Life’s Labyrinth

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To hope, is a luxury afforded to the rich

For when life changes, you become another casualty in its labyrinth 

Fallen, broken, but a survivor. 

Zainab Bint Husain

Revive a Sunnah: Cupping

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Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,
“None of you will have (true) faith until he loves me more than his father, his children and all of mankind.”
(Bukhari)

What better way to show our love than by loving the things our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) loved?
Let’s revive a Sunnah!

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,
“The best medical treatment you can apply is cupping.”
(Abu Dawud)

Zainab Bint Husain

Revive a Sunnah: Nabeedh

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Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,
“None of you will have (true) faith until he loves me more than his father, his children and all of mankind.”
(Bukhari)

 

What better way to show our love than by loving the things our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) loved?
Let’s revive a Sunnah!

Aisha (R) narrated,
“We prepared Nabeedh for Allah’s Messenger (S) in a waterskin, the upper part of which was tied and it had a hole (in its lower part). We prepared the Nabeedh in the morning and he (S) drank it in the evening and we prepared the Nabeedh in the night, and he (S) would drink it in the morning.”
(Muslim)


Zainab Bint Husain

Her

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She’s been through it all
She’ll defy the odds
You watch

Torn but strong
Degraded but fierce
Place your bets

A child abused
Makes the best parent
Remember

Loving arms
Sweetest tongues
Greatest hearts

 

Zainab Bint Husain

Revive a Sunnah: Eating With Three Fingers

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Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,
“None of you will have (true) faith until he loves me more than his father, his children and all of mankind.”
(Bukhari)

 

What better way to show our love than by loving the things our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) loved?
Let’s revive a Sunnah!

 

Ka’ab Bin Maalik (R) reported,
“I saw the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) eating with three fingers (the thumb, the index finger and the middle finger) and licking them after having finished the food.”
(Muslim)


Zainab Bint Husain

 

Versatile Blogger Award

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A big JazakAllah to islamicmusings.wordpress.com for nominating me for this award!

Seven facts about myself:

  1. I love travelling
  2. I love, love, love candles!
  3. My favourite number is 3
  4. I’m afraid of heights
  5. I love snow
  6. My favourite Islamic speaker is Shaykh Sulaiman Moola
  7. I love reading

 

My 15 nominations:

  1. gutlessninja.wordpress.com
  2. thekatibahwrites.wordpress.com
  3. takingmylifeasitcomes.wordpress.com
  4. peaceloveanunity.wordpress.com
  5. imanshomeschool.wordpress.com
  6. anchorwithkeidi.wordpress.com
  7. dpressedmuslimah.wordpress.com
  8. myrevisionstuff.wordpress.com
  9. aishahblogs.wordpress.com
  10. sanyasafimind.wordpress.com
  11. thesecrethijabi.wordpress.com
  12. footprintsinarabia.wordpress.com
  13. hijabiionline.wordpress.com
  14. gulabjammanwrites.wordpress.com
  15. homemadewithmess.wordpress.com

 

Zainab Bint Husain

Liebster Award!

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I am once again humbled to have been nominated the Liebster Award. A big JazakAllah to ilmseekingbride.wordpress.com for the nomination. Sorry it took a while, but finally decided to complete it!

Here are my answers to her questions:

1. What do you like to do in your free time?
Read books

2. In your family, who are you closest to?
My brother

3. If you can go back in time and change one decision which you have made, which would it be?
Too many to choose from, but I wish I’d done things a little slower

4. What was your greatest accomplishment?
Teaching what I’ve learnt in Madrassah to my own students

5. Where was the best place which you have traveled to?
So many place to choose from, but I’d have to say my Umrah trip to Saudi in Ramadhaan

6. Name one good habit which you practice and you hope you can keep practicing
I’d tell you if I didn’t fear losing my Ikhlaas 

7. Name one trait of yourself which you dislike, or you feel you need to improve on.
Patience

8. Name one thing which you feel that is wrong about society today and what we can do to change it.
Googling Islamic questions online. Ask a scholar! 

9. If you can give one piece of advice to a newly-wed couple, what would it be?
I’m not qualified for this, but probably to never get angry at the same time 

10. If you’re going to learn a new language, which would it be and why?
Not sure, but I’d love to improve my Arabic

11. Which would you choose: To be able to speak and understand every human language, or to be able to communicate with all animals?
Communicate with all animals! Now, wouldn’t that be something! 

 

My Nominations:

islamicmusings.wordpress.com
ahlalbidah.wordpress.com
amirapunya.wordpress.com
itsisterinabaya.wordpress.com
imrafat.wordpress.com
aaliyahzahra.wordpress.com

 

My Questions:

  1. Favourite Surah?
  2. If you had one wish, what would it be?
  3. Greatest accomplishment?
  4. Most popular blog post?
  5. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
  6. Furthest you’ve ever traveled?
  7. Favourite colour?
  8. If you could choose one pet, what would it be?
  9. What’s something you’ve always wanted to do?
  10. Who’s your role model?
  11. What’s one thing you’d change about the world?

 

Zainab Bint Husain

Pain

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Does it get easier as time passes?
They say time is the healer of all things
Yet I am still waiting a lifetime later

 

Zainab Bint Husain

Her Mother

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She trusted her
She confided in her
She had faith in no one but her
She was her world
Her champion
M o t h e r

When did she raise her hand?
When did her voice get so loud?
Why is no one stopping her?
Torn, battered, bruised
Please
Mother

other

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her

er

r?

