Category Archives: Reflections

Being Married to a Toxic Spouse

By Zaheda Motala Living with a toxic or narcissistic spouse can be an emotional roller coaster, where self-confidence is shattered, personal boundaries are constantly violated, and one’s sense of reality is distorted.  Case Study Sara was a pious and righteous 20-year-old girl who had always strived to please Allah. She had been married to Akbar, […]

The Rise of Villain Era

by Manaal Amir Ahmad  Is pop psychology just throwing the term ‘self-care’ around to hide all the chaos underneath? Are we sliding into selfish territory or as the trend says, “Entering into our Villiam Era”? The self-care craze is a hot topic worldwide these days. Research suggests about 80% of individuals have engaged in self-care […]

Ramadan Challenge With Imam Ghazali

You might be wondering what challenge has to do with someone who has passed away centuries back. Well, his sadaqatu jariah lives on and one of his blessed works – the Ihya is very much alive with us and I want to take us through how all the forty books in the magnus can help […]

Recognition of Rahman and True Servitude

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, where financial markets, commodity prices, and exchange rates often dominate our thoughts, it is crucial to pause and reflect on the deeper purpose of our existence. Indeed, the human has not been created, except to know and worship Allah ﷻ.  Certainly, knowledge of Allah is the […]

The Reality of the Transient Life

by Abdul Azeez Tunbosun One of the most emphasized teachings in Islam, which is also shared by the other Abrahamic faiths, is that life is transient. We came from somewhere, journeying on a mission and will definitely return at an undisclosed time. The reality of the unknown time of return is a mystery which encourages […]

Trust as a Dictum of Our Actions

Every bit of existence has a connection to TRUST. For humans, trust always precedes or co-exists with our actions. Trust is “a firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something.” Common, in our everyday conversations, are phrases such as “truth be told…” before establishing a fact. Interestingly,  whether the fact is […]

Reflections on Grief and Bereavement from an Islamic Perspective (Part II)

6. The end of times is marked by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, natural disasters and massive deaths Whenever a serious catastrophe hits this world, we see headlines speaking of the ‘apocalypse’. It is surely the weak human’s incapacity to imagine greater damage or his need to justify any of his reactions to what is happening. Our […]

Reflections on Grief and Bereavement from an Islamic Perspective (Part I)

It is very hard to speak of human grief because it calls for a lot of nuances and one cannot venture into ‘guessing’ words that give painful events their due. Nevertheless, it is only fitting to say that whenever large-scale catastrophes hit, they submerge the ummā in deep agony. Loss, in Arabic, is “ faqd”.  […]

Human Complexities And Experiences

By Abdul Azeez Tunbosun Reminiscing on some real-life incidents has helped me understand, in a practical sense, humans and the way we operate. The difference between knowing facts about something and directly witnessing or experiencing the thing can be likened to Robots and Humans. The former do not have soulful senses (to listen, touch, smell […]