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BY Fadia Bint Ismail

Book Written by : Dr Feryad A.Hussain

I recently read a very interesting book called Therapy from the Quran and Ahadith. Made me realize that the Quran and Hadith has tremendous amounts of guidance to help each and everyone one of us though our difficulties and through our good times.

I think we all have looked for ways to help us cope with the many things that hold us down, whether it be our job, family, friends loved ones etc and trust me when i say when you fall completely inlove with the Quran it is a source of therapy and guidance to help us in our lives Inshallah.

So what is the book about, firstly many of us probably see a therapist or a psychologist etc but sometimes they are helpful and sometimes they are not, what i have realized is that the words of the Quran are so deep that when we read it, it is as if Allah is speaking directly to us…Now when you go to a therapist they do not heal the underlying factor but basically they only state the obvious.

This is where this book comes in. The author uses verses from the Quran and Hadith to illustrate various situations in our lives for example

  1. Being Realistic
  2. Divine Decree – something we all do not fully understand nor accept
  3. Forgiveness
  4. Helpful role models

and the list goes on, so you have to read it to find out for yourself..however i will share things from the book that stood out for me Inshallah

” Positive thinking breeds inner peace and effects our behaviour”

” All behaviour is an active choice” The Prophet (SAW) said virtue is a kind nature and vice is what festers in your heart and that which you detest for anyone to know”

“Allah (SWT) tells us that one of the first people to be sent to the hell fire will be the on who gave in charity only to be seen by others”

“And if Allah touches you with harm, none can remove it but He and if He touches you with good, then He is able to do all things (Sr Al Anam)

“the lightning almost snatches away their sight, whenever it flashes for them, they walk therein and when darkness covers them they stand still. And if Allah willed He could have taken away their hearing and their sight. Certainly Allah has power over all things” (Sr Al Baqarah)

“It is easy to feel overpowered by negative behaviours of other people and to want to give up forgetting the fact that such schemes are only as powerful as the individuals response to them”

“The power of prayer can never be underestimated, be it in the form of five daily prayers of Islam or supplications to the Creator (SWT)”

I will leave it at that…i feel that this book is a character building tool and it should  be read more than once to truly absorb what the author is trying to say.

So please purchase this book.

May it be a means of relief for those who are silently suffering …Inshallah




By Fadia Bint Ismail

I could say a million things but even that wouldn’t be enough.

I am drowning in my sorrow.

The words you say pierce my heart.

You were suppose to be here for me…..

What can I say next ? but to go on my knees prostrating and making Dua for you.

Allah’s name is constantly on my lips , glorifying HIS names begging him to forgive you, to have mercy on you.

I cannot bear to see you fall, the darkness has consumed you …is there a way out for you

Only Allah will know…I hope you can be saved

Life Lessons

By Fadia Bint Ismail

I always think to myself I have not had the life experience of those around me and sometimes part of me feels like I missed out on so many things…but those are just things and everyone’s path is directed toward something different, by the Will and Power of Allah (SAW).

I listened to a very good lecture by Sheikh Nouman Ali Khan, he has been one of my inspirations. His lectures are simple and easy to understand and he discusses things that directly affect each and every one of us. His lecture titled “Get through hard times with patience” …easier said than done right ? but when I thought about what he said, each and everything in our life is a gift from Allah, any problems we face are not permanent.

One of the most difficult things that I see from others close to me is that when they believe they have everything they kind of loose their dependency on Allah, and this is where they go wrong because everything we have only comes from  one source and that is from Allah.

Sheikh Nouman Ali Khan always says that we should train our heart and our tongue because what our tongue says our heart feels and this is usually how people create opinions about us, bad or good.

Please guys listen to his lectures…..and don’t form bad opinions like others who have listened to him saying..” oh he doesn’t wear a fez in his lectures on Youtube” a Fez doesn’t make you a good scholar…just look at those Ulemah who dress in turbans and long cloaks …are they perfect and more pious..

So listen to him and tell me what you think …

My Inspiration…Sheikh Nouman Ali Khan

The ABC …of Hijaab

By Fadia Bint Ismail

As simple as it may seem many of us women struggle with the choice of whether or not too wear Hijaab. Although it is compulsory to wear it the struggle is still real.

We all make the choice in some part of our life whether from a young age or when we are older. I myself went through what many of you may be facing.

