Understanding Tawakkul…But Tie Your Camel First

We as humans like to plan. We plan everything we possibly can, for isn’t that what life teaches us? Planning is the path to success…so they say. So plan for tomorrow, we plan for next week, the next year and if not we sometimes plan for our long term future.  Planning gives us a sense…

Finding To Forgive

Forgiveness is said to be the attribution of the strong, and rightfully so, for forgiveness is not a matter of words. Rather, it is the matter of the heart. It’s easy to tell someone you forgive them. But how many times have we held a hurtful word, action, or hesitated a kind gesture out of…

Rediscovering the Pursuit of Patience

Growing up in the 21st century, today’s generation—infamously known as Generation Y—is characterized among the most hardworking and intelligent, however we are also characterized as perhaps the most abrasive, ungrateful and furthermore, among the extremely impatient. We demand the world, and we demand it now. We crave results, but we crave it now. Yes, we…

The Modern Muslim-American Identity Conflict

This past Sunday on December 1, I was honored to be asked to speak at an event hosted by an organization called We Care. We Care is an Islamic based not for profit organization that aims to build a safe space for Muslim youth around the state and to provide them with academic, mental and social…

The Disillusioned Du’aa: When Hardships Blind Our Answers

Du’aa (supplication) is an incredible power many of us have been conditioned to practice. When in doubt, we are told to make du’aa. When we need something, we make du’aa. When we are faced with a life decision, we make du’aa. We make du’aa over and over again, consistently praying for guidance and ease. Life’s stresses…

Friendship in Islam: Reflecting the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The establishment of our comfort zones is a very intimate sphere within our personal lives. The secrets we keep, emotions we feel, and the thoughts constantly running through our heads are the minor details that contribute to the intimacy of our comfort zones. Despite what may be happening around us, we create a safe haven…

Bismillah: The Start of New Beginnings

Bismillah Al-Rahman Al-Raheem. In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, Most Kind. Perhaps one of the most beautiful and vital phrases identified by Muslims across the world. Bismillah, or In The Name of Allah. Soon images of our childhood begin to flood our memories, as we reminisce the days of our younger selves sitting diligently in…