Thoughts & Reflections

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A Lesson One Year On

The Malay lady threw a sideway glance at the crowd of Indian women sitting to her right. Her eyebrows furrowed, and her mouth screwed up in distaste. Sitting next to her, I could feel her tension and her mounting anger. I dug myself deeper into the book I had in hand....

Meeting a friend of Allah

As soon as Habib Umar got off the van, the cameras started following him. We stood up - it was coincidentally the part of Mawlid DhiyaAllami where we were supposed to - and awaited his arrival. He entered the masjid, setting off a flurry of cameras and movement,...

Assumed Constraints

"Have you ever looked at a circus elephant anchored to the ground? If you have, you might notice that the elephant has a metal collar around its leg to which it is attached a small chain. And the chain is attached to a wooden peg driven into the ground. Pretty good...

Disconnect and Reconnect

It has been a while since I last spent time with myself, doing something that I liked, alone. Before returning to Islam, I used to frequent watching theatres and plays, attend concerts, or listen to poetry recitals. When I changed, I changed. Everything became haraam....

How We Unknowingly Turn Down Blessings

I was constantly annoyed at an unknown someone living on the same floor as I am throughout the whole semester. A short background: I currently stay in a hostel on campus. Each hostel block has two wings, and on each floor of a wing are five rooms. These rooms house...

The Most Difficult Maths Equation Ever

I am terrible at Maths. Terrible to the point that when I was taking my GSCE O Levels, my teacher singled me out, sat with me and said, “I’m sorry but I think you need to drop your A Maths so that you can just concentrate on your E Maths. You’re failing at both!” I...

Journey to Allah

Life is like being on a solo journey aboard a ship, with the final destination being Allah Swt. Like it or not, you were born aboard the vessel, and your journey has begun the moment you came into this world. Your soul is the captain of the ship. The ship is your...

No Looking Back

I found out my ex got engaged. First I got pissed, then I got hurt and upset, and then I started crying a little (maaaaybe a lot). Not because I still had feelings for him, not because I was thinking of all the things that could be, but because Allah SWT answered my...

Being Alive

This letter was sent to those who subscribed to my weekly letters a couple of days ago. My current stand is to not upload these letters on my main site to make it more personal, but alhamdulillah this current letter resonated with a number of subscribers who...

Protected: How I Do Research and Write My Literature Reviews

Alhamdulillah, after getting the Best Research Paper in the inaugural Communications Department Showcase of my university, several students have asked me to share how I do my literature review. In this article, I cover (almost) my entire process from A-Z. Before we...

Change your Environment, Change your Self

One of the many questions sent my way (even from Malaysians) when word gets out that I am a Singaporean studying Communications in Malaysia is, "Why did you choose to study in Malaysia? Isn't the education system better in Singapore?" The truth is that my choice to...

Limitless Mercy

The little girl ran into the open courtyard. Water trickled down her face as she raised her hands and looked curiously into the sky. Slowly, accompanied by the hundreds of voices longing for the Prophet Muhammad SAW, the girl began to twirl in the soft drizzle. One...

How Tracking My Time Helped Me Understand Who I Am

For the past two days, I have been on an experiment where I keep track of every single activity I do using an iPhone app. I wanted to really see how I was using my 24 hours, and honestly, the results were pretty disheartening. The experiment was initiated by three...

Online Learning: Removing Barriers to Knowledge

One of the things I get asked often by friends and readers is how to seek knowledge, be it secular or Islamic, when life is hectic, there is no time to travel to different locations, our schedule is erratic, the costs are too high, and how all of these accumulate to...

My Truth or His Truth?

I bet just looking at the image above made you flinch in your seat. You are neither the boxer nor the one getting boxed. You do not know what has happened prior to the image, nor what happens after. You have absolutely no knowledge if the image is a captured reality,...

Celebrate Mercy

Writer's Note: CelebrateMercy is a non-profit organization that aims to instill a deeper understanding of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) by teaching about his life and character. It also aims to respond to misinformation about him in a way that...

Alhamdulillah

Segala puji bagi yang Maha Esa, Tanpa secebis ego yang dinamakan 'saya', Dalam suka, dalam duka, dalam tangis dan tawa, dalam lapangnya langit dan dalam sempitnya dada. Alhamdulillah. Bagi setiap kebaikan yang dianugerahNya, setiap ketidaksempurnaan yang dibutakan...

Prayers of Hope

Writer's Note: This is not a paid article (hurhur). Since my return to Singapore a month ago, I have participated in three of Safinah's events - a camp for Madrasah students, an iftar session, and just two days ago, a Peace Retreat at an idyllic, serene mosque tucked...

Living With A Dumb Smartphone

Since embarking on a quest to dumb-ify my iPhone approximately two months ago (ie. no games or social media, turning off mail notifications), I realize three positive things happening in my life. Firstly (and most amazingly), I no longer feel attached to my phone. In...

Share this! (or not)

Last Ramadhan, I uploaded a Photoshop doodle of some lessons I learnt during a class conducted by Safinah. It took me less than thirty minutes, and I did not think much of it before I clicked 'publish'. I simply wanted to share. A year later, that one image has been...