But first, Intention

When you’ve made up your mind to do something, it could be anything- just do it. You can do anything if you put your mind to it but there are a couple of things you need to get straight.

  1. Intention: why are you doing what you want to do? Who are you doing it for? What is the purpose?
  2. Effort: are you willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill your dream? Scribbling down ideas whenever they materialize, making structured plans, consulting experts, a few sleepless nights, research and undergoing the process of trial and error are all part of this condition
  3. Divine Help: do you have a connection with your Creator? Do you maintain a belief in a Higher and Superior Being? If so, life in general is a lot easier to deal with because it doesn’t matter if things go right or wrong, you believe that everything happens for a reason. You learn to rely and trust in God and you train yourself to be grateful in every situation.

Be Yourself & Build Yourself

If you’re passionate about something and you love it so much, then go after it until Allah takes your life – My Quran Teacher

Life is too short for us to spend it on measly and wasteful things. We have one life, one time, one chance to make it right. One of my teachers explained to me how she had studied the Quran almost 10 years ago and she took up the course online. She would think to herself that if she was an onsite student (who attended the Institute in Canada live), she would make sure to do things very differently in order to accommodate students like herself from other parts of the world. Now, almost 10 years later she’s an Online Course Coordinator for the very same Institute and very same course.

My Teacher then went on to say the words I’ve quoted above. If you want something, don’t squander your time and resources on things that have no value but invest it in something long lasting. For instance; you might have a passion for writing. Don’t spend another minute thinking about how it’s impossible for you to pursue it at this stage in your life but get yourself a typewriter, laptop or whatever else have you, sit yourself at a window start writing.

You might want to start up a business even, go ahead and do it. Write down a plan perhaps in the form of a web diagram; what’s the objective? What’s the product? What type of audience are you targeting? What is your role? The list goes on. The point is- you can do it if you  really want it.

Keep working towards what you want. You goals, ambitions and aspirations. Whatever it maybe, go after it. Don’t stop. Stay motivated and be different. Be yourself and Build yourself. 

Emotional Dump

Some feelings are really inexplainable. Words can’t form a sentence to describe the kind of chaos the heart goes through after every test and trial. Especially as people who claim to believe in Allah and the last Day. One day it’s a death in the family, then a financial crisis then bad grades at school then a car accident then being a victim of racial slurrs then a child throwing a tantrum then a sick relative and the list continues. After every single difficulty the heart is affected. Good or bad, the heart internalises everything. It’s emotionally charged.

Hence the famous words; ‘heartache,’ and ‘heartbreak.’ The heart feels every single emotion we go through. Many thoughts run through our mind at that point like; when will this end? Wait, will this end to begin with? I’m so tired of it. I’m sick of it. I want to move on from this. But the test is only chasing you everywhere you go and you come to a conclusion that you don’t know if you’re dying as a result of holding on so much or if you’re only becoming more resilient to the test. I can say from experience that you’re only becoming stronger. So hold on, no matter what.

Dua Can Change Everything

She stared blankly into space. The environment around her seemed irrelevant, her thoughts consumed every sensory cell in her body. Nothing made sense. Nothing mattered. She was over this. God was the only being she relied on at this point, no family member or friend could relate to the electricity of loneliness that zinged in her blood. It was painful. Pain. Raw. Suffocative. Unadulterated. Just Pain. 

Her mind flicks to the man who went through every type of pain. A man who knew pain like the back of his noble palm. A man who was tested in every aspect of his life; physically (when people stoned him), mentally (when people insulted him and called him all kinds of names), emotionally (when he lost the love of his life and all of his children during his lifetime except Fatimah) and spiritually (when he had to convey this religion forward no matter what). A man who didn’t let his problems affect his mood, attitude and dealings with people. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW). 


Instantly her eyes fill with tears, her heart bleeds with grief and remorse as she realises that no matter how tough her life seemed, nothing she went through could possibly be worse than the Prophet (SAW). She pats her wet cheeks and wipes her drippy nose as she thinks of the mountain of challenges he must’ve faced and yet… He kept smiling. So much so that no one smiled more than him. She chastises herself, rises from her seat and makes her way to do the one thing that can change everything. 



Of course as Muslims, birthdays’ shouldn’t be a day of celebration and partying rather a day of reflection and realisation that another year has passed by and we’re still the same. I sigh as I write this, just think about this for a minute, we are still the same. Days turn into weeks which turn into months which turn into years and our belief in Allah is the same. It hasn’t improved or deepened in any way. Why? Desires. The nation of the Prophet (SAW) are meant to be a people who are selfless, ambitious, just, honest and trustworthy but above all they focus on the afterlife. They don’t swerve or get side tracked by the dunya and it’s glamor but unfortunately, we have become exactly like that. Allah says in the Quran;

الْمَالُ وَالْبَنُونَ زِينَةُ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَالْبَاقِيَاتُ الصَّالِحَاتُ خَيْرٌ عِندَ رَبّـِكَ ثَواباً وَخَيْرٌ أَمَلاً

Wealth and children are [but] adornment of the worldly life. But the enduring good deeds are better to your Lord for reward and better for [one’s] hope. {al-Kahf: 46}

If we could only internalize the fact that we’re not here forever, we would strive to inculcate within us the consciousness of Allah + channel our talents and abilities in Pleasing Him and working hard for His Masterpiece- Jannah. A great scholar, Hasan Al Basri said, we as the children of Adam are nothing but a number of days. As each day passes, a part of us perishes never to return again. To be successful we need to refer to the teaching of the Prophet (SAW) only then can we lift the veil of ignorance and heedlessness to don the lens of knowledge and consciousness.


