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Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be with you

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Bismillahhir rahmanir rahim:
بِسْــــــــــــــــــمِ اﷲِالرَّحْمَنِ اارَّحِيم
In the name of Allah, the beneficient, the merciful.

اَهْلاًوَسَهْلاً (ahlan wa sahlan)

How are all you wonderful people? I trust I am finding you enjoying this lovely day wherever you are…

A little something which is on my mind today:

When it comes to religion, our deen, as the youth of today it is indeed a great challenge to keep on the straight and narrow. Living in a westernized society there is so much temptation and exposure to things which maybe we shouldnt be seeing or doing. To face the facts – it is a reality. How hard is it not to resist that pair of shorts on a 34degrees African summer day? To not have a sip of what the in crowd is drinking?

Times have changed, and most families are much more liberal – as South African Muslim women we enjoy so much more freedom than our sisters in many other parts of the world. A freedom which we more often than not take for granted. Yet if we were to just take a moment to sit back and reflect, if we could see our lives displayed in a mirror a la that movie scene where you are transported to having a peripheral view of our lives. Are we so concerned with what foods the MJC deems Halal, that we do not stop to look at the little things which we consume in our lives that is haraam.

How many of us use these sunnah words during the day? How many of us know the following terms and its meanings? (

  • Assalaamu Álaykum (Peace be upon you) – by way of greetings
  • Wa alaykumus salaam (peace be upon you) – in reply to the greetings
  • Bismillah (in the name of Allah) – before making a beginning
  • Jazakallah (may Allah reward you) – for expression of thanks
  • Fi Amanullah (may Allah protect you) – by way of saying good-bye
  • Subhaanallah (glory be to Allah) – for praising something
  • Insha Allah (if Allah wishes) – for expressing a desire to do something
  • Astaghfirullah (I beg Allah for forgiveness) – repenting for sins before Allah
  • Maa shaa Allah (as Allah has willed) – for expressing appreciation of something good
  • Alhamdulillah (praise be to Allah) – for showing gratitude to Allah after success or even after completing anything
  • Yaa Allah (Oh Allah) – when in pain or distress, calling upon Allah and none else
  • Aameen (may it be so) – the end of a Dua or prayerInnaa lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’oon (to Allah we belong and to Him is our return) – this is uttered as an expression of sympathy of the news of some loss or some one’s death
  • As salamu aleiykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh -Peace and mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you
  • Waleiykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh-And peace and mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you
  • Bismillah – before making a beginning In the name of Allah
  • May Allah reward you – JazakAllahu khair for _expression of thanks May Allah reward you for the good
  • BarakAllahu feekum – responding to someone’s thanks May Allah bless you
  • Astaghfirullah – repenting for sins before Allah I beg Allah for forgiveness
  • Aameen – the end of a Dua or prayer May it be so
  • Sal allahu aleihi wasallam – whenever say the name of Prophet Muhammad Peace be upon him (S.A.W.)
  • Alaihi salaam – whenever say the name of a prophet Peace be upon him (A.S.)
  • Radi Allah Anhu – whenever say name of male companion of the Prophet (Sahabi) May Allah be pleased with him (R.A.)
  • Radi Allah Anha – whenever say name of female companion of the Prophet May Allah be pleased with her (R.A.)
  • Radi Allah Anhum – Plural form of saying companions of the Prophet May Allah be pleased with them (R.A.)
  • La hawla wala quwata illah billah – during the time of troubles There is no strength nor power except Allah
  • Fi sabi lillah – giving charity For the sake of Allah
  • “Tawakkal-tu-Allah – rely on Allah) to solve a problem
  • Tawkkalna-Alai-Allah – we have put our trust in Allah) when you wait for a problem to be solved.
  • Rahmah Allah – Allah have Mercy on him) when you see someone in distress.
  • Na’uzhu-bi-Allah – when we seek refuge in Allah) to show your dislike.
  • Inna Lillah – we are for Allah – when you hear about a death
  • Atqaa Allah -fear Allah – when you see someone doing a bad deed.
  • Allahu Yahdika – may Allah guide you – to forbid somebody to do something indecent.
  • Hayyak Allah – (Allah maintain your life) when you greet someone.
  • Allah Aalam – (Allah knows best) when you say something you are not sure of.
  • Tabarak Allah – (blessed be Allah) when you hear a good news
  • Hasbi Allah – (Allah will suffice me) when you are in a difficult situation.
  • Azhak Allah Sinnaka – (May Allah keep you cheerful) when you seek another Muslim with cheerful countenance.

