Muhammed and I had the good fortune to attend two inspiring talks at Houghton West Street Masjid. The speakers were Ahmed Kathrada (former inmate at Robben Island Prison for 26 years and close friend of Nelson Mandela) and Adam Habib (Vice Chancellor of Wits University). Both remarkable men expressed that the most important element of Mandela’s legacy was his sense of humanity; we must in turn become assets to other humans. Our society must embrace philanthropy and humanitarian work. Live for more than ourselves, live for the greater good. InshaAllah Aameen. If we look for the goodness in humanity, we will find it almost everywhere. It may be more commonplace than the bad. We tend to take more notice of all that is bad, not because it overwhelms the good, but perhaps because we have been desensitized to relishing small kindnesses and enjoying the happiness of others.
SubhanAllah, I have just returned from a 10th wedding anniversary celebratory holiday. My other three-quarter (it feels that way because he has not yet returned; no he didn’t jump ship and marriage haha, he had to remain overseas for work) took me on a whirlwind tour of New York City.
We have both visited Gotham individually previously, after which he was smitten with the metropolis. I was impressed, but felt more compelled to visit destinations as yet unexplored by the two of us. I fell for NYC this vacation because of the magical time we experienced there. We cycled and jogged in an autumnal Central Park, Ice-Skated hand-in-hand in a rink between the skyscrapers, explored museums of natural history and art, shared cart-food, walked a public park suspended above the city streets which in its former life was a freight railway line…
We shared amazing adventures, but the best part was the sharing; with my best friend by my side, every experience was elevated to enchanting. I am so grateful to Allah for this alone time with my soul mate. It reinforced that Allah created me from my husband, in order to have tranquility and contentment , and He placed in our hearts love and care for each other. We have been given this life as a test, but Allah has mercifully granted us spouses and families to cushion our existence.
I am passionate about travel, but this holiday my horizons were truly broadened as I reflected on one of my greatest journeys; marriage as a means of coming closer to my Creator.
Lately I started becoming lazy about my Salaat; getting into bed at 8PM and setting my alarm for 3.30AM so i could read Esha, followed by Fajr a little later, praying Zuhr just before Asr time set in. A podcast by Yasmin Mogahed jolted me out of this laissez faire approach to prayers. She emphasized Salaat is a gift; one so precious that Allah created the journey of Meraj to bestow this gift to Nabi SAW and his Ummah. While other revelations had been passed to Nabi SAW via Jibraeel the angel, when Salaat was entrusted to our Rasul SAW , he was the exclusive audience of Allah, which even Jibraeel could not be part of. This made me appreciate the level of importance attributed to it; I need to refocus my attitude to Salaat. My life needs to revolve around it and I can no longer slot it into random spaces of time as I have been doing. As I begin to rectify my Salaat, it has become my sanctuary- performing it centers me and reminds me of my purpose. Salaat has become my sacred space, Alhamdulillah.
Alhamdulillah, when I took my morning run today, I knew I would be able to start blogging again. Having been ill for 2 out of the last 3 months, my daily run became a snail-like climb up the asphalt. I pressed pause on my blogging and anything that was not an urgent priority. SubhanAllah when I ran today, it was at my strongest pace yet, and I knew that Allah had returned me to full health again. Apparent loss is real gain; it took these couple of months to defeat my myth of infallibility. I always felt I was in control of my life, but when my health deteriorated, the epiphany that EVERYTHING is truly in ALLAH’S control became a glaring and glorious reality.
Please keep me in your duas friends, and I look forward to updating this blog biweekly again inshaAllah.
Asalamualaykum Friends! I apologise for the lack of posts; I have been ill over the past few weeks. Best not to scare people by posting hospital-friendly hijab styles 😉 The good news is that I have a positive response for those of you who have been requesting Hijab tutorials. My beautiful friend Tasneem Valley will be offering a tutorial. Here are the details:
Tasneem Valley, professional beautician, make-up artist, Hijab stylist and fashionista will be conducting a Hijab styling workshop near Houghton:
Date: 28th September 2013
Venue: inbox tasneem for details on firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: R300.00 (includes a take-home cd of tutorial)
Tasneem will share ways of tying the hijaab . Course will entail turban styling,different ways to use the infinity scarf/snood,hat and accessory styling with scarf, & hijab styling using an oblong scarf (dupatta).
Also a quick everyday makeup tutorial will be given.
For further details please contact Tasneem Valley: 083 859 7860
I’ll be at the workshop and I look forward to meeting you all and learning from a pro!
My friend Fatima Gani could restore hope for the goodness of humanity in the most cynical person. Fatima has a truly beautiful soul: a kind, loving and humble being. She shines. Allah has blessed me by gifting me companions who are examples of great character and akhlaaq.
The post-Ramadaan spiritual low has been haunting me. I try to escape its grasp by listening to inspiring sermons. My friend Safiyya suggested I start fasting Mondays and Thursdays to rejuvenate the Ramadaan religious fervor. InshaAllah I want to get my act together.