Friday, 31 December 2010

Time flies …

Subhanallah time does fly so fast. It feels like just the other day I was at university and planning for my future. Now I am married and mother of two alhamdulillah. Insha-Allah in couple of months we will be blessed with another precious baby :-)

Every year is different. There are so many things to learn. This year has been quite a difficult one but it also has taught me a lot about myself and the people around me. I feel sad that time is passing so rapidly. It just shows how quickly we are getting closer to our end. I am scared but also hopeful that Insha-Allah Allah (SWT) will have mercy on me and my families and relatives and friends. When I see people celebrating the coming of a new year, I do feel confused. How can we be so happy and celebrating while our time is getting shorter. Or may be most of us are totally unaware of our departure. May Allah (SWT) help us in understanding the truth about life and death and the eternal life !

I hope and pray that year 2011 will be a very blessed year for all of us, insha-Allah. I hope with Allah’s (SWT) help we will strive to be better Muslims and help everyone in every way possible Insha-Allah.

 I have been thinking about my new year's resolution and not surprisingly thought of so many things to do next year insha-Allah. But I am not very sure that I will be able to acheive all the goals :-( But I am going to give it a try INSHA-ALLAH !

Insha-Allah 2011 resolutions....

1. Hope to be a better Muslimah by seeking knowledge of my deen and implement what I learn on a regular basis and spread the knowledge through my action and through writing at my blog and Facebook and Mum & Muslims e-magazine Insha-Allah.

2. Hope to be a better wife to my beloved husband, a better mother to my precious children , a better daughter to my beloved parents and a good daughter-in-law to my beloved mother-in-law, a better sister to my dearest siblings and brother-in-laws.

3. Hope to be a better relative and a better sister-in-deen for my precious friends Insha-Allah.

4. Enjoy life as much as possible and try to use my every minute in a more meaningful way insha-Allah.

5. Less complaining, moaning, nagging, arguing ...

6. Okay this one is very hard but I will try my best insha-Allah... NO BACKBITING! Need to remind myself that this is one of the major sins.

7. Eating healthy food and insha-Allah more exercise!

8. Hope to follow the sunnah of brushing my teeth with miswak, having one tea spoon of Black seed oil everyday.

9. Learning to drive INSHA-ALLAH :-)

10. Now comes the hardest one! TALKING LESS  &  LISTENING and READING and THINKING MORE !!!

I hope I will try my best Insha-Allah. Only with Allah's (SWT) help I can achieve my goals. O Allah (SWT)make this year a very prosperous one for all of us, AMEEN.

Friday, 24 December 2010

Christmas dilemma

"Dear kids,

There is no Santa. Those presents are from your parents.
Love,
Wikileaks"
I spotted this status at one of my Facebook friend’s profle and it just made me smile. Because of Christmas , the children programmes on tv are predominantly geared around the Christmas themes i.e Father Christmass, Christmass tree, lights, garlands, holly etc. My children are very young and they may not really understand the programmes they are watching. But I do feel worried sometimes thinking what if these programmes leave a lasting impression on their mind. Insha-Allah I am waiting for them to grow a bit older so that I can start explainig to them what we as Muslims believe. I don’t really want them to stop watching tv as that will not really solve the problem. They are more likely to grow up in this society so eventually they will come across all the different norms and values. I believe whatever they are experiancing in their life is part of the learning process. I hope as parents we will be able to raise them as balanced human being who will understand the differences and insha-Allah will lead their lives as good Muslims.

Lady Maryam (AS) & her son Isa (AS)


As Christmas is approaching, we as Muslim parents need to remind ourselves the true facts about Lady Maryam (AS) who is widely known as Mary in Western world and her son Isa (AS) who is known as Jesus in this part of the world. If we want our children to grow up as confident Muslims, we need to pass onto them the true message of our faith, otherwise they will end up being confused by the Christian version. Alhamdulillah we have the Book of Allah (SWT) to refer back to.