 

Zainab Bint Husain

A Piece of My Heart

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Do you wonder what it means
To have him locked away for years?
Do you know how it feels
To not hear his loving voice?
Do you know how my heart breaks
When more come home but him?
Do you understand how long it’s been
Since I’ve called him, ‘son?’

The light of my eyes
A piece of my heart
I will not rest until he comes home

Zainab Bint Husain

Trust Him

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And maybe after all this time
When you thought He wasn’t listening
He heard you loud and clear
Kept it till the end, ’cause you were so dear
Alhamdulillah


Zainab Bint Husain

This Thing Called Parenting

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I’m looking for the manual— you know the one that tells you all about how to raise a kid?

Okay, so there’s no instruction booklet for raising children, but there’s still a responsibility to use all the resources we have, right? I’m the least qualified to be handing out parenting tips (I’m not even a parent!) but over the years, I’ve learnt a lot. So, here’s my tuppence worth.

 

  1. Duaa

First is a given. Never, ever, ever, underestimate the power of Duaa. Making Duaa for your children even before you have them is the best place to start. What’s better, the Duaas are already in the Quraan and what more beautiful Duaas are there than the ones made by previous Prophets, who were friends of Allah ﷻ, for their own children? Be consistent in making Duaa for your children even if you think it’s trivial (full marks in exams?). And, if you really want something, then don’t miss Tahajjud Salah. If you don’t wake up to ask Allah ﷻ, The Most High, when He’s descended to the lowest heavens to listen to us, then you don’t really want it.

 

  1. Use the Manual we DO have!

Parenting is not something new and parents have had to adapt their methods and skills according to the generation of children. The Quraan and Sunnah are our guides so use this priceless tool! If you’re still unsure about certain things and how to go about them Islamically, speak to your local Imam for advice. We cannot ignore the Hadith about starting children praying at seven and then at fifteen, when our teenager would rather watch football than catch the last ten minutes of Asr, suddenly lash out at them about how hot the fire of Jahannam will be! There is wisdom in every command ordained upon this Ummah from Allah ﷻ and His Rasul ﷺ so let’s put our full trust in them.

If your child was to ask you a question, or ask for advice, open the Quraan and Sunnah with them and advise them through the lives of the Sahabah and Prophets (upon them all be peace). Let’s teach them to rely on our two greatest tools in every aspect of their lives.

 

  1. Role Model

You are your child’s very first iconic figure from the moment they are born. Children inherently absorb so many things parents don’t even mean for them to. They listen and see everything.  What they see is what they will do and to tell them, “Do as I say and not as I do,” is simply not good enough. If you pray where your child can see you, then soon enough they will mimic your movements even if they’re too young to understand what they’re doing. How happy my Nabi ﷺ would be to see such a sight! Take them to the Masjid from a young age and let them love being there! You are their focal point and their world when they are younger and they want to be just like you when they grow up (they usually change their minds later), so teach them through modelling everything you can whilst it lasts!

 

  1. Environment

Parents cannot create an environment of television, free-mixing etc., and then expect their children to be the Awliyaa of Allah ﷻ. C’mon, let’s get real. The environment parents raise their children in has to be conducive to raising strong leaders of the Ummah and plays one of the biggest roles in their upbringing. Get rid of your filthy magazines from your shelves and your music CD collections (no matter how rare of a collector’s item they are, they go). Create a routine where no one leaves the house without reciting some Quraan and make that a habit that they inculcate within them for the rest of their lives. Have a bookshelf in every room with age-suitable Islamic books for them to read. There’s enough reputable Islamic literature out there for everyone! Engage with them, learn with them and make it fun! Set aside a daily five minutes’ Halaqah and select a Hadith to talk about; have a weekly Prophet’s story time and make it exciting; have them research a topic and present it to the family as a weekend project. There is so much to do and to keep children busy no matter how old they are!

They must also feel safe. Being good parents doesn’t just mean catering to their physical needs, providing food and a roof over their heads. Parenting is so, so much more. If your child had an issue (and teenagers have an endless list of those), who is the first person they would turn to? Would it be you? Really? You want it to be you, but have you created an environment and relationship where they’d feel comfortable talking to you without having you lashing out some horrible punishment or rebuking them to the point where they’d never speak about another issue ever again? If parents can’t guide, then who will? Be their friend, their guide, their mentor, but draw the line. You’re the parent and if they forget that sometimes, remind ‘em who’s boss.

 

  1. Be Just

Children are quick to notice how their siblings are being treated in comparison to themselves and once they’ve established there’s some form of favouritism going on, it doesn’t end well. Never, ever favour any of your children over another. In simpler terms, the eldest doesn’t get the stick all the time and the youngest doesn’t have first dibs at everything, neither through any fault of their own. This way, we’re also teaching them to be fair in every matter in their lives. That also includes gender inequalities. Yes, their roles are different so we approach them differently but there can still be equality in different ways.

 

  1. Never compare your children to anyone else’s

That’s not even fair. Your child is unique and their abilities are different. Face it, you’re never going to have a perfect child. Where they excel in some aspects, they’ll need polishing in others, but that doesn’t make them any less worthy than the Ahmeds’ kid next door. Your child’s abilities must be celebrated and praised and then watch them naturally flourish through your encouragement. Don’t create a bitter resentment in them by comparing them to their friends. They are different so
Get.
Over.
It.

