How to Have Hope & Deal with Anxiety

Sunday, July 20, 2014

"If anyone removes one of the anxieties of a distressed person in this world, Allah will remove one of the anxieties of the hereafter from him. If anyone conceals a fault of a Muslim, Allah will conceal his faults in the hereafter. Allah keeps helping a man (or woman), so long as he (or she) keeps helping his (or her) brother (or sister)." - Prophet Muhammad, may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him (Musnad Ahmad)

Last year I had the opportunity to ask Shaykh Yahya Rhodus how to deal with anxiety from witnessing wars, cruelties and catastrophes, and not being able to do as much as we want to help those in need. The Syrian civil war escalated last year and the news was filled with pictures of dead bodies and of children being mutilated and murdered. I witnessed a level of evil that was unfathomable to me.

This year, the list of catastrophes keeps getting longer. The kidnapping of 200 Nigerian school girls. The siege on Gaza. The mystery of the missing MH370 and the crash of MH17. The persecution of Syrians, Iraqis and the Rohingya. The trials and hardship faced by our brothers and sisters in faith and humanity seem to continue.

A Few Favourites From the International Ramadan Photography Competition

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I've been trying to take some photos myself but they are no where close to these stunning images. I'll continue trying though, inshaAllah! Ramadan is a beautiful time of the year and it is an honour to be able to share it with the world. Perhaps through this initiative more people will see the humanity in Islam and Muslims and begin to support the plight of the Palestinians, Syrians, Rohingya, Africans, and so on. 

It's not too late the participate in the competition, be a part of this movement and get a chance to win USD $1500. Please visit Spirit of Ramadan for more details. For now, here are some of my favourites from the International Ramadan Photography Competition Facebook page so far. 


Faith Friday Vlog: Feeling Demotivated During Ramadan?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Assalamualaykum, here's a little something I made for those who are feeling a little demotivated during Ramadan. Sorry for the poor lighting and quality. I filmed it on my MacBook in a rush but I hope I got the message across.

Here's a list of 25 ways to enter Paradise. Watch the video and you'll know why I've shared this link. I also want you to watch Imam Omar Suleiman's video on how we can attain Paradise, inshaAllah.

Jumaah Mubarak!


Wednesday, July 09, 2014

This is an urgent appeal from Viva Palestina Malaysia (website / Facebook). If you are not in Malaysia, please contact your local Islamic Relief centre or any other authorised organisation that is doing something similar. Israel has mercilessly launched another attack on Gaza and martyred at least 25 people so far, including elderly people and children. We are praying Operation Protective Edge will not have an aftermath worse than that of Operation Pillar of Cloud which took place during Ramadan in 2012 whereby 170 Palestinians died and over 1000 were injured. Almost half of them were women and  children.

The recent attack has left hundreds of Gazans injured and according to my friends who have been to Gaza, the hospitals have very limited medical supplies and equipments. Below you will find the names and ages of some of those who have been martyred in the last few days. Innalillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon.

Two Best Times for Dua in Ramadan

Monday, July 07, 2014

Salaam beautiful people. I came across this video yesterday and I really want you to see it. We are given a multitude of opportunities for us to seek Allah's help and guidance through dua (supplication) and sadly, we let them slip away. 

"Qadr is always fighting with dua."

Dua has helped me get through some of the most challenging times but it has also tested my patience and sincerity. What I've learned is that we have to be certain that Allah will answer our duas but it will be at a time when He deems best and it will not always be in the way or form that we expect. 

I really, really want to emphasise on this: Never give up on your dreams and your duas. So let's use these amazing opportunities to make dua for ourselves, our loved ones and those who are going through hardship and loss. Please remember our brothers and sisters in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Myanmar and many, many more around the world who are facing oppression and difficulties. The more we make dua for others, the more Allah will have mercy on us too, inshaAllah