Book stack buntyounus

We Are Closed Alhamdulillah

​Assalaam alaykum, Bismillah, It has been months since we published anything, hasn’t it? Why is that? Well, we are officially closing the magazine alhamdulillah. When I stopped publishing articles mid way through the ‘Difficult Discussions’ issue in the spring, I didn’t realise it was the end. So I didn’t say anything about it to you.…

Fire pic for Bad Dreams chapt ex Hafsa Waseela

Bad Dreams

“Goodnight Mama!” I sang. “Goodnight Wardah. Please don’t forget to read Ayat-ul Kursi before going to sleep,” Mum replied while still walking. She sounded uptight, like she was on alert. “Okay Mum,” I said. But she had walked past. I called after her. “Jazakallah khair for reminding me!” I’d had a tiring day at school.…

Elizabeth

Islamic Honeymoon

I discovered the truth on honeymoon, Of the extent to which I’d been misled, How I’d absorbed vast torrents of their lies, Via photos and the phrases they’d said.     At night I was scared to see my lover Close-up with all his colouring faded, I felt frightened, and then I got angry. How…

diamonds-385958_640

Of Stones And Diamonds . . .

In the dark, on the rough trails stones paring through, prying my flesh … life gave me these gifts with no bandages or ribbons. Tired at some point, as I rested, on a huge rock and looked down the path I’d traversed; there lay painted tips bright red, glistening stones reflecting the sun; the very…

curtain-13823_640

The Veil

Once the veil of your eyes has been removed that shielded curtain no longer looms   just remember one thing know for sure Allah bestowed upon this sinner For me to adore   The eyes will begin to witness the beauty with blessings from Allah and His decree   these sinning eyes will start to…

heart-526683_640

Submit Your Heart

There was a place when you had everything but still emptiness hounded you somehow. There was a time when you loved everything but it wasn’t the same anymore.   You got up every morning looking forward to the day but when you went to bed at night only disappointment there lay.   You thought you…

Sisterhood

Sisterhood

Sisterhood to me is a bond that we can’t always see.   It’s like when we love our sisters for Allah’s sake making sure, we are holding up our faith, knowing our salvation, is at stake.   It’s reaching out to our sisters when in-need connecting and doing a gracious deed. But sometimes, it’s just…

blue-259458_640

Remember When

I remember when I believed in dreams When the milky waves meant a lot to me When I learnt to make wishes like a fairy; eyes closed And open my eyes to see my dreams come true I remember when life was of cream and peaches   I remember all my dreams of running far…

tulip-123795_640

Ya Ummi

(Dedicated to my mother Mrs. Mariam Nagaria who we lost on 12 June 2014)   Beauty and grace personified Embodiment of tolerance, Through my Ummi I saw lovely patience, I thought she was full of elegance!   Diabetes and Breast Cancer, Angina and Blood Pressure, Yet bravely she fought, Against all odds!   Arthritis in her back,…

Sandcastles and Snowmen COVER

Sandcastles and Snowmen

I find it interesting when I hear people refer negatively to interested Auntie figures in the Muslim community because I wanted and craved a religiously concerned Aunt when I was a teenager. Someone who would take the time to care about how I was managing with the various issues related to practising faith in the…

She Wore Red Trainers COVER

She Wore Red Trainers

Prior to reading Naima B Robert’s latest young adult fiction She Wore Red Trainers I hadn’t really read much Islamic fiction. But the mere fact that it was a Muslim romance story – the preview of which I had earlier read – increased my thirst to savour the sweetness of its magical lines till the…

writers and artists yearbook 2015 COVER

Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook

Learn how to navigate your pathway as a writer with the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook. Allah gifts each of us with talents and skills, creative flow, and inspiration. However, it is our responsibility to ground these potentials and cut paths with our beginnings in the physical world. Is it enough to hold a gift, or…

South Asian Culture and Islam cover

South Asian Culture and Islam

Uzma Hussain tackles the difficulties of truly practising Islam in contemporary South Asian culture by guiding her readers on a joyful discovery of Allah-given rights from a woman’s perspective. Through looking at the figure of the South Asian Muslim woman and her relationships, namely as a daughter-in-law, as a wife and as a mother, author Uzma…

Normal Calm cover

Normal Calm

I stared at the title for a few minutes. Normal Calm. The title stirred all sorts of different questions in my mind. What could the story be about? What surprise is in there for me? I didn’t have a paperback copy to read the outline, so I shrugged my shoulders and cuddled myself in my bed.…

Dr Dogan Five pillars FRONT COVER

Five Pillars of Islam

A ‘MUST HAVE’ book for every Muslim family library! Dr Recep Dogan has done an excellent job in taking the fundamental pillars of Islam and breaking them down into one concise and easy to read book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend it to ALL Muslims and especially new Muslims because…

20141206_104531

Interview with Brooke Alam, Creative Etsy Shopkeeper

Masha’Allah you are an Etsy shopkeeper. Please tell us about your shop. My shop name is inspireDeen.  It’s a play on words, similar to ‘inspiring’, but inspireDeen – to inspire ‘faith’. My name is Brooke Alam. I made inspireDeen as a place for me to display and sell my works of art. At this time…

19

Interview with Hafsa Khizer, Creative Etsy Shopkeeper

Masha’Allah you are an Etsy shopkeeper. Please tell us about your shop. It’s called The Reminder Series. I paint contemporary styled large calligraphy art with ‘reminders’ on them, and small canvases on easels that are perfect as gifts. Among hand designed carefully crafted candles, boxes, vases, and other items, I also make witty greeting cards…

HafsaCreates Card

Interview with Hafsa Taher, Creative Etsy Shopkeeper

Masha’Allah you are an Etsy shopkeeper. Please tell us about your shop. HafsaCreates is an online store where you can find my handmade cards and gifts. Etsy is a global marketplace, so I’m blessed to work with buyers from Australia to Canada.   Why did you start your crafting with card and what or who…

YMM Dec 2014 rose

A Quiet Christmas

Assalaam ‘alaykum/Peace be with you, We have scheduled our mini issue for Christmas especially for all you young Muslimahs who are spending a quiet day with family and with your own personal reflections masha’Allah. Perhaps you will pick up a pen and explore your thoughts through writing. Perhaps you will read the writing of others…

YMM Dec 2014 rose

Well, You Just Can’t Please Everyone

Today’s post is a reflection post. I’m sure you’ll be able to relate to it. It comes after, well, a lot of reflection…. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, it’s like we all have to go through this in our life. Once, twice, thrice … until we get the message, learn…

YMM Dec 2014 rose

Prayer

Every day dawns with Your Name, as the sun rises up with Your praise on my lips. Every night finds my knees and head on the ground, as You are the First and Last on my mind. In the stillness of my heart. I speak to You. And I know You hear me. You answer…

YMM Dec 2014 rose

Daddy I Can’t Wait To See You

You were the one that protected me no matter what, You would never even think of leaving me to rot. Whereas all these people don’t think twice, They all pretence about being nice!!!! Everyone is here, not like you were though, It’s on and off, more like a show. I wish you were here with…

YMM Dec 2014 rose

I Can’t Breathe

I Can’t Breathe Do you see me? . . . I ask because I’m dying Can you hear me? . . . Right before your eyes Who am I to you? . . . Often times by your hand What am I to you? . . . And you don’t appear to care I am…

YMM Dec 2014 rose

The Birth of a Baby

A Muslim song about Jesus/’Eesa AS to the tune of Away in a Manger: The birth of a baby is special and dear; Some celebrate birthdays with joy every year, But one favoured boy had a miracle birth – A mercy and sign to all people on earth. He is the Messiah, upon him be…