 

  1. Show some love!

Yes, you wouldn’t feed them and clothe them and pay the bills if you didn’t love them (blah, blah), but is it really going to kill you to say the three words? In such a promiscuous world, wouldn’t you rather they heard them from you than (ummm) someone else? If you don’t explicitly show them, they’ll look for someone who will. Be generous in your affection towards them and for God’s sake, kiss your children. Remember the Hadith about the bedouin with ten children? Exactly.

Discipline them, but follow it up later with some kind words. You can text the world, but your own child? Surprise them with a text at any random time everyday and see how you light up their world (really!). With constant naggings and telling offs, your child needs to know that at the end of it all, you really do love them.

 

I could go on and on, but these are my top seven I think! May Allah ﷻ grant us all offspring who will be the coolness of our eyes and give us the Tawfeeq as parents or when we become parents InshaaAllah, who emulate every aspect of the lives of the Prophets and Sahaabahs (upon them all be peace) before us.

May our sons have the faith of Ismaeel Ibn Ibraheem (A), may their bravery equate to the likes of Khalid Ibn Waleed (R), and may they emulate the modesty of Uthmaan Ibn Affaan (R).

May our daughters love like Khadijah Bint Khuwaylid (R), may they be as steadfast as Aasiyah Bint Muzahim (A), and may their strength be of Maryam Bint Imraan (A).

Parents and non-parents alike, I would love to read your top tips in the comments below InshaaAllah!

 

Zainab Bint Husain

Her Story

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Her eyes told her biggest story. When she looked, she looked deep, almost like she could see right through your soul. Sometimes, she’d be looking right at you and have no idea what you were saying because she wasn’t actually looking at you—she was looking through you. And that, that was when you knew her mind was in a place beyond the realms of this world and she was going to stay there a while.

If you looked at her hands, you’d see a creamy soft skin covering slender fingers. On the index finger of her right hand, she wore a single black stoned ring for 13 years. No one knew why and no one asked. She had seen more pain in her short life than a woman ever should in her lifetime, but she never complained. Her scars were deep and over the years, she changed. In her presence, you now felt alone and empty. Where once she wore a smile, were cracked, pale lips. Her eyes lined with creases, once told of great adventures.

The day she found out was the day everything changed. No one knew what was wrong and she wouldn’t say. Slowly, slowly she started withering away. She ate less, slept less, talked less and she knew she was dying. She was scared of being forgotten. She was scared of not being loved. So she clung desperately when she could. Never could she say goodbye because solitude was her biggest fear. When her parents asked her to marry, she smiled and politely refused. She couldn’t, could she? She couldn’t let someone be a part of the lie she was living.

She had cancer.

And it was slowly eating away at her. She grew weaker and weaker by the day. She quit everything. She left her job, her friends, her classes. She couldn’t bring herself to tell anyone—not even those closest to her. She didn’t want anyone’s pity. She didn’t need sympathy. She would be strong. So she lived her life as a lie. She took her medication quietly and she endured her pain patiently. She imagined the day she wouldn’t wake up. She imagined what her parents would go through. What would they say? What would they think? But she couldn’t tell anyone.

In her moments of solitude, she gained a closeness to her Maker and she was restless to go home. She smiled because she…

 

Zainab Bint Husain

Sister Yasmin Mogahed in Manchester

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I recently attended a talk by Yasmin Mogahed. Not having heard her before, I went in without any expectations. To say I was impressed is an understatement. It was fantastic! Her message wasn’t anything we don’t already know, but having it confirmed by someone other than ourselves is sometimes all we need to really understand it. Every answer and piece of advice she gave, fundamentally rested on two things: the Quraan and the Sunnah of our beloved Habib ﷺ.

She emphasised removing ourselves from a negative environment. No one needs negativity in their lives. It is not conducive to productivity. Later on, someone in the audience asked what should be done in the case that one could not remove themselves from the negative environment because they were family and you lived with them. Her answer was to busy yourself in Adhkaar. Constantly doing Dhikr would form a protective layer around yourself and protect you from the environment you were in.

As humans, we are needy. We are constantly seeking approval from others and an example sister Yasmin mentioned was posting pictures on social media to gain likes and comments. But we fail to recognize that we are asking for approval from people who themselves are seeking the exact same thing! The moment we truly realize that only Allah’s approval is what we should need, is the moment others automatically come to us – when we no longer need them.  That’s the irony of it all.

People hurt us because we let them. We give others the power to hurt us by having an expectation from them to care for us when really they are in just as much need of care as we are! Place our hearts with Allah because only He knows what we need and how we need it.

These are some of the beautiful gems I took back from sister Yasmin Mogahed’s talk. May Allah continue to inspire her and give her the strength to do her work to please Him.

 

Zainab Bint Husain

Weddings

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Setting: Wedding Hall. Stage in centre and draped with soft silks.

Music playing in the background. Six hundred eager people conversing and anticipating the arrival of the bride.

Enter bride.

 A dazzling young beauty, laden with only the finest and softest materials enters the hall. Glittery ornaments sparkling in her hair and diamond earrings hanging low, result in some favourable murmurs and nods of approval amongst the women and leaves others baffled at how she managed to grow double her hair length overnight. She smiles, walks down the aisle, and approaches her husband who carefully hands her an exquisite bouquet of the choicest flowers and takes her seat next to him on centre stage. She holds her head and shoulders as a proper bride should—high and elegant. Some start making their way to the front for family photos, handing over gifts, and congratulating the newlyweds. The slideshow on the wall projects family photos over the years and the live DJs engage the audience with some heart warming tunes to get the mood rolling.  

