. This sudden accelerated movement of the head is slowed down after a fraction of a second by all the muscles, tendons and bones attached in your head.
Now while this powerful yanking of your head is going on, your poor brain, which is floating inside your head in a fluid crashes against the sides of your skull within.
Your poor brain bangs around like a ball inside your head, and may continue bouncing against the sides several times. This sudden trauma will often cause you to loose consciousness. 

Now imagine how much pain this will cause to you, not to mention the damage being caused to your brain and nerves inside your head. Punch someone hard enough and it may even lead to internal bleeding and sometimes death!

What about if someone punches you in the eye?
Normally, when someone is punched on the eye, it would cause the capillaries underneath the skin, around the eyes to burst and this causes swelling and bruising. 
A light blow to the eye will result in a black eye which may show up a couple of days later. Sometimes, blood will even seep through into the sclera (white part of the eye).

But when the eye is punched hard enough and directly, it will damage the supporting muscles and ligaments, as well as the eyelid, or the bony eye socket (orbit). 

It will even cause vision changes, inability to move the eye, excruciating pain, a change in pupil size, blood in the sclera and on the iris, permanent damage to the bony eye socket, numbness and in the most extreme cases, even blindness.

So while all this is going on, imagine the amount of pain the person will have to endure!

Very often, in domestic violence cases, women with black eyes are spotted by doctors to be identified as victims of violence. Due to various reasons, these battered women, will make up excuses for their injuries and even the perpetrators. It takes a huge amount of effort by professionals as well as friends and family to intervene and save them from their risky environments.

Right, moving on, what might happen if you punch someone in the tummy or the abdomen?
The abusers who beats the crap out of their mother, their wives and their daughters are cowards. So most of the time, they will be careful in HOW they abuse their women and children.
For fear of their dark side being discovered, and the consequences like jail time that might follow, these animals would beat up their victims in such a way so that when their victims goes out in public, the injuries on their bodies wont be spotted.

Punching someone in the stomach or groins is one such way how these cowards gets away with it.

A blow to the stomach can cause severe bruising of the abdominal wall and bleeding from or rupture of an internal organs. The abdomen is one area of the body where a lot of the major organs are placed in. A forceful punch to the stomach will cause severe damage.

I can’t even imagine the pain for a victim with an injury where a vital organ is open and bleeding inside! 😦

One of the most disgusting forms of violence I read about is how some sick perpetrators bites their victims.

Female victims of violence are found with bite injuries frequently.

This cannibalistic form of abuse causes avulsion (tearing off of skin and muscle), laceration, and crushing of the tissues. Also what’s really disgusting is that approximately 10%-15% of human bite wounds become infected owing to multiple factors. Infections associated with human bites are often far advanced by the time they receive appropriate care. 

I mean seriously! What kind of a devil would do any of this to another human being?!
It’s possible one of the worst forms of human rights violations.

Yet sadly it takes far too long or never, for these abusers to be identified because of the nature of the crime.

God has blessed us with an extraordinary vessel for our souls. The human body is remarkably resilient, and does an excellent job of repairing, recovering and protecting damaged tissues. It’s fascinating how rapidly the human body can recover after sustaining grave injuries.

However, when you’re subject to these kinds of powerful abuse everyday, your body becomes weaker, your mind gets damaged, your confidence disappears and your whole souls gets overwhelmed by the amount of fear and pain you have to go through.

In a day of a woman going through domestic violence,
with a punch, a cut here, an open would there, a bleeding occurs, an organ ruptures, a vein splits open, a bone gets broken, a body covered with black, blue and purple bruises, and pain…so much pain…continuously…

And again the next day, a punch, a cut, a wound, a bleeding, a rupture, a split, a scar, a broken bone, bruises, pain and more pain…

and again a punch, cut, wound, bleeding, rupture, scar, broken, bruises, pain, pain, pain…

and again…and again….over and over…on and on…day after day…goes on what a woman suffers from at the hands of their abusers!

It’s just nauseating to even think of! 
The kind of abuse and torture and pain a victim of violence goes through is disgusting and heartbreaking.

What right does anyone have over anyone to hurt another?

It’s just something I cant understand.
However, what’s more important, is understanding a victim’s pain and how much they need the support from their family, friends, community and the world to stop this abuse.

Even today, this is something some people choose to ignore completely. Honestly that kind of ignorance and arrogance will get them nowhere.
Instead of acting like violence against women and girls is a non-issue, how about next time, you think of what they are going through and see the world through their eyes?

Yesterday was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Today, is a good day to start on educating ourselves on this issue and making an effort to rid the world of the disgusting acts of abuse and violence.

