Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Book Review- Love & Happiness by Yasmin Mogahed



It always amazes me that so much meaning can be conveyed in the fewest of words. Sometimes we don’t need pages of words, because the right words can be so powerful. This was highlighted for me when I read Yasmin Mogahed’s latest book “Love & Happiness”.

In this book she shares some of her reflections about love, pain, loss and connection. The words are short and to the point, but laden with meaning to the extent that it left me in tears. It is said that books “speak to you” and this one has done just that. The words resonated with me and struck a chord.

Everyone goes through some sort of loss and difficulty in life and it’s not always easy to remain patient or to look at the bright side, but this book embraces the human emotions that people usually find so difficult to discuss. It not only embraces these emotions but celebrates it as being innately human. Thereafter it goes on to tell you that you have the ability to survive. “This too shall pass”, these words are reiterated in the book, reminding us that nothing is ever permanent and there is so much to look forward to. It encourages us to keep loving, despite the loss and it reminds us of real happiness, the type of happiness that comes with experience and maturity.

I loved everything about this book, the meaningful words, the beautiful images, the reminders and the deep self-reflection, but what I loved the most was the insistence on a sense of balance. We are reminded not to become consumed by any state we are in, whether that state is happiness or sadness. This reminder helps the reader to reflect on the true reality of this transient life and it guides towards the real happiness, the real love, the ever permanent bond between creation and our Creator. The way in which this is done is so natural and so profound. There are no judgements or harsh words, there are simply words of experience, of deep emotion, words that comfort the reader and allows us to accept our humanness.

The cover has been perfectly chosen to represent what the book is. A ray of hope, the sun shining through a forest of darkness and illuminating everything, making things clear and shedding light on the beauty that may have been forgotten or overlooked.

This book would make a great gift for anyone, but would be especially beneficial for those suffering loss or grief. I would definitely love to gift this book to a few people myself. The words are portrayed so perfectly in this book that nothing more needs to be uttered.

To read more about this book and author go here:






Saturday, May 6, 2017

Would Islam Affect My Cultures?


Here is the latest video from overcome.tv. Hope you all enjoy it:-)

Isa, originally from Colombia, was impressed by the knowledge of God that young Muslims had. And he liked how Islam encouraged questions, whilst his previous faith discouraged them. But could he make the changes Islam asked of him? And would Islam be compatible with his British / Colombian culture?



Saturday, April 15, 2017

An inspiring Guest Post


I hope you all enjoy reading this post. I have found it very beneficial and hopeful, reminding me of the mercy of Allah. Thank you to Maham Rizwan for kindly volunteering to share her words with us:

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Verily In the Remembrance of ALLAH Do Hearts Find Contentment!



As we all are aware of the fact that Allah is the maker of everything, He is the greatest of all.
He has provided his people such a large number of valuable endowments throughout the life even we cannot thank Allah enough. Consequently, Allah simply needs recognition of His God-like. An ideal method for recognition of Almighty Allah is to supplicate each day five times.
Allah is aware of every single thing; he knows what you have inside your heart.
He has provided us humans with the all required senses, hearing, the capability to tune in, to see and talk, there are numerous different favors of Allah encompassed us.
 People are much occupied in their lives that they think it is difficult to set aside time for recognition of Almighty.

Following verses is a proof that the hearts find rest in the remembrance of their Lord Only:

My Lord! Forgive and have mercy, for You are the Best of those who show mercy! (23:118)
The greatest blessing from Allah is the Holy Quran. It comes with so much knowledge and is known as a complete code of life. This verse clearly shows that He is the only one that we must look forward in order to have mercy, He knows it all, and He will make a way out for all of us. With His mercy, our hearts can find the required rest and only with His mercy; everything will get right.

[There is nothing like unto Him, and He is the All-Hearer; the All-Seer] (19: 65)
This verse is proof that Allah is with you wherever you go. Allah Almighty knows about the needs of all of us, and He favors us with acknowledgment of our all our wishes. When anyone of you calls Him, he hears it all, and the time He is summoned He replies to it all.
So you must pray to Allah as it is clearly stated that contentment comes to those who bow down to Him. People, who frequently ask forgiveness from their Lord, will get the actual contentment.
Allah has stated that He loves his people more than seventy mothers can do, there is no one else who could love you more. And He is the one that we need, and He is the one who is the caretaker of all.

