In times of difficulty

I came across this post a few weeks ago. It tears my heartstrings every time I go back to reread it over and over, such is the strength of this woman! And I cannot help but feel that the difficulties that I face at this point can never- I emphasize, never- amount to the pain…

A Blessed Eid, Nonetheless

This Eid, there is still a cause to celebrate. Because with terror and evil, goodness and hope is not only just present, it becomes stronger. And as the lines of humanity in the world become more and more blurred, I’d just remember to look to the normal civilians, the kids, the everyday-people. The ones who smile despite all the hardship. They are the ones who are displaying the purest examples of love, peace and unwavering faith.

The Irony on my Newsfeed

On my newsfeed today was 2 startlingly contrasting headlines. The first was about the World Cup, posted by the majority. Second was about the mass bombings by Israeli forces on Palestinian innocent civilians, posted by the few of my Muslim friends. Having never been one to look at depressing news, the past me would have…

Why Do Muslims Fast?

Among the narrations of Hadith is the following: “God Almighty said to the instinctual soul: ‘What am I and what are you?’ The soul replied: ‘I am myself and You are Yourself.’ So He punished it and cast it into Hell, then asked it again. Again it replied: ‘I am myself and You are Yourself.’ However He punished it, it did not give up its egoism. Finally He punished it with hunger; that is, He made it go hungry. Then again He asked it: ‘Who am I and who are you?’ And the soul replied: ‘You are my Compassionate Sustainer and I am your impotent slave!’”

Are we pretending to believe?

“A belief in God would demand one hundred percent obsessive devotion, influencing every waking moment of this belief on earth. But four billion so called believers do not live their lives in that fashion, except for a few. The majority believe in the usefulness of their beliefs-an earthly and practical utility- but they do not believe in the underlying reality.”

A Muslim Convert in Turkey

My trip to Türkiye was one of the most eye-opening experiences I had, especially as a new muslim. Here are just a few of the many.

Why Do Muslims Pray 5 Times a Day?

So many people have asked me this question “Do you pray 5 times a day?” And when I say yes, they open their eyes wide in shock. Frankly I believe some have also gone away thinking that Islam is so strict and rigid that prayers have to be ‘imposed’ on all Muslims, and if you don’t…

Stop Complaining, Start Thanking

“…to think now of the past and future unhappy hours, which simply do not exist, and to show impatience, and ignoring one’s faulty self, to moan as though complaining about Allah is also most foolish.” – Risale i Nur

A Revert, Abandoned

I entered Islam on the basis of questioning within an unquestionable and most certain foundation. Like a toddler taking her first steps, exploring the world through taking in everything she can find, I read everything I chance across, and I question when I can’t seem to grasp something. The current path is like this: I…