I also came across  ( and (

Being a muslim does not guarantee a “boring” existence. Being a muslim is something we should be proud of. And it should all start with our Imaan, our Faith.

We should not be ashamed to wear our hijaab; we are so priviliged to be able to, unlike our French sisters. We should strive to learn about our deen in order to empower ourselves, and enrich our knowledge. In this day and age, with technology as such a powerfull tool we should embrace it. We should strive to make the lives we lead in this dunya worthy for the akhirah.

It might be hard to get into the routine of fulfilling our religious obligations, of performing our salaah and wearing our hijaab. It might be hard not going to clubs and disassociating ourselves from being in the ‘it’ crowd. At the end of the day, when we are seated in sajdah and feel the release from the hold society has on us to conform – that feeling of being close to Allah makes it all worth it.


Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be with you



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As an educator I am passionate about children and education. I am also a modern Muslimah trying to find the perfect balance for east to meet west..

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  2. Mtume Mohammad saw alisema hapana amali(amri) yeyote ila nimekufundisheni na nimemjulisheni…Ukweli ni hasara ni jambo au kitendo ambacho hajawahi kukitenda mtume au amri asiyoiamrisha au hasara ni Uovu au harabu ya nafsi yako kinyume na mtume.


  4. Asraful Malitha

    these are the wonderful ..

  5. It’s true..
    Being a Muslim is a grateful thing.
    We should never forget that.

  6. Mashallah I like this because so beautiful to and continuous read I love this page

  7. Dearest Brothers-in-Islam & Sisters-in-Islam,

    Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh!

    My wife Ho Yoo Yee (Shirin Ho) whom I had been married for many years hadn’t been officially converted to Islam yet in any Muslim centre due to my own many personal reasons but she often recited some Muslim prayers practically everyday sometimes on her part and sometimes on my reminder that I asked her to protect herself and all her loved ones faithfully with certain easy Islamic recitations she could remember.

    In fact, I wanted to find the right time to bring her to Muslim Converts’ Association to help her officially convert to Islam asap. But alas, my wife was suffering from a sudden Acute Myocardial Infarction at about 9 something yesternight on Sunday 23 February 2014 inside an ambulance near to my home at Tampines St 45 and she was being on cpr machines inside the ambulance and at Changi Hospital emergency ward till 11.11 PM she was finally declared dead due to Acute Myocardial Infarction at the Changi Hospital in its emergency ward. Her heart failed to pump at all for so long despite all the medical device and many professional medical personnels had provided us with their best effort.

    I would confidently be her Muslim witness because she did reply to me personally for about several times now and then since many years back by following me to recite Kalimah Shahada. She did recite “La ilaha illallah Muhammadur Rasululah”! more than once in her later life in the presence of me. And she ate Halal foods for a very long time trying to refrain from Haram foods to her best that she could – and she did recite Bismillah & Alhamdulilah before and after her meal only when she remembered but whenever I often reminded her whether she forgot and she replied no honestly and she told me sometimes she forgot. One or two day(s) back at our home, she carefully followed me to learn again how to recite Astaghfirullah al’azim in silence and I know she did ask forgiveness from Allah willingly.

    I am truly not a very learned Muslim convert because of my own faults (Astagfirullahal’azim!) and partly, due to my own time problems of my new workplaces after retrenchment in 2008 which caused me to be unable to bring myself and my late wife during our spare time to study Islam for quite many years.

    I am right now at a great loss for words and for every serious matter; and I don’t fully know how to perform Janazah/funeral prayers for my late wife as well. All my non-Muslim family members and non-Muslim in-laws aren’t capable of helping me to go through all my Muslim funeral procedures that which should take place on this coming Tuesday’s morning. My Janazah Prayers for my late wife might be performed after Zohor Prayers (Singapore Muslim Prayer Time: 1.19 PM) on this Tuesday 25 February 2014. I hope you could gather as much willing Muslims all over Singapore and elsewhere if possible to perform Janazah Prayers and recite Al Fatiha as well for my late wife on my behalf.

    Again, I wholeheartedly beg all of you on my knees as your brother-in-Islam to give her spiritual hope in the Janazah Prayers before she reaches Bazarkh and also, your precious prayer of Al-Fatiha to my late wife is most needed, so that she could easily enter Jannah/Paradise for eternity! Of course, I entrust Allah(SWT) to take good care of her spiritual life in the Hereafter for eternity. I hope to be her eternal Muslim husband in the Hereafter as well. Insha-Allah!