In the Qur’an, Allah (SWT) mentions with great admiration the family of Ibrahim (AS) and the family of Imran (AS). In Suran Al-Imran Allah (SWT) says, ‘Allah chose Adam, Noah, Abraham’s family and Imran’s family over all other people, in one line of descent – Allah hears and knows all.’ – (Quran Surah 3:33-34)
As you can see Lady Maryam (AS) is descended from a noble family, the family of Imran. Her birth story is also a very inspiring one. Her mother is a great example of a God-fearing woman. She dedicated her precious child to Allah (SWT)’s service even before her birth. ‘Imran’s wife said, “Lord, I have dedicated what is growing in my womb entirely to You; so accept this from me. You are the One who hears and knows all.”’ – (Quran Surah 3:35)

When she delivered her she said ‘My Lord! I have given birth to a girl’ – (Quran Surah 3:35). Allah (SWT) loves us all regardless for our gender differences and that’s why He (SWT) said, ‘Allah knew best what she had given birth to: the male is not like the female.’ – (Quran Surah 3:36)

Maryam’s mother said’ “I name her Maryam and I commend her and her offspring to Your protection from the rejected Satan.” – (Quran Surah 3:36). Once again we can learn so much from her beautiful action. We as parents should make supplication for our children from the very start of their life and also need to remember their offspring too, insha-Allah. 'Her Lord graciously accepted her and made her grow in goodness and entrusted her to the charge of Zachariah.’ – (Quran Surah 3:37) Because of her great supplication, she wasn't just rewarded with a saintly daughter like Lady Maryam (AS) but also with a great grandson Isa (AS)! Subhanallah ! This just shows how much our good intention and dua can help us in gaining countless rewards from Allah (SWT).

The Superiority of Lady Maryam (AS) over other women

In Surah Al-Imran Allah (SWT) mentions, “The angels said to Maryam: ‘Maryam, Allah has chosen you and made you pure. He has truly chosen you above all women. Maryam, be devout to your Lord; prostrate yourself in worship, bow down with those who pray.’” – (Quran Surah 3:43-44)

The utter innocence of lady Maryam (AS)

In the Quran it is mentioned how Maryam (AS) reacted to the news of conceiving her son isa (AS). ‘She said, “My Lord, how can I have a son when no man has touched me?” The angel says, “This is how Allah creates what He wills: when He has ordained something, He only says, “Be” and it is.” – (Quran Surah 3:47)
The miraculous birth of prophet Isa (AS)

Allah (SWT) also mentions in the Quran the true story of the birth of Isa (AS) so that we as Muslims should never have any doubts regarding this great incident. ‘The angel said, “ Maryam, Allah gives you news of a Word from Him, whose name will be the Messiah, Isa (Juesus), son of Maryam, who will be held in honour in this world and the next, who will be one of those brought near to Allah. He will speak to people in his infancy and in his adulthood. He will be one of the righteous.” – (Quran Surah 3:45-46)

‘He (Isa) will teach them the Sripture and wisdom, the Torah and the Gospel. He will send him as a messenger to the children of Israel.’ – (Quran Surah 3:48-49)

Miracles of Isa (AS)

Isa (AS) was given several miracles by Allah (SWT). “I have come to you with a sign from your Lord. I will make the shape of a bird for you out of clay, then breathe into it and with Allah’s permission it will become a real bird; I will heal the blind and the leper and bring the dead back to life with Allah’s permission. I will tell you what you may eat and what you may store up in your houses. There is truly a sign for you in this, if you are believers. I have come to confirm the truth of the Torah which preceded me and to make some things lawful to you which used to be forbidden. I have come to you with a sign from you Lord. Be mindful of God, obey me: God is my Lord and your Lord, so serve Him- that is a straight path.” – (Quran Surah 3:49-51)

There are so many ayats in the Qur'an where we come across the story of our prophet Isa (AS). Insha-Allah I would like to write more about Isa (AS) in future posts insha-Allah.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

For the rest of my life.....


