A Personal Review of Ramadan

Alhamdulillah, we are almost at the end of the blessed month.  Perhaps saying “Alhamdulillah” might seem an inappropriate choice of word.  It suggests a sense of relief.  However, I mean it in the sense that I have been fortunate to have experienced most of this month and inshaAllah, will see it right to the endContinue reading “A Personal Review of Ramadan”

Unsticking the Stigma

Looking at the blog title, it should not come as a surprise that my topic today is about Divorce.  Yes, I say Divorce with a capital ‘D’.  This is because the impact of it can’t be overemphasised. Why am I still dwelling on this topic given it’s been almost five years since that decisive turningContinue reading “Unsticking the Stigma”

Learning Not to Judge at Face Value

I was recently asked, “Where do you get the inspiration to write your blog posts?”  To be honest, for the most part, I rarely plan what the conversation for each week will be.  My inspiration usually occurs during an epiphanous moment I have in the middle of a casual conversation with someone or when IContinue reading “Learning Not to Judge at Face Value”

Patience For and With the Good

We all know the need to bear patience when things don’t go to plan.  Our plan.  How many times have we heard someone give that timeless advice to keep positive, understand that when things go seemingly wrong, it’s Allah’s way of testing us to remain calm?  We need to put our wholehearted trust in Him.Continue reading “Patience For and With the Good”

The Secret of Insouciance

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about longevity.  I guess when the prime of life has passed, this is the inevitable phase that the mind enters. Coronavirus, lockdown, vaccines, isolation, death…all pretty grim words that have become part of the vernacular of front doorstep conversations and political debates across the world.  Glancing at newsContinue reading “The Secret of Insouciance”

Listen Out for the Silence

Lockdown.  Perhaps not the most auspicious start to the new year.  Or so we might think. As I write, the majority of the population in the UK is living a life with strict limitations on movement in public.  Shops, schools, universities and countless offices are lamenting the loss of their normal inhabitants.  Instead, people haveContinue reading “Listen Out for the Silence”

Mapping a Route to an Unknown Destination

If there is anything I have learnt lately, it is to not overthink and overanalyse but to keep moving forward.  There are enough inspirational stories out there of people going well out of their comfort zones in their advanced years and finding a whole new zeal for life. I may not have any awesome aspirationsContinue reading “Mapping a Route to an Unknown Destination”

A New Perspective on the Old

I’m writing today knowing that there is heaviness in many people’s hearts, not just about Christmas being cancelled, or 2020, but about so much beyond. To be honest, although the months and years are obvious markers of the movement of time, I feel we should not get too fixated about measuring life against them.  IContinue reading “A New Perspective on the Old”

It’s not Just the Kids Taking Flight

I am at that point in my life where the family nest is slowly emptying out.  The boys are flourishing into young men and I am watching them reach each pending milestone. Ah, to be young and carefree again!  I am excited for them almost as they are.  I see their eager anticipation to graspContinue reading “It’s not Just the Kids Taking Flight”

Me, Myself and I

Narcissist? Megalomaniac? Egoist?  The very mention of the phrase, “me, myself and I,” suggests self-indulgence and a kind of selfishness at the expense of everyone else.  As a mother constantly in the driver’s seat of life, steering my children through their academic, emotional and spiritual journeys, I know it is not only recommended to takeContinue reading “Me, Myself and I”