From Migrant to Muslim Identity

I am the product of two immigrant parents who left all that they knew in their homeland in order to seek out better lives for themselves in the UK. Like many migrants before and after them, the impetus for leaving was economic reasons. Today, we see across the world not a lot has changed. PeopleContinue reading “From Migrant to Muslim Identity”

When Ordinary is Anything But…

Sometimes, the best memories come from the simplest of things. They do not always emerge from exhilirating adventures or adrenaline-filled excursions. It can often be the most nondescript days that produce little moments of ineffable joy. Today, I write not about my own trip down memory lane. Quite unusually, I write here to talk aboutContinue reading “When Ordinary is Anything But…”

Mind the Gap…

…between reality and fantasy. It is a harsh truth we must learn to face.  Who has not lived a life where, in our youth, we had high hopes and an innocent confidence of what was yet to come?  Then, as time passed, those hopes slowly diminished and at the other end of the time spectrum,Continue reading “Mind the Gap…”

The Best Things in Life are Three..

Who would deny that the simplest things in life are the best?  We spend the better part of our lives vying for this and that, be it a job, a house, a car and a myriad of other material things.  Age does give the benefit of hindsight and a wisdom that cannot be gained fromContinue reading “The Best Things in Life are Three..”

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”

Readiness for Ramadan

The blessed month of Ramadan is almost upon us and my phone has already been exploding with notifications of upcoming webinars, lectures and tips for a productive month of worship and reward. As well-meaning as all of this is, I actually find it sends me into a state of frenzy and anxiety. In an ageContinue reading “Readiness for Ramadan”

Should I Forgive to Forget or Forget so that I may Forgive?

This is one of those conundrums that I have often found myself in when pondering over the sense of having been wronged. For the most part, I think I forgive so that I may forget.  I have forgiven all those who have hurt me knowingly or unknowingly.  To be honest, the only impetus for thatContinue reading “Should I Forgive to Forget or Forget so that I may Forgive?”

Every Day is Mother’s Day

It is a curious Western tradition that today sees many people around the world celebrate their Mother.  There is no doubt that the intention behind the idea of singling out a specific day to dedicate to all mothers, in recognition of their unconditional love and service to their families, is a commendable one.  However, IContinue reading “Every Day is Mother’s Day”