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5 Wise Wisdoms from an Elderly I Respect

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Quick Guide to Masjid Customs

I remember the first few times I reentered the masjid after years of avoiding it. I was literally lost in all sense of the word – from finding the way to the wudhu’ area and the prayer hall, to being flat-out confused as to why everyone prayed two rakaats for...

How to Enjoy your Dining Experience at the Restaurant of Life

Welcome and thank you for dining at our restaurant — the Restaurant of Life. Every man, from the first to the last, have gone and will go through these doors and have a meal with us, but many have and will leave the restaurant unfulfilled and unhappy. But not you....

How to avoid the mistake of harmful sharing

I used to share every single interesting thing I come across on social media. Any content that made me laugh, caused tears to stream down my face, or even those which left me fuming with anger, were all shared,  just because I could.  At first, I didn’t think...

What do you choose to see?

Since enrolling into the university’s news team, I noticed a peculiar thing happening to me. It started innocently enough; an action born out of necessity even. As I walked through the hallways on campus, my head began to automatically turn to face the notice...

How to be an Early Riser

Years ago, my morning routine would involve getting up for Fajr prayers on the third siren sounded by my mum, stumbling out of bed and tripping over fallen blankets, and walking like a zombie to the toilet. Then I’d do my prayers while still being half asleep...

Good Morning!

At the peak of my busy period last semester, I would often be found juggling a mountain of assignments and tests, along with my 1,001 writing activities for my newsletter, website, journal, and other publications (on top of producing my live radio show, Tracklist for...

Grandpa & Grandma

Grandpa stood next to my brothers, relaying instructions on how to assemble the fan back together. With one hand he pointed at pieces of metal lying on the table, and with the other, he hung on tightly to his walking aid. Barely minutes later, he let out a wheeze, and...

Becoming Gordon Ramsay

Sometime last semester, my friends and I came across a video of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and we voted to watch it while eating our lunch. We loved the episode so much — it made for cheap entertainment — that we decided to go through all the other...

Your resolutions will fail. Here’s how you can save them.

Every year on the last day of December, I take out a piece of paper (or create a new entry on my blog) and list down all my resolutions. My resolutions differed throughout the years, but one thing that binds them together is this: usually, none of them stuck. Why...

Do I shape the Media, or does the Media shape me?

“Why is the quality of media content today declining?” I asked, genuinely and urgently wanting to know. The man representing the broadcast industry in Malaysia scrunched his forehead, his lips pursed as thoughts ran through his head. Several seconds passed. The hall...

10 Lessons I’ve Learned In 2013

I love new beginnings. Waking up on Mondays, getting a brand new notebook, trying out a new app. I love the idea of crumpling up an unsuccessful attempt at something, throwing it in the bin, and just having another chance to try again with all the wisdom gained only...

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf at the RIS Retreat

(Taken from Zaytuna College’s Facebook account) Commentary: We should really stop and look at the nature of the self. We are on a journey to Allah. As we move in life, we are moving to the end of the journey, the meeting with Allah Almighty. The end is coming...

The Best Cure for Darkness: Light

According to Bukhari and Muslim: The Prophet ﷺ said that Allah has angels roaming the roads to find the gatherings of dhikr. When they find a group of people reciting dhikr, they call each other and encompass them in layers reaching up to the first heaven. Allah asks...

Revise Better: 10 Remedies for Exam Day Anxiety

The Revise Better Series: Being host of the Tracklist for the Dean’s List show on IIUM.FM for the past semester has taught me a couple of things about what makes certain students excel. Since it’s Revision Week once again for IIUM students, in this series I will share...

Revise Better: 5 Creative Ways to Memorize

The Revise Better Series: Being host of the Tracklist for the Dean’s List show on IIUM.FM for the past semester has taught me a couple of things about what makes certain students excel. Since it’s Revision Week once again for IIUM students, in this series I will share...

Revise Better: 5 Steps to Create A-grade Notes

The Revise Better Series: Being host of the Tracklist for the Dean’s List show on IIUM.FM for the past semester has taught me a couple of things about what makes certain students excel. Since it’s Revision Week once again for IIUM students, in this series I will share...

99% Intentions and Attitudes, 1% Hard Work

Why hard work is not the key to success. (Originally written for my campus paper) If there is one lesson I intend to ingrain in my mind from my many interviews with Dean’s list students, successful entrepreneurs, and communication industry experts, it is that working...

How changing just one thing in your life can change everything

Nothing in life happens by chance. Everything that happens to you, every single incident, every single moment, every single word or look someone gives to you, it all happens for one single purpose – to remind you of Allah SWT. And in the reminders are lessons...