Lives of the Prophets: Adam (as) and his Sons

Salaam everyone!

Apologies for the delay in getting around to posting the next set of notes from the series—I usually listen to my podcasts while I embroider or do housework, so for this one I actually have to sit down and take the notes, which I find it harder to get in my schedule!

At any rate, today’s notes are from the next set of episodes of the Qalam Institute’s podcast on the lives of the prophets, all about the two sons of Adam (as), Cain and Abel. The Arabic pronunciation of their names is Qabeel and Habeel, though I find myself getting quite mixed up when I use those, so for this post I will be sticking with the English versions.

It will be a shorter one than the last, because the two episodes dealing with their story were much shorter, but in shaa Allah you will learn something new and take some benefit from it; I know I did alhamdulillah! Continue reading “Lives of the Prophets: Adam (as) and his Sons”

For the Sisters: Staying Connected When you can’t Pray or Fast

Salaam alaikum y’all!

So, we are coming up on Ramadan fast. Like, quite fast. As of posting we only have a month and some days left. For some of us that is pretty exciting, but for some of us (new reverts, first time fasters anyone?) that can be pretty daunting.

I remember my very first Ramadan, being on such a spiritual high, a productive kick at work, I seemed to be seeing everything through pink, sparkly glasses. But then, a week and a half or so in, disaster struck: the dreaded menstrual cycle.

(Men who are reading this can feel free to duck out at this point if this isn’t a topic that you care to know much about…it’s only going to get worse from here!)

Up until this month, I had been pretty lazy where my period was concerned, but this was different. It was Ramadan, and I didn’t want to lose my momentum in such a sacred month. As a new Muslimah, however, I was a bit confused as to what I could and could not do during this week.

I asked around some of my friends, and actually managed to come up with a plan that kept me spiritually connected and productive during the eight days that I couldn’t fast with everyone else, and today, I want to share some of those things that I did. In shaa Allah you can implement these things in your own life not only during the month of Ramadan, but all year round in order to keep yourself spiritually “plugged in” even when you can’t perform ritual prayer or fasting. Continue reading “For the Sisters: Staying Connected When you can’t Pray or Fast”

Love for the sake of Allah: The Beauty of Sisterhood

Ok, before you even read this post, you have to go read this love letter from a Muslimah, and this post on the sisterhood of Islam.

“Allah will ask on Day of Judgement: “Where are those who loved each other for the sake of My glory? Today, on a day when there is no shade but Mine, I will shade them with My shade.”

Hadith Qudsi narrated in Muslim

This whole “love for the sake of Allah” thing was not something I really understood or experienced, up until very, very recently. Now that I do know how beautiful it is, however, I am a little obsessed with how much I love my fellow Muslimahs and our community, just for the fact that we are supposed to love each other as sisters in religion. Which is why, when I read those two posts above, I couldn’t get them out of my head. Especially that love letter, made me smile all day long!

The whole notion of sisterhood and community was one of the things that actually really attracted me to Islam, once I started studying a little more in-depth. I think it was The Ideal Muslimah that really clued me in to what a beautiful community the Muslims must have, always treating each other so kindly, giving gifts just for the joy of it, lending a helping hand to any sister in need. Upon citing these things to my house-mate, who was not much of a fan of the transition I was going through, as reasons that I was seriously considering Islam, she promptly told me that I should just join a book club or a knitting group, and I could find community that way; I didn’t have to make such a drastic change.  Continue reading “Love for the sake of Allah: The Beauty of Sisterhood”

Some Famous Reverts

Salaam alaikum y’all.

Today I want to talk about some of the most famous reverts out there.

And no, I’m not talking about celebrity reverts to Islam. Although, can we talk about that for a second? Why does everyone lose their mind every time a celebrity even looks like they are coming near Islam? I mean, alhamdulillah for anyone who is guided to the truth. Me, you, the old man down the street, Shania Twain….What I’m getting at is it should all be the same. Shania Twain shouldn’t be any more important than me when it comes to celebrating someone embracing Islam. Don’t get me wrong, I think it is super important for celebrities who do come to Islam to then use their immense influence to spread truth and goodness, but I don’t really think that we need celebrity converts to validate our religion. Continue reading “Some Famous Reverts”

Hadith of the Month: April

The Prophet (saws) describes one of the people of hell-fire as “women who are clothed yet naked, walking with an enticing gait, with something on their heads that looks like the humps of camels.”

Narrated in Muslim

So, for today’s Hijab Friday I am combining it with the Hadith of the Month, because I totally forgot to write a separate post for this month’s hadith, and I wasn’t sure what to write about today…

So I picked up this one. Most of us know it, most of us use it to condemn sisters that have bumps in their hijabs. And let’s be honest, most of us have tried it at least once: the “camel hump hijab.”

