#Fightwithlight Campaign

Before December 31st, check out SeekersHub Global’s #FightWithLight campaign.

SeekersHub is doing an incredible job providing free access and support to seekers of knowledge worldwide. I work for their Answers service, an incredibly  relevant and critical interface between real life problems and authentic scholarship.

Your donations help to keep this service, and many others, going. Make this your small, consistent good deed. Donate today!

حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الْعَزِيزِ بْنُ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ، حَدَّثَنَا سُلَيْمَانُ، عَنْ مُوسَى بْنِ عُقْبَةَ، عَنْ أَبِي سَلَمَةَ بْنِ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ، عَنْ عَائِشَةَ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ “‏ سَدِّدُوا وَقَارِبُوا، وَاعْلَمُوا أَنْ لَنْ يُدْخِلَ أَحَدَكُمْ عَمَلُهُ الْجَنَّةَ، وَأَنَّ أَحَبَّ الأَعْمَالِ أَدْوَمُهَا إِلَى اللَّهِ، وَإِنْ قَلَّ ‏

Narrated `Aisha: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “Do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately and know that your deeds will not make you enter Paradise, and that the most beloved deed to Allah is the most regular and constant even if it were little.”[Bukhari]

 

Muslims in Science Fiction? Yes! @Islamscifi

I grew up on Star Wars, Star Trek, read Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit….science fiction and fantasy were my favourite escape pods. I loved these genres as a child, and I still do. But did I ever come across sci-fi/fantasy characters who were Muslim too? Nope. Not until Alif The Unseen, by the brilliant G. Willow Wilson. She’s also the writer behind Kamala Khan, a Pakistani American Marvel comic superhero. Ah, representation matters.

Muslims in science fiction. It’s a growing thing. Click here for the super exciting ISLAMICATE SCIENCE FICTION SHORT STORY COMPETITION! Spread the word!

 

 

Surprise!

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Source image: Tamara Redfern

It’s been months since I’ve last updated!

I’d like to share some exciting news – on the morning of 25/06/2015, I gave birth to my baby girl, Taskeen Yusra 🙂 She has very strong lungs lol.

Unbelievably, my daughter (I have a daughter!) is already almost a month old. She has single-handedly catapulted my husband and me into a trajectory of adoration and sleeplessness. The broken nights are tough, but it is slowly getting easier. Smelling her new baby smell and gazing into her big eyes always helps 🙂

I am so, so grateful for the help of my family. Even the most basic things like stepping out to use the bathroom is challenging

In the midst of the chaos of breastfeeding, diaper changes, burping and all the necessities of motherhood…I desperately miss writing. To all literary mamas out there, how do you manage to juggle writing with a newborn?

PS: I’m a protective mama bear, so I’m not going to post pics of my daughter online….come by and visit us!

5 Ways to Show Kindness to a Child

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L.R. Knost Quote About Raising Children Photo Credit: Pinterest

One of my favorite times of the day is dinner time.  It has nothing to do with the food, especially when I am the cook, and it has everything to do with my usual dining companions-my two daughters.  Even during the most hectic of times, sitting down together at the kitchen table for dinner is more than a tradition, it is sacred family time that I fiercely protect.  The reason I guard it so closely is that it is during these times that we share the occurrences of our respective days, dream aloud, laugh hysterically, and just enjoy being in one another’s presence, and I refuse to let anything interfere with that if at all possible.

Some evenings, we cover a variety of topics, and I find myself inspired by something that is shared among the three of us.  Tonight, the subject of what makes someone a…

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Lessons learnt from Baby No 1

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The Modest Bride

Warning: this post is a long one.

I am currently 36 weeks pregnant, and am stuck between the anticipation of meeting my new baby (baby no 2), getting labour over and done with, or just trying to enjoy having only one child in the world and some time to myself.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMe (18 weeks pregnant) with my little girl

Having less than four weeks left to go makes me reminisce about the birth of my first daughter, two and a half years ago. As with anyone’s first baby, it was a tough one. Not only was the labour long and traumatising, but the recovery after the birth was, to be honest, unexpectedly difficult. When you’re pregnant with your first you seem to focus only on getting through the labour, because you’ve heard horror stories about the pain your whole life. No one bothered to mention how excruciatingly painful breastfeeding could be, or how physically…

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My spoken word performance this Saturday!

pmToleranceHaulWebBannerGreat news! I’ll be performing “Ode To My Beloved” this Saturday, at Peace Meal’s event Modern Society and The Tolerance of Muhammad (upon him be blessings and peace). Thank you, Peace Meal, for the invitation. Please keep me in your prayers.

I’m thrilled by the lineup –  scholars, poets and storytellers – and it goes to show how multifaceted love can be. Some express it through stories, some, through poetry, and others, through speaking about the Divine. Come and witness these expressions of love for the Beloved (upon him be blessings and peace), and bring your friends and family 🙂

(Note: I’ll write up some thoughts on my Singapore book launch shortly!)