Amidst the clattering of forks and knives enjoying the five course meal, eyes focus on the young lady who has taken the mike on stage. The bride’s sister thanks the guests for attending, despite the big derby game, City vs. United, drawing some laughs in the audience especially amongst the brothers. She says a few words to embarrass the bride, wishes her well on her life ahead and jokingly threatens the groom to make sure he takes care of her (not-so) little sister. She proceeds by adding, “We pray Allah makes her a wife like Faatimah (R) and him a husband like Ali (R). May they live the lives of the Sahabahs before us and follow in the footsteps of Nabi ﷺ …”

I tuned out, too busy looking around me. Everyone clapped and happily resumed their meals.

Exeunt. Curtains fall.

 

Was I the only one who found her speech a little pretentious? Ameen to the beautiful Du’aas and Allah is the sole judge of our hearts, but to make a mockery of the Sunnah like that? I was offended. Couples want to court before marriage; they want to choose a best man for their wedding; brothers want the best cars to take their new bride home; sisters demand a mind-blowing Mahar and want a henna ceremony dancing to bollywood tunes, an over-night hen party (the list goes on and on and on) and then they expect a marriage like the queen of the women of Jannah? We have functions of rife as a public challenge to Allah, inviting his wrath and then expect His Mercy and blessings in it as if we have a right to it? The audacity! My beloved Nabi’s ﷺ life and his families’ lives aren’t there to flower our events and to tick the box for the more “religious” in the crowd; or to balance all the wrongs in the event by adding a few Islamic lines; or to appease our guilt in carrying out such an event. The life of Nabi ﷺ and the lives of the Sahabah (R) and Sahabiyaat (R) are there as examples for you and I to emulate in EVERY aspect of our lives including marriage. A marriage is a sacred union between two people, and it is our duty to keep it sacred. My beloved Nabi ﷺ said,

اعظم النكاح بركة ايسرها مؤنة      

“The most blessed Nikah is the one with the easiest expenditure.” [1]

When my Nabi ﷺ asked his soon to be son-in-law Ali (R) what he had as Mahar to present to his daughter Faatimah (R), he replied that he only owned  a sword, an armour, and a horse. [2] He sold his armour for four hundred and eighty dirhams which was then presented as a very simple dowry to Faatimah (R). For the wedding feast, Sa’d bin Ubaadah (R) offered a sheep and some Ansaar offered some corn. [3] The simplicity and ease of their weddings was what put so much Barakah and happiness in their marriages. Nabi ﷺ instructed,

“Hold a wedding feast, even if only with a sheep.” [4]

Nabi ﷺ himself, gave simple wedding feasts to mark his marriages. Safiyya Bint Shaiba (R) narrates, “The Prophet ﷺ gave a banquet of two Mudds (3.5 kg) of barley on marrying some of his wives.” [5] To consummate his ﷺ’s marriage with Safiyyah Bint Huyay (R), Anas (R) narrates, “The Prophet ﷺ ordered for the leather dining sheets to be spread, and then dates, dried yogurt and butter were provided over it, and that was the Walimah of the Prophet.” [6] If we tried to emulate these Sunnahs of our beloved Nabi ﷺ in our weddings, then we’d see them naturally turn into beautiful marriages InshaaAllah!

 

[1] Bayhaqi in his Shu’ab al-Iman & Mishkat al-Masabih
[2] Kifayat at-Taalib, Bihar al-Anwaar
[3] Kanzul Umaal
[4] Sahih Bukhari
[5] Sahih Bukhari
[6] Sahih Bukhari

 

Zainab Bint Husain

Revive a Sunnah: Dusting Bed

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Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,
“None of you will have (true) faith until he loves me more than his father, his children and all of mankind.”
(Bukhari)

 

What better way to show our love than by loving the things our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) loved?
Let’s revive a Sunnah!

 

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,
“When one of you goes to his bed, let him dust off his bed with the inner extremity of his lower garment, for he does not know what came onto it after he left it. Then let him say, ‘In Your name my Lord, I lie down, and in Your name I rise. If you take my soul, then have mercy on it, and if You return it, then protect it as You protect Your righteous slaves.'”
(Bukhari)


Zainab Bint Husain

O Companions (R) of the Prophet ﷺ!

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O Companions (R) of the Prophet ﷺ!
To him you were so beloved
How did it feel to address my Nabi ﷺ directly?
And listen to him answering so calmly?

O Companions (R) of the Prophet ﷺ!
To him you were so beloved
How did it feel to take the Shahadah for the very first time?
After the message was revealed and Hira he did climb?

O Companions (R) of the Prophet ﷺ!
To him you were so beloved
How was it to proclaim, “I bear witness that there is no God but Allah and YOU are his slave and Messenger?”
You were the first believers and your Imaan was so strong despite you being fewer

O Companions (R) of the Prophet ﷺ!
To him you were so beloved
How did it feel to steal a glance at his shining face?
What did you feel when he reached for an embrace?

O Companions (R) of the Prophet ﷺ!
To him you were so beloved
When Jibreel descended, did you see his blessed forehead perspire?
With words from above, which then did us inspire

O Companions (R) of the Prophet ﷺ!
To him you were so beloved
How was my Nabi’s ﷺ smile when he was pleased with you?
Did you see his eyes glow? Did his teeth show?

O Companions (R) of the Prophet ﷺ!
To him you were so beloved
How was his beloved face when he didn’t approve?
Did his eyes show his displeasure? Did his face redden?

