Nusaybah Umm Umarah: Life lessons from Islam’s first lady soldier

Over the past 3-4 years, I have been actively seeking and trying to learn from the lives of Muslims of the past. Even more so from the lives of Muslim women. What were their goals, aspirations, how they conducted themselves through the highs and lows of life? Most importantly how do I derive lessons from …

I am not decorating for Ramadan this year and here’s why

As Ramadan nears, we all find our social media feeds filling up with all the decoration and activity ideas. Certainly all done and shared in the spirit of making it all the more special for family. But nevertheless at times daunting. Some years ago this was something new for me. Because growing up in Pakistan …

Now that I stay at home, has my degree gone waste?

“You put in a lot of hard work into getting your degree. Don’t waste it. Do something.” I have honestly lost the count of times this seemingly harmless statement has been hurled at me by very well meaning family, friends, acquaintances and even strangers. There was a time I would get very awkward about it …

The Case of Spilled Toothpaste: A Lesson in Patience & Parenting

For those of you who have been following me on Instagram, you will know that we are on a holiday. As we are specific about what personal care products we use, travelling means we have to take along all the products we might be using for the length of the stay. These include toothpaste, shampoo, …