Surah Yusuf and the victim mentality

As salaam alaikum,

My name is Yasmin, and I’ve been in a perpetual victim mentality for decades. Alhamdulillah for the past couple of years I haven’t been in it perpetually – there have been moments, even days of clarity, of recognizing that I am not still a victim.

But that feeling of being constantly the …


The Step You’re Missing to Spiritual Healing: Acceptance

During the holidays, we had a couple of fish die. One was a yellow lab, and after its death the only other yellow lab in the tank looked lost. As soon as my husband bought a replacement fish for the one that died, the other yellow lab instantly swam over to it and they …


There is No Comfort Except the Comfort of the Akhira

اَللَّهمَّ لاَ عَيْشَ اِلَّاعَيْشُ الآخِرَةَ

O Allah! There is no comfort except the comfort of the Akhira! (agreed upon)

I have a small book filled with daily duaas for each day of the week, taken from selected hadith. Alhamdulillah, when I opened it this morning this duaa was here, waiting for me.

Yesterday was extremely …


The Mosque in Abu Bakr’s Home

Abu Bakr (Allah ta’ala be pleased with him) was the first person in Islam to build a masjidul bayt – a mosque inside his house.

The background

During the Meccan period, the disbelievers signed an oppressive decree against the Messenger of Allah (Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him), the Muslims (Allah be pleased with …


Umm Sarah on the Blessings of Hifz as a Mother

Please take a moment and read this amazing article written by Umm Sarah. Umm Sarah is one of the largely unknown women scholars in our time, as she is both a Haafizah (someone who has memorized the entire Qur’an) and as a woman who has studied Islam.

I encourage everyone who reads this, man or …


Advice on Islamic Studies

One of the reasons why those who focus [on] Arabic and Quran before Fiqh and Aqeeda are more likely to remain steadfast is because both Arabic and Quran demand obedience and patient.

Anyone who studies Arabic will know that more than 50% of your teacher’s replies to your questions are along the lines of “you’ll


Ummu Sa’ad Al Askandariyyah: The Haafizah of the Huffaaz

Today I want to tell you about Ummu Sa’ad Al Askandariyyah.

Until her death (Allah ta’ala grant her the highest level of paradise), Ummu Sa’ad was the only person – men and women – who had memorized the Qur’an with the shortest chain of recitation from Prophet Muhammad, Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him