#All drawings and it’s editing by me 🙂 


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“My Week as a Muslim Woman” : A social experiment by Channel 4

Recently I had a friend remark at me with a laughing-with-tears emoji, at how my Burkini doesn’t look chill, when I had uploaded a pic in it, describing how my Burks are comfy and chill.
The sort of insensitive comment from her left me wondering why she had found it important to comment as such,out of the blue.
I came to the conclusion that perhaps it was because she strongly disagreed with how a Burkini might be comfortable and because as a woman who doesn’t wear hijab, she prolly doesn’t understand even a little bit of what it’s like wearing a Burkini.
I, myself, in the not so long ago past have ignorantly and shamefully wondered at the whole point of wearing a Niqab or a man’s long beard.
It took me a lot of awareness and humility to realize that the whole point of wearing a Hijab or Niqab or even the men rolling up their pants above their ankels and keeping their beards long, was to follow faith….and to follow their faith with devoutness.
So even as a Muslim, with some Islamic practices being hard for me to understand at first, it was really interesting for me to watch this social experiment.
A white British woman who was used to racially profiling all Muslims as terrorists, lived among Muslims while being dressed as a Muslim for a week….to really find out what life was like for a Muslim.
Really enjoyed watching it 🙂
Watch the link here:
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Our imperfection to not believe in perfection

​Being creatures with terrible imperfections and weaknesess, and tendencies to continuously commit errors and mistakes, 

it is hard for us to imagine an entity without any flaws.

Which is yet again, another imperfection in us.

Oh the irony, right!

But this is why it is a test for our souls, when we have to believe in the Greatness, the Perfectness and Magnificence of our Creator.

The One and Only, with nothing but perfection.

With HIM, there is no trial and error.

Whatever HE Wills, will be. 

And Whatever HE Wills, is perfect.

While our simple minds are feeble and weak, our hearts have the absolute capability to fully embrace the belief in our Creator and HIS Power.

It is the lack of this belief that has some of us question the Will of Allah Subhanahu Wa tha a’laa.

It is the lack of this belief that has some of us question the rules and laws laid down to us.

It is the lack of this belief that has some of us grabbing thin air to come up with our flawed reasoning NOT to obey the commands of our Lord who created us only to follow HIM.

Life isnt as simple for us to ignore any of this.


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How faith is Hope!

​A 100 mistakes.

A thousand regrets.

A lot of fun, turned dark in a minute.

Stumbling and falling,

down an abyss she fell.

A bottomless doom awaiting fate.

Like a fool without a mind,

she spun in this worthless web.

She stumbled and fell,

Until faith was discovered.

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Day of the Girl, and a day of failure?

Today is the International Day of the Girl. 
Speaking of girls and children,

720,000 Rohingya children are currently in the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
– 2017, UNICEF

4.3 million children have been affected by the humanitarian crisis faced in the conflict of South Sudan.
– 2016, UNICEF

8.4 million children have been affected by the conflict in Syria.
– 2015, UNICEF

2.3 million children have been affected by the violence in Central African Republic.
– 2015, UNICEF

5.1 million children are in need of humanitarian assistance, due to the ongoing conflict in Iraq.
– 2016, UNICEF

More than 17,000 children were recruited as child soldiers in the conflict in South Sudan since 2013.
– 2016, UNICEF

Around 120 million girls under the age of 20 (about 1 in 10) have been subjected to forced sexual violence.
– 2014, UNICEF

1 in 4 of world’s out-of-school children live in crises-affected countries.
– 2017, UNICEF

About 3 million young children die every year from malnutrition.
– 2017, UNICEF

The aim of this day which is celebrated globally, is to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.

Now let’s talk about WHY a world generally full of empathetic, capable, strong and willful adults, led by powerful and wealthy leaders, have FAILED and ARE FAILING to protect all these children over the years!!

Honestly, all of us….let’s just do something, instead of sitting around talking out of our behinds!


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Not everything is good for us

Its difficult to give up the things we grew up loving, even though we find out those things are supposed to be given up.

But Allah has promised:
“Take one step towards me, I will take ten steps towards you. 
Walk towards me, I will run towards you.”
Hadith Qudsi.

These are powerful words that contains an even mightier promise.

But these words will only make sense if we only Trust in Allah completely.
Us being weak beings, who are used to breaking promises, it takes an open and willing heart to accept what Allah has revealed us.

Everyday is a struggle for each of us. 
But all we need to do, is take that step towards that promise.


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How I make my Hubbs’s bowl of breakfast Honey Oats :)

Thought of blogging something different, so here it is:

How I make my Hubbs’s breakfast honey oats :).