Growing up I always knew that Hijaab was something I had to wear and having worn hijab all my life…going from wearing Hijaab with T-shirts, tight jeans not completely covered but still wearing it either half on my head, half off or around my neck I knew this was a was like the old people use to say “what if you die in the road who is going to know that you are Muslim” My Grandmother (May Allah grant her a high place in Jannah Inshallah) use to be super strict when it came too wearing Hijaab and I use to be in my rebellious phase where I would not understand the importance of it and when I look back at the things she taught me and said too me I realize that valuable information was of great importance and some how made me who I am today.

And so many years ago I took the plunge and changed my dress completely and started wearing Hijaab full time. It had its challenges especially in summer and people use to come up too me and ask..” Are you not getting hot” I would smile and say I am use too it already” I feel covering yourself up is a protection against the sun..and I for one dislike the sun a lot (chuckles)….

Many women I see are wearing beautiful Hijaab’s MashAllah, some have Turbans or simple Hijaab’s, whatever works for you right now..use that and eventually you will get to that stage and point in your life with Allah’s guidance InshAllah.

Whenever I see someone who is not wearing Hijaab I do not judge them because I know I went through the same thing but I will say that with growth and age comes understanding and wisdom, and when you understand our glorious Deen more and more you realize that many things in life are easier too do and implement.

Islam was not created too make our lives difficult but too help us live more peacefully and helping us have a better way of life.

So my advice is ..if you are having trouble getting yourself too wear Hijaab, take it in stages but don’t ever disregard what is compulsory for us.

More topics on Hijaab will follow Inshallah.

keep calm and wear Hijaab 🙂



By Fadia Bint Ismail

Many times we sometimes forget the importance of our duty toward our parents and the immense amount of respect we should have toward them. No matter if we like to admit it or not we are all guilty of causing some anger in our parents with our behavior and our manner of speaking.

In today’s culture we have adopted the “You cannot tell me what to do” attitude but if we only but knew the amount of weight our beloved Nabi Muhammad (SAW) placed on our parents with regards to respect and duty we would be ashamed of ourselves.

I am not about to preach about how perfect my relationship is with my own parents because nothing is perfect but when you are a child and you grow up your character and behavior either takes a turn for the good or bad. It is up too you whether or not you are mature enough to understand the responsibilities we have toward our parents whether we are a son or a daughter we all have the same duty.

I cannot say that I have never displeased my parents because I know many times they have been very unhappy, however no matter how angry they were they always loved me and took care of me.

And this is what we do not understand the amount of sacrifice, anguish and worry that we as kids put our parents through. You know when we will realize it…..when we have our own kids, but seriously should this be the deciding factor that only once we experience their pain and sacrifice then our mind will finally switch on and “Oh now I realize what my parents went through” it may be we only realize it once they are no longer on this Dunyah….

And so I share the sayings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) about how we should treat our parents… next time your disrespectful remember these words…

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW)says Beware, abstain from angering the parents, the fragrance of paradise is perceived even at a distance of a thousand years, but those who are disobedient to parents and those who cut off family ties with relatives will not be able to smell it.

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) says “One who displeases the parents it is as if he has displeased Allah. The one who hurts me and one who hurts me has hurt Allah.

The prophet Muhammad (SAW) stated “Allah will not speak to those who disobeyed their parents on the day of judgment, the one who is blessed with parents but does not fulfill their rights will not be forgiven by Allah.
Accursed is the one who beats their parents and their SALAAH will not be accepted”


Reminder foremost to myself..May Allah grant us all understanding Inshallah

Mending what is Broken

By Fadia Bint Ismail

“From the perfection of Allah’s Ihsan is that he allows his slave to taste the bitterness of the break before the sweetness of the mend. He does not break his believing slave, except to mend him. And he does not withhold from him, Except to give him, And he does not test him (with Hardship) except to cure him” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

When I read this Quote and at the moment when I read this I was going through a hard time with choices and in general my entire life.

If we have ever felt as though we can no longer go on, when life seems utterly challenging and we say to ourselves, ” You know what I just want to give up” .

I am sure we have all felt this way and so I shared this quote as a means to help those very people, including myself to help realize that when we feel like we are broken down into tiny little pieces it is Allah’s mercy upon us, so the stronger our faith is the harder the tests will be.

We can go on and on about challenges, hardships and how Allah puts us through difficult to help us and no burden will be placed upon us that we cannot bear, but I think the reason so many of us fail to realize the true nature of our struggle and the value of Allah’s mercy is because we do not understand why we believe in Allah and this is the question you should ask yourself, why did Allah create me ? and What is my relationship with Allah?

So ask yourself those two questions…..

This is a reminder first and Foremost to myself

The Value of Success

By Fadia Bint Ismail

What is the True Value of Success ?

