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…

Adventures of a KAUST Spouse: My First Flight to Saudi

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim. About a week ago, I embarked on my first flight alone. To me, this is MAJOR. You see, I’ve never travelled by myself before. My previous trips have been with my family or friends for holidays. There was always someone to take care of me. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that…

Chasing Acceptance

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim. In 2008, I started university. After spending more than 10 years of my life in various school uniforms, I was suddenly allowed to wear whatever I wanted. Suddenly, I had the freedom to plan my outfits every day, from deciding which accessories matched to choosing how to do my hair. It was a completely…

Why We Shouldn’t Be Too Sad That Ramadhan Is Ending

Bismillahirahmanirrahim. When I was 8 years old, I had really awful childhood asthma. I not only couldn’t breathe properly, I also had a persistent dry cough that lasted for months. As a result, I was banned from Physical Education. I know that the teachers were just concerned about my well-being but I felt really left…

Where to Volunteer, Donate and Learn in Ramadhan 2015 (Singapore)

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim. Alhamdulillah, Allah has allowed us to meet the blessed month of Ramadhan again. Abu Hurayrah reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said: Every action a son of Adam does shall be multiplied—a good action by ten times its value, up to 700 times. Allah says: With the exception…

Dear Heartbroken One

Bismillahirahmanirrahim. Let’s just put it out there – I’m a hopeless romantic. When I was in kindergarten, an adorable boy told his mother that he wanted to marry me. From then on, I introduced him to everyone as my boyfriend. I love romantic movies so much that I’ve watched ‘A Walk to Remember’ more than…

The One on Public Speaking

Bismillahirahmanirrahim. A few weekends ago, I got a call from Akbar of Critical Xchange. He asked me if I could share this blog during the Young Southeast Asian Muslim Forum. The rational me knew that this would be a great avenue to meet Muslims from the region. But I was scared. You see, I have an…

Do you have Social Media Envy?

Bismillahirahmanirrahim. I don’t know about you but I can be very silly. Sometimes, I find myself comparing my life with others’. I ask questions like “Why does he have more talents than me? Why did she get that promotion and I didn’t? Why do they get to travel the world while I am stuck here? Why…

The One on Losing Lee Kuan Yew

Bismillahirahmanirrahim. On 23 March 2015, at 3.18am Singapore time, we lost our first Prime Minister. Having faced a few deaths in my life, I knew, way before the passing happened, that I would be affected by it. To me, it’s really difficult not feel the pinch when someone passes on. This happens to me  regardless…

The One on Da’wah

Bismillahirahmanirrahim. I’ve always been the mischievous one in the family. During family reunions, there is always some time spent laughing over my antics. When I was in kindergarten, I remember being ordered to face the wall for a whole lesson because I was being too disruptive. When Mama brought us to the playground at Pasir…