Basically I decided to try oats for breakfasts a few months ago,….you know, as a healthier option…and I only made oats only a handful of times before I was inspired to cook it a little different and to add in a bit more honey than usual. Like lots more honey.
Thus, came about, possibly the most basic but delicious bowl of oats that I made for the husband.
It was also the kind of oats I could get onboard with too, since I really had a hard time getting used to oats at first. Not my fav thing if made differently. So yayy! 😀

Anyway, ingredients! Right!
Here’s what you need:

First lets start with dry ingredients.
1- 1/2 cup Oats (rolled or instant…both works fine. But rolled is a tad better if you can get it)
2- 2 to 3 teaspoons Honey
3- 1 teaspoon Chia seeds (Totally optional k?)
4- 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon powder
5- Salt (to taste)

Now the wet ingredients. Which is basically just one.
6- 2/3 cup Milk (I ran out of full cream, so used 3 teaspoons of powder Coast Milk stirred into about 2/3rd a cup of warm water).

Now that that’s sorted out, here’s how the magic happens 😀

Step 1-
Take a non-stick pan and warm it up over medium heat. Make sure its hot before you add the oats.

Step 2-
Add the oats into the hot pan and gently toast them over medium heat, until the oats turn light brown. Or brownish.
Watch the pan carefully coz otherwise, they may get burnt.

Step 3-
Turn the heat to low.
Add the milk gently. Mix the oats in the milk well. Stir constantly. Don’t forget to stir!

Step 4-
Add Chia seeds. Again, this is optional. Add it only if you want it, or have it.

Step 5-
Add the honey.
We keep our honey stored in the fridge at home, hence the chunky consistency in the pic.
Don’t be stingy with the honey k? Add generously. The more honey, the sweeter the oats, and the more you’ll enjoy. Also it’s healthy :D.

Step 5-
Add cinnamon powder.

Step 6-
Stir and mix everything. And add salt to taste.

Step 7-
Keep stirring gently and constantly until the milk is reduced and the oats have doubled to twice their size (coz they absorb all the milk).

And VIOLA! It’s done! Stop stirring and add to a clean fresh bowl.


Hope you’ll enjoy guys 🙂


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Hey Teachers! You all are rock stars!

Prophet Muhammed ﷺ, said:
“Verily, Allah did not send me to be harsh or obstinate,
but rather he sent me to teach and to put at ease.”
-Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim

The best of teachers, was our Prophet Muhammed ﷺ.

The kindness, patience, tolerance, fairness, understanding and respect shown by how he taught Islam to a city full of people who held their pride above anything else, is truly remarkable.
His empathy, virtues and knowledge, eventually tamed even almost the wildest of hearts.
And more than 1,400 years later today, anyone who seeks to learn about Islam and studies the Seerah of the blessed Prophet ﷺ, can only love and respect the beautiful examples shown by him.
O Allah, let Your blessings come upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as you have blessed Ibrahim and his family.
Truly, You are Praiseworthy and Glorious.

Throughout our lives, we’ve been blessed enough to have learnt from sometimes the best of teachers.
I’m a student still today, and honestly, I can vouch that one of the best thing that can happen to a student is a good teacher.
A good teacher may very much contribute to the difference between a Higher Distinction and a Pass for sure.

A shoutout to all the Teachers at home and around the globe.
You really are rockstars!

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A woman gained her eyesight in Hajj, as revealed in Surah Al-Hajj!

I wanna share with u this experience that I had…
I heard about the woman who regained her eyesight on Arafah while performing Hajj in 2015.

I have grown used to refering to the verses of the Quran whenever I come across an incident, information, a story or anything for that matter, which tends to surprise or awe me. Sometimes even shock or disturb me. 
Anyway, as usual, when I heard this story, I immediately searched for a verse in the Quran that would help me understand this miracle.
I searched for the verses about Allah (SWT)’s Will. 

And I immediately found this verse.

“Indeed Allah will help those who help Him. Indeed Allah is Exalted in Might, All-Powerful.” Quran -22:40

It wasn’t just finding this verse that made my heart skip several beats,
it was also realizing which Surah in the Quran this verse belonged to.
The verse that completely explains the story about the woman who gained her eyesight while performing Hajj….belongs to the Surah Al-Hajj!!!
How amazing is that!

I heard about the woman who regained her eyesight on Arafah while performing Hajj.
The Noble Quran, the word of our Creator, never ceases to amaze and affirm my faith.
There are so many miracles within the Quran,
which are unique and can only be experienced personally if we study and learn from the Quran,
keep it close to our hearts and include it in every aspect of our lives.


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My Short Stories: She was invisible

Her back was hunched.
She trudged along.
She smiled at everyone. 
No one smiled back. 
She wore blue today.
It was always the awful blue.
But she was always invisible.
No one ever smiled back.

Why would they even bother?
She wondered.
She was just a cleaning lady after all.

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My Short Stories: Their first date

It was their first date…

Her head jerked back,
She opened her mouth wide,
and let out a voluminous laugh!

