The Evil Eye in Us

“What’s the evil eye? Isn’t it superstition! You actually believe that there’s such a thing?” “Wait…. did you just say someone can actually harm you with their envious looks?” “It sounds just like black magic! You actually believe in that?” “Uh… okay.” – silence – It’s difficult trying to explain the concept of the evil…

When Falsehood Seems like Truth

The Group that Lured Under the Pretext of Empathy and Superiority A few weeks after my conversion, I was invited to join a Facebook group, a page termed as a ‘support group for Muslim converts’, which I enthusiastically plunged into (yay, an entire community who understands me!). As a new convert, there were so many…

The Pen is Mightier than the Sword

Learning from my Pen, and from Others’ Pens Sometime last year when I was still penning my learnings and notes on my blog Between Faith (before I started The New Muslim Co.), someone told me that it was very unusual for Muslims/ reverts like myself to publish about their journey, about Islam, because they would…

The Permanence of Loving Temporarily

Death and the Temporary World Do I fear death? Do I fear that my loved ones will leave me, one day, through death or by other means? Does my love cause me to cling ferociously to them,  not letting them out of my sight, afraid that something may happen to them once I lose sight of them?…

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 about to face, insha’Allah. My goals have become more personal as compared to my first Ramadan, where I expected myself to “read the Quran from back to back”, and where I…

Developing Good Character

“It is that you should serve Allah as though you could see Him, for though you cannot see Him yet (know that) He sees you.” — Prophet Muhammed (s.a.w.) I had a rather difficult time trying to tell my non-muslim colleague what exactly was the subject of the new series of lessons I was embarking…

It’s Our Fault for Making Islam Look Strict

As servants of God, we are representative of the teachings of Islam. Especially in the scrutinizing eyes of the society today, every little action we do brings across a message to others, even if we mean it or not. In fact, many of the presumptions that the non-muslim community has about us are actually a…

Muslims are Strivers, never Slackers.

After graduation about 2 years ago, my mind was made up to strive only for the best in my career- that was the only constant, my education. I had my journey planned out- experience different types of companies from small to big, different types of design specializations, and then finally become a famous designer. Didn’t know…

Backbiting & Slander

Don’t gossip. Don’t talk bad of others, even if it might be true. Don’t say things you don’t know. Or as Thumper (Bambi) puts it, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.” Around sometime last year, I backbit someone, and at that point of time, I thought it was the right thing to do,…

In times of difficulty

I came across this post a few weeks ago. It tears my heartstrings every time I go back to reread it over and over, such is the strength of this woman! And I cannot help but feel that the difficulties that I face at this point can never- I emphasize, never- amount to the pain…

Why Do Muslims Pray 5 Times a Day?

So many people have asked me this question “Do you pray 5 times a day?” And when I say yes, they open their eyes wide in shock. Frankly I believe some have also gone away thinking that Islam is so strict and rigid that prayers have to be ‘imposed’ on all Muslims, and if you don’t…

Stop Complaining, Start Thanking

“…to think now of the past and future unhappy hours, which simply do not exist, and to show impatience, and ignoring one’s faulty self, to moan as though complaining about Allah is also most foolish.” – Risale i Nur