I recall Hamza Ji as an elderly man of Gujurati descent. He was dark-complexioned, short and slightly plump as elders do sometimes become. His prominent feature was a beautiful white beard, some hand-span long, which matched the similarly-colored kufi on his head. On our flight to Medina, he sat a couple of seats behind me;… Read More When the Crane Fell – A Reflection on Personal Piety and Helping Others
I love crossword puzzles. The labyrinth of letters keeps me company— a distraction, a small reprieve from the throes of life. But I’ve only ever completed a few. I become bored or frustrated, and I crave a fresh page full of empty squares. I’m too proud to flip to the back of my booklet. As in most situations, I’d rather find my own answers. Why should I cheat myself out of the thrill?
You hated my crosswords— said I should spend time with you instead. But now I’m in “the zone,” and I push your pouting face out of memory.… Read More The Last Word (A Short Story)
What is Khashiyah and Why is it Important?… Read More Internalizing “Khashiyah”
The research of Albert Meharbian is often misinterpreted. It is often believed that his work is the result of the following saying, “What you say is more important than how you say it”1. However, what you say is as important than how you say it since it is often the combination of two that determines our attitude. And because our attitude in life correlates with our level of gratefulness, what we say and do ultimately determines how grateful we are.… Read More 3,750+ words on Gratitude, Attitude, and Language (in-depth look)
Today, I saw a video on Facebook which really got thinking (not intentionally). It was about a very old couple with 8 children (Ma Shaa Allah) who found themselves in a refugees’ camp in Syria, alone. They had been separated with their children with the war, each fleeing wherever they could. They were crying about being old, sick and alone, mentioning how they would have never thought about such a thing to happen and wishing they were dead.… Read More What Is Sent Our Way – A Brief Reflection on Gratitude
On a gorgeous Summer afternoon, with no clouds in sight, Samantha returned from work, opened the garage door to her house and found her husband hanging from the ceiling.
Kareem had killed himself.… Read More 13 Reasons Why Kareem Killed Himself (Trigger warning)
Pareto’s principle, also known as the rule of 80/20, states that 80 percent of our consequences come from 20 percent of our causes.1 That is, a good portion of our consequences comes from a small chunk of all the effort we put in. This principle is often-quoted by entrepreneurs and top performers. And we now find many successful Muslim leaders and entrepreneurs are applying this principle in their lives.… Read More Pareto or the Prophet’s Principle? Making the Most Out of Our Ramadhan
Two years ago my father’s health deteriorated rapidly. After being hospitalized for a brain stroke, he was informed that he required multiple surgeries to address his failing kidneys and the blockages of blood vessels near his heart.… Read More Breaking Biryani – How I am Awakening the Healthy Giant
We often go through life complaining of a lack of motivation, a lack of purpose. We may listen to a lecture or attend halaqa occasionally, which only motivate us for a short period of time. We set short term goals that are materialistic in nature and if we do manage to reach them, they do not provide us with the kind of satisfaction we expect. This is because often times our efforts are geared towards… Read More Do You have the Right Motivation?
Recently, I was asked:
While living as a minority in a predominately Christian country, can we consume the meat served at local restaurants by reciting Bismillah over the food?
There are several factors that come into play for meat to be considered halal. However, there are two major factors that are not met in this scenario.… Read More Can We Meat at Bismillah?