The kind that bubbles up from the tummy
and erupts like a cascading fountain,
making anyone who hears it, catch the infection, and join in laughing uncontrollably.

He blushed with surprise.
She had loved his joke!
He straightened up his shoulders
and grinned at her.

She threw up her hands and covered her mouth,
suddenly self conscious, still laughing nonetheless.

“He had probably seen even her uvula just now.” She thought.
“But oh! He’s so funny.” She thought.

“Like wow! Even her laugh is beautiful.” He thought.

They looked at each other grinning.
She had loved his joke He thought.
The first of many more that will come,
in the years ahead.



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Haraam & Halaal : A look at Food.

Lets talk about what’s Haraam and Halaal.

One of the things that struck me the other day, was the scale of what’s haraam, compared to what’s halaal.

Let’s take food for example.

Now Islam is a way of life. It isn’t just about going to a mosque to pray, but rather about inserting the elements of faith in all areas of your life.

Everyday we wake up to pray Fajr, and from then on continue with refraining from all that is prohibited and try to continue with engaging in all that is allowed and loved by God, until we go to bed that night with a clean conscious.

Daily meals are no different.
A Muslim cannot take a few elements of our daily routine and pretend that it’s excluded from the practicing of faith. And therefore, meal times are no different.

But before we talk about what food is Haraam (prohibited), let’s talk about what’s Halaal (allowed).
This is intricately exhibited by the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammed (May Peace and Blessings be upon him).

Prophet Muhammed pbuh showed us the correct etiquette of having meals as a Muslim.
First we say “Bimillah”,
then we eat with the right hand.

‘Umar bin Abu Salamah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), said to me, “Mention Allah’s Name (i.e., say Bismillah before starting eating), eat with your right hand, and eat from what is near you.”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Before everything, a Muslim should always say “Bismillah”. We already know this. Our parents have made sure to drill it into our brains since even before we learnt how to speak.
But what is the benefit of it?
Why do we say “Bismillah (In the name of Allah)” before we start eating or drinking?

Jabir (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

I heard Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) saying,

“If a person mentions the Name of Allah upon entering his house or eating,

Satan says, addressing his followers:

‘You will find no where to spend the night and no dinner.’

But if he enters without mentioning the Name of Allah,

Satan says (to his followers);

‘You have found (a place) to spend the night in,

and if he does not mention the Name of Allah at the time of eating,

Satan says:

‘You have found (a place) to spend the night in as well as food.”‘

Wait what!
Satan will find food in your house? Specifically your food will be his food?

When I came across this Hadith a while back I was shocked!
I mean seriously, the devil will also eat from my plate?
That’s pretty intense. And gross. And scary!

Alhamdhulillahi for our Prophet pbuh’s Hadith informing of this.

Now I know there will be those who question the validity of a hadith when they hear it (which is a seriously dangerous attitude to keep persisting, but I believe this happens usually because people don’t really have the right knowledge. But if you don’t have the knowledge now, then please find out! I mean otherwise you’re just ignorantly arguing about something you don’t really know. And that’s just stupid isnt it? ), but Allah has mentioned this in the Quran as well.

“Then eat of that over which the name of Allah has been mentioned, if you believe in His signs.” Quran, 6:118

So there! Allah SWT has instructed us the Halaal way on how to eat food, and Prophet pbuh’s Sunnah has shown us WHY this is the halaal way.

Going back to what’s haraam,

what struck me the other day was, how out of all the food in the world, including the fruits and veggies straight from the plants, the meal from livestock, the baked food in Bakeries, the canned and packed food in supermarkets, the meals available in restaurants…out of all these, except for a couple of foods or by-products of foods, ALL others are halaal!

There are only very very, VERY few food items that are prohibited for a Muslim.

These are:

  • Meat from swine (or pork)
  • Pork-based products and by-products
  • Animals slaughtered improperly, or those animals that are already found dead before slaughtering.
  • Animals killed or sacrificed in the name of anything or anyone, other than Allah (swt)
  • Intoxicants/alcohol
  • Most carnivorous animals, birds of prey and land animals without external ears (i.e., snakes, reptiles, worms, insects etc.)
  • Blood and blood by-products
  • Foods contaminated with any of the above products.

So you see, almost all foods are Halaal. And only a few are prohibited.

Yet we see people going for what’s haraam…yes even eating pork…even though there is a whole world full of food we CAN enjoy without it being prohibited. Seriously, why do that? I mean why take that risk and disobey the direct orders of the One who created you? 

To me, thats more stupid than those who adamantly insist that prohibiting any food doesnt make sense. 

There are a whole lot of reasons why some foods are Haraam while most are Halaal. Has a lot to do with your health, your wellbeing and overall quality of life. 

But Im not gonna state those here. 

