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Elizabeth

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 extremely I had been persuaded!

 

Zeroed in on my bridal adornments,

Oblivious to their dense, dark attack,

Distracted by a mist of wifely white,

My mind had slowly saturated black.

 

He’d altered, I saw, but didn’t worry,

I was grateful to see he had matured;

I thought we’d have a simple espousal,

Unaware my perception was obscured.

 

I know why I doubted my own husband,

Severed trust has allowed my mind to clear,

My heart’s helped me recognise my judgement,

I’d let papers imprint his beard with fear.

{So rely upon Allah; indeed, you are upon the clear truth.}

The Qur’an, Surah An-Naml (the ant) 27:79

Elizabeth Lymer is the Editor for Young Muslimah Magazine and the Co-Editor of The Muslimah Speaks, Her Voice, Her Spirit, Volume One, the poetry anthology in which this poem was published. Alhamdulillah Elizabeth hopes this poem will inspire Muslimahs to embrace the challenges they encounter during their first year of marriage to clarify and work through their personal issues and to support their spouse to develop also insha’Allah. She also hopes to inspire compassion for each other regarding the negative subconscious effect we can experience from reading newspapers and other media.

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Sandcastles and Snowmen COVER

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 face of all the complexities of my contemporary climate … including all of the unkind rhetorical questions people threw at me to knock me, a believer, down.

But I suppose not every Auntie is as ideal as the figment in my imagination because day to day we humans are all susceptible to swaying somewhat from ideal intentions when we reach out to try and guide others. And I remember from my teenage experience being very susceptible to emotional wounds from contentious topics that I felt were in any way entangled with my pulled, pushed, and confused emerging identity.

Sandcastles and Snowmen COVERSometimes a written guide is much more fitting, reliable, and helpful to begin processing issues from the macro level of society that impact us personally. Since we know a book has a beginning, middle, and end, its invitation to self-improve along a journey is more attractive than an invitation to talk to a community elder whose constancy in faith emits an illusion of inaccessible status quo. As a general rule community members do not uncover their sins and pitfalls, which is good practice, but it can mean we look at ourselves – in knowledge of our own shortcomings – and feel inadequate to approach someone or unable to open up.

In Sandcastles and Snowmen Sahar El-Nadi is open about her journey to rediscovering Islam. She discusses a long list of topics related to being Muslim and getting on with being so today.

For example, her topics include: The Culture of Instant Gratification; What Makes a Person a Practising Muslim?; Pigs, Dogs, Fashion and Sex; Diversity Vs. Conformity; Why Some Muslims Don’t Shake Hands; Define Gender Equality?; First Islamic Universities; Cultural Dilemma of New Muslims and Immigrants; and Art: A Tool for Conflict Resolution.

Saha El-Nadi is a public speaker and her easy-to-read spoken flow comes through in her writing – I felt I sensed her smiling to me in some passages.

With so many topics covered,  Sandcastles and Snowmen is the kind of book I like to dip into every now and again – much in the way I like to approach peers and elders every so often to learn and to process various issues. I still haven’t finished the whole book, but I think it will take me years insha’Allah, and you may have missed out on finding it this year if I waited until then to write my review. And I wouldn’t like to deny you anything that can help you stand up as a Muslimah and yourself.

Find-ability is my concern about the book. Although the title is fitting for the book, as it is explained in its introductory pages, the name of the book may be an obstacle to discovery by potential readers. Also the gendered snowmen irritates me a little.

So, based upon my experience of the book, and directly using text from page seventeen, I like to refer to the book as Let’s Shift Illusions and Talk Islam: Saha El-Nadi Shares Joys, Pains, and Discoveries Like the Auntie You Always Wanted. What fond title will you give to Sandcastles and Snowmen when you start reading it?

{Know that the life of this world is but amusement and diversion and adornment and boasting to one another and competition in increase of wealth and children  like the example of a rain whose [resulting] plant growth pleases the tillers; then it dries and you see it turned yellow; then it becomes [scattered] debris. And in the Hereafter is severe punishment and forgiveness from Allah and approval. And what is the worldly life except the enjoyment of delusion.}

The Qur’an, Surah Al-Hadeed (the iron) 57:20

Elizabeth Lymer is the Editor for Young Muslimah Magazine. Alhamdulillah she is in the habit of frequently making time for the processes of reading and writing, even if her visible achievements are few. You can find all of her writing sites via http://www.elizabethlymer.co.uk. She is on Twitter @elizabethlymer.

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South Asian Culture and Islam cover

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 Hussain examples scenarios and trends that are prevalent in South Asian culture today which deny Muslim women their Islamic rights. She contrasts these un-Islamic cultural trends with numerous references from the Qur’an and examples from the Sunnah to guide the reader to various options [means] to overcome oppressive traditions and replace them with correct Islamic conduct. For all Muslim readers, the book is packed with useful reminders of Islamic teachings, and warnings, against condoning or perpetrating oppression due to acting out of ignorance, neglect, or in deliberate conflict with the rights and responsibilities due to one another in Islam.

South Asian Culture and Islam coverRegarding how she hopes the book will be useful, Hussain said that, “Ideally I think it is better to read this book when first thinking about marriage. However, it can be read at any time during a person’s life as it covers many different issues including those where there is blurring between the lines such as the South Asian joint family culture, inheritance, mahr, and others. I think this book helps to clear up some of these confused areas.” Other important issues discussed in the book include our Islamic responsibilities to our parents and our spouse’s parents, the sunnah etiquettes of respecting and protecting each other’s privacy, and a woman’s rights to education and maintaining her own identity.

Since it discusses South Asian cultural problems and explores Islamic solutions, the book is, of course, particularly valuable to South Asian Muslim families. Unstopped, oppressive practices may continue to hurt and frustrate South Asian Muslim women, and women married into South Asian families, and therefore entire families, communities and societies. Reading Hussain’s book, I learned a lot about oppressive practices in South Asian culture.