When I first heard this song, I felt so moved. I have totally fallen in love with the beautiful lyrics. Although this song is meant for a wife, I thought this is exactly what I feel like for my husband alhamdulillah. Once upon a time, I used to think love is just an illusion especially seeing the way love is depicted in the media. Seeing friends falling in love and act so crazily used to make me really annoyed. I even started to believe there is nothing called love; it's just lust but people are too embarrassed to use this term so they just call it 'love'. But I knew as Muslims we are supposed to wait till we get married then we will eventually find love but I wasn’t really sure about it. As I was single, I just thought that's just not going to happen. But Alhamdulillah marriage has completely changed my doubts about love. In Islam, love is very important and it is truly celebrated through marriage.  A loveless marriage is not really a marriage.

When Allah SWT talks about this beautiful relationship , He says “And among His Signs is this that He created for you spouses of your own kind, that you may dwell in tranquillity with them, and He has put love and mercy for one another: verily in that are Signs for those who reflect.” (Quran 30:21)
I didn't really appreciate this verse until I got married. Now whenever I come across this beautiful verse I know what it means to be married alhamdulillah. Love is not just some feelings that are merely based on lust. It is definitely way more than that. Alhamdulillah we are best friends of each other. Allah swt didn't just mention love but also mercy and kindness as main qualities for a couple to have. Love is like a seed and through care and giving lots of time and energy we can make love grow eternally. I hope and make dua to Allah swt to make us love each more and more and reunite us in jannah, Ameen.  I am dedicating this song to you Yobo!

For the Rest of My Life Lyrics

I praise Allah for sending me you my love
You found me home and sail with me
And I`m here with you
Now let me let you know
You`ve opened my heart

I was always thinking that love was wrong
But everything was changed when you came along
OOOOO
And there’s a couple words I want to say

For the rest of my life
I`ll be with you
I`ll stay by your side honest and true
Till the end of my time
I`ll be loving you. loving you
For the rest of my life
Thru days and night

I`ll thank Allah for open my eyes
Now and forever I I`ll be there for you

I know that deep in my heart
I feel so blessed when I think of you
And I ask Allah to bless all we do

You`re my wife and my friend and my strength
And I pray we`re together eternally

Now I find myself so strong
Everything changed when you came along
OOOO

And theres a couple word I want to say
For the rest of my life
I`ll be with you
I`ll stay by your side honest and true
Till the end of my time
I`ll be loving you. loving you
For the rest of my life
Thru days and night
I`ll thank Allah for open my eyes
Now and forever I I`ll be there for you

I know that deep in my heart now that you`re here
Infront of me I strongly feel love
And I have no doubt
And I`m singing loud that I`ll love you eternally
For the rest of my life
I`ll be with you
I`ll stay by your side honest and true
Till the end of my time
I`ll be loving you.loving you

For the rest of my life
Thru days and night
I`ll thank Allah for open my eyes
Now and forever I I`ll be there for you
I know that deep in my heart


Artist: Maher Zain
Album: Thank You Allah
Copyright: Awakening Records 2009

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Seen my baby today for the first time!

Alhamdulillah I had my first scan today. This was the anomaly scan which is done usually around the 20 weeks of pregnancy. I was quite excited but also worried thinking what if the baby is not healthy. But alhamdulillah baby is alright. As soon as I saw the baby I felt so glad looking at its tiny body and hearing the heartbeat alhamdulillah. The scan lasted for 15 minutes. The sonographer asked me at the end whether I have any question. I was tempted to ask the sex of the baby but thought I am glad that the baby is healthy so what more to ask, alhamdulillah. Moreover, my husband doesn’t want to know so I thought I will respect his wishes. I thought of finding it for myself and keep it a secret but my problem is I cannot keep a secret for a long time :-) 
Anyways, I bought the scan photo to keep it in my baby journal. I have kept all the scan photos, hospital tags, etc of my children. I have tried to write as much as possible in details about the whole experience and of course the labour as for me that’s the time I felt like I am on an emotional roller coaster and so many things were happening. During the last moment of labour, I feel how helpless I am and in need of help and mercy from Allah SWT!