O Companions (R) of the Prophet ﷺ!
To him you were so beloved
Where were you when you heard the tragic news?
Did you fall to your knees? Did you doubt it was true?

O Companions (R) of the Prophet ﷺ!
To him you were so beloved
How was Madinah after his death?
When you lay him in his grave to rest?

O Companions (R) of the Prophet ﷺ!
To him you were so beloved
He spent his days and nights praying for us all
We pray to be united with him in the Hereafter


Ameen Ya Rabb!

Zainab Bint Husain

Revive a Sunnah: Milk and Rinsing Mouth

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Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,
“None of you will have (true) faith until he loves me more than his father, his children and all of mankind.”
(Bukhari)

 

What better way to show our love than by loving the things our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) loved?
Let’s revive a Sunnah!

 

Narrated by Ibn Abbaas (R),
“The Messenger of Allah (S) drank milk, rinsed his mouth (with water) and said, ‘It has fat.'”
(Bukhari)

 


Zainab Bint Husain

Revive a Sunnah: Surah Kaafirun & Surah Ikhlaas

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Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,
“None of you will have (true) faith until he loves me more than his father, his children and all of mankind.”
(Bukhari)

What better way to show our love than by loving the things our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) loved?
Let’s revive a Sunnah!

Abu Hurairah (R) reported,
“The Messenger of Allah (S) recited in the two Sunnah Rak’ah of the Fajr prayer, Surah Al-Kafirun, and Surah Ikhlaas.”
(Muslim)

Zainab Bint Husain

O Canada! Our Home and Native Land…

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Okay, so I wrote this piece a (very!) long time ago. It really was what I felt at the time though much has changed in recent years and I am grateful for all the opportunities I’ve been granted in England. It’s been disheartening to hear from my fellow Canadians how much has changed since Harper was elected as Prime Minister. Canada went through a transformation, Islamophobia (which was seldom heard of) has been on the rise, and creating a hysteria towards Muslims has become the forefront of a not-so-Canadian agenda. With the recent elections and Trudeau being announced the new (and hopefully better) prime minister last night, it reminded me of all the reasons I loved Canada. Well done Canada for sending Harper on his way! Here’s to a brighter future, eh?

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Subject: O Canada! Our Home and Native Land…

May 19, 2007

Dear Canada,

I truly hope my letter reaches you in the best of spirits. I’m an 18-year-old Muslim female and I’ve been living in England for 7 months. Once upon a time, at the age of 3, I moved from England to Canada- a place I was proud to call “home.” Circumstances made it that my family and I had to move back to England almost 15 years later. Although I used to spend many summer vacations in England, living here is definitely an experience of its own. A sudden change from a country which stood for peace, freedom and security- is now beyond my grasp. My dad always tells people it feels as if we’ve moved into a third world country; I couldn’t agree more: the roads are overcrowded with cars parked on both sides, the streets are filthy with uncontrollable pollution, the blatant racism is so apparent, you think twice before going outside, the government is complicit in promoting anti-religious sentiments, such being the case of Jack Straw the foreign secretary at the time, who wanted to ban the Niqab (covering of the face for Muslim females), the teenage drop-out rate from school is so high, the government has to pay students (£30/week as Education Maintenance Allowance) to stay in school up to 18 years of age and prisons are so full that convicts are often set free with no consequences at all. Is it such a surprise that Britain has been rated the worst place in all of Europe to raise a child, according to a leading child psychologist? Gasoline prices in the UK are one of the highest in the world with a price of £1/litre and the sky-high priced houses are extremely small due to insufficient land. The average house price in the UK has now surpassed £200,000 and the highest being in London at £296,000. The list goes on…

That’s why I wanted to thank you O Canada, because you granted me priceless experiences through an unforgettable horizon in my life: thank you O Canada for allowing me the opportunity of being a Canadian citizen at one time; thank you O Canada because you have emphatically showed everyone that you are a country which stands for peace, security, freedom and a voice of its own; thank you O Canada, because you are filled with so many diverse people, colours, cultures, languages and faiths, I would otherwise not have appreciated the multiculturalism that really exists; thank you O Canada for allowing me the opportunity to experience what is now my favourite season of the year- winter, with its intricately designed snowflakes that covers the entire city like an exquisite white blanket, I would otherwise not have known what snow was. The English people in the part of England where I live, have experienced but one weather- we call it rain; thank you O Canada because you are indeed a beautiful country- every season you bring forth comes with promises of new hopes, dreams and aspirations.

So here I am now, wishing more than anything to come back and again be proud to say that I am Canadian. But for those who can still say it, consider yourself a very fortunate person because you, unlike myself are able to end your fairy tale with a “happily ever after.” It is only after you have lost something that you sincerely appreciate the rare treasure you once had so close to you. Bravo Canada, our true North strong and free!