Ive done my research and now its your turn. 

Allah SWT has allowed and prohibited things and actions for us for the most blessed of reasons. HE knows us better than we know our own tru damn selves. 

So isn’t obeying those merciful rules with true submission truely worthwhile, if in the end we will achieve that best of what is promised to HIS most loved servants in the hereafter? 🙂



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My Short Stories: The way he loved

He took her hand.
They started walking.
He had always held her hand.
Had always showed her how he loved her.
She smiled.
Little things like this got her smitten all over.
She was a happy woman since they had first met.


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My Short Stories: Love found them

They sat across from eachother.

She bit her lips.

He cleared his throat.

They were nervous.

They wondered if the other could tell.


He found her hand across the table.

And gave it a little squeeze.

“Hi” he said.

“Hi” she said.

“He was THE guy” she thought, as she heard him.

“Im going to marry her” he thought, as he heard her.


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My letter, to a friend who lost hope.

“This is how I see it…
In every crime, there is an offender and a victim.
Allah سبحانه و تعالى has given us the ability to make choices right?
Everyone has and is capable of making a choice in every decision they make or every action they do, unless that choice has been taken away somehow.
So in a crime the offender is someone who always had the freedom to make the choice…the choice of committing a crime or not.
And the victim….has no choice in the matter. 
A victim is someone who, in a matter of minutes, is violated in some way because of the wrong choices made by the offender.

So whether its a child or an adult or even an old man, a victim, against whom this evil act has been committed, is completely innocent and the offender is completely guilty of whatever crime he/she committed and whatever consequence it leads to.

And speaking of children, children are helpless little souls that needs to be taken care of. 
Children born into war, who live, breathe and know only violence all their lives, are completely helpless in those situations.
Children who suffer in famine and starve to death, they are helpless in those times.
Children who go through, and suffer prolonged physical and mental abuse…they are helpless too.
When a pedophile violates and tears apart the purity and innocence of a child, he is the one to be blamed entirely.

In none of these situations, can we blame a child. How can we?
It is always the one who does a wrong against them, that is to blame.

All children are pure and innocent.
And whatever wrong was committed against them could have been avoided had the perpetrator made the choice to fear God, instead of committing that crime.

It’s our childhood thats shapes us. And sometimes because of the scars left behind by our childhood, the hope within our hearts sways, stumbles and vanishes.

Everyone of us face different obstacles. Even those who are born into peace and love and comfort…..even they be tested at great lengths.
All of us are being tested.
Which is exactly the whole point of this world isn’t it?

This world is NOT the end.
There is more to come. There is another world waiting to continue for eternity.
So despite how many people make the wrong choices to victimize us, and despite all the crap we go through, our job is to just hang on.
Hang on and try to survive and make the right choices ourselves till we get there. 

How many people have lived and gone before us?
How many of them would’ve faced all these tests?

So right now its our turn.

Even the most blessed person and the most beloved person by God, Prophet Mohammed pbuh, faced years of abuse, and famine, and ridicule from the disbelievers.
So much so, that even his blood was shed from the attacks he faced at one point.
He was born an orphan, lost two of his sons when they were at a tender age, and has been through a whole lot worse.
So if the blessed Prophet pbuh went through those tests, why would we not be tested as well?

And that’s where Prophet Mohammed pbuh, showed us the importance of perseverance.

Yes, not all of us are strong to handle all of it…but hey!
Thats what Duas are for!
Allah سبحانه و تعالى hasn’t forsaken us. And we have to believe and rely on that hope. 
Only He can make it easier, can save and protect us….and ultimately grant us a Paradise that will go on without us shedding a single tear.

Allah سبحانه و تعالى says in the Quran:

“Do the people think that they will be left to say, “We believe,” without being put to the test?” -29:2

“We have tested those before them.”- 29:3

“And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits…” – 2:155

“O people, you are the ones who need God, while God is in no need for anyone” -35:15

So know that Allah سبحانه و تعالى is testing you coz, He wants only the best (Jannah) for you.

But the question is, since this world is all about tests, despite the hard tests, are we going to come closer to Him or move further away from Him?

Don’t give up love.

If no amount of words or therapy or meds can make you believe in hope, then believe in the following verses, and none of what we go through in this life will be too much.

The Quran says:

“Say: ‘Nothing shall ever happen to us except what Allâh has ordained for us…’” – 9:51.

“Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear…” – 2:286.

So you see, you ARE strong. And you can handle whatever you may face.
And don’t for even a second think that God has forsaken you. 

Allah tests most, those that he loves the most! 
This life is about trials.
So hang in there.
One step at a time. ❤

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A lesson from the Quran: Surah Al-Fathihah and Surah Al-Baqarah

I wanna talk about the ending of Surah Al-Fatihah and the begining of Surah Al-Baqarah.
Surah Al-Fathihah is mainly a dua’ or prayer that provides as a tool to seek guidance from Allah so that He may make it easier for you to benefit completely from the Quran and all the knowledge it holds within.