Today, though, I wanted to write about some of the various interpretations that there are of this hadith, not all of which necessarily have to do with making a hump on the top of your head.  Continue reading “Hadith of the Month: April”

The Night Prayer

Allah refers to people of paradise in the Qur’an 51:17-18 as those who, “They used to sleep but little of the night, and ere the dawning of each day would seek forgiveness…”

Praying an extra couple of rakat in the wee hours before fajr is something we have all heard of the benefit of, and it is something that I have been trying to get into the habit of pretty much forever. Maybe not that long, but it sure feels like it.

In case some of my newer readers haven’t actually heard of the night prayer, some of its benefits include being a time when duas are readily answered, gaining closeness to Allah swt, being forgiven your sins, and being counted among “the few” mentioned in the Qur’an as those who forsake their sleep to worship while the rest of the world slumbers away.

“It is upon you to perform the night prayer, because it was the practice of the righteous people before you. It is a means of obtaining closeness to Allah the Exalted, it erases sins, it prevents wrongdoings, and it drives away the sickness from the body.” Narrated in Ahmad and Tirmidhi Continue reading “The Night Prayer”

Social Media and Islam

Salaam all.

Today’s post is something that I have been wanting to write about, but have been putting off for a ridiculously long time. The reason is, it is something that I really don’t want to sound preachy about, but I feel like it will end up coming across that way.

I have been wanting to write about this topic though, because I think it is one of those things that is under-discussed in our communities. Either the internet and all social media is “haraam,” or it is a free, do-whatever-you-want zone, where you can say and post anything that you like. Naturally, I fall somewhere more in the middle of the spectrum.

I think social media can indeed be a useful tool for sharing knowledge, sisterhood, resources and creating meaningful friendships. I also think there needs to be a bit more of a discussion on what the actual etiquettes of social media are, that a Muslim should be keeping in mind when logging on. Continue reading “Social Media and Islam”

Lives of the Prophets: Adam (as)

Salaam everyone!

So, today will be the first in my series of notes that I take from the Qalam Institute podcast on the lives of the prophets, all about Adam (as). The first thing I realised while listening to this podcast, was how interesting it is for me, coming from a Christian background, to hear the stories of the prophets that I am familiar with re-told through an Islamic perspective. And I have to say, a lot of the things that never made sense to me back then, are much clearer through the Qur’anic lens!

Secondly, I just want to note that since there was so much material (it took four episodes just to do the story of Adam (as)!), I am only going to share the best bits that I thought were really interesting or beneficial, and I am assuming you know the general gist of the story. If you want the full details and in-depth analysis, I highly recommend you go check out the podcast for yourself!

So, here goes! Continue reading “Lives of the Prophets: Adam (as)”

No Room for Superstition in Islam

Salaam!

A sister in one of my Whatsapp groups just sent a photo to us with the caption “SubhanAllah, someone actually did sihr [black magic] to this sister’s baby.” It was a picture of an old photo of a baby, with the face scratched out in red, safety pins stuck through it, a padlock clamped onto one side, and a bunch of writing in Arabic scribbled all over it.

To her, and to many Muslims living in America or Europe, this isn’t something they encounter everyday, and can be quite shocking. I myself didn’t even understand the relevant of all of the different hadith on superstition, black magic, and issues with jinn until I came to stay in the Muslim world a bit.

If you walk down to the beach, not even ten minutes from my house, you will find plenty of rocky, cliff kinds of areas. They are great for sitting and fishing, or just enjoying the view, but the things you find there can be startling. Photos just like the ones of the baby: women, babies, couples, men, all with faces scratched out and writing scribbled all over. Safety pins, padlocks, rips and tears, hair, blood, candles, even a dead chicken are all things I have seen hiding in the rocks. Continue reading “No Room for Superstition in Islam”

Notes: Lives of the Prophets

Salaam everyone!

I am super excited to be kicking off a new series, where I will be sharing my notes from the Qalam Institute podcast “Lives of the Prophets.

You may remember a ages ago I wrote a post about my five favourite things to listen to, and one of them is the seerah podcast from Qalam. Every time I listen to it I want to write about the things I am learning, but I have been listening to it for so long I always think, well it makes no sense to start writing out my notes halfway through-I’m already in the sixth year after hijrah!

Plus the lessons can be very dense and information heavy.

So when I just recently started listening to the new series on the lives of the prophets, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to take some notes and share some gems of knowledge with y’all.

I have already gotten through the first two or three episodes about the fundamental things like why Allah swt sends prophets in the first place, characteristics of prophets, and so on. So, in shaa Allah, I plan to start taking some notes and sharing them here with you when I start in on the next couple of episodes: lessons from the live of Adam (as).

I hope you will enjoy my notes as much as I love taking them, can’t wait to dive right in!

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