11 Jun 2018

As humans, we are given a tremendous amount of power.

We have this power because we were given free will.

Although everything has been predestined for us, how we choose to react has been left to us.

It is how we are tested. It is how we are judged.

I used to be rather arrogant being an atheist and thinking that I knew everything that needs to be known about the world. Even if I didn’t have the knowledge in my head, I knew I had it at my fingertips...

16 Sep 2017

There are people who abhor the notion of converting for the sake of marriages. Whether or not the party who converted truly believes in his/her new faith isn't relevant here; If it was voluntary and a personal choice, great. If not, that's another issue altogether.

The bottom line is that these people simply do not believe that two people have to be of the same faith in order to get married. That it is far from the epitome of racial harmony...

28 Jun 2017

This is a follow-up to the post 'My journey in science and religion' where I discussed the evolution of my religious beliefs since I was a child. We ended off that post with my interest in Islam being sparked after a conversation with my husband. I was then posed with a dilemma: Science or Religion? Surely they were incompatible; there were scholars who made a living and a career out of debating against one or the other. As a science student who worsh...

24 Jun 2017

At the beginning

I was born into a family that was not too religious. My grandmother was Buddhist so that was what we practiced at home – burning joss sticks, joss papers, praying in front of the altar etc.

I would tag along whenever my parents were instructed by my grandmother to make offerings at temples and during the Hungry Ghost Festival. They identified more as freethinkers and practiced Buddhism in our home mainly on behalf on my grandmother...

5 Jun 2017

This happened in the Ramadhan of 2015, just after I converted.

I was extremely grouchy on this day for 3 reasons:

- Aizat told me that the mosque we were going to had no aircon

- Aizat and I were supposed to have our iftar at a Pasar Malam but he changed our plan at the very last minute to meet at Orchard instead (and I hate Orchard)

- I was craving for vadai (vegetable fritters) to break fast with but again, we were in the middle of Orchard (Aizat stil...

3 Mar 2017

Whenever someone converts to another religion, a lot of assumptions will be made on the circumstances that surrounds the conversion. Was it for love? Was it just to get married?

Don't convert for marriage

Or to be with someone you love.

I've read many comments that assumed that I converted to Islam just to marry my husband. Or that I was forced to convert.

I believe that most people (my parents included) have this perception that Islam is one of...

23 Sep 2016

This is my grandmother-in-law, in all her cuteness. 

This is the story of her journey to Umrah. And how she did it with two broken feet.

An invitation to the Holy Land

When she heard that Aizat and his family were planning a trip to Umrah, she wanted to be a part of it. It has been decades since her last Hajj and she was really hoping to return to the Holy Land.

Of course, everyone wanted to be supportive and get her there, but there were concerns....

20 Aug 2016

Following the CNA interview where my family and I shared about my journey to Islam, I've had several people get in touch with me on Facebook. A group of them were Muslims whose other halves were learning more about Islam. They asked for tips and advice on how they can be a greater support to their partners, which was really heartening.

Having spoken to them, I realized that most of the issues that they were facing were similar, and they often re...

10 Aug 2016

For as long as I can remember, I've always been fascinated with light and radiance. I hated the darkness. I hated dark rooms. I didn't like to be in places where there was no natural light.

There was once I had a mini panic attack when I was showed the place I had to work in for the job I was applying for. I withdrew my application on the spot and left the room. 

In 2011, I enrolled into a life coaching program. We spent weeks working and discoverin...

31 Jul 2016

Assalamualaikum readers.

With reference to the title, has anyone ever felt the same way? I’m pretty sure plenty have been in such a situation before. Well, if you haven’t then you are amazing and your determination level must be at its maximum all the time. So please share some tips because your fellow sister here needs ’em.

If you google the definition of the phrase, ‘2 steps forward 1 step back’, it means to say that someone is struggling in makin...

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