For last couple of weeks I have feeling the movement of my baby. Mashallah it is a very wonderful feeling. Sometimes it feels so amazing that a tiny living being is floating in my tummy Subhanallah! Once upon a time nothing was there but through Allah SWT’s will this tiny being is growing inside me Subhanallah. It reminds me the verse in the Qur’an where Allah SWT says that once nobody knew about us and then through His will we came to existence and only through His mercy we have grown but unfortunately most of us feel that we are independent of Him and can do whatever we want without His help! May Allah SWT save us from being so arrogant to think like that and may Allah SWT help us to love Him more and get closer to Him, ameen!

Monday, 13 December 2010

Alhamdulillah I'm pregnant :-)

I am so glad to let you know that Alhamdulillah I am pregnant with my third baby and hope to meet my newborn in April Insha-Allah. I am hoping to share my experience as a pregnant mother of two on a regular basis up to my due date insha-Allah. I hope my posts will help all the sisters out there who are interested to know more about this great journey Insha-Allah. Please share your views through the comments section insha-Allah.

Alhamdulillah Allah (SWT) has blessed us with two children. Our son is 3 years old and our daughter is 20 months old. I am in my 20th weeks of pregnancy. Alhamdulillah up until now I haven’t really suffered many problems. I did go through usual morning sickness during first trimester a little though. Morning sickness is definitely a misleading name for this unpleasant side-effect of pregnancy. Around 80% of pregnant women suffer from nausea and not just in the mornings! Many women feel waves of nausea throughout the day and some feel sick all the time. Research shows it seems to hit a peak at around 9 to 10 weeks and generally starts to improve after the 14 week mark. Nobody really knows what causes it but experts believe high levels of circulating hormones are to blame.

As I am in my second trimester, I am not feeling that sick anymore alhamdulillah. To avoid feeling sick, it is very important to eat on a regular basis but not eating too much as that will definitely make you feel sick. It is better to eat a little amount of food and wait till the food is digested properly. Make sure you are not starving yourself as that will trigger more sickness. Snacking on healthy starchy carbohydrates such as wholemeal toast and sandwiches, bananas etc keeps blood sugar topped up and ensures your stomach is never completely empty. Sipping water or any other juice throughout the day can prevent dehydration. You need to get used to frequent trips to the loo as this is very common at this stage of pregnancy. This is caused by uterus expanding and pressing down on bladder. But don’t cut back on liquids as this only makes the problem worse and can also put you at risk of dehydration. It is recommended to drink eight glasses of water a day and practise pulling up pelvic floor muscles to control bladder. During my first trimester I also had frequent headaches which are quite normal and are thought to be caused by fluctuating hormones. I did try to avoid taking paracetamol but when it was quite unbearable I took two paracetamols to get rid of the headache.

With my first two pregnancies, I did not really experience cramp during the first and second trimesters but with this one I get frequent cramps. These shooting pains in the calves tend to get more frequent and painful as pregnancy progresses. When it happens, straighten your leg and foot and pull your toes towards your body to ease cramp or try walking about in bare feet on a cold floor. For me massaging the affected area helps a lot.

I have been having my vitamin supplements from the very beginning as I was also breastfeeding my daughter. It is highly recommended to take folic acid which is an essential B vitamin that can reduce the risk of baby developing a neural tube defect such as spina bifida (where a gap develops in the spine and damage to the central nervous system occurs) by up to 75 per cent. Ideally we are advised to take a supplement in the first three months before conception and then during the first three months of pregnancy. You can also get folic acid by eating foods such as leafy green vegetables, yeast extract, fruits and wholemeal bread and cereals. I love eating lots of broccoli and feel good thinking I am having quite a lot of folic acid insha-Allah. However, it is hard to get enough from diet so it is recommended that pregnant mothers should take a 400mcg supplement everyday. I have been having Pregnacare tablets.

