Author: Hasina Suliman

Every Step Towards the Masjid

I grabbed my white leather jacket and my handbag, the raindrops began peppering me as I hastily made my way towards the road that would lead me to the mosque. The street vendors begin collecting their crates of goods, so as to avoid rain damage. 150 steps to the mosque, I find myself thinking ‘Oh Allah, grant me blessing for every step I take towards the masjid’ , I’m early for Jumuah, but not too early to avoid the weather elements. I brush passed a line of beggars seated on the pavement, two women greet me, i think to delve into my pockets but i know i don’t have enough coins for all of them. I walk on, turning into a small alley that leads me to the female’s section of the masjid, i walk in less hasty steps. I pause to steal a glance at the chandelier in the main section of the mosque, beauty contrasting the ever greying skies. Mum waits at the stairs to the ladies section, and lets me enter first. I feel touched by this gesture. I enter –  three steps in, and I recite the dua for entering the masjid. Mum repeats after me.  We do this by habit. I smile. It’s little moments like these that touch my heart to its core. Dua for Entering the Masjid:    اللهم افتح لى ابواب رحمتك...

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My Attitude to Islam as a Woman

Doesn’t this elevate ones awareness? Pray as if  you can see Allah, and if you can’t then know that allah is watching you. Do we only worship Allah on the musallah? We need to internalize the concept of cutting ties. When challenged say: Allah i’m doing this only for  for you. Forgive someone who has oppressed you. The reward of ihsaan  is the face of allah. From: ILMSA’s Striving for Excellence...

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Event Review: Striving for Excellence by ILMSA

Striving for excellence workshop hosted by ILMSA (Institute for Learning and Motivation) on 26 March 2011. A very well structured event, rich in content and inspiration with an undertone of everyday practicality. Speaker: Quraysha Sooliman Quraysha Sooliman studied Islam intensively at a Darul ‘Uloom in Pretoria.  She is presently studying towards an Honours in Political Science at the University of Pretoria, where she also lectures in the same subject. A mother of three, she holds a degree in Journalism, as well as a BA in psychology and criminology. Quraysha authored the book ‘Proudly Muslim’ in 2007 and has been conducting motivational talks and workshops since then. She is a member of the Caring Women’s Forum, MSA Tuks and the Laudium Muslim Women’s Network. As a muslim one should spend each day aiming to better oneself. In this age of fast paced life,  we blur the lines of convictions. The ideals of taqwa become watered down by new definitions. Quraysha Soolimans seminar , striving for excellence, covered the evolution of sociality and morale, clearing out the fuzzy lines and focusing on the ideals of spiritual upliftment. An event like this is difficult to textualise as it holds different meaning for different individuals depending on where they are in their spirituality. However,  there were many gems from the event that were too great not to share. I hope you, the reader,...

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Blue Hijab Day 2011 – Autism Awareness

  As muslims across the world we have a responsibility not only to the ummah but to humanity at large. The world has many afflictions,many of which the Muslim ummah fails to recognise as part of our  human awareness. On 2nd April 2011, Blue Hijab day was the Muslim Women’s way of raising awareness about Autism.       Read more on the Blue Hijab Day initiative for World Autism Awareness...

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