Sons of the Ummah

On the morning of Sunday, April 14, 2024, our community was shaken by the tragic news of the untimely passing of four youngsters, aged around 20, in a motor vehicle accident in Johannesburg. As I awoke to this heartbreaking news, my thoughts were consumed by empathy for the four sets of grieving parents, and their…

Teacher wellbeing – A wellness culture in schools

Teacher wellbeing – A wellness culture in schools

Teaching is an incredibly rewarding profession, but it can also be very challenging and stressful. Teachers often work long hours, deal with difficult students, and have to juggle multiple responsibilities at once. As a result, teacher burnout and turnover rates are high, which can have a negative impact on both teachers and students. To combat…

Rights and responsibilities of husband, wife and in-laws in Islam

Rights and responsibilities of husband, wife and in-laws in Islam

On 28 January 2024, I was invited to speak at Journey to Jannah’s first online seminar on Marriage. I was asked to cover the topic of Rights and responsibilities of husband, wife and in-laws. For your convenience, I’ve recorded my contribution for you, and I have also included a full transcript. May Allah SWT accept…

Book review: Zahra and Yaseen (Salaam2Soulm8 series)

Book review: Zahra and Yaseen (Salaam2Soulm8 series)

I was honoured to receive an Advanced Reader Copy of Zahra and Yaseen, book 1 in the upcoming Salaam2Soulm8 series by Tasneem Gaffoor and Wilman Fikker Publishing House South Africa. Zahra and Yaseen, the debut novel in the Salaam2Soulm8 series, offers an engaging and fast-paced storyline set within a halaal environment, yet doesn’t compromise on…

Let’s Talk Marriage: Going Back to Basics for a Solid Start

Let’s Talk Marriage: Going Back to Basics for a Solid Start

Have you ever stopped to wonder how our grandparents (and perhaps some of our parents) found a spouse the halaal way and kicked off their marriage by sharing just one family car, living communally, and were known to do a whole lot of hard work in their daily lives? They started off their marriages with…

The Importance of New-Year Reflections: A Spiritual Approach

The Importance of New-Year Reflections: A Spiritual Approach

In my last post, I talked about setting realistic goals for Muslim women. As the calendar turns its pages, ushering in a new year, it’s a natural time for reflection—a moment to pause, contemplate, and chart our course for the journey ahead. While the world often encourages resolutions centered on external achievements, a spiritual approach…

New Year, New Beginnings – Setting Realistic Goals for Muslim Women

New Year, New Beginnings – Setting Realistic Goals for Muslim Women

As salaamu ‘Alaikum. Hey there, friend! Can you believe it’s that time again? The New Year is upon us, bringing with it a sense of renewal and the opportunity for a fresh start. As I sip my tea and reflect on the past year, I can’t help but feel excited about what lies ahead. So,…

Book review – Hayati, by Waheeda Ismail

Book review – Hayati, by Waheeda Ismail

“Hayati,” penned by Waheeda Ismail, is a captivating fictionalised memoir that unfolds through the lens of first-person narrative. The title, meaning “My Life,” aptly captures the essence of the protagonist’s journey as she discovers the value of each of the five Islamic pillars in her life. This literary work proves to be a compelling read…

The Power of Patience: Islamic Insights for Parenting in a Hasty World

The Power of Patience: Islamic Insights for Parenting in a Hasty World

In a world where instant gratification seems to be the norm, teaching patience has become an essential life skill. The younger generations, in particular, have grown up in an age of smartphones, fast food, and on-demand streaming, making patience a rare virtue. But as parents and teachers, we can play a crucial role in helping…

How to boost confidence and build motivation in school-going children
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How to boost confidence and build motivation in school-going children

Teachers have a tough(er) job, these days, competing with more outside influences than any generation before them. It is becoming more and more challenging to keep attention and motivate learners in and out of the classroom. Boosting confidence and motivation in school-going children is crucial for their overall academic success and personal development. When learners…

The Mental Health Benefits of Hobbies

The Mental Health Benefits of Hobbies

Finding Wellness in Your Passions Welcome to a journey into the world of hobbies and their incredible impact on our mental well-being. Hobbies are the hidden treasures of our lives, offering solace, creativity, and a deep sense of satisfaction. In this blog post, we’ll explore the mental health benefits of hobbies. While these benefits apply…