Working for the Akhira

Every new year has its share of memories and learning experiences, some happy, some painful. It's the perfect opportunity to reflect and realign our priorities as well as make new promises to ourselves. While making new resolutions, we should try to view them with the scope of the aakhira. To better days! To... To faith- know every year that it's a gift, not to be taken for granted or neglected. Intangible, indefinable, but it is everything.To prosperity- but not at the expense of honesty, … [Read more...]

Remembrance

I've have always known that I have a terrible memory.  Now, after having two children, I sometimes wish it were better. I wish I can commit to memory how elated they looked when they took that first step, or how high their voice was when they said their first word, or that look of surprise on their face at the first taste of sweet, frosty ice cream.  Nonetheless, I have come to the realization that my weak memory has actually been a blessing for me. It took a long time to reach this part of … [Read more...]

Heartbreak

You know that feeling. That once in a while feeling that "I've got this under control." I'm on time, ticking off items on a checklist, there’s a bounce in my step, I have the right attitude, and everything's where it's supposed to be. Except when it's not. I lump all the times when life does not feel right under the category of 'heartbreak.' I've been here quite often, and the more years that go by, the more forms of it I recognize. It comes and goes, sometimes visiting for an unpleasantly … [Read more...]

In Remembrance of a Life

Cleaning out my closet, I reach up to the top shelf and my hand hits a bag. I pull the bag down and reach in to see what’s inside and pull out a periwinkle-colored scarf. I hold the scarf in my hand and stare at it with a small smile. Whisper-thin, light as air, yet within the folds of that scarf there is a story, and within that story is a life. 2003. My wedding day is fast approaching. After several months of looking and trying on and being dissatisfied, I find the perfect wedding outfit: … [Read more...]

Discovering Your Passion, Fulfilling Your Life Vision

How many of us dream of having the most righteous and successful family? How many of us envision ourselves making a profound difference in the world? How many of us ultimately dream of the highest level in Jannah, Al-Firdaws? Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him was indeed one of the forerunners in teaching us about great ambition and doing all we can with ihsan (excellence). He (peace be upon him) was the first to encourage us to dream bigger as he says: “If you ask for jannah, … [Read more...]

A House Concert

We recently attended a house concert by singer Dawud Wharnsby, hosted by our friends who graciously opened up their living room to more than twenty families. The radiant atmosphere and top-notch entertainment were second only to the faces of children rapt with attention. I'll try hard not to gush here, but our family was touched by the evening. It was refreshing to finally meet the down-to-earth, gentle entertainer who can make the audience laugh and sing and cry within the span of a few … [Read more...]


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