This Life

By Umm Rooman

This life is play and amusement
A delusional enjoyment
A prison for the believing servant
A home for the heedless and arrogant

This life is worth nothing
Yet we cling to it, our everything
And we know that death is certain
But for it we don’t prepare.



This life is so uncertain
One moment you’re here the next you’re departing
Repent to Allah before it’s too late
I tell you this out of love, not hate.

A brother like that

Shuaib received an automobile from his brother as an Eid present. On Eid day when Shuaib came out of his house, a street urchin was walking around the shiny new car, admiring it. “Is this your car, Uncle?” he asked. Shuaib nodded. “My brother gave it to me for Eid.” The boy was astounded.

“You mean your brother gave it to you and it didn’t cost you nothing? Boy, I wish…” He hesitated. Of course Shuaib knew what he was going to wish for. He was going to wish he had a brother like that. But what the lad said jarred Shuaib all the way down to his heels. “I wish,” the boy went on, “that I could be a brother like that.” Shuaib looked at the boy in astonishment, then impulsively he added, “Would you like to take a ride in my automobile?” “Oh yes, I’d love that.”
After a short ride, the boy turned and with his eyes aglow, said, “Uncle, would you mind driving in front of my house?” Shuaib smiled a little. He thought he knew what the lad wanted. He wanted to show his neighbors that he could ride home in a big automobile. But Shuaib was wrong again. “Will you stop where those two steps are?” the boy asked. He ran up the steps. Then in a little while Shuaib heard him coming back, but he was not coming fast. He was carrying his little crippled brother. He sat him down on the bottom step, then sort of squeezed up against him and pointed to the car.
“There it is, little brother, just like I told you upstairs. His brother gave it to him for Eid and it didn’t cost him a penny. And some day I’m gonna give you one just like it…then you can see for yourself all the pretty things in the Shop windows that I’ve been trying to tell you about.”
Shuaib got out and lifted the boy to the front seat of his car. The shining-eyed older brother climbed in beside him and the three of them began a memorable ride. That Eid, Shuaib learned what the RasulAllah (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) meant when he had said: “love for your brother what you love for yourself”.

Verse of the Day


Surah Al-Baqara, Verse 177:

لَّيْسَ الْبِرَّ أَن تُوَلُّوا وُجُوهَكُمْ قِبَلَ الْمَشْرِقِ وَالْمَغْرِبِ وَلَٰكِنَّ الْبِرَّ مَنْ آمَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَالْمَلَائِكَةِ وَالْكِتَابِ وَالنَّبِيِّينَ وَآتَى الْمَالَ عَلَىٰ حُبِّهِ ذَوِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَالْيَتَامَىٰ وَالْمَسَاكِينَ وَابْنَ السَّبِيلِ وَالسَّائِلِينَ وَفِي الرِّقَابِ وَأَقَامَ الصَّلَاةَ وَآتَى الزَّكَاةَ وَالْمُوفُونَ بِعَهْدِهِمْ إِذَا عَاهَدُوا وَالصَّابِرِينَ فِي الْبَأْسَاءِ وَالضَّرَّاءِ وَحِينَ الْبَأْسِ أُولَٰئِكَ الَّذِينَ صَدَقُوا وَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْمُتَّقُونَ

It is not Al-Birr (piety, righteousness, and each and every act of obedience to Allah, etc.) that you turn your faces towards east and (or) west (in prayers); but Al-Birr is (the quality of) the one who believes in Allah, the Last Day, the Angels, the Book, the Prophets and gives his wealth, in spite of love for it, to the kinsfolk, to the orphans, and to Al-Masakin (the poor), and to the wayfarer, and to those who ask, and to set slaves free, performs As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat), and gives the Zakat, and who fulfill their covenant when they make it, and who are As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.) in extreme poverty and ailment (disease) and at the time of fighting (during the battles). Such are the people of the truth and they are Al-Muttaqun (pious).

Aisha Bint Abubakar


By Umm Haneef {a deensister}

A long time ago, a baby was born into a very pious household. She grew up to become a role model for women throughout time and most of her positive virtues resulted from being around influential people during her formative years. This lady was no other than the most beloved of the Prophet (SAW) and his wife Aisha bint Abu-Bakr. She was the daughter of his best friend Abu-Bakr Sadiq.


