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    A Beautiful Recompense

    Do you feel hopeless sometimes? Do you feel like you are trying so hard but are failing? Are you desperately trying to hold on to your faith? Do you feel unappreciated? Dear struggling soul, not a leaf falls but He knows it. The burn you feel in your heart right now is a sign that the flame of goodness is still alive inside of you...

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    The Secret

    “The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.” My heart winced as I read this quote online. It’s because the truth hurts. We live in a world where we are all competing and rushing for more and more and it seems like we have lost the meaning of life. We are born, then go to school, then college, and then we go to work to make money chasing promotion after promotion. Then we get married, have kids, and “settle down”. Then one day, we die. Is that it? This can’t be what life is all about can it? *Cue existential crisis daff…

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    Fly Free

    Have you ever looked at the bread on your table every morning at breakfast? Somewhere, in a distant village one day, a farmer put seeds into the soil and watered it. The seeds finally grew into wheat. The wheat was then harvested and transported all the way to a factory. At the factory, it was crushed, mixed with water, sugar, and yeast, and turned into dough. That dough was then baked, wrapped in plastic, and transported to a supermarket near you. You went in one day, bought the bread, and that’s how that loaf of bread ended up on your table. Little did you know that 50,000 years before this…

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    The Meeting at the Pool

    It’s a bright, flashy world out there. The glitz and the glamor – from the celebrity life to the next hot release. You are constantly being bombarded by it all, whether it’s a new show on Netflix, a new song by the latest pop group, or pictures on your IG feed of X and Y partying at the beach  – it’s everywhere. In a world where everyone is running to get their fifteen minutes of fame, you on the other hand, have been asked to stay humble and sincere. In a world of let’s-be-hot for the gram and “Netflix and chill”, you’ve been asked to lower your gaze and be…

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    Cave of Serenity

    Sumayyah sat on her bed, staring into the fireplace. She was lost in thought. Numbness – that’s all she felt at the moment. She didn’t know what to think or what to do. Her life was a mess. The last few months had been nothing but turbulent. She had met Hassan. They had begun dating. Things were fine – until she got caught. She sighed. She was tired. Tired of all the drama, embarrassment, and pain. “Hassan.” she remembered, and her heart twisted in pain for a second. For three weeks now, Sumayyah hadn’t left her room. It’s not like she had a choice anyway. She was grounded. Her phone…

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    At the Heart of It

    It was during one of the last ten nights of Ramadhan. I had made wudhu and found the nearest vacant spot to pray just in time for the Imam to start the prayer. After we were done with the prayer, I got up to pray the sunnah. Just as I finished giving salams, the old lady seated next to me spoke. “Your hands were slanted in sujood. They should be straight, like this.” she gestured, her hand pointing straight towards the qiblah. I hadn’t realized that my hands weren’t straight and were not fully facing the qiblah while I was praying. “Thank you. Jzaakillaahu khayr for telling me.” I told…

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    The Restorer

    Life with its ebbs and its flows Knocks on the gentle creases of my heart, Sometimes nudging at the corners, Sometimes tearing it apart. But I will overcome.   As I try to swim along with the waves of life, Mountains of grief drown me from time to time. I look up, Gasping for the Mercy of the Most High, And I know I will overcome.   Some days I look in the mirror And I am reminded of a failure. Until He sends a sign, Promising it will become easier, And I know that I shall overcome.   For I have faith in a Lord That brings richness after…

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    Rise Up!

    As we watch “Black Lives Matter” slogans being chanted all over the world from the comfort of our living rooms and say things like “Innocent people are being killed only because of their skin color tut-tut”, I couldn’t help but think how we are failing as communities on a micro-level. “How?”, you may ask. Well, ever heard stuff like this before? “She’s not that fair.” “He’s so black.” “Like charcoal.” “Don’t go too much into the sun, you will become black.” “She’s so much darker than her husband.” “If only he was a little fairer.” “Wear more foundation, that’ll do the trick.” “But she’s fair! How can she marry someone…

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    Outta Sight, Outta Mind?

    It’s a Friday night and everyone is just chilling at home. You’re just lying on the couch and your dad is flipping channels. Flip. Flip. Flip. He doesn’t seem to be satisfied with anything on TV tonight. After a lot of flipping, he finally settles on something that might be a good watch. Your sister is doing her homework on the table, but you know she’s watching too. A nice, good movie with the family. Sigh, how relaxing…UNTIL THE MAIN CHARACTERS DRAW IN FOR A KISS AND HAVOC WREAKS AS YOU ALL SCRAMBLE FOR THE REMOTE TO CHANGE THE CHANNEL! Sound familiar? Embarrassing much? Why do you think that every…

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    A Gentle Breeze

    Have you ever felt so disappointed that you felt your heart break and tears sting your eyes only to get a way better opportunity years later? Has your heart ever ached because you’ve never felt more alone in your life and then suddenly, you get an unexpected text from a friend you haven’t heard from in a while checking up on you? Were you so close to being hit by a car only to open your eyes moments later, amazed at how you’re still alive? Have you ever walked into a room just in time to catch your little baby niece or nephew from falling and hurting themselves badly? Did…