A New Muslim's Diary

How Islam Changed My View on Friendship

How Islam Changed My View on Friendship

 I was never really quite the extrovert. My shyness as a kid somewhat morphed into forced extroverted-ness when I became older, the kind where you...
A Chinese Muslim Convert's Budget Wedding

A Chinese Muslim Convert's Budget Wedding

Being of Chinese descent, weddings are tricky business for me, a Muslim convert. From the sending of roast pig from the groom's family to the ...
When Falsehood Seems like Truth

When Falsehood Seems like Truth

I was invited to join a Facebook page, a ‘support group for Muslim converts’ a few weeks after my conversion. Those in it seemed so articulate and knowledgeable! But I didn't know that this was a dangerous way to breed one’s own version of Islam based on questioning anything that came in the way of catering to one's nafs.  How could I, a new, fresh, -gullible!- muslim convert?
Death, is a Blessing

Death, is a Blessing

The death of a seed is the onset of a shoot's life; the death of living fruits or animals in the human stomach is the beginning of their rising to the level of human life. As a seed sown in the grown becomes a tree in the world of the air, so a man who is laid in the earth will surely produce the shoots of an everlasting life in the Intermediate Realm.

The Secret Sabr

The Secret Sabr

The Wait is one of the most challenging experiences of learning sabr- it is inevitable. But we can become blinded by the thing that we want so badly, and ignore the multitude of other blessings that Allah gives us throughout that Wait. And when we don't see it, we are indeed of the ungrateful.
The Pen is Mightier than the Sword

The Pen is Mightier than the Sword

Someone told me it was unusual for Muslim reverts like myself to publish about their journey, about Islam, because they fear saying wrong things. I can't stop writing, though, because I could probably be someone else's only small peephole to what Islam is. But the pen comes with responsibility and a need for adab.
A Muslim in Allah's Eyes... but not in Yours?

A Muslim in Allah's Eyes... but not in Yours?

"Are you in a rush to convert?" This will be a question forever etched in my memory. Do we, as revert Muslims in Allah's eyes, have to meet your institution's requirements to be recognised as Muslims in YOUR eyes?
The Permanence of Loving Temporarily

The Permanence of Loving Temporarily

Do I fear death, or that my loved ones will leave me? Does my love cause me to cling ferociously to them, afraid that something may happen once I lose sight of them? Everything in this world is temporary. What is the meaning of attaining all these, to lose it all in the event of my own death? What have I gained from all of these, when none of these follow me to my grave?
Ramadan Reflections

Ramadan Reflections

Alhamdulillah, Ramadan is upon us once again. I sit here now, reflecting on my previous two Ramadans, and pondering about the one which I am abou...
The Gift

The Gift

Gifts are meant to be temporary, yet, we treat them as if they are eternally bound to us. Guard our heart, because what is deserving of our endless thoughts and our expectations is the only One who isn’t temporary: the Gift-Giver.
To the Convert's Friend

To the Convert's Friend

This is to you, the Convert's Friend.
The one who is patiently enduring, never forcing.
The one who is never quick to judge, the persevering imaan buddy, the pillar of support.
The one who knows that Allah will always guide, in time.
To the Hesitant Soul

To the Hesitant Soul

Dear Hesitant Soul, You wondered if you'd be able to follow all the rules. You didn't want to seem like a hypocrite; and you worried about your family and friends and what they would think. So you held back; you hesitated. This is for you; you're not alone.
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