Not Obsessing over others’ Blessings: Prophet Zakariyyah’s Dua

Asmaa - August 2, 2017
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Prophet Zakariyyah (as) was entrusted with the guardianship of Maryam (as) while she was secluded in her worship and dedication to Allah (swt). At one point, when he came to check on her, he found that she had provisions – fruits that were not in season. His reaction to this is recorded in this beautiful series of verses: Allah (swt) says: Every time Zakariyyah entered …

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Into the Mouth of the Beast

Asmaa - June 14, 2017
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In mythological stories, the hero sometimes has to battle a great beast in order to survive, or rescue someone, or get his hands on some magnificent treasure. Three headed beasts, or fire-breathing dragons, or shape shifters who represent the character’s greatest fear. Usually, these characters are taken to the brink of failure and stare into the gaping mouth of the beast before they try one …

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Working Through Difficulties: Inspired by Maryam (as)

Asmaa - April 10, 2017
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My husband died in August 2013 when our daughter was 9 months old. In the years that followed, I wrote extensively about my experiences with widowhood and the struggles that ensued. A year and a half after I was widowed, I launched Ruqaya’s Bookshelf to host some of my longer writing pieces and as a platform to sell the books I had written. While my journey …

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On Conquering Fear: Inspired by Musa (as)

Asmaa - March 29, 2017
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Fear is something each of us knows intimately. No matter where you live or who you are, you’ve experienced some version of fear. It’s universal. We fear for our and our children’s safety. We’re afraid what will happen if we don’t have enough money to make rent or buy food or send our kids to school. We’re afraid that one wrong turn somewhere on this …

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Seeking His Shade: Growing up in the Worship of God

Asmaa - February 28, 2017
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Have you ever heard the saying — Youth is wasted on the young? Those of us who can still lay claim to being young often have no real sense of the value of our youth. We’re strong in body, passionate in emotion, and have ample free time that makes older folks envious. There are young people who use their youthful years wisely, and others who …

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Parenting is 99% Instinct – and You’re Doing Fine

Asmaa - January 24, 2017
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“If someone hits you, you hit them back,” I heard myself saying. “If someone pushes you, you push them back. Don’t ever let anyone hurt you.” This was my advice to my daughter since before she was fully fluent in any language. Since she was barely three years old, I have taught her that she has a right to defend herself against school bullies, children …

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Comparison is the Thief of Joy

Asmaa - January 17, 2017
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“Comparison is the thief of joy.” I’ve been reading Rising Strong by Brené Brown for the last two months (one of the perks of having kids is that you basically forget how to read unless there are pictures and rhymes in the book). She writes about how comparing yourself to others steals joy from your life. I couldn’t help but aggressively nod in agreement while …

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Life in perspective: you don’t know who’s in your womb.

Asmaa - December 8, 2016
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When you conceive a child, your hopes and dreams for that child overwhelm your heart. You discuss with your partner the way you’ll raise him, what you’ll feed him, how you’ll set a sleep schedule for him. You plan our her first few years – where she’ll go to school, what kind of friends she’ll have, what extra-curricular programs you’ll put her into. You’ll dream …

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Hurayrah the Cat: The Snake Catcher – Review

Asmaa - November 28, 2016
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I recently received Hurayrah the Cat: The Snake Catcher from this Kube Publishing in the mail (don’t you guys miss snail mail?). It’s a simple, sweet story about a cat (aptly named Hurayrah) searching for his “dad” Abu Hurayrah (ra) in Madina. My favourite part was the Prophet’s (saw) camel Qaswa making an appearance in the story to give Hurayrah some advice! Along the way …

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