I couldn’t put the book down. As I read, I was frustrated by the current realities Hussain lays bear, but I was also encouraged by the tactical solutions she offers. Thanks to Hussain’s references to the reliable sources of the Qur’an and sunnah, and her clear, contextual judgements of how we can choose to behave in relationships in accordance with Islam, I was overwhelmingly inspired to hope that Muslims who are currently allowing these oppressions to occur may be stimulated, equipped and guided to change their actions and attitudes.

Hussain identifies three main messages of the book:

• To understand your rights

• Speak up against oppression, if possible, as this will help to eliminate it, insha’Allah

• To love Islam

Unstopped, oppressive practices may continue to hurt and frustrate South Asian Muslim women, and women married into South Asian families, and therefore entire families, communities and societies.

The whole book is written in a matter-of-fact and easy-to-read manner, and its chapters can be read in any order. Those with little or no connection to South Asian culture may like to begin their reading with a chapter towards the end of the book, “The Value of Time.” Here, Hussain references many Qur’anic ayat and ahadith that encourage and remind us, as Muslims, to focus on journeying to the Day of Judgement with a sound heart. Masha’Allah, Hussain’s compassion and Muslim fellowship for women and all Muslims on this journey seems clear. Her earnestness, for me, is a trusty invitation to use her book to derive insights for effecting positive change in any and all cultures and circumstances.

As I read, I was frustrated by the current realities Hussain lays bare, but I was also encouraged by the tactical solutions she offers.

I often benefit from companionship on my problem-solving journeys, and through her book Hussain has become a good companion. Her solution-finding method is like the supportive problem-sharing conversations I like to engage in with friends, in which I feel I am party to counselling, learning and guidance, helping me to deal with my emotions, and in which I guard against backbiting and corruptions of the heart. Hussain focuses her attention on examples of oppression without judgement or condemnation of anyone. With compassion, she uses these examples of oppression to encourage readers to understand cultural problems. She finds contextual Islamic knowledge through research of the Qur’an and Hadith, and through guidance from scholars, in particular the editor, Sheikh Ismail Mahgoub. Finally, she reflects upon this knowledge to build informed insights as to how to facilitate and effect positive change for the sake of Allah.

The book is a much needed source of knowledge and inspiration for overcoming the oppression of South Asian women and a valuable guide to the sunnah of maintaining good relations for all Muslim women and men. Alhamdulillah, I have already benefited from engaging with Hussain’s quotations from Qur’anic ayah and hadith and her insightful suggestions of putting them into practice.

The book is available to buy at greenbirdbooks.com and amazon.co.uk.

South Asian Culture & Islam in Urdu translation is also available from Amazon UK.

{O you who have believed, it is not lawful for you to inherit women by compulsion. And do not make difficulties for them in order to take [back] part of what you gave them unless they commit a clear immorality. And live with them in kindness. For if you dislike them – perhaps you dislike a thing and Allah makes therein much good.}

The Qur’an, Surah An-Nisa’ (the women) 4:19

Elizabeth Lymer is the children’s author of Islamic Nursery Rhymes by Greenbird Books, and Religious Rhyme Time by Mindworks Publishing. She is Editor for Young Muslimah Magazine and is on Twitter @elizabethlymer. This review was first published in SISTERS MagazineMasha’Allah Uzma Hussain has donated copies of her book to writers for Young Muslimah Magazine. An interview with Uzma Hussain will be published by Young Muslimah Magazine soon insha’Allah.

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Dr Dogan Five pillars FRONT COVER

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.

Dr Dogan Five pillars FRONT COVERI thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend it to ALL Muslims and especially new Muslims because when they first become Muslim they search for information and usually the first place we go to research is Google.

Although there is a wealth of knowledge on the internet it can also be very confusing and sometimes misleading.

Dr Recep delves deeply into the five pillars of Islam and provides references from the Qur’an, Sunnah and from the four scholars of the major schools of Islamic thought.

This book will help Muslims who follow different madhabs – schools of thought – as evidence is provided from all the scholars and the most authentic ahaadith and rulings are provided.

It is an excellent practical book to read and study as a family and teach our children as well as to use within study circles.

The book is also an excellent read for researchers on Islam and Jurisprudence.

I personally read this book to help me with my PhD thesis however as a fiqh student and teacher it has also helped me a lot and I know my students will benefit from it immensely.

I’m really looking forward to reading Dr Recep Dogan’s further publications.

I give this book a 5* plus rating!

Narrated Abu Huraira: One day while the Prophet was sitting in the company of some people, (The angel) Gabriel came and asked, “What is faith?” Allah’s Apostle replied, ‘Faith is to believe in Allah, His angels, (the) meeting with Him, His Apostles, and to believe in Resurrection.” Then he further asked, “What is islam?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “To worship Allah Alone and none else, to offer prayers perfectly to pay the compulsory charity (Zakat) and to observe fasts during the month of Ramadan.” Then he further asked, “What is Ihsan (perfection)?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “To worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you cannot achieve this state of devotion then you must consider that He is looking at you.” Then he further asked, “When will the Hour be established?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “The answerer has no better knowledge than the questioner. But I will inform you about its portents. 1. When a slave (lady) gives birth to her master. 2. When the shepherds of black camels start boasting and competing with others in the construction of higher buildings. And the Hour is one of five things which nobody knows except Allah. The Prophet then recited: “Verily, with Allah (Alone) is the knowledge of the Hour–.” (31. 34) Then that man (Gabriel) left and the Prophet asked his companions to call him back, but they could not see him. Then the Prophet said, “That was Gabriel who came to teach the people their religion.” Abu ‘Abdullah said: He (the Prophet) considered all that as a part of faith.

Bukhari Book 2, Hadith 47

Nadia Leona Yunis is a mentor and coach of Islamic personal and spiritual development for her organisation We Be Inspired. She is also the Islamic Editor for Young Muslimah Magazine.