Zainab Bint Husain
Bolton, England

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Zainab Bint Husain

Invest in Your Aakirah! Markazul Uloom, Blackburn

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In 1973, a dream became a reality and the first Darul Uloom in Europe was established by Hadhrat Shaykh Yusuf Motala Saahib (DB), under the instruction of Hadhrat Zakariya Khandelwi Saahib (RH). Students from all over the world sacrificed their lives and gathered together under the same roof at Darul Uloom Al Arabiyyah, Al Islamiyyah (Bury) to study the Deen of Allah. The work and effort  grew from strength to strength and as a result, more Darul Ulooms were established in the UK and overseas. Darul Uloom, Bury has housed some of the most prominent scholars from whose services we benefit from today, including:

Shaykh Ahmed Ali (Bradford) who runs his own schools and is a renowned speaker
Shaykh Saleem Dhorat (Leicester) who established his own Darul Uloom and is a renowned speaker
Moulana Abdurraheem Limbada (Bolton) who teaches in Darul Uloom, writes Islamic books, and is a renowned speaker
Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq (Leicester) who established Al Kawthar Academy, teaches, and is a renowned global speaker
Mufti Hussain Kamani (USA) who is currently an Imam and renowned speaker
Mufti Abdus-Samad Ahmed (Blackburn) who established his own Darul Ulooms
Moulana Fazlul Haq (Blackburn) who established Lancaster Girls’ Darul Uloom
Shaykh Zahir Mahmood (Birmingham) who established the As-Suffa Institute and is a renowned speaker
Moulana Dr. Mahmood Chandia (Bolton) who is a PhD graduate and a lecturer at UCLAN
Moulana Ibrahim Memon (USA) who established a Darul Uloom in Buffalo, USA
Mufti Muhammad Ibn Adam Al Kawthari (Leicester) who runs an Islamic Iftaa website, writes Islamic books, teaches, and is a renowned speaker
These are just a few of the many, many scholars graduated from Darul Uloom Bury Alhamdulillah!

There is a need now, more than ever before for Ulama of the Deen. These will be the people that we and our future generations  turn to for Islamic advice, guidance, and help. These will be our Imaams in Masaajid, our leaders of the community, and teachers of our children in Madaaris. Fundraising for another branch of this Darul Uloom has started since Ramadhaan and Alhamdulillah through the Barakah, Duaas, and efforts of our great Ulama, we have had an overwhelming response. We still need to reach our target and we are urging anyone who is able to participate in this noble cause to please donate and help make Markazul Uloom in Blackburn a reality. We have faith in The Almighty Allah that this Darul Uloom will be a success and house many more scholars of Islam InshaaAllah—the guests of Rasulullah (S). If we ourselves cannot become scholars, then let us at least be a means of helping others and invest in our Aakirah. Perhaps this donation may be the deed that’ll be our salvation in the Hereafter!

Zainab Bint Husain

Hurt

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So many apologies
But it doesn’t make sense
Back and forth, here we go again
I hurt you but you hurt me
Does that make us equal in some sense?

I never meant it, but neither did you
Then why are we both hurting?
Why is the ache still there?
Did I forgive you like I said I would?
Or did I taunt you and remind you of my generosity?

We are who we are because of our experiences
It’s the way I am and it’s the way you are
Are our arguments justified now?
Because I’ve run out of excuses
Closer and closer, but further than ever before

How do I prove it to you?
How can I make you see?
That every time I hurt you, I’m deeply hurting me?
The hurt is deeper than a bottomless pit
If only you knew my love knows no limits

Let’s make a promise—make this promise with me
We’ll meet again, under another sky
In a Paradise without flaws
I’ll be perfect and you’ll be faultless
And together we’ll be on the same side forever

Zainab Bint Husain

One Lovely Blog Award!

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I am humbled to have been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by peaceloveanunity! Make sure to check out her fantastic blog! Thank you for the nomination!

Seven facts about me (I’m going to cheat and use a few same ones from the Liebster Award nomination!):

  1. I love animals especially cats! If it was up to me, I’d have lots of pets!
  2. I can’t stop buying books and I will always find space on my overfilled bookshelf!
  3. I love vintage things especially vintage jewellery!
  4. My favourite season of the year is winter! I love when it’s dark and cold and there’s no where to go but stay at home next to the fireplace with a good book and a mug of hot chocolate!
  5. I enjoy driving especially long drives- very relaxing!
  6. I’m not a morning person! I can stay up all night if I had to, but waking up early in the morning is a different story altogether!
  7. My favourite colour is blue- relaxing and soothing. It reminds me of water, sky, and endless opportunities.

My nominations:

The Gutless Ninja because her blog is a true reflection of how brave she really is
The Katibah Writes because her blog serves as beautiful daily reminders
Iman’s Home-School because her resources are fantastic
Scribbles & Crumbs because her blog is inspiring and a testimony of how strong we can be

Zainab Bint Husain

Her Fight

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She’s trying to keep that courage
To show the world she’s as fierce
Doesn’t hurt, whatever the damage
Because she’s a fighter without tears

The struggle is hers to keep
Broken vows and broken hearts
Her scars are beyond skin deep
From them she can never part

Inside, where only she can see
She knows she’s slowly dying
It wasn’t ever meant to be
Happiness for her would be lying

Shattered hopes, but still she dreams
Of the day she’ll at last be free
Walking along the river streams
Memories for her to finally bury

Zainab Bint Husain

Revive a Sunnah: Vinegar

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Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,
“None of you will have (true) faith until he loves me more than his father, his children and all of mankind.”
(Bukhari)

What better way to show our love than by loving the things our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) loved?
Let’s revive a Sunnah!