We all have many goals, desires and fantasies which I believe are always attainable it just depends on how we go about achieving success which will determine whether or not it is truly valuable and beneficial to our lives.

Sometimes we believe that we will study become rich or to become famous and that those successes fulfill us but the more we want the more unsatisfied we become, when this starts to happen then the true value of success is completely lost to us.

Well a little about myself…I strived to make sure that I worked hard where secular education was concerned I think after a period of time this goal became so vapid that I lost interest in the purpose of it and thus Allah lead me onto a different path I guess I can say there is a certain period in our lives that some how or the other we are lead onto a different path…you see this is a test from Allah and he gives us things that He feels is the best for us, and so I let go of my desire to work for the corporate world and my life had more balance. I think if I had to work immediately in that type of environment I would of suffered just as how they say to much of a good thing can destroy a person.

So to me the True Value of Success is having

  1. Balance in ones life

Balance in ones life means being able to achieve our goals but with the belief that everything in our lives has a purpose and that purpose is that Allah provides us with the ability to achieve our goals and to truly achieve the actual true value of success is only when we realize this fact.

We may be rich and famous but if our lives are so consumed only by what we need materially and we forget that All things come from our creator then that is not True Success.

We can all become successful but it is how we go about our daily lives, what our inner souls possess, what we feel our key purpose on this Dunyah is that will determine our Value of Success.




Ramadan Reflection Part 2

By Fadia Bint Ismail

I realize that Ramadan is gone for now but how can I have a reflection part 1 without following it with a final part 2.

I think looking back at the blessed month of Ramadan I can say that every month is different I may not have accomplished all the goals I set out for Ramadan and although I feel disappointed in myself I know that circumstances change, life changes daily and even a few small constant good deeds are better than doing to many things at once which are not constant.

I think this Ramadan was probably the most challenging because of the different environment I work in as apposed to where I use to work.

What made the challenges fruitful and completely worth it was having support from your colleagues who are not even Muslim but who respects your religion and found it in their heart to support you by even fasting with you for the entire month. They realized the beauty and benefits of fasting and to be able to inspire others to fast well I think that is an accomplishment which only Allah has provided.

My colleagues have expressed how fasting the month of Ramadan has changed them especially where consuming less food, being more aware of why we fast and what happens to our bodies when we fast. Asking questions as to what we do at night when we break our fast etc. So yes this Ramadan was different to any other Ramadan good challenges difficult challenges spiritually and mentally but Alhamdulillah through the grace and mercy of Allah (SWT) it turned out to be amazing.

I only Hope and Make Dua that I reach another Ramadan by Allahs will. Inshallah

Make your Ramadan a month to inspire others with your character and belief Inshallah.

Ramadan Reflection Part 1

By Fadia Bint Ismail

It has truly dawned upon me that Ramadan just started but now it is already ending

Does it not make you wonder how precious time really is ?

Do you not wonder how our life passes us by in a blink of an eye ?

Ramadan is a precious time where we can reflect and renew ourselves it is a time where we can truly see how much control our Naafs truly has on us.

I have written before about Ramadan and the ways in which one could change and the beauty of this month but i think every Ramadan is a different experience and i definately experienced alot thus far, there were good moments and moments of struggle.

It is now the last ten days of the Ramadan, time has really flown by so quickly i think the best way to evaluate your Ramadan thus far is to ask yourself what you did in the first ten days compared to what you have changed in the last ten days. Nothing is perfect and everyday will be a struggle, no Human being is perfect and everyone’s level of Eemaan changes. Sometimes you can find yourself on a high level of spiritually but then there are times when your levels are not so satisfactory but Allah challenges us only to help to remind us of his bounties and to be greatful each and everyday.

This is the essence of Ramadan remembering what you have good or bad Allah challenges us all whether we are rich or poor we all have to face the same tune one day Inshallah.

Well the blessed Month of Ramadan is not yet complete so i hope Inshallah to reach the end with the blessings of Allah (SWT).





By Fadia Bint Ismail

(A poem i wrote about Palestine)

The wailing cries of those displaced lives.

Why do they have to die? Children gather food, picking crumbs up off the ground.

Mothers crying having lost their children.

The burning, aching pain tearing them apart.

Smoke and fire disbursing. Buildings falling from every corner.

How will it be rebuilt? Hope and faith lost. Lives lost.

Children seeking shelter in the gutters. Trying to find shelter trying to hide from the bombs that are falling.

Amidst the rumble, dirt and bodies piling up.

People gather praying to Allah. Their faith strong no matter what has gone wrong.

Hoping to be released from this oppression.

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