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”

Finding Feminism in Islam

Antonym? Oxymoron? Paradox? On the face of it, ‘feminism’ and ‘Islam’ are two diametrically opposed traditions.  Some would argue that no two things could be further apart in their outlooks.   If we defined feminism as ‘the advocacy of the equality between men and women’, I can just imagine how many people would be clamouring toContinue reading “Finding Feminism in Islam”

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?”

A Lesson in Emotional Self-Defence

If there’s one thing that I am grateful for since my divorce, it is the return of total independence in my life.  I mean independence from another human being.  That is not to suggest that I suffered miserable subjugation at the hands of another.  However, it is true that whilst I was married, I gaveContinue reading “A Lesson in Emotional Self-Defence”

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”

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”

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”