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YMM Dec 2014 rose
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 and then pause to connect insights to your personal life circumstances. Perhaps you will make extra time for reciting the words of Allah SWT.
Insha’Allah I am poised ready for the January sales insha’Allah to get an mp3 player for listening to the Qur’an. How about you?
Of course, we’ll be aware that many of our neighbours will be spending the day differently to us, and will be enjoying a sense of belonging between themselves that we can’t join. Alhamdulillah I am keen to find opportunities to please Allah SWT within Christmas traditions since I used to be Christian.
For example, non-Muslims are accustomed to – and often welcome – sending cards and gifts at this time of year so I like to fulfil the Sunnah of reaching out to my neighbours by delivering ‘Peace Greetings’ cards. Also, I like to endeavour to increase love between family, friends, and acquaintances by giving presents. This year I wrote a Muslim version of the song ‘Away in a Manger’.
I am careful to check that my intentions are to practise Islam and that I am not absently joining in with popular activities, alhamdulillah. Insha’Allah my long term intention is to make foundations for sending iftar invitations and Eid gifts that are welcomed.
This ‘holiday’, have you taken up opportunities for building and strengthening social ties? Have you made space within quiet times for personal reflection? Bismillah, insha’Allah it’s never too late to make istikhara and find opportunities to take action.
However, it’s important not to pressure ourselves. We all celebrate Eid differently. Naturally, our personal experiences of other times, and all times, will be different too.
In this mini issue we have a couple of new poems to inspire you, some republications, and some quotes from forthcoming interviews in our next main issue, mid February insha’Allah.
Subhanallah life is often not easy and we grow enormously because of the opportunities we discover within struggles. Insha’Allah we’ll go into the concept of hardship in our mid February issue ‘Difficult Discussions’.
… Speaking of which, submissions close Dec 31st so if you pick up a pen today your submission could be ready in time insha’Allah.
May Allah grant you ease, ameen.
Ma salaama,
Elizabeth Lymer (Editor)

{O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.}

The Qur’an, Surah Hujuraat (chapter of the rooms) 49:13

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Auumn Tree

Assalaam ‘alaykum/Peace be with you,

Alhamdulillah for the seasons. I am enjoying each stage of witnessing the various and changing colours of deciduous leaves, I have been privileged to witness conkers bounce out of their fallen shells, and I feel in awe of the autumnal beauties of change and diversity.

For this, our second, issue of Young Muslimah Magazine (YMM), our theme is ‘Inner and Outer Me’ and our content seems, to me, to befit the reflective yet proactive and ultimately positive flow of autumnal release.

Masha’Allah our Islamic Editor Nadia Leona Yunis has gifted us with a transformational article about release, we have a large collection of poems for you to enjoy, be moved by, and to provoke you to reflect upon your current perceptions and feelings, and we have a number of thought-provoking articles shared with empathy for your personal needs for positive changes.

As a magazine for aspiring female writers, Young Muslimah Magazine hopes to attract previously unpublished freelancers as well as to provide a platform for aspiring authors and established writers to connect with readers. Alhamdulillah we are happy to support writers who choose to write for us once as much as we are grateful for long-term commitments to columns and series.

​SubhanAllah in this issue author Hend Hegazi has continued her writer’s column, poet Saira Anwar has another new poem for you, and Eco-Queen Wardah Abbas has four articles to support you on your journeys as aspiring vicegerents of Allah’s earth (SWT).

LaYinka Sanni and Shabana Diouri have been unable to write fresh pieces at this time so we have gladly republished some of their work. A couple of book reviewers have been delayed so we will be patient insha’Allah.

Masha’Allah, new writer Fatima Abdulrazak made a submission to the ‘I Love Manners’ series and we liked her style so much we created a new rant column for her. I hope you like it, too, as well as the other articles I have not referred to here.

If you are interested in submitting your writing to YMM please read through some of our articles and, importantly, our writers’ guidelines, and do consider joining our email list.

I pray that Allah SWT will cause countless blessings to fall upon you and your families as you let go of worldly attachments for the sake of holding on to your worship of Him.

Ma salaama,

Elizabeth Lymer

“Our Lord, we have wronged ourselves, and if You do not forgive us and have mercy upon us, we will surely be among the losers.”

The Qur’an, Surah Al-’A’raaf (Chapter of the heights) 7:23

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Auumn Tree

How do you deal with your emotions?

Are you releasing or recycling?

So I just learnt about this concept. When we are dealing with any of our challenges we are either actively releasing our emotions or recycling them.

Releasing is when we have dealt with our emotions – actively. And the time span for this is different for us all as we are all different. And then we get to a stage where we release our emotions and we begin to heal. This is when you start to feel ease, peace and calm within and you are actively getting on with your life – no more random tear sessions when hearing that song or seeing that picture.

Recycling is the stage where we keep repeating and repeating. We go through the whole ‘Why?’ syndrome. It is something I have also done and sometimes I have deliberately allowed myself to stay down this road longer than I should have and I have ‘suffered’ the consequences and yes recycled suffering is optional – we have within us the ability to switch into the now and be OK only if we give ourselves permission.

God has something awesome planned for us and that He does not burden our souls more than we can handle.

Many people stay stuck in the recycling stage and so did I – especially in my teens and twenties.

I guess it’s because it is comforting – as in, we get used to our comfort zone and don’t want to stretch ourselves but deep inside we know that if we do stretch ourselves we will learn and grow.

Releasing one’s emotions doesn’t happen overnight – especially when it involves the loss of a loved one. We naturally go through phases to understand it all and be OK.

Another thing is that many times we – yes females and males – were brought up to just ‘deal with it and get over it’ yet that same advice-giving person would be eating their own words. (We’ve all experienced that.)

Healing begins as soon as we accept that God has something awesome planned for us and that He does not burden our souls more than we can handle and that He already knows we can handle it and He is looking at our response – whether we’ll be grateful or ungrateful and how we will react. Healing begins when we understand our emotions and what triggers us and we realise that we have the power to change our state by changing our thoughts as we create our thoughts and we can direct them where we want.

Healing begins when we let go and let God.

I hope this helps! :)

O you who have believed, upon you is [responsibility for] yourselves. Those who have gone astray will not harm you when you have been guided. To Allah is your return all together; then He will inform you of what you used to do.

The Qur’an, Surah Al-Maa’idah (Chapter of the table spread) 5:105

Nadia Leona Yunis is YMM’s Islamic Editor; this transformational article was first published on her Islamic personal development site ‘We Be Inspired’.