During the first trimester sometimes I did feel quite exhausted as I also need to look after my two babies :-) but alhamdulillah having a quick nap can really help in feeling better. I try to have nap when my chlidren are having their one. Otherwise it is not really possible to sleep as they are most of the time with me :-) . Anyways, I am looking forward to meet my baby insha-Allah ! Sometimes I do feel a bit scared thinking about the labour pains! But I have decided not to think too much and stress myself . I am always asking Allah (SWT) to make it easy and quick for me and bless us with a healthy and good Muslim baby. Please do keep me in your duas. Jazakallah khairan!

Monday, 6 December 2010

Muslim New Year 1432: Month of Muharram and Ashura

On Tuesday is the Islamic New Year insha-Allah. It is the first day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar and the start of 1432 AH. The New Year date changes every year as the Islamic calendar is roughly 11 days shorter than the Gregorian (solar) calendar.

The Islamic or Hijrah calendar is lunar-based, consisting of 12 lunar months in a year of 354 or 355 days. It is used to date events in many Muslim countries (concurrently with the Gregorian calendar) and used by Muslims everywhere to determine the proper day on which to celebrate Islamic holy days and festivals. The first year was the year the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and his companions (RA) migrated from Makkah to Al-Madinah where He (SAW) set up the first Islamic state in 662 CE, known as the Hijra. Each numbered year is designated either H for Hijra or AH for the Latin anno Hegirae (in the year of the Hijra).

Muslims in general don’t really celebrate the New Year but the 10th of Muharram (the day of Ashura) is very significant to us. Most probably it is going to be 15th or 16th December the day of Ashura, insha-Allah. We should fast this day as recommended by the Prophet (SAW):

'Ibn Abbas (RA) said "I never saw Allah's Messenger (SAW) so keen to fast any day and give it priority over any other day than this day, the Day of Ashura and this month, meaning Ramadan" - (Bukhari, Hadith 1867)

According to one narration, Muharram is called the month of Allah (SWT). Abu Hurairah (RA) reported: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “The month for observing Saum (fasting) next after Ramadan is the month of Allah, the Muharram; and the best salat (prayer) next after the prescribed salat is salat at night (Tahajjud prayers) (Muslim).

Muharram is also one of the sacred months. The other three sacred months are Rajab, Dhul-Qadah and Dhul-Hijjah. It has been reported from Ibn Abbas (RA), the Messenger of Allah (SAW) observed fasting on the day of Ashura and commanded all the Muslims to fast on this day (Al-Bukhari & Muslim).
In another hadith, it is stated that when the Prophet (SAW) emigrated from Makkah to Al-Madinah, He (SAW) saw that the Jews were fasting on this day. He (SWT) asked them why they did this on that day and they told him that they did it for the reason that Allah (SWT) granted Prophet Musa (AS) emancipation from Pharaoh on this day and so they observed fasting as a token of their joy. On this, the Messenger (SAW) said that in this happiness of Prohet Musa (AS), Muslims have a greater right to observe this fast than the Jews. Consequently, He (SAW) also observed fast on 10th of Muharram. Then He (SAW) said that if he lived the following year, He (SAW) would fast on 9th of Muharram also so that they would make themselves different from the Jews. According to another Hadith, He (SAW) ordained Muslims to observe the fast of Ashura and in addition one more fast on 9th or 11th of Muharram in opposition to the Jews (Musnad Ahmed, Vol.4,p-21). That is why fasting two days either 9th and 10th or 10th and 11th of Muharram is a Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (SAW). We are also recommended to fast anytime during this month as it is one of the sacred months.
It is recommended to bring the night of Ashura to life with prayers, supplication and remembrance of Allah (SWT). It is also good to expand generosity upon children by giving them food they like and other gifts.

