Entries by anisahagi

Day 9: Memorable Ramadan for Children

Asalaamu Alaiakum My son, having turned one two months ago, is now entering the stage where he is using hand gestures, speaking in baby talk (which I call bird language) and imitating those around him. One thing he is keen on imitating is Salah (the prayer). That makes sense since he has been witnessing his parents […]

Day 8: Characteristics of the Believers

Asalaamu Alaaikum Today’s reflection is a short essay by one of the Salaf (pious predecessors). We can use it as basically a checklist for all of the characteristics that we as Muslims should aspire to develop. May Allaah count us from the righteous, ameen. Yahya ibn Mu’adh rahimahullah gathered the characteristics of the believers in […]

Day 7: Self-Evaluation Questions [Week 1]

Asalaamu Alaaikum Can you believe it? A whole week has passed! We’ve reached the first Jumuah in Ramadan, well technically the second since Ramadan began on a Friday evening. How do you feel? How is Ramadan so far? I will dedicate today’s reflection to a few self-evaluation questions that we can answer privately, within ourselves. May […]

Day 6: Remain Steadfast Despite Society

Asalaamu Alaaikum Society is constantly changing in terms of values, morals, social norms and standards. Our Islaam however, should be able to wither every societal storm. I see a trend these days of Muslims bending the rules and engaging in things which they would have never come near 2, 5, 10 years ago. I understand […]

Day 5: Give it your all!

Asalaamu Alaaikum I came upon this beautiful reminder from Sister Maryam Amir and wanted to include it in this reflection series. I’m touched by it even more as this Ramadan is particularly challenging for me in many ways. May Allaah reward the Sister for reminding us despite the various difficulties we are facing, we need […]

Day 4: Alhamdulilah For…

Assalaamu Alaiakum There are many things we say Alhamdulilah for. Most of the time it’s for positive reasons or joyous occasions. For example, getting into the school of our choice, marrying a righteous person, getting a promotion or the birth of a child. Alhamdulilah for everything. However, there are even more things which are seemingly […]

Day 3: So, where are you going?

Asalaamu Alaaikum Though the Qur’an is a miracle and every ayah within it is powerful, there are certain ayahs which make one stop dead in their tracks. One of those verses for me is in Surah Takwir, ayah  26. Allaah asks, ‘Fa ayna tadh haboon” – So, where are you going?” Whenever I come across […]

Day 2: Admonitions from the Salaf

Asalaamu Alaaikum Today’s post is a collection of wise sayings from our pious predecessors (the Salaf). In addition to reflecting on Qur’anic verses and ahadith, I find myself going back to their stories, narrations and sayings to help soften my heart and give me perspective. I hope you find them them beneficial: “Be a good […]

Day 1: Deep Clean Your Deen!

Asalaamu Alaaikum and Ramadan Mubarak to all, This Ramadan I’ll be sharing short reflections that consist of personal stories / experiences, ahadith, ayaat, poems and more. I’ll kick start this series with an analogy. Do you ever get overwhelmed by cleaning your home or office? Does it ever feel like it’s an impossible task so […]

10 Life Lessons 10 People Taught Me [Part I]

  Hooyo: My mother taught me so many valuable life lessons that it would take volumes of books to write about them. The lesson that stands out is to sacrifice for the ones you love as she sacrificed throughout her live for her family, immediate and extended, as well as her friends. She sacrificed sleep, […]