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Mini Issue One Aug 2014 Out Now

Assalaam ‘alaykum/Peace be with you,

Welcome to our first Young Muslimah Magazine Mini Issue.

Our Mini Issues are publications via which we republish our writers’ articles that have been previously published elsewhere; we republish a guest series by Zainab bint Younus; we share inspirational articles by our Islamic Editor, Nadia Leona Yunis; and we look ahead to our forthcoming main issue in the form of book review introductions and opportunities for you to get involved insha’Allah.

Submissions for our October issue ‘Inner and Outer Me’ are now closed. However I encourage aspiring writers to think ahead with planning submissions for our February issue (theme and deadline to be announced via our Facebook group, email list, and submissions webpage insha’Allah).

Book reviews are an excellent place to start out as a writer. Writing publicly means entering a matrix of conversations that have been flowing for a very long time alhamdulillah. Writers are not expected or required to know everything. By bravely writing your unique beliefs, perspectives, and experiential knowledge you can connect with the readers and writers who are engaged in written conversations of your interest insha’Allah.

What better way to ease yourself in to writing publicly than by reviewing other people’s writing?

By writing a review you will be supporting another writer and the writing industry. You will be reaching out to support others in a way that you will need to be supported if you are to succeed as a writer. And you will learn about your own preferences of writing style and craft by observing yourself as a reader insha’Allah.

Insha’Allah twice a year I will offer a selection of specific books as gifts to aspiring review writers for the magazine. Here is my current selection:

Editor’s Bookshelf* ( Autumn/Winter 2014-2015)

For a young aspiring writer and book reviewer aged 13-24 (non-fiction): Sandcastles and Snowmen by Sahar El-Nadi

For a​ young aspiring writer and book reviewer aged 13-24 (fiction):

Soul of a Butterfly by Safaa Baig

​​For an aspiring writer and book reviewer aged 13 or over​:

Writing as a Way of Healing by Louise A DeSalvo

For an aspiring fiction writer and book reviewer aged 13 or over:

Story Physics by Larry Brooks

For an aspiring poet and book reviewer aged 13 or over

Many Poetic Voices, One Faith by Islamic Writers Alliance

*Aspiring female book reviewers are welcome to make submissions from anywhere in the world. However gifts books can only be offered to writers in the UK.

Please email me at editor@youngmuslimahmagazine to pitch your review if you are interested in writing a review and receiving a gift copy of a book from the above list. Please refer to our Writers’ Guidelines before you email me. Jazakillahkhayr.

Insha’Allah our next issue ‘Inner and Outer Me’ will be out mid Oct.

You can like and follow our Facebook page for updates.

To keep up to date with the Editor’s List you are welcome to join our Facebook group or email the above address to request to join our email list.

I hope you enjoy reading our mini issue and you discover new blogs/websites in the process insha’Allah.

I look forward to your submission insha’Allah.

Ma salaama,

Elizabeth Lymer (Editor)

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Mini Issue One Aug 2014 Out Now

Giving ourselves permission to just ‘BE’ seems alien to most people.

In my workshops and coaching this is one of the first concepts I cover and many have appreciated exploring this area and working through it.

They all get instant transformations walhamdulilah.

Why do we forget about this concept?

Because we get caught up in our day to day and don’t stop to breathe and take in the silence.

And because of this we have constant soul and heart ache and we don’t understand what has gone loopy for us.

When faced with such challenges we may hit social media to get some therapy or reassurance.

Wrong place!

All we need to do is learn to silence our minds.To let go of everything and anything that doesn’t serve our soul and our true purpose.

Eternal happiness comes from living our souls purpose – worshipping God. So, with this in mind, live your awesome life now, make those positive changes, and prepare for your best afterlife.

Let go and let God.

Call on God for He (SWT) is listening to your call.

And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.

Surah Al-Baqarah (The Cow) 2:186

Turn inwards and reconnect with your soul and talk to your Creator – this will help your soul to heal.

But many of you reading this won’t take it on board!

Why?

Because we are just addicted to drama and drama gives us attention and comfort!

We are fooling no one except ourselves here.

Anas (radhiallahu anhu) said that he heard the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) say: “Allah the Exalted said: “O son of Adam! As long as you invoke Me and plead to Me, I will forgive you whatever you have committed, and I will not make much of it. O son of Adam! If your evil deeds reach the borders of the sky, and then you ask Me for forgiveness, I will forgive you. O son of Adam! If you bring forth the earth full of errors, then you meet Me while you do not associate anything (or anyone) with Me, I will bring forth for you its full of forgiveness.” [At-Tirmidhee (Shaikh Albanee rendered it as Hasan)]

If there is one piece of advice which I can give you after studying and practising personal and spiritual peak performance for the last 20 years then it is this; ‘You will always be a daily work in progress and each step will take you closer to your ultimate final destination. Keep the end in mind always!’ 

Quit the drama – it is not serving your ultimate soul purpose!

Let me help you help your soul to heal.

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Nadia Leona Yunis is the Islamic Editor for Young Muslimah Magazine. This article was first published on her website,  We Be Inspired.

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Mini Issue One Aug 2014 Out Now

“You say that you are just a body, but inside of you is something greater than the Universe.” Imam Shafi (rahimullah)

Today’s post is about a topic which is so great that I’m not at all qualified to go into depths.

It is about the ‘Soul’.

Although I read a lot and share what I read, I will only touch the surface of this topic.

What I will cover is the ‘Personal Development’ part for us so we can start making at least some basic changes in our lives insha’Allah.

We are spiritual beings living in physical bodiesboth need taking care of. Our soul needs ibaadah (worship) and our body needs the right foods and exercise. When both the soul and body are aligned we are in an overall state of peace and ease.

But when either one of them is misaligned then we are at dis-ease.

How many of us experience this state of peace … daily?

How many of us experience this peace at all?

Why is it that we are not at peace, ease, and are at dis-ease?

It’s different for all of us in practical terms but in theoretical terms its all the same.

