Auumn Tree

Editor’s Autumn

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…

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Are You Releasing Or Recycling?

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…

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Whispers Of The Dawn

Since childhood, I was a loving person. I was always willing to help others, be it with kind gestures or a smiling face; yet, no matter how much I tried to please the people I loved, I felt ignored and misunderstood by them. This emptiness within me was devastating. I wasn’t at peace with myself!…

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Winter Workout, Indoors

It’s raining, it’s pouring … but you still need to exercise! Learning the hard way apparently builds strength of character. The kind of character that’s less easily defeated by adversities. Let’s apply this theory to exercise: It’s cold, wet, and windy outside, so: Get some waterproof running gear on and out of that door you…

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Open Sesame: The Magic Code

The very first time I came across sesame oil on a shelf in a grocery store, I remembered the magic words, “OPEN SESAME” which I first heard in ‘Ali Baba and the forty thieves’ as a TV animation I saw as a kid. So, I immediately became eager to discover the magic I could perform…

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Did I Make A Green Mark?

There are times in my life when I sit to review most of my activities within a certain period just to be sure that I’m actually still on the right track and moving forward. One of these times is now. I have asked questions based on my spirituality, my academics, my health, and one question…

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In My Own Words

Let’s distinguish between copying as plagiarism and copying as copywriting. “Read this and write it out in your own words.” Were you ever given these instruction by a teacher? One of the purposes of these instructions is to help writers to avoid plagiarism when utilising knowledge they have learned from the written work of others. If…

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If

If the world was without mirrors, what would we see? If there were no means to capture reflections how would the world be perceived? If there was no critical eye, how would we portray ourselves? If there was no room for scrutiny, how much would we love ourselves? If there were no trends, what would…

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A Story Is Never Just A Story

One of the most beautiful, freeing elements of writing is that our options are endless. We can write about ourselves, or people we know very well. We can write about others, people we’ve never met, living lives we’ve only envisioned. We can write to shed light, open eyes to see new things, some positive and…

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The Mumbler

She had just wound down for the night. It was already getting late. She followed her usual bedtime routine; quick shower, into pyjamas, brush teeth, complete night prayers and jump into bed for a quick read. She yawned uncontrollably, it was time to turn out the lights. Submerged in darkness and complete silence, she nestled…

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My Crown Jewel

O, how I love wearing my crown jewel. To protect and connect me with The Protecting One, And to shade me from the wrath of this cruel world’s deception. This is my faith, my choice and my haven. In this materialistic world where we live, your worth is judged and your looks sneered at. My…

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As I Strive On Your Path

O My Rubb The world comes with its imperfection, And taunts me for my faults, Judging me for my flaws, Merciless with its claws, While You, despite Your perfection, Console me with Your compassion, Judging me by the best of my actions, As I strive on Your path.   O My Rubb, What would I…

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Finding My Dream

A beautiful night A dream That seemed so real A cock’s crow Depriving me of fantasies   An inspiration Travelling Beyond the dream world The wonderful sight Still enthralls me   Beyond flowing garments The beautiful Ummah Strikes me more The humility Sways me off my feet   Selfless people Whose greetings Convey a strong…

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Why Am I Not Grateful?

Sisters, this poem is for you, So I can share what I know too. I hope this does touch a nerve, As this poem has a purpose to serve.   Every day we complain about what is wrong, To get through it, we will listen to a song. Very rarely do we pick up our…

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Reclaim Your Heart

‘Reclaim Your Heart’ by Yasmin Mogahed is not just a self-help book but a reflective guide for the heart’s journey in the ocean of life. It is a guide on how to prevent one’s heart from drowning out of feeling overwhelmed with grief and pain. It is not only a guide but a manual on…

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Gaza

Today You have opened My heart To grief. Oh, Lord! And I will Just let it be.   I have seen Many bomb blasts. Torn apart bodies. Grimacing faces.   I have seen Fire and smoke That rise up Above the city.   Like a menacing monster.   I have grown Numb. I have absorbed…

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Palestine Rainbow

I have read about children who cannot sing With their friends who died from orange fired Rockets with yellow edges and have been Buried under the earth and its green grass Under the noses, eyes, ears and blue stars Of people who talk like they’re indigo And sing violets to their friends. And I have…

Mini Issue One Aug 2014 Out Now

First Editor’s Bookshelf

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…

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Let Your Soul Heal Itself

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…

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You Dropped This

Whilst out shopping with my family, an old lady walked in front of us. Without her noticing, she had dropped her pure white cardigan on the dirty grey pavement. Several of us around her bent down to retrieve it for her whilst others called out to alert her. I managed to get to it first,…