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Enough with your “isms”!( Atheism, Feminism, etc)

The only “ism” I subscribe to is short for “Islam”

I do not bear the answers to your questions.

Ideologies and agendas being tossed around with firm passion and conviction.

I have not yet been taught to navigate.

Being surrounded by your 21st century Western lens, makes me feel as if I am on a constant battlefield.

But I am left without any arms of defence.

My weapons — not yet acquired.

Feminism, secularism, communism, atheism, socialism.

BismilLahi Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem (بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم)

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “No deeds are purer to Allah Almighty, nor greater in reward, than the good deeds performed in the ten days of the month of sacrifice.” [Sunan al-Darimi 1774, Hasan]

As we pass the half-way mark of the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, it is important for us to recalibrate whether we have truly extracted the innumerable benefits from this blessed time. By now you should have been flooded with messages on WhatsApp detailing some of the extra Ibadah to take advantage of. …


  1. Seek Help Only From Allah, a short story by Atilla.O
  2. Oh Dunya, a poem by Amira.R
Photo by Matthew Smith on Unsplash

1. Seek Help Only From Allah

“Do not call onto any beings other than Allah. These are capable of neither benefit nor harm. To do so is therefore guilty of wrongdoing. When Allah inverts you with an affliction, none can remove it except Him.”Al-Qur’an 10:106–107

Ahmad was outside organising the Dawah stall. Ibrahim was rostered to help him but was running late. Ibrahim soon arrived and seemed excited. He said he met a couple of people who supported the Muslims and wanted to help. Ahmad smiled and asked whether…

The Cartographer

You will not enter Paradise until you believe, and you cannot believe until you love one another (Sahih Muslim)

Strangers build cities in the deserts of my heart

They set sails in its seas and traverse its fickle terrain

Upon the fringe of continents lies my temperament

Vulnerable to the dipping coastline and boundless forestry

Tamed by لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا ٱللَّٰهُ مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ ٱللَّٰهِ

— ‎

As I navigate the plains of this fragile vessel

I see my affections occupy hillsides with the souls of my brothers and sisters

I witness a dawn gleam with the light…

This topic is incredibly complex and so deep rooted, with a multitude of layers to unpack — I can barely touch the surface. But I will try.

بسم لله الرحمن الرحيم

To the Children of Immigrants,

Our parents love us so deeply, sometimes more than we can even comprehend.

But they do not show it to us the way the country they birthed their children in taught them to —

so growing up, we were always left feeling like there was something missing.

They struggled and left everything they had ever known —

and in crossing a sea…

إِنَّمَا هَٰذِهِ الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا مَتَاعٌ

This worldly life is only fleeting enjoyment (40:39)

Yet, a yearning for

Shopping malls and

Classroom walls

Embroils us.

Hoping for

A quickness in the slowness,

But we cannot alter

God’s plan for us.

So little brothers arm wrestle

Over batik blankets

And late nights laughs

Linger on balconies.

Mama’s mansaf

Melts our home into فلسطين‎

Amidst pots and rice

We pray with our brothers and sisters

For our brothers and sisters.

In the quietness of quarantine,

We are reminded

Of the swiftness

Of a moment’s slowness

For we are ephemeral flowers,

And all this

Is temporary.

In the quietness of quarantine

We remember the words of

The Messenger (peace be upon him)

وَإِنْ أَصَابَتْهُ ضَرَّاءُ صَبَرَ فَكَانَ خَيْرًاله

‘And if adversity befalls him

He exercises patience

And that is good for him.’ (Sahih Muslim)

By Aisha Abdu

Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

Words — nothing more than the coming together of letters into syllables. The stringing of words into phrases, sentences, paragraphs.

Words — the vehicles for ideas, inspiration and movements of change.

It is through words the miracle of the Quran is preserved in, the very thing that has allowed Islam to travel throughout the world and touch even the most or ignorant of hearts.

This soft organ, the tongue can either be venom or save a life. It can break a family or it can mend one.

Words make ideas and ideas are the most powerful force shaping human culture.

Photo by Khamosh Pathak on Unsplash


  1. Our Death is our Wedding with Eternity a reflection by Atilla.O
  2. The After a poem by Amira.R
  3. In the Dawn of the Night a poem by Faria.F

1. Our Death is our Wedding with Eternity

O Allah! I ask you through Your knowledge of the unseen and your power over the creation, to give me life as long as You know my life is good for me and give me death when You know death will be better for me.”

There is Allah. And then there is Death. All else follows.

This world is but a beautiful lie, a paradise for the nafs, and a prison for…

First and foremost, I would like to acknowledge that ‘Every soul will taste death…’ [3:185]. It is an undeniable and universal passage of existence bestowed upon us which we witness through the destiny of people who celebrate Ramadan with us this year but not the next. I would also like to acknowledge that this article represents my own experiences from living in Australia and does not reflect the perspective of the entire Muslim youth.


Over the past few years, my community has been afflicted by what I have come to describe as the ‘domino effect of death’. Many people…

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