Our day to day is full of all sorts. The good, the bad, and the not so pretty.

We have billions of thoughts going around in our heads daily.

Whilst our conscious mind may be focussed at the task at hand (maybeif we are actually focussing) our subconscious is roaming freely like it’s been given a permanent free will visa!

We get so busy in our day to day that for many of us taking out five minutes just to ‘chill’ becomes a weird concept that only those who are in meditative lands do.

And even if we do take out five mins, it’s usually not to take a breather.

In short,  we don’t take time out to heal our heart and soul.

We don’t take time out to reflect and change our ways.

We may even reflect – but reflection on its own doesn’t do us much good if we don’t follow through on some good actions or positive changes.

Let’s admit it now – we spend more time on our bodily health than our soulful health.

I mean, even if you’re not an exercise or gym freak (freak in the good sense) then we still think about eating the right foods. In winter here in the UK it’s cold. So even if we don’t think about the right food for our body we still think, “Hmm – should stack up on those vitamins to avoid colds and flu.”

That’s what we Brits do!

And when it’s time to take care of our soul – our internal affairs – then we ‘try’ and then quickly give up!

Why do we give up? Because we are not willing to acknowledge all the junk we have stored in there and are not ready to dispose of it!

We HAVE to start taking responsibility for ourselves NOW. No one else is going to come up and fix up our sorry states.

I mean, we can turn to our friends for solace as much as we want and we do (I do!), but who’s going to have to start taking the first steps? Yup, the ‘I’ person!

There’s a reason why we don’t focus on our ibaadah and that reason is all the junk stored in our archive system.

We need to deal with it ASAPwe need to heal the wounds and we need to turn back to the best self-help book written and sent to us!

A heart without the Qur’an is a dead heart. Ask yourself, “How much time do I give to the Qur’an daily?” All the answers you’re looking for are in there. No need to go to the library. It’s the #1 self-help Book sitting on your shelf. It’s not a shelf-help book and if the shelf is made from wood then wood came from a tree that was living and breathing. Maybe the shelf is more at peace than the human soul!

*Reflect*

We are confused about our purpose here. It’s simple. God created us to worship Him.

That’s it.

Work on it daily.

I have to work on it daily.

You have to work on it daily.

We have to work on it daily.

And the biggest one is: STOP HATING YOURSELF!

My God, ladies and gents!

Have you heard the way you talk to yourselves sometimes?

You can be so mean and evil to your own self – your own soul.

Your soul is the REAL YOU! Your body is a covering.

Do you walk around in torn clothes exposing your bits?

NO!

(I hope not!)

Clothes are to cover your body and to protect it.

The body is a covering for your soul.

Beautify the outside all you want homie … but if your inside is a trunk full of junk then, believe me, it’ll show to everyone AND you won’t be happy!


“We are not powerless specks of dust drifting around in the wind, blown by random destiny. We are, each of us, like beautiful snowflakes – unique, and born for a specific reason and purpose.” Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

 

Start respecting your own soul.

I mean, start respecting yourself and nourishing yourself.

Your soul needs Allah. It needs ibaadah. It needs salah. It needs Qur’an. It needs dhikr.

Now stay focused with me and don’t think, Oh but so-and-so is really an evil soul!”

Why do you care what they are? Can you fix them? No? OK, cool – back to YOU then.

It’s time to start loving yourself and stop being so harsh.

We all make mistakes. We all make bad decisions. We all screw up.

It’s a process called LIFE.

I’m not saying go out and mess up. 

I’m saying recognise it happened, deal with it. Heal yourself and move forward.


“No amount of guilt can change the past and no amount of worrying can change the future. Go easy on yourself, for the outcome of all affairs is determined by Allah’s decree. If something is meant to go elsewhere, it will never come your way, but if it is yours by destiny, from you it cannot flee.” [Umar Ibn al-Khattab RadiyAllahu Anhu]

You know each moment is passing and what is important is our worship and devotion to God. We’re not here for long.

But if we spend more time in beating our own souls then we won’t be able to work on our worship.

We should have a restraining order to stop beating ourselves.

Its time to start taking care of yourself. That time is NOW!

* Action Point and Tips:

1. Start loving yourself and start talking to yourself in a loving way! 

Monitor your thoughts and record all the negativity. Now dump it in the trash bin.

Just dump ‘em!

2. Start noticing and acknowledging your achievements throughout your life. Remember how you felt and what you wanted to become and accomplish. Now go and achieve that dream and make it a reality!

3. Want some emotional healing? I’m an ‘Energy & Emotional Healing and EFT/EMT’ therapist. 

Read this link and book an appointment https://www.dropbox.com/s/i3n0jyu8ltnvsoo/shifatouchenergyhealing.pdf

So, ask yourself – if Allah gave me one life here on planet Earth, how will I live it?

And how do I want to return to Him – in what state and condition?

“O you satisfied soul. Return to your Lord pleased with yourself and pleasing to Him. Enter among My servants. And enter My paradise.”
Surah Al Fajr (The Dawn) 89:27–30

There is something special inside of you and that something special is YOU! :)

* Extra Resource:

Here’s something written by my teacher.  Insha’Allah you’ll enjoy it as much as I did! Please SHARE it widely and inspire a soul back to God :)

Nadia Leona Yunis is the Islamic Editor for Young Muslimah Magazine. This article was first published on her website, We Be Inspired.

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Mini Issue One Aug 2014 Out Now

The topic we are going to look at today is about ‘Self-sabotage’ and ‘Victim mentality’.

Today’s topic is pretty deep – in more ways than one. So before we begin I request you to read this only if you are ready to move on from all negativity in your life, if you’re looking for some solutions and answers, and if you want to start making positive changes in your world.

If you’re feeling very low and emotional then this topic may really hit home and may upset you or may even make you angry.

However that is NOT my intention. It is not a personal attack on anyone as I don’t know your situation personally. My intention is to help you as I helped myself many years ago.

This topic could also create some breakthrough moments for you and could leave you slightly overwhelmed and in a state of,  “What Now?!”

