• My Abode of Peace

    Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but never our hearts. (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr)

  • Solace

    When nothing can comfort you, His words can. His words always will.

  • Some days, the view looks scary. Trust Him. He is the Best of Planners.

  • Showers of blessing.

    Clouds come floating in to my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky. (Tagore)

  • Hop and Jump

    For in every adult there dwells the child that was, and in every child there lies the adult that will be.(John Connolly)

Tweet Tweet !

Aug 26, 2013
Tweets about Umrah- 2013.

Tiny souls

Aug 22, 2013
My heart is feeling numb.

Since last week, I am having a heavy-hearted feeling. Egypt. Syria. Egypt. Syria.

Then yesterday, early morning, I read of the chemical attacks in Syria. My twitter TL is running, literally running with all the updates, videos and pictures. I do not have the strength to see most of them...but eventually I did see three of them.

A girl child is so traumatized after the attacks and all she is screaming is, "I am alive, I am alive". The pallor of her face and skin doesn't go unnoticed.

A baby boy is convulsing due to the inhalation of the gas and is in his final few moments. In all this, he shows his right index finger up. Usually this is taken as an indication of the Shahadah.

A medico who treated the cases explaining in detail of the casualities he has seen ..and finally sobbing in tears with the prayers, " May Allah accept it from them ".

I am in tears and in pain. Hence I write this.

Why doesn't the international media talk against the tyrants? Why are we letting so many innocents die? Would I and you be asked on the Day of Judgement about the innocent people being killed, that we didn't do anything in our power and strength to prevent it ?

I pacify myself, the atrocities committed by the tyrants will never go unnoticed by Allah. On the Day when there will be no shade, HE shall question them for every action of theirs and shall inflict them with the punishment they deserve.

O little children, I pray you are safe under His Arsh, peaceful and happy.
 I pray you are in a place where in no grief shall touch you, where no words of contempt will be ever spoken against you.
 I pray you will be the reason for your parents to enter Jannah and that you are given the right to intercede on their behalf and be Shafee'an Mujaba' (accepted intercessor)

Will you accept if we say we are really sorry , we couldn't protect you enough in this dunya?

I leave you with this documentary - Tiny Souls

Aug 15, 2013
I was in grade 5 or 6 and we were in India for holidays. While passing through Calicut we came across the Government Dental College building and my dad just randomly remarked, "You might study there! "

Me : " Dentist !? I will NEVER be a dentist. "

7 years later, I joined dentistry.

7 years hence, I love and enjoy my chosen field of profession.

Dad's know of your potential way before you find it out yourself ! ❤ 

(May Allah give our parents the best in this world and the best in the hereafter Akhira - Ameen )

To share or not to share... !?

Aug 13, 2013

When we get a promotion at our job/get engaged/ pass a difficult exam with flying colours, the first thing that most of us do is turn to cyber-world to update on Facebook or tweet about it. Well, here is a small advice from Sheikh Omar Suleiman (Day 23 of his Ramadan Resolution series) regarding our constant urge to update publicly about our private lives, usually for validation through "likes" and "retweets".

Day 23- (Before You Share)

You know that feeling when something amazing happens to you and you cant wait to share it with the world? Learn to wait. Here’s why:

1. When any good news came to the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) or if a calamity had been averted, he would immediately fall in prostration (sajdatul shukr) and thank Allah for it. This is a beautiful sunnah that should be practiced all the time and not just for major occasions like graduations, new homes, etc.

2. Take a few moments to really deeply say al hamdulila from the depths of your heart. That will be a form of maintaining that blessing as Allah will see your sincere gratitude.

3. Some of the scholars say that one of the reasons Allah
did not allow Zakariyya (alayhis salam) to speak for 3 days except for words of praise was to bestow a greater appreciation of the blessing upon him. Al Baghawi (ra) said that is because sometimes when you speak about your blessings to others immediately, you lose yourself in your excitement.
So from now on when something good happens to you, hold off on the phone call, text, email, or status. Say takbeer, go into prostration, say subhana rabbi al a’ala the way you do in your prostration in prayer, AND add a personal note of dua and thanks to Allah from the depths of your heart before you rise.

Gems from the Qur'an.

