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…

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…

Adventures of a KAUST Spouse – My First Umrah Experience

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim. 3 years ago, I wanted to go to Makkah for my graduation trip. I was going through a difficult time because I knew I wasn’t going to practise law, after spending 4 years in law school. I was feeling lost and I thought that being in Makkah would help me. However, I changed my mind….

Dear Heartbroken One (Part 2)

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim. Having your heart broken is one of the most difficult experiences you’ll ever go through. It doesn’t just occur when you go through a break-up. It happens when you wake up and feel like the whole world doesn’t understand or care about you. It happens when you get betrayed by someone you trust. It…

Ordinarily Extraordinary – Tahirah Mohamed

In this life, we are to be tested. Allah teaches us to be resilient through calamities. We are being tested because Allah wants us to be better Muslims than before. When afflicted with calamity, we say the istirja’ ‘innalillahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun.’ It means, ‘Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we…