A Different Kind of Hajj Reflection

A Different Kind of Hajj Reflection

July 25th, 2020. If it weren’t for the Covid-19 travel restrictions, today we would have been on the airplane on our way to Makkah for our very first obligatory pilgrimage.

Hajj. One of the pillars of Islam. A pillar upon which Islam is built. A pillar that is to be upheld if one has the means to do so.

We had been planning for Hajj since 3 years:
2018/1439 – An unexpected commitment prevented us from going.
2019/1440 – Happy occasions and once-in-a-lifetime family festivities held us back.
2020/1441 – The year that brought the whole world to a standstill. Continue reading

In Search of Truth #ScholarControversy

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Please read till the end of the post before commenting 🙂

To the student of knowledge,

I have been putting off writing this for sometime now, and every time I thought this was not an issue that needed to be addressed, Allah put me in situations to remind me that perhaps I was wrong.

I wouldn’t be mentioning names, for fear of the start of another debate or controversy. I would be merely posting my reflections on the whole issue.

Let’s begin then – bismillah.

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Ramadan1441 Du3a List

Ramadan1441 Du3a List

After many days of thinking and planning thinking, I have finally compiled my du3a list in time for the last 10 days of Ramadan, alhamdulillahi Rabbil 3aalameen. Read along to have a look at my general ad3eya (apart from these I have specific personal ad3eya that I have not added in this list). Continue reading

A Step Towards Seeking Allah’s Pleasure

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“…So now have sexual relations with them and seek that which Allah has ordained for you (offspring), and eat and drink until the white thread (light) of dawn appears to you distinct from the black thread (darkness of night), then complete your Saum (fast) till the nightfall…”
(Qur’an, 2:187)

The concept of ‘the white thread distinct from the black thread’ has always been an issue for me in which I needed to seek clarity and see for myself. And so, while researching I came across this article which confirmed my doubts. Continue reading

Ramadan Around the World, by Ndaa Hassan

Ramadan Around the World Book Review

Title: Ramadan Around The World
Author: Ndaa Hassan
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Illustrator: Azra Momin
Publisher: Ndaa Hassan
Released: 2018
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 40
Source: I had won a hard copy from My Little Ruhm in a giveaway held in Instagram.
Rating: 5/5
Links: Amazon | GoodReads | Official Website

Join the Ramadan Moon as it travels the world to visit children and their families observing Ramadan. Ramadan Around The World showcases how various cultures celebrate the Islamic holiday. The purpose of this book is to illustrate the diversity of the global Muslim community. Children of various nationalities and abilities are represented throughout the book. Families of diverse sizes and demographics have also been equally represented. This book is an adventurous read for children and useful as an educational tool for educators.

Bilal is hearing-impaired.
His Mom signs to him, “Alhumdulillah!”
“Thanks be to God, Ramadan is here!”
– Ramadan Around The World, Ndaa Hassan

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Bedtime Sunnahs by Alia G. Dada

Bedtime Sunnahs Book Review

Title: Bedtime Sunnahs: Emulating the Prophet one night at a time
Author: Alia G. Dada
Genre: Children’s Book
Illustrator: Robin Boyer
Publisher: Prolance
Released: 2018
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 26
Source: I received a soft copy from Prolance in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
Rating: 3.7/5
Purchase: Amazon | GoodReads | Prolance

This rhyming book outlines several nighttime Islamic practices for kids – and even adults – to implement before going to bed. Fostering a love for the Prophet’s Sunnah, as well as teaching children to practice good deeds consistently. Also includes references to associated hadiths, an explanation of Islamic terminology, and additional advanced practices.

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Loudmouth Line and Decent Dot, by Nayera Salam

Loudmouth Line & Decent Dot Book Review

Title: Loudmouth Line and Decent Dot
Author: Nayera Salam
Genre: Children’s Book (4-6)
Series: Kids Books by Nayera (Book 6)
Illustrator: Lamya Sharaby
Publisher: Prolance
Released: December 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 50
Source: I received a soft copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
Rating: 3.5/5
Links: Amazon | Prolance

Loudmouth Line makes fun of humble Decent Dot. Great danger! The entire Legendary Land of Pages could disappear, along with all its inhabitants, because of Line’s foolishness. From beginning to end, children and adults will be intrigued by the book’s message, the enchanting creatures, and the vivid imagery. Plus fun activities! Book’s message: Wonderful things can happen when we work together!

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