I do highly recommend you read this as it will help you. After reading this if you need to talk one to one then please email me: webeinspired@selfaware.com I’m also an ‘Energy & Emotional Healing and EFT/EMT’ therapist.

So, don’t feel you’re alone,  OK? :)

Everyone has a story to tell because everyone is on a journey. We are all travelers in this world and our ultimate destination is the next world  insha’Allah the gardens of Paradise, with our Creator – our Lord.

But on this journey many a thing can happen. It usually all starts at a young age – in our childhood. But maybe it started later in life.


You were a happy-go-lucky person and something happened and you retreated – back into your shell. 

It could be a physical shell or psychological shell. But you chose to close off from everyone.

A bit like smiling and joking when in public but crying and depressed when alone.

Something keeps eating you up inside and you let that something dictate your actions – your life as you live it, day in, day out.

There’s so much you want to achieve but you stop yourself every time you take a step forward. Or when working in groups you are loud and fierce and everyone is scared by your actions but when you’re alone your like a soft cuddly teddy – harmless and kind.

So ask yourself, Why am I one way with people and why am I different when alone?”

Take a moment to truly reflect on this and write down your thoughts.

Are you the loudest, proudest, and over the top when with people and quiet, timid, reflective and reserved when alone? (Or opposite in opposite situations.)

If so, it’s your way of breaking free from those psychological shackles. You’re trying to make a point. You want someone to hear your voice – your story. You just want to be understood.

Deep inside – rooted deep within – there are unresolved issue.

Do you tell yourself: “Well such and such happened to me which wasn’t my fault so now I can’t do this and that because I won’t succeed, will fail, will lose….” And so on?

Do you know what you’re doing to yourself? Are you aware of how you’re treating yourself?

Its called: ‘Self-sabotage’ and ‘Victim Mentality’.

It’s when you always consider yourself a victim because something(s) happened in your life because of others actions and now you always think that you will get hurt again and keep telling yourself you’re a bad person, not good enough and then you see the exact same cycle in life repeating it self over and over again and then you keep feeding yourself with the same negative thoughts – sabotaging yourself. 

I know how that feels. Because I went through exactly just that for 30 years! And it wasn’t until I fell really ill two years ago on my 30th birthday that things finally started to make some sense. It was then that I saw my life flash before me and it was then when I understood. It was time for change. It was time to take responsibility. It was time to move forward with my life.

What is Self-sabotage and Victim mentality?

It’s when passive beliefs and behaviour can be detrimental to the soul – to our life – daily.

It’s things in the past which are still eating us up today.

I still achieved all that I wanted to. I still studied, got the degrees, had the job I wanted, the friends, the family, the businesses. The daily ibaadah – salah, Qur’an, dhikr, talking to Allah, studying about the deen and then teaching it in my weekend kids club.

But something was still deep rooted inside.

I had to deal with past issues to move on – to take full responsibility.

We HAVE to take full responsibility because the past is the past – it’s gone – it won’t return. And if you feel that the same thing keeps happening to you over and over again then it because you haven’t dealt with those issues. Its God’s way of saying; ‘When you’ve learnt the lesson you will be ready to move on!’ And that’s what happened to me!

“Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change it themselves (with their own souls).”

Surah Ar-Ra’d (The Thunder) 13:11

That little voice in your head telling you you’re not good enough will continue to tell you exactly just that until you take hold of it, shake it and say: “Enough already!”

It’s time to claim back YOUR life!

Negative beliefs need to be cut from the roots. Sometimes it takes time because maybe you don’t realise when it all began or it could be lots of things.

But you need to become more comfortable and confident in your soul and start taking care of your soul.

We all take care of our bodies because imagine if we didn’t shower or put on clean clothes? I don’t think anyone would want to be around us. Yet we continuously neglect our soul. Not only do we need to nourish it with ibaadah but we also need to get rid off the harmful toxins that are slowly destroying it.

Just as narcotics and substances destroy the body, the intellect and eventually the soul – so do negative thoughts, words, statements and beliefs. 

Yes, they comfort us and are there for us. But they are bad friends only there to destroy us.

We need to stop being the victim or feeling like a victim and we need to get out of that negative hole fast – right NOW! (Else it’ll continue to take us deeper and deeper down!)

Why? Because only then can we truly start to heal and move forward.

Yes, it’s difficult – I hear you. But one step at a time. One issue at a time. You owe it to your soul. We will be answerable to God on the Last Day. What will we say then?


The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Take benefit of five before five: your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free-time before your preoccupation, and your life before your death.” (Hakim)

Victim mentality and self-sabotage is not only detrimental to our own souls but all those who are around us – our family, friends, pets….

Who wants to be around a grumpy, sad, depressed person?

Not me! Not You! None of us!

Yet we’re around our own grumpy, depressed selves!

You know half the time when we talk to ourselves we are just sooo cruel and heartless!!!

Imagine talking like that to your best friend or family? :-O

Exactly! We wouldn’t have a best friend or family left!

You don’t want to be stuck in this rut – I know – and I know you can be happier and more content. You will, insha’Allah.

Ready to break free from these shackles? Alhamdulilah. 

Check out the following tips.

Tips and Action Points:

1. Ibaadah – worship: Do NOT give up on your prayers, Qur’an, du’as. They are soul therapy and a weapon of the believer. Never be unarmed. Always protect yourself with your armour. Our ibaadah is our armour!

2. Who’s your crew? Did you know the five people we hang around the most (minus family) are the ones who help shape our lives. So whose in your crew? Happy dudes or nay-sayers?

3. Learn to forgive. If someone has hurt you – forgive them. It’s VERY hard – I know – and it takes time. But you’re doing it for yourself. By forgiving you are not saying that you condone their actions but you’re releasing them from your thoughts. Let them go!

4. If you’ve been hurt physically or emotionally (domestic violence, abuse – sexual/physical) there is help available. By seeking help you are taking responsibility for yourself and saying you will heal and move forward. You are not weak but very strong and I’m proud of YOU!

5. Fill your soul will goodness  ibaadah, reading, friends, hobbies. Live the life you want to. The only one standing in your way is you. Get out of your own way and just go do it.

