A Holistic Approach to Health

“Mirror, mirror on the wall? Who’s the fairest of them all?” “You’d be, if you’d used fair & lovely!” Oh dear, oh dear!  Let’s try that again. Look at the mirror, smile and say: “O Allah, just as you have made my external features beautiful, make my character beautiful as well” Subhanallah! That is confirming […]

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Women’s or Men’s Paradise?

Here we are, after the month of the blessed month of Ramadan. We ask Allah to accept our fasting, prayer and our good deeds. I ask Allah that this month had softened our hearts and increased us in faith and spirituality. By Allah’s mercy and blessings we need to keep that going for after Ramadan, […]

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Open Up To The Possibilities

I remember I was once asked by a psychotherapist, ‘why was I so excited and looking forward to Ramadan?’. A month of no-eating! I thought, hmm … how do I answer such a question? Do I go into the features and ruling of fasting in Islam? What clever, intellectual explanation do I give? Then  I […]

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I want to be invisible

I felt her anguish, pain and confusion. I couldn’t tell her off for uttering those words. Neither could I bring myself to present her with those old images that attempt to exemplify the status of women in Islam. As a Muslim woman she felt that she was under the spotlight, all the time. Whatever she […]

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Struggles of a Volunteer Teacher

I was passing by her classroom and heard her telling the students off. Like really telling them off for not revising, for not doing their homework. Telling them off for not appreciating the value of their religion and faith. For not having that pride that would make one strive and put in the effort. I […]

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Preparing for Departure

We were sat at her place and she was telling me about a woman she knew whose husband had passed away. The issue wasn’t the ‘widow’ status. The issue was that this woman knew nothing about her husband’s business affairs. Absolutely nothing. Not long after the death of the husband, it happened that his uncle […]

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