Aisha (R.A) was born into a Muslim household to Abu-bakr Sadiq and Umm Rooman. Aisha (R.A) was very intelligent, softhearted, charitable, modest and pious. Aisha joined the household of the prophet (SAW) when she was 9 years old. Unlike the claims of the enemies of Islam, there was nothing wrong with the age difference between them at that time. We have to realize that in that era, it was quite normal, had it been unusual, the Mushriks (pagans) of Makka would have been the first to criticize the marriage. The marriage between the two was a very happy one. Hence Aisha (R.A) joined the rank of the “Umm Muuminun” (Mothers of the believers).

So today In Shaa Allah, I just want to share a few amazing incidents that depict the unique personality of this remarkable lady.

As a young girl, Aisha (R.A) loved playing with dolls. Once the prophet (SAW) visited her father and saw her playing with a winged horse she was barely 5years old at that time. He (SAW) asked her what it was and she replied it was a horse. He smiled and answered that horses didn’t have wings. She promptly retorted that the horses of prophet Sulaiman (AS) had wings. This incident goes a long way to show us how intelligent she was on religious and historic matters at such a young age. She had a very sharp memory that never seemed to fail her. After her marriage to Muhammad (SAW), Aisha (R.A) continued to learn so much from him and even after his death, she continued to exert important influence on the development of Islam and impact knowledge. She has narrated over 2000 Ahadith of the prophet (SAW). Most companions asked for her opinions regarding the finer aspects of the deen and during the reigns of the Kulafaur Rashiduun, her fatawas were accepted.

Aisha (R.A) was very generous and kindhearted. She gave out everything she had to the poor and needy even if it meant her not having anything to break her fast with. Once her sister’s son Abdullah bin Zubair whom she loved dearly remarked that her generosity needed to be restrained. Aisha (R.A) got very upset and swore never to speak to him. When she calmed down, she made up with him and had to free several slaves as a penance for breaking her oath.

Aisha (R.A) was also very tender-hearted and she easily broke into tears. Once a beggar came to her with her two children and Aisha (R.A) had only three dates in the house so she gave one to each of them. One of the children finished his share and started looking at her eating her share. The woman could not bear her child’s hunger so she removed hers from her mouth and broke it into two and gave each to her children. When Aisha (R.A) saw this, she couldn’t control her tears. 

Aisha (R.A) was also a modest woman. Her high level of Modesty (Haya’a) is in itself a marvel. As we all know, the Prophet (SAW) was buried in her apartment. Abubakr was also buried next to his beloved friend(SAW) after his  death, Aisha (R.A) said she used to enter the room with her normal clothing as it was her father and her husband that were buried there. After Umar bin khattab’s death, he was buried next to Abubakr as he had requested. Aisha (R.A) said after Umar was buried there, she never entered that room except with her hijab. She was so modest that she was shy of a man that had died and was buried.

These are just a few incidents that tell us how this amazing lady led her life. She neither lived in a big mansion nor did she possess so much wealth, but still Aishah [ra] is proof that a woman can be superior to a man in knowledge and in piety and there is no such thing in Islam that all men are better than all women or as some people think, that women are deficient, no. Aishah [ra], she was a proof who lived in this world, that a woman can reach the highest levels of scholarship, she can be extremely pious, she can play a role in politics, and she can be remembered as a righteous Muslim for all time after her.

Love and Hate

“An amazing report by Ibn ‘Umar (ra) : “”By Allah, if I were to give all my wealth – mountains and mountains of it – in the Path of Allah; and if I were to pray all night never to sleep; and if I were to fast all day never to break my fast; then thereafter I met Allah (swt) on the Day of Resurrection while I had still left out loving a person of goodness and hating the people of badness (for what they do) and not having made friends with Muslimeen; then I would still be afraid that Allah would throw me on my face into the fire.””

What does this mean? You can be the most pious of worshippers, taking care of all your personal ‘ibaadah, but if you hate the people of belief…! Then rest assured that Allah will not look upon you favorably. Allahu Akbar.”

Let Your Heart Live

By Umm Luqman {a deensister}

“O you who have believed, respond to Allah and to the messenger when he calls you to that which gives you life. And know that Allah intervenes between a man and his heart and that to Him you will be gathered”(Anfaal:24).


This ayah, I love. ”..when he calls you to that which gives you life’…is a survival tip we all need. I mean, we all know death..but what if we are dying without even knowing? Dying from the inside, slowly, steadily…sadly.
So, the tip is response, ‘we hear and we obey’. We respond by doing as we are told. So let Him intervene between you and your heart which is unavoidably inclined to evil (as stated in the Qur’aan;12:53), and that which kills it. Let the only One who knows what is best for it take care of it. Be flexible, open-minded, a free-spirit, let your heart LIVE.