The Art of Giving Advice

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

"None of you [truly] believes until he loves for his brother that which he loves for himself." 
- Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)

This is one of my favourite hadiths; one that I try to practice in my everyday life (keyword: try) because I believe that being sincere with others is a deed much beloved in the sight of God, and being sincere with others includes wanting the best for them in this life and in the hereafter. Sometimes this means giving advice to the people we care about.

Millionaire Gives it All Up for Islam

Sunday, May 26, 2013

This is a unique story about a man's journey to Islam. I found this video today when a friend asked me to suggest videos and books for her friend who is interested in learning about Islam. Each story of conversion (or reversion, if you prefer) is different but they all illustrate how merciful God is towards His creations in different ways. Conversion stories also have the power to make us realise how we easily take His guidance for granted.

"...Allah guides whom He wills [He guides those who will to be guided]..." {14:4}

"And those who strive for Us - We will surely guide them to Our ways. And indeed, Allah is with the doers of good." {29:69}

Anger, Adebolajo and a Response to the Woolwich Tragedy

Friday, May 24, 2013

Shaken. Disgusted. Confused. 

Those were my immediate reactions when I came to know of the news about the British soldier who was publicly attacked and decapitated by a British-born Nigerian convert to Islam in a 'suspected Islamist attack' in Woolwich, South East London. Not again. Not another murderous and violent act by Muslims, I said regretfully to myself. Let's put conspiracy theories aside because we need to face the reality of the situation in a rational way. Michael Adebolajo is Muslim, he has participated in protests and has been very transparent about his beliefs regarding the involvement of the British government in military operations in Muslim countries. It was reported that he handed out "radical pamphlets" in the past.

OOTD: Blue Ivy

Thursday, May 23, 2013

This post is not related to Beyonce's daughter in anyway, sorry Beyonce fans. I just thought... the colour blue + green leaves = blue ivy? Anyway, enough of my cheesiness because I actually have golden leaves to show you! 

Sticky Date Pudding

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Winter is around the corner in the Southern Hemisphere and a warm sticky date pudding is the perfect companion on a cold winter's night. Having said that, it is nice to have no matter what climate or season you are in. If you have guests who arrived unannounced or if you're in the mood to satisfy your sweet cravings this easy-to-make pudding is your answer because it only takes 20 to 30 minutes to make. This recipe was given to me by my friend Helen (thanks girl!) and I'd love to share it with you.

A Day with Yasmin Mogahed

Thursday, May 16, 2013

I first came across Yasmin Mogahed's work on during my final year at university. It was a stressful year for many of my friends and I, but discussions about Yasmin Mogahed's Serenity radio show and inspiring articles helped get us through our trials that year. When I returned to Malaysia I had the chance to listen to her speak live at the 2012 Being ME conference. This year I have been fortunate enough to attend her talks and meet her in person again, alhamdulillah. I was invited by the lovely Husna Musa to an afternoon tea session organised by Light Upon Light and Viva Palestina Malaysia, and when that ended we rushed to attend another lecture by Yasmin Mogahed that evening. So you could say I spent a day with Ms. Mogahed :) 

One of the best parts is that ticket sales of both events went towards projects for women in Gaza, inshaAllah. Here's a little something for everyone who couldn't be with us that day.

Overcoming Adversity

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

"The opportunity of adversity"

The video title caught my eye so I clicked on the link without knowing who the speaker was.

Aimee Mullins.

Nope, not a clue. At the time, that is. Her introduction was about the concept and definition of disability but I couldn't figure out what her "disability" was until later on. As a paralympic champion and double amputee her story is definitely worth knowing and I had an "Aha!" moment (as Oprah would call it) while listening to what she had to say on the advantages of adversity (yes I know it seems like a paradox). I'd like to share her inspiring words so you can have a new perspective on life and challenges.