Life is tough. People are thrown into different situations every single day and those without any Imaan (Faith) are uprooted from their island of positivity almost instantly. The believer however is content no matter what. The sky could fall, the sea could spill over and buildings’ could be set ablaze but the believer will remain composed and rational not because it’s unnatural to do so but because he or she has utmost trust in Allah and understands that everything happens for a reason. The following Hadith is proof of it;

Mus’ab ibn Sa’eed reported: His father asked, “O Messenger of Allah, which people are tested most severely?” The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “They are the prophets, then the next best, then the next best. A man is tried according to his religion. If he is firm in his religion, then his trials will be more severe. If he is weak in his religion, then he is tried according to his strength in religion. The servant will continue to be tried until he is left walking upon the earth without any sin.” {Tirmidhi} 

These are the words of the Chosen One, the man who was tested the most in his life time. Need I say more? Be introspective, each time something doesn’t go the way you wanted or the way you thought was best, reflect and accept that there is a greater good to everything. Our real home is Paradise. 

Be Like the Coffee Bean

There was an interesting parable that sky rocketed a while ago. It focussed on three objects; a carrot, an egg and a coffee bean. All of which were dumped into harsh + severe conditions (i.e boiling water) and the results of all three were completely different. The carrot had become soft + overly weak, the egg apparently looked the same but on the inside it was rigid + hard and lastly the coffee bean which had managed to transform the water into something more.

The moral of the story was that when (note we’re saying when and not ‘if’ because calamities will afflict everyone at some point in their life) hardships + adversity make an appearance, our immediate reaction is vital because it sets the pace for everything that’s about to happen. From an Islamic perspective, the believer has submitted to the will of the Creator and is at ease no matter what. The following Hadith is proof of it;

“How amazing is the affair of the believer. There is good for him in everything and that is for no one but the believer. If good times come his way, he expresses gratitude to Allah and that is good for him, and if hardship comes his way, he endures it patiently and that is better for him.” {Muslim} 

Having said that, even a believer can sometimes be pushed to the extent that he or she starts to ask the daring question, WHY ME? Hang in there soldier, take a deep breath, say الحمد لله and keep moving forward. Don’t stop your righteousness + deprive others of your kindness, gentle acts and humble smile as a result of a misfortune you’re facing. In short, be like the coffee bean 🙂


For more detail on the story visit;  Carrot, Egg or Coffee: Which Are You?


If a student refused to attend his or her exam and instead preferred to stay at home with a bowl of chips and binge watch overrated TV series, would this in anyway affect the invigilator? Let’s be honest, it wouldn’t. Similarly if a man or woman arrogantly insisted that there is no God and went about his life the way he or she wanted, then in what way would this affect the Creator of the heavens + the earth?

The Creator isn’t fazed by people who are determined to object and deny His existence rather He instilled within us free will in order that we use our intellect to come to the conclusion that to escape this dizzying world we live in, is to cling to His Rope, i.e Quran. If we decide to connect with our Creator + worship Him, then ultimately that connection + worship would benefit us alone. We need Him and He does not need us. This will never change.

The Bigger Picture

{The above Dua is called, Al Istiftah which is to be recited the moment we tie the Takbiratul Ihram in prayer, just before Surah Al Fatiha. It is not obligatory but it’s good to do so} 

Every single one of us wants to live a happy life. There’s no doubt about it. Believer or not, we all want to smile, laugh, taste, travel, meditate and be as free as the wind. In short, we want to keep moving forward in the best way possible. We want to improve and progress in the easiest and most convenient way. Want to succeed! 
But what if everything we want is not in the places we’re looking? What if we’re chasing a mirage? What if we’re tangled in a web of dreams and hopes that can never be fulfilled because we don’t know the source of success? Yes, now we’re thoughtful and slightly curious. The fact is it all lies in- prayer. 

Our connection with God and how strong it is will determine our position in this life. Our ability to humble yourself and actually talk to our Creator without shame or shyness is what really makes us worthy of every type of goodness in this life and the next. 

Now let’s turn that frown upside down and form an unbreakable bond with Allah. He’s always listening to us no matter what. 

The devil’s trick

He stared at the pale wall, his heart covered in faint grief. The dull pain from restraining his desires and wishes clawed at his insides. He gave it all up for his Lord. He knew better than to chase a girl who didn’t give two hoots about him. He knew better than to plug his sensitive ears with filthy rap and drums that only seduced his soul further into oblivion and heedlessness. He knew better than to download an R-rated movie and get drunk on the fantasy of what he could be.

He groaned in frustration. It wasn’t easy to surrender. He certainly knew it was the wisest thing to do but it put him on edge. He acknowledged that it was a worthy trade, a world of entertainment in exchange for a simple feeling.


Never had he felt so at ease after giving it all up but the devil doesn’t let his prey go that easily. He threatens to attack from all directions no matter what. Yesterday he felt content and today a streak of remorse shaded him. He shook his head fiercely, the devil was playing with him big time. He refused to be sucked into his game. He stood up, pulled his dark hoodie over his head and made his way outside. A walk should help. He then began to say phrases of remembrance.

“سبحان الله “

“الحمد الله”

“الله اكبر” 

He gritted his teeth and avoided thinking about his past. The supposed good times and apparent fun with friends who betrayed him, girls who fancied him (his money really) and people who just faked it all. I can’t go back, not now, not ever. I’m being tested. God wants to prove my worth and I’m going to show Him.