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…

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…