 

It was narrated that Jabir (R) said:
“I entered the house of the Prophet (S) with him and there was some bread and vinegar. The Messenger of Allah said: ‘Eat; what a good condiment is vinegar.'”
(Nasaa’i)

 


Zainab Bint Husain

The Shepherd Comes Home

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The shepherd strolls down the lane
His sheep are waiting
For the familiar song
Of old pastures
And meadows new

He grazes his animals
Beyond the valley
Up the muddy hills
And he sings his song
Of old pastures
And meadows new

He steers his flock
Further down the fields
Down and round the stream
And he sings his song
Of old pastures
And meadows new

He takes them all a singing
The whites, the greys
The black ones too
And he sings his song
Of old pastures
And meadows new

He plants his staff upright
Eats his polished apple
‘Gainst the old oak
And he sings his song
Of old pastures
And meadows new

He stifles a yawn
Pulls his hat o’er his face
Rests easy and sleeps
And dreams of a song
Of old pastures
And meadows new

Sun’s gone down
Just a little light remains
In a horizon of dusky pink
And he remembers his song
Of old pastures
And meadows new

Up he gets in huffs and puffs
His sheep nowhere to be seen
Curses hither and thither
And he doesn’t sing his song
Of old pastures
And meadows new

Slowly he treks back up the hill
A melancholy body
No sheep to guide
And humming his tune
Of old pastures
And meadows new

Behind the house
The fence door ajar
Behold! His sheep!
And he sings his song
Of old pastures
And meadows new

Home at last
After a day’s hard work
Blazing fire and hot water
And he sings his song
Of old pastures
And meadows new

Greets his fair lady
How was your day m’dear?
The shepherd smiles, all is well
And he sings his song
Of old pastures
And meadows new

Zainab Bint Husain

“I don’t wear a Hijaab, but my heart is clean!”

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“All of my Ummah will be forgiven except those who sin openly…” [1]

Sinning privately is between Allah and His servant and a struggle that only He knows about and which InshaaAllah He will give His servant the Tawfiq to repent for. Openly sinning with no remorse is tantamount to a public challenge to Allah and it doesn’t just remain between a servant and his Lord, but with the people too. One is to unashamedly disobey Allah and then to further justify the sin, but “Allah will not help a people until they help themselves.” [2]

Lately, I seem to have come across many sisters who give reasons for their Hijaab – or lack thereof!

“I’m not ready for the Hijaab yet!”
“So what if my hair is uncovered? My heart is clean!”
“Don’t tell me to wear Hijaab, only Allah can judge me.”

Naturally, it led to many debates where not everyone agreed. Hence, this is merely an opinion.

At random, I started looking at other commandments of Allah. His order to fulfil the obligation of Salaah comes with the condition that one has reached the age of puberty, is sane, and is a Muslim. Similarly, the donning of Hijaab becomes compulsory once a woman reaches the age of puberty. But why are sisters so quick to make excuses like, “I’m not ready yet” and, “But my heart is clean,” when we don’t make the same excuses for our Zakaah and fasting the month of Ramadhaan?

My mind is at awe with the women around my Nabi ﷺ who dropped all they had in order to comply to another commandment of Allah with the hope of coming closer to Him. Faatimah Al-Zahrah (R), the queen of the women of Jannah, was the epitome of modesty at the time of Nabi ﷺ and continues to serve as an example until the end of time. Similarly, Umm Khallad (R) who upon hearing of the martyrdom of her beloved son on the battlefield, rushed to it whilst veiled. When asked how she managed to cover in such a state, she responded, “I have lost my son, but I have not lost my modesty.” [3] Such women had the purest of hearts and yet they did not make the excuses we make because it is not befitting for a Muslim woman to ask for concession in a matter that Allah and His Nabi ﷺ have ordained for her!

It may be true that a sister without the Hijab may have a heart purer and Taqwa stronger than that of a sister fully covered. However, when a Muslim woman CHOOSES not to wear the Hijaab out of her own free-will (without a valid Shar’i reason), she becomes another fallen brick in the wall that divides us as an Ummah because she has chosen to hide her identity. Those who wear the Hijaab (despite their struggles) are then labelled fanatics and extremists because another side has presented a “liberal” image which shows the world that it clearly isn’t mandatory to wear the Hijaab and it can’t really be part of the faith! And so in this manner, she makes it harder for her “Hijabi” sister to practise her faith.

Those who refuse the Hijaab claiming only Allah can judge them, remember that indeed Allah WILL judge them. Let’s help one another become stronger in our faith and show the world that we are proud of our identity. May Allah help each of us in our struggles and only He knows what they are.

Do you agree? Disagree? All comments welcome but please be courteous.

[1] Bukhari and Muslim
[2] Surah Ra’ad (13:11)
[3] Abu Dawud

Zainab Bint Husain

His Plan

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The stumbles
The falls
He decided
I accepted

The smiles
The joys
He decided
I accepted

The greater plan
The wiser plan
He decided
I accepted

Zainab Bint Husain

Revive a Sunnah: Surma

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Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,
“None of you will have (true) faith until he loves me more than his father, his children and all of mankind.”
(Bukhari)

 

What better way to show our love than by loving the things our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) loved?
Let’s revive a Sunnah!

 

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,
“The best of your kohl is Ithmid, for it improves the eyesight and makes the eyelashes grow.”
(Ibn Majah)

Zainab Bint Husain

Revive a Sunnah: Solar Eclipse

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Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,
“None of you will have (true) faith until he loves me more than his father, his children and all of mankind.”
(Bukhari)

What better way to show our love than by loving the things our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) loved?
Let’s revive a Sunnah!

 

Asmaa (R) narrates: “Indeed, the Messenger of Allah (S) instructed people to free slaves during the solar eclipse.”