As today is probably the last day of Hijri year 1431, I would like to share with you a beautiful dua I have found in one of the Zaytuna journals, alhamdulillah. Now some people may question what the source of this is exactly. I must admit I don’t know but I believe my intention is pure and I want Allah (SWT) to forgive me insha-Allah. Just read the dua and you can decide yourself whether you would like to make this dua or otherwise. Allah (SWT) knows best.

It was mentioned in the book. The Treasure of Success and Felicity in the Supplements that expand the Chests (Kanzun-Najaah was-Surur), that if a person reads the following supplication three times at the end of the year, the Devil will say, “We tired ourselves with him/her all year and he/she ruined all that we have done in one moment.”
“In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful and Allah bless our teacher Muhammad and his family and companions and grant them peace. O Allah, whatever actions I have committed this past year which have not pleased You, which I may have forgotten though You do not forget, while You are forbearing with me though fully capable of punishing me, while You called me to relent and atone even after my audaciousness before You – O Allah, I surely seek Your forgiveness for that, so forgive me! O Allah, and as for my actions that have pleased You and for which recompense and forgiveness has been promised, please accept them from me. And do not dash my hopes in You, O Generous, O Most Merciful of the Merciful. And Allah, the Exalted, bless our Master Muhammad and his famly and companions and grant them peace. (Seasons: Journal of Zaytuna Institute Autumn – Winter Reflections 2003-2004).

May Allah SWT keep us blessed in the new year and help us to be better Muslims, ameen !

Book review: The excellence of knowledge

The excellence of knowledge: The virtue of Salaf over the Khalaf
Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali
Daar us-Sunnah Publishers

Alhamdulillah I have loved reading this book. It is very important for us to know what sort of knowledge is beneficial for us as our life is too short to waste in gaining knowledge that is not going to benefit us in any way. What scares me more is the possibility that I may end up reading something which will affect my faith (creating doubts, confusion) and ruin my chance to gain closeness to Allah (SWT). There is a beautiful supplication at the start of the book which I hope can help us in gaining beneficial knowledge, insha-Allah.

The prophet (SAW) said, “Allah! Benefit me by what You have taught me, teach me what will be of benefit to me and increase me in knowledge.” [Tirmidhi # 3393 and Ibn Majah # 3833]
I just tried to quote from the book a bit so that you can have an idea about the book. It is a must have book for any library, mashallah. It’s not really a thick one so you may be able to finish reading it in one or two days, insha-Allah.
In the Qur’an, Allah (SWT) sometimes mentions knowledge in a praiseworthy way referring to beneficial knowledge and at other times in a blameworthy way referring to knowledge that is not beneficial at all. He (SWT) taught us a beautiful dua in the Qur’an. “And say: My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.” (Surah TA Ha 20:114) It is also mentioned in the Qur’an that only learned amongst His servants do truly fear Allah (SWT).

According to Imam Ahmed (May Allah have mercy upon him), the foundation of knowledge is the fear of Allah (SWT). Therefore, the foundation of knowledge is that knowledge which leads to fearing Him, loving Him, drawing close to Him, taking comfort with Him and ardently desiring Him. Then this is followed by knowledge of the rulings of Allah (SWT), all that He loves and is pleased with. Whosoever realises these two types of knowledge, he has found beneficial knowledge, he has attained beneficial knowledge, a fearful heart, a content soul and supplications that are responded to.

Our beloved messenger Muhammad (SAW) has taught us a beautiful dua in this regard: “Allah! I take refuge with You from knowledge that does not benefit, from a heart that has no fear, from a soul that is never content and from an invocation that is not responded to.” (Muslim#2722)

The author argues that the beneficial knowledge is to strictly follow the text of the Book (the Qur’an) and the Sunnah, to understand their meaning and in order to do so, confine oneself to what has been reported from the companions, the successors and their successors in matters to do with the Qur’an, hadith, the lawful and the prohibited, asceticism, softening of the heart, gnosis and other things.