Now notice how Verse 6 to 7 of this Surah is specifically asking Allah for guidance…
Surah Fatihah ends with the prayer: 
“Show us the straight path.”

So how does Allah show us the Straight clear path?
The answer is found in the very first verses of the immediate next Surah… 
Surah Al-Baqarah begins with the answer to the prayer we made before:
“THIS Book, there is no doubt in it, IS A GUIDE to those who guard (against evil)”.

Subhanallah! How amazing is this!
1- How clearly does Allah show us the harmony and relation of every verse to the other…of every Surah to the other….and the entire Quran as a whole.

2- How clearly does He show that the answers we seek….the guidance we need…the rules and guidelines we yearn to follow to complete a life of this Earth, are all included in the Quran.

3-The Quran IS the only rule book we need!

4- So Study it people! Treasure it! The answers we need are all in there!! 

Side Note: * The Quran and the Sunnah of Prophet pbuh needs to be given equal importance when seeking guidance. Because while studying the Quran, without the Sunnah, the Quran is incomplete. 
And without the Quran, the Sunnah is incomplete.


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمََِ .

صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا الضَّالِّينَ .

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الم .

ذَٰلِكَ الْكِتَابُ لَا رَيْبَ فِيهِ هُدًى لِّلْمُتَّقِينَ .

صدق الله العظيم

“Show us the Straight path.
The path of those upon whom Thou hast bestowed favors. Not (the path) of those upon whom Thy wrath is brought down, nor of those who go astray.”
Surah 1:6-7

“Alif Lam Mim. (Only Allah knows the true meaning of these 3 letters that begins this Surah).
This Book, there is no doubt in it, is a guide to those who guard (against evil).”
Surah 2:1-2


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The Quran Translation : A book review

Hubbs found this pocket-sized (umm….a sizable pocket I mean ) translation of the Quran a few days ago, and we are so impressed.
Its the translation by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan & Dr. Muhammad Taqiuddin Al-Hilali.

The Quran translation’s current printed book that I have is so large and heavy and not at all practical to carry around. Or refer to at most times, due to the small print.
But this one is absolutely portable and super user-friendly.

Like most of us I’m sure, I live a pretty hectic life too. Usually I would be juggling work, a small business and studying law, all in one day. 
Sometimes, because our schedules are jam packed and stressful, we are more closer to loosing focus on maintaining our priorities of faith, than holding on to them.

The devil lurks and seduces at every instance, every opportunity.
Unless we are careful, he will just thrive on the moments that we loose our focus on faith.

Just remember that Allah سبحانه و تعالى is the One and Only who has power over everything and anything.
So maintaining prayer and dua’, as well as constantly researching to gain knowledge about your faith, will help you keep on track…no matter the circumstances.

And where better to start learning about your faith, than the Quran? :).

I almost always refer to the iQuran app to check the translation. Simply because it’s easier to refer to one on my phone than a physical book.

However, for a book lover like me, I would prefer a book any day and this translation is magical .


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Feminism vs Tolerance, or do you practice both?

Women, for whom,
the society is cruel.
No respect, No choices. No status.
No room to breathe.

Put that on!
Take that off!

Why don’t you work?
Why don’t you stay home!

Why do you scream?
Why don’t you speak!

Did you ask your man?
Do you even need a man!

Why don’t you have kids?
That’s too many kids!

Thoughts, thoughts, thoughts!
Spears, stabs, hissssssssssssss!
Will this society never stop judging!
And what is worse is,
women judges women more!

I mean what about feminism?
What is even a feminist?
Isn’t feminism about equality?

But while trying to achieve equality, have we forgotten the beauty of tolerance?
Has equality conspired to become so ruthless?

What is a woman who fights for her mini dress, but bashes a Niqab?
What is a woman who prides on being a home maker, but ridicules a working woman?
What is a woman who finds reason in her educational achievements to be righteous,
yet sneers upon the wisdom in another woman’s experiences?
What is a woman who loathes a woman who shouts and marches for freedom,
just because she doesn’t have the passion?
What is a woman who shows selective empathy for women like her,
and for women like her alone?

Hey sister! It goes vise versa!
So tell me,

Is feminism so selective?
Have we made equality unfair?
If feminism is about equality,
shouldn’t equality also respect individuality?

Take my hijab for example.
Can’t I wear my hijab in peace?
Can’t I talk about my faith and my views in peace?
Why do you think me “backwards”?
Why do you wear your ridiculous holier-than-thou attitude when it comes to me?
Is me and my faith the real problem?
Or is the problem how you can’t accept me accepting my faith?