I pray that this post has helped you in some way. I know its very deep and you may need to read it a few times. But know that you’re not alone. I’ve also been there and it was very tough. That’s why I launched ‘We Be Inspired’.

If you need to talk email me webeinspired@selfaware.com

Know that you’re special and unique. Love yourself. Because God loves YOU! :)

Nadia Leona Yunis is the Islamic Editor for Young Muslimah Magazine. This article was first published on her website,  We Be Inspired.

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Living My Faith – Ramadan and Beyond

Assalaam alaykum/Peace be with you,

Ramadan and Beyond blackWelcome to our first issue of Young Muslimah Magazine (YMM), the free online magazine for aspiring Muslimah readers aged thirteen and over, and for aspiring writers – YMM is designed to provide a career ground for new writers as well as to provide spiritual turf for readers insha’Allah (if Allah wills).

Alamdulillah it is an honour to be first to publish the work of new writers, to support aspiring writers, and to share articles from established writers and professionals who have taken the time to use their writing to reach out to young Muslimahs. The structure of the magazine has been inspired by permaculture ethics of people care, earth care, and fair share, and has been organised in response to the needs of young Muslimahs to access the wisdom of others’ experiential knowledge and support. In this issue I am delighted to share articles specifically written to support readers to live our faith – Islam – during Ramadan and beyond.

I hope every reader will find support and solidarity from the writers of our articles and that your reading of the magazine will be a catalyst for realising the potential of your aspirations insha’Allah. MashaAllah, Young Muslimah Magazine is endorsed by our Islamic Editor, Nadia Leona Yunis – those of you in search of Islamic personal coaching can reach her via her website.

For those among you who aspire to become writers, you are invited to join the YMM Facebook group and/or the YMM Aspiring Writers Email List (please email your request to join to editor@youngmuslimahmagazine.com) so you can keep informed about the Editors’ Lists of content suggestions for each issue; please also refer to the pages about submissions and writers’ guidelines on this site. (I also recommend you consider joining the beautiful support network that is the Muslimah Writers Alliance, take a look at the invaluable mentoring and editing help available through LY’s Writing Service, and discover more about permaculture and Islam via Wisdom in Nature.)

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I pray that you and your families will succeed in your aspirations to please Allah (SWT – glorified and exalted be He) this Ramadan and that He will grant you inconceivable blessings during Ramadan and beyond.

Ma salaama,

Elizabeth Lymer (Editor)

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Our Islamic Editor Nadia Leona Yunis shares insights into overcoming sad feelings when Ramadan comes towards its end – you may want to save this one for Ramadan’s last ten days or prepare in advance and read it now

This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah.

The Qur’an, Surah Al-Baqarah (Chapter of the cow) 2:2

As another Ramadan draws to an end we may suddenly fall into the ‘Post-Ramadan-Blues’. We have barely broken our final fast before we start to moan: “Oh I feel sad and upset.”

But isn’t Eid a gift from Allah? And should we not be grateful to Allah for this day? And should we not look forward to the celebration?

Nadia Yunis cresent moonWe seem to give more weight and precedence to other celebrations in our lives – whether they be a birthday, wedding, new born, graduation, or new job, new house (insert the special moment you like to celebrate) – and yet as soon as maghrib (sunset ritual prayer) adhan (call to worship) is called on the final fast we seem to get the ‘Blues’.

Our religion Islam is not about getting the blues or being in a negative state! Yes, things happen, we fall, cry, make up, break up, and cry a little more – but does life end here? Maybe you have been through some of the above struggles so you can relate – because I sure have been through a good few of those myself.

You may be feeling blue because you feel you didn’t do enough – and you feel you should have done more.

When we get into a negative rhetorical we fall downwards and downwards

Listen, you did as much as you could in your circumstance and honestly instead of worrying about how little you did now – as Ramadan is over – make continuous du’a (supplication) that Allah accepts the little you did. I pray that Allah accepts it from you and me.

You may be wondering how I can sound so cold or be so direct about it. You may be thinking, “Does she think she is better than the rest and all her deeds are accepted?” and the answer to your wonderings is, Absolutely NO!

I too am sad that Ramadan is leaving and I too wish I could do more – however when we get into this type of negative rhetorical we fall downwards and downwards. We just got blessed with such a beautiful month and we are already being ungrateful for that by being blue? I mean, we can at least read some voluntary nafl (optional prayer) for gratefulness, right? Or even some voluntary nafl to ask Allah to accept our deeds and allow us to continue, right?

Here’s the thing.

Well, two things.

Firstly, we get hooked on the blues. We listen to and read about what everyone else is saying (think social media – the F word!) and then we may feel we have to feel the same way – so we put ourselves into that state and we become blue and start talking blue.

It’s all in the mind – we are the ones who are thinking what we are thinking.

Nadia Yunis moonsThe Lord of Ramadan is still our Lord outside of Ramadan and how many more opportunities does He (SWT – glorified and exalted be He) bless us with throughout the year which also have extra reward?

Exactly! (Get pen and paper and list them please.)

Secondly, once we get ourselves onto the blue-downward-ride we seem to go round and round. We keep thinking we didn’t do enough – we keep thinking we should have done more – we keep thinking everything is over.

But here’s the deal (halaal/permissible deal) – it’s not over! It’s not over until we are nine feet under!

So do yourselves a favour right now and snap out of it! I’ll be right here when you’re ready to continue and please only five minutes OK? Good!

……….waiting

Back?

Awesome!

I am as My servant’s opinion of Me.”

(Bukhari Book 93, Hadith 502)

Think good of Allah as He is our Creator and He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

Seriously, if we think negative, negative will happen.

We need to watch what we say to ourselves.

We need to purify our intention and sincerity.

Energy flows where intention goes.

Grab your Qur’an and be thankful to Allah

Think positive of Allah – there is no need whatsoever to think negative of Him. I mean, this is a whole topic in and of itself, however just for now know that if you are reading this then, #1 you are alive, #2 you are more blessed that those in places such as Syria and Palestine right now and, #3 There is ALWAYS hope – ALWAYS!

