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Reality-Bites About Married LifeThere are several factors regarding the fiqh or Islamic jurisprudence of nikah that a newly married Muslim couple needs to bear in mind when they embark on their matrimonial journey.

The proposal process is often so exhausting that, once a suitable match is found, everyone’s focus immediately shifts on the cultural wedding festivities.

Clothes, guest lists, decorations for the banquets, and menu arrangements are harried over, with little or no attention paid to the tarbiyah and moral training of the soon-to-be-wed young Muslim, who is about to step into a totally unfamiliar domain.

Since these outer, more touted aspects of marriage tend to overshadow Islamic fiqh matters, Muslims overlook certain significant risk factors that come into play from ‘Day One’ of marriage, but which greatly affect the mutual husband-wife relationship, right from its threshold.

Once they are married, young people tend to continue their relationships with…

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Asalaamu alaikum!
I hope this post finds you in good health in shaa’Allah:-)

There’s something about September…

There’s something in the raw cool air. You can almost smell new beginnings, clean slates and fresh starts.  September, particularly from a student’s point of view is full of hope, ambition and endless possibilities. Marking the beginning of Autumn, September is filled with the hustle and bustle of children, ironically excited and eager to go back to school. The electric atmosphere just draws you in, with the positive energy inevitably rubbing off on you.

What a beautiful gift Allah subhanahu wa ta’la has blessed us with in the form of sight. Alhamdullillah. Without it, we would not be able to appreciate Autumn’s cool touch upon nature. As we head into my favourite season, the leaves upon the trees begin to perform an enchanting play; changing from warm flames of citrus, tangerines and apricots into passionate pomegranates and plums. Before we know it, they are crunching under our feet, warming the earth like a crisp autumn blanket with no signs of the fertile bed of green grass that once grew before. Even the leaves take time out in autumn to renew themselves and start afresh. Subhaan’Allah!

After bidding a sad farewell to the blessed month of Ramadan, we have another opportunity before us to renew our goals and aims in life. We can review old ones – reflecting on them and making necessary improvements, and set new ones, striving and exerting ourselves to achieve them. Me myself, I intend to in shaa’Allah improve on my productivity levels. Unfortunately, I feel I waste too much time being occupied with things other than ibadah, and there really isn’t an excuse for it. So I hope to eradicate this problem and spend my time in a more constructive manner in shaa’Allah by learning  things about my flawless deen, and implementing these into my daily life.

September is a special month for me personally, as it is the month I was born in. Every year, I get immensely excited about my birthday, as it brings about high expectations of presents, gifts, cakes and lots of celebrations- a day all about me! What could be better?

This year however, I find myself questioning the reasons behind why I celebrate, and what exactly am I celebrating? My family have never been big on birthdays themselves, yet make a fuss for my sake.

As a Muslim, I cannot help but think about death, as morbid as that may sound to some. Every time I think of my birthday, or someone mentions it to me, a voice in my head whispers “another year closer to death”. If you think about it, every second, every minute, every day and so on is that little bit closer to death. If I’m honest, I have always had such whispers in the back of my head, every year as an adult. However this year it seems to be a lot louder than previous years. I am still unclear as to why I even wish to celebrate such an event. Is it culture? Or selfishness? I’ll get back to you on that one!

As with anything, intention is key. If your intention is impure, an act of great goodness and reward can become a sin. Therefore let us make this September a productive one, setting goals to better ourselves as Muslims and humans with pure intentions to ultimately please The One and Only Magnificent Creator of ours- Allah subhanahu wa ta’la!

Let us make this the year, the month, the day we do something, for we may not see tomorrow…

And any time you’re lacking inspiration, just gaze outside your window and look around at this beautiful world Allah subhaanahu wa  ta’la has created for us! 😀

Asalaamu alaikum!

Asalaamu alaikum!

I hope this post finds you in good health in shaa’Allah:-)

I have decided today to finally grace the blogosphere with my presence. ;-)

I had to give in to my typing fingers.

I will be sharing my views on a range of both Islam-related, and more general issues in shaa’Allah, which I do hope you will find useful and enjoy reading.

I, myself, am on a journey to quench my thirst for Islamic knowledge and strive for continuous self-improvement to please the Almighty.

I’m going to keep it short and sweet, and leave you with the following; one of my favourite quotes of all time.

“It is better to sit alone than in company with the bad; and it is better still to sit with the good than alone. It is better to speak to a seeker of knowledge than to remain silent; but silence is better than idle words.” (Bukhari)