Here The Journey Began

Have you not found in yourself amidst a delightful day a feeling of missing something? Something that you have lost on the way. And a sudden urgency of need to search for it? How? When? No, you know well it was not a result of your last heartbreak, nor the misunderstanding between you and your…

A Complaint

It is only when I try and fail that I remember how feeble a creature I am. How weak, how useless and utterly dependent on You even for a sorrowful sigh to pass my lips. A sigh which lays heavy on the heart and no word could do justice to it. A sigh, a gloomy…

Unfit for Love

I have always been a diary-person. Always. From the time I learnt to write broken meaningless sentences, I owned a diary. It was not uncommon for an introvert like me who was deprived of friendship and security to find a friend in my own words and a comfort in my accounts of the day repeated…

The Test of Repentance

I can’t give Mufti Ismail Menk enough credit for this wonderful lecture that I was privileged to get my hands (ears) on. The lecture was about the fake sweetness attached to sins which turns into regrets once the sin has been committed. Interesting, isn’t it? But there was something more so that caught my special…

Proudly Lost

If you don’t humble yourself before Allah, He has the means to humble you down before Him. And you can never be too cool for Islam. You can only be too ignorant of it to have that thought. There is a huge, huge chunk of muslim youngsters going in that line. And it saddens me…

III.(E) On the Valley of Obstacles

THE FEAR OF GOD (TAQWA) If It is said, describe the reality of piety and taqwa so that we will know what to do,” know that piety and fear of God is a precious treasure, if you posses it, you will find in it noble substance, generous sustenance, great treasure, and abundant wealth. Contemplate on the…

III. (D) On the Valley of Obstacles

FOURTH OBSTACLE: THE CARNAL SOUL It is you duty, O you who seek to worship, to beware of the carnal soul and its inclination toward evil. Out is the most formidable and destructive of all your enemies. Outs harms and afflictions are the most devastating and its treatment is the most difficult of all. There…

A Friend in Qur’an

Something had been bothering me that day. The engagements were many. Anyone familiar with the north-Indian culture would relate to it when I say that marriage is a big business here. It is the marriages of some distant cousin that is enjoyed and celebrated as your own. And such a like-your-own  wedding fell onto my…

The Prayer of the Patient

  And (remember) Job, when He cried to his Lord, “Truly distress has seized me, but Thou art the Most Merciful of those that are merciful.” So We listened to him: We removed the distress that was on him, and We restored his people to him, and doubled their number,- as a Grace from Ourselves,…

Letters

Letters are special. And in these days, when sending a message to anyone around the world is just some clicks away, letters become even more special. People think they are dull, behind the times and sluggish. Every time I have mentioned my desire to receive letters and have friends whom I could write to, many…

Pressed upon the heart

I wish I could speak my heart at times. And accept what it holds. I wish I could lay down and count my flaws. I wish I had taken steps. Acted upon the wish of the heart and would have seen myself differently in these years. I wish my life could have more of a…

Abu Hurayrah’s (R.A.) Cat

Who does not know Abu Huraryrah (R.A.), to whom a great number of hadith are attributed. But do you know that Abu Huraryrah was not his real name? Abu Hurayrah meant “Father of the Kitten” and he was so called because he used to love cats and took care of them. Apparently, he carried his…