How Najma Taught Us How To Live

Najma Yasmin Gani from South London passed away at the age of 34 on 10 March 2012 after a six-year battle with leukaemia (blood cancer). Babar Ahmad writes about the correspondence he exchanged with her from prison during the final months of her life. The first letter I received from Najma was in October 2010. Enclosed with the letter was some money and words of encouragement for me. At the end of her letter were a couple of lines requesting that I pray for her, since she was in the final stages of acute myeloid leukaemia. I wrote back to Najma thereby starting a cycle of correspondence that was to

I hope you can SEE what I’m saying

Too often we have a negative perception towards people who have some sort of mental or physical disability. We feel sorry for them. It goes to the extent that you may even think that they are not worth giving dawah to, not worth that invitation to Islam. May Allah forgive us all for that. Have we ever considered… maybe its a blessing? Read what Abu Hafsah Abdul Malik Clare who was born without sight and embraced Islam in 1996 had to say: I get asked this question in almost every city of every country I’ve ever been in. “What’s it like to be blind?” I never get offended by this

Unfolding a rose

A young, new Ustaadh (teacher) was walking with an older, more seasoned Ustaadh in the garden one day. Feeling a bit insecure about what Allaah had for him to do, he was asking the older Ustaadh for some advice. The older Ustaadh walked up to a rosebush and handed the young Ustaadh a rosebud and told him to open it without tearing off any petals. The young Ustaadh looked in disbelief at the older Ustaadh and was trying to figure out what a rosebud could possibly have to do with his wanting to know the will of Allaah for his life and ministry. But because of his great respect for the older Ustaadh, he proceeded to

An Attitude of Gratitude: The Psychology Behind Shukr

She opens her wardrobe. Two dozen dresses— red, yellow, orange, pink, and you-name-it— are hanging there. After a cursory glance, she bangs the door shut. “Mom, I have nothing to wear for the party,” she whines. “I’ve been begging you to take me shopping for ages— you never listen to me! What do I do now?” He’s rummaging in the fridge for the fourth time. Pizza, chocolate, ice-cream, fruits, and juices are stuffed inside. He closes the door despondently and leaves the kitchen, saying, “There’s nothing much to eat in here. Let’s go to the café and get some decent food.” She wakes up with the same feelings of depression

Beautiful Powerful Sayings of Beloved Master ﷺ

Those who don’t know him and haven’t studied his life, often think of Prophet Muhammad’s ﷺ teachings to be full of negative or harsh messages. Many seem to be fixated on his sayings about the Day of Judgement and Hellfire, while conveniently ignoring his vocal messages of glad tidings and productive work. After all, the mission of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was described by God as follows, “O Prophet, indeed We have sent you as a witness (Shahid) and a bringer of good tidings (Basheer) and a warner (Nazeer). And one who invites to Allah (Daee), by His permission, and an illuminating lamp (Sirajan Munira)” [Al-Ahzab 33:45-46]. Prophet Muhammad  ﷺ