Aug 12, 2013
The following excerpt is from an article posted by Imam Khalid Latif on HuffingtonPost. I found it hugely inspiring and hence sharing it here.
Various verses from the Holy Qur'an which talks of good conduct and character. (Not an exhaustive and complete list)
1. Respect and honor all human beings irrespective of their religion, color, race, sex, language, status, property, birth, profession/job and so on. [17/70]
2. Talk straight, to the point, without any ambiguity or deception. [33/70]
3. Choose the best words to speak, and say them in the best possible way. [17/53, 2/83]
4. Do not shout. Speak politely, keeping your voice low. [31/19]
5. Always speak the truth. Shun words that are deceitful and ostentatious. [22/30]
6. Do not confound truth with falsehood. [2/42]
7. Say with your mouth what is in your heart. [3/167]
8. Speak in a civilized manner, in a language that is recognized by the society and is commonly used. [4/5]
9. When you voice an opinion, be just, even if it is against a relative. [6/152]
10. Do not be a bragger or boaster. [31/18]
11. Do not talk or do anything vain [23/3, 28/55]
12. Do not participate in anything paltry or contemptible. If you pass near such a futile play, then pass by with dignity [25/72]
13. Do not verge upon any immodesty or lewdness whether surreptitious or overt. [6/151].
14. If unintentionally any misconduct occurs by you, then correct yourself expeditiously. [3/134].
15. Do not be contemptuous or arrogant with people. [31/18]
16. Do not walk haughtily or with conceit. [17/37, 31/18]
17. Be moderate in thy pace. [31/19]
18. Walk with humility and sedateness. [25/63]
19. Keep your gazes lowered devoid of any lecherous leers and salacious stares. [24/30-31, 40/19].
20. If you do not have complete knowledge about anything, better keep your mouth closed. You might think that speaking about something without full knowledge is a trivial matter. But it might have grave consequences. [24/15-16]
21. When you hear something malicious about someone, keep a favorable view about him/her until you attain full knowledge about the matter. Consider others innocent until they are proven guilty with solid and truthful evidence. [24/12-13]
22. Ascertain the truth of any news, lest you harm someone in ignorance and afterwards repent of what you did. [49/6]
23. Do not follow blindly any information of which you have no direct knowledge. (Using your faculties of perception and reasoning) you must verify it for yourself. In the Court of your Lord, you will be held accountable for your hearing, sight, and the faculty of reasoning. [17/36].
24. Never think that you have reached the final stage of knowledge and nobody knows more than yourself. Remember! Above everyone endowed with knowledge is another endowed with more knowledge [12/76]. Even the Prophet [p.b.u.h] was asked to keep praying, "O My sustainer! Advance me in knowledge." [20:114]
25. The believers are but a single Brotherhood. Live like members of one family, brothers and sisters unto one another. [49/10].
26. Do not make a mockery of others or ridicule others. [49/11]
27. Do not defame others. [49/11]
28. Do not insult others by nicknames. [49/11]
29. Avoid suspicion and guesswork. Suspicion and guesswork might deplete your communal energy. [49/12]
30. Spy not upon one another. [49/12]
31. Do not backbite one another. [49/12]
32. When you meet each other, offer good wishes and blessings for safety. One who conveys to you a message of safety and security, or offers a courteous greeting to you, meet it with a greeting still more courteous, or (at least) of equal courtesy. [4/86]
33. When you enter your own home or the home of somebody else, compliment the inhabitants. [24/61]
34. Do not enter houses other than your own until you have sought permission; and then greet the inhabitants and wish them a life of blessing, purity and joy. [24/27]
35. Treat kindly:
-Your parents
-The orphans
-And those who have been left alone in society [4/36]
36. Take care of:
-The needy
-The disabled
-Those whose hard earned income is insufficient to meet their needs
-And those whose businesses have stalled
-And those who have lost their jobs. [4/36]
37. Treat kindly:
-Your related neighbors, and unrelated neighbors.
-Companions by your side in public gatherings, or public transportation. [4/36]
38. Be generous to the needy wayfarer, the homeless son of the street, and the one who reaches you in a destitute condition. [4/36]
39. Be nice to people who work under your care. [4/36]
40. Do not count what you have given to others, nor afflict them with reminders of your generosity. [2/262].
41. Do not expect a return for your good behavior, not even thanks. [76/9]
42. Cooperate with one another in good deeds and do not cooperate with others in evil and bad matters. [5/2]
43. Do not try to impress people on account of self-proclaimed virtues. [53/32]
44. You should enjoin right conduct on others but mend your own ways first. Actions speak louder than words. You must first practice good deeds yourself, then preach. [2/44]
45. Correct yourself and your families first [before trying to correct others]. [66/6]
46. Pardon gracefully anyone who commits a bad deed out of ignorance, and then repents and amends [6/54, 3/134]
47. Divert and sublimate your anger and potentially virulent emotions to creative energy, and become a source of tranquillity and comfort to people. [3/134]
48. Call people to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful exhortation. Reason with them most decently. [16/125]
49. Leave to themselves those who do not give any importance to the Divine code and have adopted and consider it as mere play and amusement [6/70]
50. Sit not in the company of those who ridicule Divine Law unless they engage in some other conversation. [4/140]
51. Do not be jealous of those who are blessed. [4/54]
52. In your collective life, make room for others. [58/11]
53. When invited to dine, go at the appointed time. Do not arrive too early to wait for the preparation of meal or linger after eating to engage in bootless babble. Such things may cause inconvenience to the host. [33/53]
54. Eat and drink [what is lawful] in moderation. [7/31].
55. Do not squander your wealth senselessly. [17/26]
56. Fulfill your promises and commitments. [17/34]
57. Keep yourself clean. [9/108, 4/43, 5/6].
58. Dress in agreeable attire and adorn yourself with exquisite character from inside out. [7/26]
59. Seek your provision only by fair endeavor. [29/17, 2/188]
60. Do not devour the wealth and property of others unjustly, nor bribe the officials or the judges to deprive others of their possessions. [2/188]