Don’t Focus on the Noise

My Yoruba people have a saying that “you focus on your reason for being in the market, you don’t look at the market noise”

Simply put, recognise your priorities and ignore distractions.

How does this apply to us as Muslims?

We are a nation with a specific purpose on earth – to worship Allah (ta’ala). But we are also a nation who has abandoned that purpose in favour of the distractions of this world.

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Be Like Khadijah, Be Like Muhammad 

Quite too often, Muslim men and women love to play this game of putting the responsibility of acting right on the other gender. Especially when it comes to issues related to hayaa and marriage.

Men say that our generation of women need to be more like Khadijah (ra), the Prophet (‎ﷺ)’s beloved wife. As history tells us, she was humble, submissive, respectful and with absolutely every trait desirable in a woman.

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Lessons from Ramadan

I am sure that there is hardly any believer who doesn’t feel sad at the fact that the month of Ramadan has come to an end. The month where the Muslim Ummah comes close to our factory setting, worshipping Allah (ta’ala) as much as possible and rushing to do every good deed we can lay our hands on.

It really was good to see Muslims be at their absolute best for the last 29 days. But as we bask in the euphoria of Eid, I can’t help but reflect on Ramadan and what lessons I have personally learned from it.

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If You Were Born a Muslim…

I’ve always been a Muslim. I was born into a generation of Muslims, and it has always been the first label that I identify myself with.

Everything that has to do with Islam has become second nature to me, and people like me. Fasting, praying salah, using the hijab, saying the salaam, etc. This is everyday living for us.

But there is one danger with being born Muslim, and it is complacency. When you are so set in a way that you do not improve. You are comfortable with your level of faith and you hardly see the importance of seeking knowledge or improving your eeman.

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Ihsaan (احسان)

Before Ramadan began, I had one goal for Ramadan and everything that I did for Ramadan and beyond was going to be a by-product of my goal.
The goal is ihsaan (احسان)- a level of faith that the English language can only describe as excellence or perfection.

Ihsaan is the state where your inner belief corresponds with your outward actions. It is worshipping Allah (swt) as though you can see Him. It’s a state where you fulfill your social responsibilities out of sincere religious convictions.

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