So Allah gave them the reward of this world and the excellent reward of the Hereafter (3: 148)
The more you remember Allah, the calmer you are. When you talk about Allah, you can instantly feel the calmness and indeed, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find peace.
Allah is the only one that we must have, you can lose everything for Allah, and you will still have everything that you need. Allah is the most merciful and the most kind and He will guide you the way and will ignite the paths of success.

 These verses will fix your life and mend your heart. Bow down to Allah as soon as possible; there are many ways you can make your relationship stronger with Allah. Stay safe!

About the Author:
Maham Rizwan is a writer and copywriter who has worked with New York Times bestselling authors and personal development organizations such as Productive Muslim and Mindvalley. She regularly blogs at http://quranacademy.io/

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Could I Pray Without Knowledge of Arabic?



Islam made perfect sense to Omar from the UK. But he was concerned about praying in Arabic and was worried that his family would think he was rejecting them.



Monday, February 20, 2017

A hippie embracing Islam?



Living in the mountains of Ireland without electricity or running water, Abdalhamid had thought religion was done for. That was until he discovered Islam. Watch on to see how God guided him and helped him overcome… 



Sunday, January 29, 2017

When despite the negativity, a person can still find Islam...



The latest video from overcome.tv can be watched now:

As a boy Iskander had questions about existence as he would sit gazing at the stars above him. He knew little about Islam and Muslims until a class taught by an Egyptian pastor. But would the pastor’s negative opinion of Islam deter Iskander from Islam? Watch on to see how God guided him and helped him overcome… 


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Would Islam be too difficult to practice?


The latest video on overcome.tv has been posted. 

Having become confused about her faith, Mansurah put God on hold. Years later, her boyfriend became interested in Islam and so did Mansurah. But she worried whether Islam would be too difficult to practice.Watch on to see how God guided her and helped her overcome… 


It honestly is so inspiring to get a glimpse into the journey of other people's lives. I hope that you too find something of worth in these stories. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

What about the bad actions of Muslims and what does that have to do with Islam?


Here's the latest video from overcome.tv

By the age of 15, Khadija started questioning Christianity and decided to join a Bible study group to find answers. Unable to, she later met Muslims and her interest in Islam began. But she wondered about the bad Muslims she came across. Watch on to see how God guided her and helped her overcome… 





Friday, January 13, 2017

Productivity and the year ahead



We are already half way through the first month of 2017 and the year is beginning to feel not so new anymore. Before we know it we will be half way through the year and then the end of year will be upon us in a flash. The question I am asking myself is how productive will this year be for me?

The Friday lecture rendered beautifully by a Moulana when I attended the Masjid 2 weeks ago focused on being productive. He spoke enthusiastically about how the life of a Muslim should be about progression. We should be making active attempts to be productive, in our societies as well as in our personal lives. He mentioned how important it is to be striving to better ourselves on all levels, social, physical, psychological and spiritual.

The lecture was lovely. The Moulana mentioned some Hadeeth (sayings or teachings of the Prophet Muhammad Peace be Upon Him) something to the effect that a Muslim should be of benefit to others and also that we shouldn’t get caught up in self-pity and sadness. Instead we should accept what we cant change and be happy with what we have and we should be the best we can in all areas. He spoke about how our lives should not be static. We should never get caught up in a state where we have not progressed at all. If we are the same as we were last year then there is something wrong, he said. Because what sort of life is a life without growth.

I was inspired by this. It wasn’t the first time that I heard such talks, but sometimes at the right time something resonates with you. Or perhaps this particular Moulana was more motivational. My sister has also been on a quest towards productivity ever since we heard this lecture.

I have never believed in New Year’s resolutions, simply because I have always believed in continuous change and ongoing resolutions. Sometimes I fall short and find myself stuck in certain areas (I still haven’t managed to get as physically fit as I need to). Other times Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah) I manage to achieve what I set out to do.

I believe that we should be passionate and motivated in all that we do, this way we are more likely to end up doing a good job at things. Clearly the teachings of Islam is in sync with this. So I have a lot that I want to improve this year Insha Allah (If Allah wills). I do not have a list of resolutions but I have a path towards becoming more productive, and this path is filled with various tasks.  I hope that at the end of this year I can say that I have achieved all that I wished, and maybe even more. I wonder about all of you. I would love to hear you tell me that you too have managed to accomplish everything that you have wished.

Let us work hard to make the best of each day, after all, we do not know how many days we have left.


Wishing you all a prosperous and productive year ahead! 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

When becoming Muslim gets you a visit from the police…

The latest video has been released on overcome.tv 

This is very interesting, I love learning from the journey's of other people.

Here is the link for the video.