“Awza’i said, ‘Knowledge is that which the companions of Muhammad (SAW) conveyed, anything else is not to be considered knowledge’.” This is also stated by Imam Ahmed.

Our salafs used to be very careful with their dealing with people. They refrained from excessive argumentation and debating, they did not do so because of ignorance and inability, rather because of knowledge and the fear of Allah (SWT). Those who came after them, who did speak much and went to great lengths in widening issues, did not do so because they had knowledge that the salaf did not, rather due to love of speech and lack of scrupulousness (wara’).

Some of the Salaf said, “When Allah SWT desires good for His servant, He opens for him the door of action. When Allah SWT desires evil for His servant, He locks the door of action and opens instead the door of disputation.”
Ibn Mas’ud (RAW) said, “Sufficient knowledge is it that one fears Allah SWT and sufficient ignorance is it to be deceived of Allah SWT.” Others said, “Whoever fear Allah SWT is the scholar and whoever disobeys Allah Him is the ignoramus.”

Our beloved prophet (SAW) advised Ibn Abbas (RAW), “Be mindful of Allah SWT, He will be mindful of you. Be mindful of Allah SWT and you will find Him in front of you. Know Allah SWT in times of ease and He will know you in times of hardship.” (Tirmidhi)
The sign of knowledge that is not beneficial is pride, arrogance and conceit. Such a person seeks high position and ranking in this world and competes for it. He loves debating to show off his knowledge! It is reported from the prophet (SAW) that whoever seeks knowledge for this purpose, ‘for him is the Fire, the Fire!’(Ibn Majah)
In summary, the author concludes, in these corrupt times, it is very important for us to stick to the Salafs. Regardless of whether it be in the foundation of the faith or its subsidiary issues, the tafsir (Exegesis) of the Quran, the explanations of the hadith, asceticism, matters which softens the heart, points of benefit and wisdom, exhortations – whatever the Salaf spoke. And we should try to avoid excessive debating and argumentation.
I hope the review helps and it’s not too long!

You can also read the book online at http://www.kalamullah.com/excellence-of-knowledge.html
You can buy the book at Kitaabun.

The new issue of Mum & Muslim is out now!

Alhamdulillah the December/January issue of Mum and Muslim is out now! Alhamdulillah thanks to all our writers, this issue is full of excellent articles. The sacred month of Dhul Hijjah is going and the Muslim New Year is almost here. It is also Christmas and we have produced some useful articles on the issues that Muslims in the West face at this time of year, insha-Allah. I am so glad that M & M is getting popular. This was just a dream once upon a time (in fact, not that long ago!) and now after almost one year, Allah (SWT) has blessed us with six issues full of very informative and inspirational articles alhamdulillah! All credit goes to Allah (SWT) and our dedicated writers!

In the beginning, it wasn’t that easy especially creating the site with all its categories and getting good contents. When you start something from nothing, it is quite challenging to feel motivated! Sometimes I did feel like quitting thinking this is a very difficult task given at the beginning not that many people were involved in the project. Alhamdulillah Allah (SWT) makes it easy when you are trying to do something which will definitely benefit the community. I started to contact some of my close friends to work together. Alhamdulillah they helped me a lot. Special thanks go to Umm Salihah and Aisha Sanusi. Emma has helped us a lot too but unfortunately due to other commitments she had to leave.

From the very beginning, my husband has been very helpful. It was him who did the website as I am not really that good with technical stuff. Whenever due to so many difficulties, I felt like stopping, he kept encouraging me to keep on going and trying my best. Alhamdulillah I am so blessed to have a partner like him. May Allah (SWT) reward him for being so supportive and extra-patient with me, ameen.

So far, this year has been quite a productive year for M & M e-mag. We are getting more writers as well as regular readers from all over the world alhamdulillah. We hope to carry on working hard and make this magazine a big brand not just in the UK but throughout the world, Insha-Allah! Please do keep us in your duas! And please do contact us if you would like to contribute. We are always actively looking for more writers and contributors.