(Bukhari)

Zainab Bint Husain

RE: “Worried about Muslims in the UK? Here’s the answer” by James Kirkup

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RE: “Worried about Muslims in the UK? Here’s the answer” by James Kirkup

In present day UK, when Islamophobia is on the rise, community leaders bring people together for inter-faith discourses and hold open days in religious institutions, all in a tireless effort to foster a more tolerant society.

So, when I read James Kirkup’s recent article on “Worried about Muslims? Here’s the answer,” I was very disappointed. His opening line and opinion poll was a provocative gesture in inciting unnecessary hatred amongst a society working towards tolerance. His retweet, “Disgusting. Islam is pure evil. A religion designed to persecute Christians and Jews (Feb., 13, 2015),” serves as another example of the hysteria he is creating. As the executive editor of The Telegraph, he carried a responsibility, and sadly, he let us down.

How can your paper allow such blatant Islamophobic remarks? Should we not expect more from the editors of our newspapers, whom we rely on to provide a fair representation of our society without any bias?

I am truly disheartened with this article from The Telegraph and I really hope Kirkup is held accountable for his hostility and Islamophobic sentiments.

Click here to send a complaint to The Telegraph

Zainab Bint Husain

Twitter: @ZBintHusain

Revive a Sunnah: Cucumber With Dates

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Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,
“None of you will have (true) faith until he loves me more than his father, his children and all of mankind.”
(Bukhari)

What better way to show our love than by loving the things our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) loved?
Let’s revive a Sunnah!

Abdullah Ibn Jaa’far (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates,
“The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) ate cucumbers with dates.”
(Tirmidhi)

 

Zainab Bint Husain

Silence

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You tried to silence her but
You only made her louder and
You forgot she speaks what
You don’t like to hear and
She will never be silenced

 


Zainab Bint Husain

The Liebster Award!

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I am humbled to have been nominated for the Liebster Award from muslimgirlinlove.com! I had to do some research to learn more about what it was! JazakAllah!

 

The answers to the questions from muslimgirlinlove.com:

  1. What is the hardest thing you have ever done, or the biggest obstacle you have faced in your life?
    Memorizing ten Juz of the Holy Qur’aan but I hope to complete it in the future InshaaAllah
  1. What is your main goal in life?
    To be a good Muslimah and strive for Jannah
  1. What makes you happy?
    Lots of reading and seeing a child smile!
  1. What are you the most passionate about?
    Islam and defending Muslim scholars
  1. Have you ever gone fishing?
    Yes, but I don’t remember catching any fish!
  1. How many languages do you speak?
    I can speak 4 fluently and 1 not so well, but I only actually speak 2
  1. What prompted you to start blogging?
    I was sent an article from WordPress by someone and I was inspired to start blogging myself
  1. Who is your role model/mentor if you have one?
    My Nabi (peace and blessings be upon him)
  1. What are three of the most cherished things in your life?
    My family, my books I studied from in Madrassah, and lots of memories!
  1. If you could be anything in life, who would you choose to be?
    Anything related to medicine so I can go abroad and help people in need
  1. If you were the wealthiest person on earth, what would you do and why?
    Help the poor and needy, especially in the war-torn areas because it is a duty to help those less fortunate

11 random facts about myself:

  1. I love cats
  2. My favourite season is winter
  3. I love travelling
  4. I’ve had many pets including cats, birds (canaries, budgies, lovebirds, cockatiel, African Grey parrot ), lots of fish, a turtle, and counting
  5. I wear a Niqaab
  6. I enjoy buying books/kitaabs
  7. I love vintage things
  8. My favourite Nasheed artist is Muhammad Al Muqit
  9. I enjoy teaching
  10. I like writing
  11. I love Wotsits!

My nominations:

1. imanshomeschool.wordpress.com
2. thelittlestarsofislam.wordpress.com
3. islamperez.wordpress.com
4. veiledprincess.wordpress.com
5. fitmuslimgirl.com
6. inspirationalislamquotes.wordpress.com
7. myrevisionstuff.wordpress.com
8. theindianrevertedmuslimah.wordpress.com
9. therevertmiyabhai.wordpress.com
10. riyaadussaliheen.wordpress.com
11. faithiswheretheheartis.wordpress.com

My questions:

  1. What’s your greatest achievement?
  2. If you could visit any country, which one would it be and why?
  3. What’s your favourite post on your blog?
  4. What’s something you’ve done that you’re very proud of?
  5. What’s your favourite book?
  6. What’s your favourite food?
  7. What’s something you’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t had a chance yet?
  8. Do you have a favourite verse of the Quraan or Hadith? Which one?
  9. If you had one wish, what would it be?
  10. Who inspires you?
  11. Hot or cold?

Zainab Bint Husain

Usool Shaashi: Aam (General)

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Powerpoint: Usool Shaashi-Aam (General)

If there are any mistakes or discrepancies, please let me know.
If my resources have helped you any way, please share/like/comment/follow!

Zainab Bint Husain

Revive a Sunnah: Shoes

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Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,
“None of you will have (true) faith until he loves me more than his father, his children and all of mankind.”
(Bukhari)

What better way to show our love than by loving the things our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) loved?
Let’s revive a Sunnah!

The Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said,
“If one of you puts on shoes, let him begin with the right. And when he takes them off, let him begin with the left. And let him take both off or leave both (on).”
(Bukhari and Muslim)

 


Zainab Bint Husain

Believe

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And just when you thought it was all going wrong
When you felt you’d held on for so, so long
He planned for you above, with the greatest care
And you finally realized He was always there

Zainab Bint Husain