    She had been my most faithful, obedient, kind and caring wife for many years. I would have to miss her forever and ever calling me up for my work/prayer, sweeping and cleaning our house, cooking for me when I’d be back home, strictly advising me where my behaviour gone wrong, making up the bed, ironing my dress, shopping with me and many many others. I have sincerely promised to Allah(SWT) and to her personally that I would be her one and only husband here and in the Hereafter quite many times since the day I have converted to Islam many years back. She was 54 years of age when she left this world yesternight.

    Insha-Allah to all we say and do!

    Please advise and help me urgently! I will say thank you all very much at the bottom of my heart.

    With warmest regards,

    Muhammad Mustafa Lim

    I can be contacted
    @ 9866 1098
    @ 9466 7888
    @ 6787 6674

    • Assalaamu alaykum brother

      May Allah grant you strength. Unfortunately I have only seen this now and hope you had been successful in consulting with someone in your area who is learned. May the Almighty grant all Marhooms Jannatul’Firdaws In shaa Allah.

      • السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ my Dear Brother, i’m truly sorry for what has happened to you and i just read this website and all the comments now. I know i may be very late but i would love to give my prayers to your wonderful faithful wife , and inshaallah allah will place her in jannah plus may you and her reunite in the hereafter. Thank You for sharing your story bcz it has inspired me and furthermore it’s the holy ramadan month and i want to do a lot of good deeds.
        Sincerely Your younger sister
        Irsalina fathimah Saladin 😉

  8. Abdul hafeez khan

    Walaikum assalam warahmath ullahi wabarakutuhu subhan allah

  9. Assalamu’alaykum Sister,

    I want to know when somebody say Ma Sha Allah, what do we supposed to answer?


    • P.s a little rectification In Sha Allah is wriiten as thiswhich means if Allah Wills but not as insha Allah coz it means create Allah… Na’ouzhoubillah

      • Jazakallah hu khairan. Yes I am aware, I referenced the link where I sourced that article, but I personally use In shaa Allah. However I know many Arabs who write Inshallah, but Allahu ‘alam, Allah knows best.

    • Wa’alaykum mus salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatu

      I speak under correction, but I would say Alhamdulillah as Ma sha Allah would mean as Allah has willed, and Alhamdulillah meaning praise be to Allah.

      • Wa’alaykum mus salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatu.
        Ma Sha Allah. Please keep us informing about deen. Jazakh Allah.

  10. Jazakh Allah this is great knowledge

  11. very nice information .. frequently searching for Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh with right spelling .. Alhamdulillah ..

  12. THE Mashallah I like this because so beautiful to and VERY NISE PAGE ASSALAMUALIKUM FRENDS

  13. 11 July, 2013 21:55 →
    Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be with you

  14. سْــــــــــــــــــمِ اﷲِالرَّحْمَنِ اارَّحِيم
    BY SABITH CK MOGRAL 7736783053

  15. السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

  16. السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ
    my Dearest Sister, it surprises me the fact that you are from South Africa and im extremely grateful that you are a muslim. Im so proud to call you my sister in islam and you seem to be an amazing muslimah. Alhamdulillah. I thank you for sharing this splendid infromation and filled my summer with alot of barakah bcz my aim for this summer 2k14 was doing lots of good deeds & knowing deeper about our religion Islam. Again shukran kasiran ya ukhti shahirazad 🙂
    Sincerely Your Younger Sister from Indonesia
    Irsalina Fathimah Saladin ❤

  17. Masha allah…qhair…

  18. Assalamu’alaikum warohmatullohi wabarokatuh

    nice blog, nice share, keep spirit in our faith..

    thankyou my sister, thankyou my brother , for sharing and remembered me to Allah S W T,

    wherever you are. I love you…

    keep strong.. for MM lim.. (Alfatiha…..)

    for All Muslim & Muslimah arround the dunya .. (Alfathia…)

    hope we all strong to face the fitna dunya, and hope we all bring into Jannah and meet there

    soon.. Ameeen…Allohumma Ameeen…

    Wassalamu’alaikum warohmatullohi wabarokatuh.

    Aran Ar Rasyid

  19. Assalamu’alaikum warohmatullohi wabarokatuh

    nice blog, nice share, keep spirit in our faith..

    thankyou my sister, thankyou my brother , for sharing and remembered me to Allah S W T,

    wherever you are. I love you…

    keep strong.. for MM lim.. (Alfatiha…..)

    for All Muslim & Muslimah arround the dunya .. (Alfatiha…)

    hope we all strong to face the fitna dunya, and hope we all bring into Jannah and meet there

    soon.. Ameeen…Allohumma Ameeen…

    Wassalamu’alaikum warohmatullohi wabarokatuh.

    Arfan Ar Rasyid


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