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
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)
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?
On Tuesday morning, I felt a gripping discomfort in my chest during my morning team meeting. Almost immediately my mind recognized it as a familiar foe from the past – anxiety. A feeling of irritation mixed with panic set in as anxiety tenaciously slithered into my presentation, affecting my tone and delivery style. In the instance, I remember my colleagues’ confused yet curious and non-judgmental faces staring back in kind wonderment. Thankfully, I was able to tame it sufficiently to complete… Read More Caring for the Inner Child – A Brief Introspection
The Shaikh starts by reminding us of one of Allah’s attributes, Al Wadud, or The Loving. Allah ﷻ loves His creations, though He has no need of them. This attribute can only belong to the Creator as any other creation loves due to a need for another. One of the cornerstones of our religion is to devote our time and efforts to earn the good pleasure or love of our Creator. The Shaikh expands upon several ways we can achieve this.… Read More How to Get Allah to Love You
The Salah is one of the basic pillars of Islam, and one that separates a believer from a disbeliever. The khateeb starts by narrating the story of a man who was asked by the Prophet ﷺ to pray again, though he had just prayed.… Read More Reminder to Not be Hasty in Salah