What is beautiful patience?

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim. A couple of months ago, I fell sick. For an entire week, I could not stop throwing up. I could not hold in even a sip of water. Because my stomach was empty, I found myself by the toilet bowl, gagging nonstop although there was nothing to expulse. My husband, Firdaus, would rush towards…

6 things a girl who just started wearing hijab should know

Assalamualaikum my dear beautiful warrior, Congratulations on taking the plunge and donning the hijab. I am so proud of you!!! Trust me; this is the only beginning of an incredible, soul-searching journey. I am grinning right now, thinking back on how it was like for me back then. Many things will happen, and I don’t…

How to deal with toxic family members

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim. Unfortunately, quite a few people have been telling me about their awful experiences with family members during Eid. They had to put up with critical, negative comments and rude behavior that caused stress, anxiety, anger, confusion, exhaustion, and self-doubt. Here is a useful list that I found on the internet that I hope can…

Why it is never too late to repent – A Ramadan Reminder

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim. Sometimes, it’s so hard to be good, isn’t it? When you try your best to change, your past haunts you. You think ‘Why would Allah forgive me when I’m so rotten? Why would Allah forgive me when I’ve made so many mistakes? Why do I deserve to be good?’ Worse still, you sometimes hear…

7 lessons I learnt from failing law school

Bismillahirahmanirrahim. In 2008, I was accepted to law school. It’s safe to say that I was absolutely thrilled. My heart pumped fast with anticipation. I kept grinning at anyone and everyone. I was that girl who had stars in my eyes.  Deep inside, I believed that I would change the world. I was completely convinced that…

International Women’s Day: Confronting Sexual Abuse

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim. Today is International Women’s Day. Honestly, I’ve been smiling to myself while reading wonderful posts on social media that are dedicated to inspiring women all around the world. We have so much to be proud of, Alhamdulillah! However, I need to get something off my chest. You see, Islam honours us. It gives us…

Ranting on Social Media

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim. I don’t know about you, but my friends and I have been talking about a new feature that has evoked many painful emotions – Facebook memories.  At first, I thought that I would hurt the most when reading the wall posts by friends who are no longer in my life. I was wrong. What troubles…

The Journey to Self-Love

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim. While I was growing up, boys hardly expressed interest in me. At first, that didn’t bother me. I was completely content with my fun, loving family. They always made me feel secure and protected. I was so comfortable that I didn’t think that anything was missing from my life. When I became a teenager,…

Adventures of a KAUST Spouse – Losing My Wallet

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim. Last Friday, I went out with Ros, her parents and Nysa to look for abayas. You see, I’ve grown to love wearing abayas to work, especially on days when I’m too lazy to iron my shirts. When we reached my favourite shop, I was thrilled to see a plethora of beautiful pieces with intricate…