Are you saying I can’t define my own rights?
But then, why do you get to define mine for me?

Why is freedom so complicated?
Why can’t we both enjoy our differences?
Freedom, Feminism, Women’s liberation, Female emancipation, Women’s Rights….
whatever u may call it, however it may evolve,
why shouldn’t tolerance and equality go hand in hand?

Dear sister, Dear world, Dear friend,
Can we please respect each other?
Can we please preach and practice tolerance?
What’s the point of fighting for our common rights, when we can’t respect individual rights?

How can we fight together, when neither of us understands tolerance?
Screaming from rooftops, screaming from the streets, screaming on the internet,
it’s all very noble by appearance.
But what does the screaming really matter,
if all we are doing is bashing each other behind out backs?
What does “equality” matter, if neither of us appreciates our right to differences.

In the end, doesn’t it all come down to tolerance?
Doesn’t it all come down to sincerity,
from one heart to another,
rather than pleasing our spectators?

Doesn’t it all come down to fighting together,
for what we have in common, as well as for our differences?
Fighting together,
Woman with woman.
Sister with sister.
And the whole world with each other,
fighting together.
With love, and nothing but love between us.




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I’m stuffed! But can I be healthy instead?

Eating too much.

Now is that a sin? It sorta is.

Makes me too heavy to even move. Too lazy to do anything exciting.

All the clothes are stretched beyond capacity, showing the curves you wish you never had. I mean my curves have curves!!

Ugh! Time to leave this habit of jumping at too much food. Time to start a new journey and get back into shape.

Loose all that unwanted jiggles that your husband politely claims is sexy.

Its not about what size you’re in really. Its about feeling healthy and being healthy.

And you definitely dont feel healthy if you’re stuffed to the brim.


New resolution then.

Let’s get started! New wight loss project…come to Mama!

But can Mama do it tho? Have failed too many of these resolutions in the past.

Oh well. Lets see 😀



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Irma, Harvey & Typhoon: 3 deadly guests, that brought with them great wisdom.

When the storm came, it took their roof. 
The worst storm in 3 decades the news called it. 
After days of preparing for it, by storing dried fish and coconuts and rice, after piling countless sand bags around the house and placing heavy stones on the tin layered roof, the winds still took away the roof.

The sound was deafening. There were screams and cries. Then a blackout. 
Thunder and lightening followed the winds. Then came the rain. Like the whole sea emptied down on them.
And in gushed the floods. Sand bags scattered and pushed away by the force.

The kids were shivering.
The parents were panicking.
Everyone was already drenched. 
At the back of his head, all that the father could think about was the electrical wires.
Had some of them got loose with the roof? How many of those wires were flopping about in the wind?

This wasnt safe! 
But how could they run?
The floods were dangerously knee deep now.
What could be done?!
Was it even possible to call for help? 

He looked out the door. His family were all up on their table. Grasping each other tightly.
He waded out the door. 
His neighbour’s roof was gone too. All around him he heard cries and wails and cries for help. 
The storm was relentless. 
The flood was still climbing. His island was a sea!

“Oh God!” He thought.
“Is that a body in the water?!” 

This is only a fictional story I wrote a few days ago.

But I woke up today, to hear the news of Hurricane Irma. Every year monsoon storms, hurricanes and typhoons affects dozens of countries.
Thousands of people die, and millions get displaced, homes are destroyed and lives are upended each year from the storms and floods that follow.

This year alone, it has affected countless cities and towns and villages.
More will be affected before the storms pass on.

Sometimes imagining what they go through during the ordeal, helps us to understand the difficulty they are facing.
I had those people in mind when I wrote this story. Unfortunately, some of the real stories I read, told by the people who experienced Hurricane Irma today, are no different:

“The winds that we are experiencing right now are like nothing we have experienced before.”

“This doesn’t look like it was ever a tropical paradise. It looks like an eerie fairytale forest.”

“I have never seen any such destruction on a per capita basis compared to what I saw in Barbuda this afternoon.”

“At some points the gusts were so strong the entire structure shook with every blast and this is a pretty solid building.”

“My main concern now is, how we’re going to survive after this?”

Monsoon storms hit India, Nepal and Bangladesh in mid August this year. Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Texas, in late August this year. And now Hurricane Irma is ripping through the Caribbean Islands this September.

With the skies and winds all raging and fuming around the globe, there lies in it great wisdom too surely?

Every natural disaster that occurs, carries with it the greatest of Hikmah.
The truth is with Allah subhanahu watha’ala.
All we need to do, is to have faith and submit to the Will of Allah سبحانه و تعالى.