So take a deep breath in – hold – release and say: “THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE.”

And now, let me ask you – and this is purely for reflection, for you as it is for me – if Ramadan is the month of the Qur’an then how much did you and I read, recite and study the tafseer (exegesis/interpretation)?

And before you slip to the blues again – think RED (it’s my favourite colour).

Nadia Yunis mosqueYou know by now that I’m all about self-help (i.e. as Allah says He will not change our condition until we first take that step, right) and I’m a personal development junkie. And if you’re reading this right now then that means you are someone who wants to make positive changes in your life starting right now and prepare for your best akhirah (afterlife) insha’Allah.

See, Ramadan may have left us but we shouldn’t leave it or our ibaadah (worship) from this month.

*Re-read that sentence and reflect on it for a moment.*

This is what the blues does to us – it makes us lose hope!

Did you know that the Qur’an and the Bible are known to be the #1 self-help books?

Shocked?

And you thought that the dude or dudess who got onto the New York #1 bestseller list had all the answers for you. Nope!

And just before I continue, yes I do read self-help and personal development books, and I write on personal development.

However my message is primarily based upon firstly the Qur’an and Sunnah and then everyday life.

Now what this means for us is that Ramadan may have left us for another year – and may Allah bless us with another Ramadan insha’Allah (ameen!) – however it has left you and I with a gift … the gift that it came to remind us about … the gift that we’ve already got on our shelves … the Qur’an.

If you are someone who wants to live a life upon the deen (religious path) and prepare for your best akhirah then, right now, know that Ramadan came to remind you of a gift you already have which you may not connect with very often around the year. Now, dearest soul, is the time to hold on tightly to this gift! Do not fall into the Shaytaan (Satan) trap of the blues.

Listen – it is OK to miss Ramadan and the unity it brings, and the tarawih prayers and the sisterhood/brotherhood – I get it. But don’t let it leave now. It leaves when we hit the downward.

So grab your Qur’an and be thankful to Allah that you have the best and #1 self-help book right with you. In fact it is your ULTIMATE self-help book and with it in your life you can never go wrong.

We make a du’a in Surah Fatihah in which we ask Allah (SWT) to guide us on the ‘Straight Path’ and subhan’Allah (glory be to Allah) – look at the power of our du’a – Allah (SWT) answers it instantaneously in the following Surah where He (SWT) says that THIS BOOK (the Qur’an) is a GUIDANCE for those who are conscious of Allah – aware of Him – fear Him – love Him – want His forgiveness and mercy – this book has the answers!

I invite you to embrace it and promise to read, study, and live by it insha’Allah. I’ll show you how in the tips and action points below. But just before I get there I want to say a big phat EID MABROOK to you and your family from me and my family – taqabbal Allahu minna wa minkum – may Allah accept it from you and us – ameen!

You may not understand everything the Qur’an is saying at the moment – but that is OK because that will change – remember ‘Hope’. Also the thing is that because we are so accustomed to getting advice and help from elsewhere (friends, social media, etc.) we can’t seem to connect to the concept that the Qur’an has all the answers for us.

Nadia Yunis bookBut all we need to do is look at the Seerah of Rasool Allah (biography of the Messenger of Allah) and we will come to know that, yes, the Qur’an does have all the answers for me as Aisha (RA) said that Rasool Allah was the ‘walking Qur’an’ – he was the Qur’an translated into action.

Tips and Action Points:

1. Believe!

- Believe in Allah’s mercy, in His forgiveness – believe that when you ask Him to guide you and straighten your affairs He (SWT) will. Nothing is more powerful in life than belief – and nothing is more powerful than believing that Allah (SWT) will make it alright and He (SWT) will show you the way.

- If you’re having doubts then firstly know it is waswasa from Shaytaan (whispers from Satan) and his job is to lead us off course, and secondly think of all the times that Allah helped you (specifically where something major was happening and you called out to Him – we’ve all had that moment in our lives).

- Purify your intention and sincerity – these two points are really important for us in all that we do, so let’s make it a habit to purify them at each step insha’Allah.

2. Make a Qur’an Plan

- Just like making a ‘To-Do’ list or scheduling your diary make a plan for your Qur’an. So, in this plan you will write how much you will recite each day, what times, for how long and when will you study the tafseer, attend Qur’an courses (including hifz/memorisation and tajweed/elocution), and what resources you will use. Some of the resources you could use are online YouTube videos (Like Qur’an Weekly Ramadan Gems – if you haven’t already then I highly recommend you watch them all: 30 short 5 to 10 min videos), books, and teachers (maybe private teachers). There are a lot of resources available to us – you have to be curious enough to do your own research – that is your study part, you can’t expect anyone to do it for you. Also in this plan you could include Family Qur’an Time – especially if you have younger siblings or children; this is the best self-help start you can give your family insha’Allah.

3. Your Dream Team

- Who is in your world? I.e. Who are your friends? Time for a friend check-up!

- You want a team who will help you realise not only your potential as a human and what you’re capable of achieving but also a team who loves the Qur’an just as you do – for there is nothing worse than having those in your life who don’t share the same passions and who don’t love and appreciate the Qur’an and its message!

- In this dream team you have your supporters, mentors and coaches. And you can fulfil one of these roles in someone else’s dream team.

We all need A* players in our world – on our side. Allah created us social beings and it is in social settings we thrive and excel.

Your dream team will be there to support you through all your ups and downs and will encourage you to excel. This special team is called your ‘Qur’an Dream Team’. Go create yours right now insha’Allah.

The Qur’an creates a special kind of connection with our Rabb (Lord) Allah – He is speaking to us through the Qur’an and we need to make it our #1 Book in our life insha’Allah.

I do hope and pray that this post today does help you in one way or another. Please leave me your comments and let me know what three things you will do right now to keep the Ramadan spirit alive and connecting with your very own #1 self-help book – the Qur’an! : )

Nadia Leona Yunis is the Islamic Editor for Young Muslimah Magazine and is a personal coach in Islamic personal and spiritual development at We Be Inspired on whose site this article was first published: http://www.webeinspired.com/blog/archives/08-2013

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