Like the years before and the years to come, this year had been a balance of dusks and dawns. I remember closing the chapter on 2018 with a rumination on taking risks, daring to embrace spontaneity and trusting God to execute the best plan for me. This proved to be a lesson I continue to … Continue reading A Year of Seizing Opportunities & Stepping Out of Comfort Zones
I embrace my culture, my Malayness, my tongue, as much as I embrace my love for the English language. I think I speak considerably good English and love reading books not because my parents are well to do and we come from an upper middle class background (because we don’t). My dad aint a sailor, … Continue reading On Love for Language
I am sitting by the window at a quiet-zone carriage, whooshed in a metal cabin from Copenhagen to Stockholm, making my return to this beautiful city after a fascinating weekend at the vibrant Danish capital. As I'm typing this post, I'm reflecting on my eventful Scandinavian summer thus far. We have only a few days left … Continue reading A Thought: Does Absolute Freedom Exist?
I have been struggling to write about this for a long while now. Perhaps because for a long time I wasn’t ready to share my honest thoughts. Lately though, after bouts of contemplation as Ramadan rolls around, I figured I should share my rumination on this experience with hopes of reaching out to anyone facing … Continue reading This is How We Broke Up
The word Ramadan comes from the word ramad, which means 'extreme, burning heat'. This year as we enter the month of Ramadan, a month of extreme heat and difficulty, I see it aptly manifest in both ways - metaphorically, where we burn our sins through our fast and race towards good deeds, and literally, at my workplace, where … Continue reading Coolness in the Heat
These tears never seem to dry when reading the stories of the victims in the Christchurch shooting. But what's so profoundly moving for me are the stories behind the young ones like Mucaad Ibrahim, an aspiring imam and Sayyad Milne, an aspiring footballer. It was heartbreaking to learn that Mucaad was only three years old and … Continue reading The Young Ones
Just a week ago, I was invited to share some ways on how to strengthen our connection with Allah SWT. I was humbled and honoured to be given this platform to share what little I know. To be honest, when I first agreed I’d thought it was going to be a very small-scale sharing where … Continue reading Strengthening The Connection with God
Recently, I have been listening to Abdel Rahman Murphy's Heartwork halaqah based on Surah Maryam on Qalam Podcast. I love how he makes the weekly discussions light-hearted and so relevant to our context today. I was struck by the reflection of ayat 23-26 in the Qur'an. In ayah 23 in Surah Maryam, she (as) in an utterly human … Continue reading Self-Care Lesson #01: Eat, Drink, & Be Content
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As I was cleaning up my photos, reminiscing the final day of my post-graduate studies at NIE just a year ago, a thought struck me: Never underestimate the power of a good intention. My friends and I commemorated our official last day of lessons in the school by giving the female musollah a good scrub and … Continue reading A Good Intention