“And We sent not the signs except to warn” [Quran, Surah Al-Israa’ 17:59]

“We will show them Our Signs in the universe, and in their own selves, until it becomes manifest to them that this (the Quran) is the truth. Is it not sufficient in regard to your Lord that He is a Witness over all things?” [Quran, Surah Fussilat 41:53]

These are all signs. The lessons in it are for us individually, and for the whole community.

Our job is to learn from these lessons and to help each other during these difficult times. Wallahu A’ulam.

The life on this world is the biggest and only test we have to go through. And we cannot go through it without helping those who need it the most. We are all one. And we need each other to survive.

So everyone, go quick! Find a way to donate and help out all those people desperately in need of our help right now. Those who are closer and can physically participate in the support, open your doors to them or go out to the victims and provide whatever help you can give them.

Allah is the Most Merciful!
Praise and Glory be to Allah!

To Allah we belong, and to Him we return.

May Allah accept from us, our deeds. Aameen.


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Waking up my husband for Fajr – That damn alarm!

“Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone”

The alarm went off!

I was jolted awake. I threw up a heavy hand and fumbled on the right side of my pillow for my phone. It wasn’t there!

“Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone”…the damn alarm wouldn’t stop ringing!

Argh! Where was it? I’ll have to turn over now! Nope I wasn’t woken up enough for that. It took an effort, but I managed to stretch my arm enough to the left side of my pillow. I felt about desperately and ah ha! Finally located my phone wedged in between the pillow and the headboard.

“Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone”….my heart kept pumping with every beep of that alarm!

I gripped my phone tightly and squeezed the power button with all the force I could muster that early in the morning.

Phew! The alarm had stopped!

The silence came as suddenly as it was disturbed.  I couldn’t open my eyes. My stupor was overbearing. I had been in the deepest sleep, dreaming about what? I couldn’t remember now. The AC was at a horrible 19 degrees. The whole room was freezing. I could feel the cold seeping in through the duvet.

I slid to the left till I found my husband. I curled up into a ball hugging my legs to my chest and I snuggled against his warmth.

In a second I had forgotten about the damn alarm. I guess my sleep took over. I drifted off, hugging the coziness of my pillow.

“Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone”

“Beep” Beep” Beep” “Beep”

Bah! It was back! My eyes flew open. Rage rushed in. That damn alarm!!! And now my husband’s phone had joined in!

“Babe!” I shook him. “Babe, the alarm!” I told him.

“Hmm…whaa?” He asked me sleepily.

“The alarm! Where’s your phone?” I asked.

“Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone”

“Beep” Beep” Beep” “Beep”

God that damn alarm!! I fought back the will to swear. By now I was sitting up, searching frantically in the dark for the two phones. They seemed to have disappeared within the bedding, yet was blaring out the alarms at full force without getting muffled.

“Thud” My husband had plopped down his phone against the headboard after shutting it off.

“Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone”…I still hadn’t found mine. Where the heck was it!

“Babe shut it off!” said my husband before turning over and moving away deeper into his side of the bed, taking with him, my half of the duvet as well.

Seriously?!! Argh! The cold! It came gripping at me.

I was now freezing and frantic.

“Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone”

Yes!! I found it. Somehow it had landed near the foot of the bed. I shut it off and flung it off the bed onto the carpet.

Bah! I now had to pee.

“Babe. Babe. Babe. Wake up!!” I shook him hard.

“It’s Fajr! Hurry. Or we’re gonna miss it! Babe. Get up. Babe”

He sat up groggily. I got back under the covers.

“Call me when u wudoo” I said.

“No babe u go. You’ll take longer.” He said.

“No u go babe…I’ll go as soon as you’re done” I said. And I held my breath to see if he would refuse. Would this be another of our classic ‘No u go first, No u first!’ arguments?

I heard my husband going into the toilet.

Yess! Argument avoided. I could have a few extra minutes of sleep. My bladder was up to bursting point, but sleep was a bigger priority right now. I yawned and stretched.

I could feel myself drifting off. I snuggled into the comfort.


“Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone”

“Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone”

“Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone” “Basic Tone”



PS: Do you know what the “Basic Tone” is on a Samsung Galaxy S6?

It’s the absolute devil! It’s like a Police, a fire and an ambulance’s alarm all got high and are super pissed off and are all blaring out at once! Every time I hear it, I keep telling myself to get rid of the alarm tone completely.

But I don’t. Because Fajr is a bigger priority. And waking up for Fajr is a real struggle. This is what happens almost everytime I AM able to wake up for the Fajr alarm.

Sadly, sometimes we sleep right through the alarm, even though the alarm tone’s insane!

Being able to wake up for Fajr, is a true blessing. And I guess our Imaan has a lot to do with waking up in time for it.

But that discussion’s for another blog post :).

Also, most of the time, it’s my husband who gets up first and wakes me for Fajr. Tee hee!


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