You ARE beautiful!

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

Being a woman, a Muslimah and someone who has been bullied about her appearance, I have always felt that thinking or, even more than that, saying that I am beautiful is a stupid thing that isn’t for me to say, think or even to believe the odd person who may say it.

However I realised today that this is a disgraceful thought to even cross my mind.

How dare I even think or say that I am not beautiful when I am one of Allah(SWT)’s Creation?

“Allah(SWT) only creates that which is beautiful and you are a part of His(SWT) Creation and don’t let anyone tell you other than that.” Mohammad Zeyara

We focus on doing things for His(SWT) Sake so why don’t we, those who don’t think of ourselves as beautiful, think of ourselves as beautiful for Allah(SWT)’s Sake?

It’s kind of like if someone was to make a huge intricately decorated cake which takes them a few days, just for you, and then for you to complain about every little detail about the cake. How would that person feel?

Bad, right?

Allah(SWT) is far more important than “that person” so really think about your thoughts on your own self.

Do a complete evaluation on yourself, looking and ACKNOWLEDGING the immense number of good things about you, whether it be your gorgeous silky hair, your caring nature, your beautiful smile or the many other amazing features which you have about yourself.

Imagine you have to do one of those job interview questions where you have to tell them your best attributes and sell yourself to the employer. Then all you have to do is insert in your best attributes.
These work particularly well in boosting your confidence and allowing yourself to be secure in your own self. (Trust me! I have done enough of them to know what I’m talking about! 🙂 )

Anyway, always remember, whatever ANYONE may say about your appearance or about you in general, you are and always will be BEAUTIFUL, since your Creator(SWT) only creates that which is beautiful!

JazakAllahu khairan.

Amenakin also has a great video up, which I took a bit of inspiration from, as well about this.

This is the video.

Recently I just found Yousef Erakat’s take on things. It was such a beautiful message!

This is the video.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤

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Allepo’s child nurse- at only 14 years old!

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu,

I hope you are well.

I came across this amazing video about an extraordinary young man who has inspired me so much.

Upon watching this video, my eyes flowed with tears and my mouth continuously uttered duas.

This young man embodies the Muslim youth, the Syrian revolution and the future for the Islamic world!

Tabaraka’Allah!!

May Allah(SWT) grant him and others like him Jannah tul Firdaus without any reckoning, goodness in this dunya and the Akhirah, ease, a beautiful, pious and caring wife and for his dream, to become a doctor, to come true! Insha’Allah ameen.

This is the video.

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤

Never mind lads’ mags, here are some other things I’d stick in a modesty bag | Hadley Freeman

Never mind lads’ mags, here are some other things I’d stick in a modesty bag | Hadley Freeman

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A Modern Muslimah ❤

My apprenticeship experience: after 2 weeks!

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

So sorry for not posting in ages!

I have just not had the energy to do so. I never realised just how hard it is, at times, to be a full-time working Muslimah!

Anyway, I thought I would reflect upon my first two weeks.(This is actually the only time that I have enough energy to write. It’s just a coincidence that it was at the end of my first two weeks. 🙂 )

The first week allowed me to gain a lot of information as to how to use everything and how to solve common problems found by users. It also allowed to get to know the company culture, become closer with my team, get to know people, and start using the staff benefits! 😉

I got to know some things about the users, from the ones to avoid at times (My team suggested them!) to the ones that need immediate attention.

I also got to know little tips and tricks which would help me in times to come.

The amount of software and hardware that I need to get a good grip on is quite big but alhumdulillah it seems to be going well so far and insha’Allah it will continue to go well and I will become very proficient with all the bits of technology that I will be using, insha’Allah.

My team have been really good as well, alhumdulillah! There is a woman in the team and another woman who sits next to me from another team, alhumdulillah, so it’s not that bad. Altogether, including the other apprentice (whose name is Matthew, by the way), we are a team of 6. Small but powerful! 🙂

As I go into my last week for this section of work time, I am slightly apprehensive of what the first two weeks of training will entail and how my classmates and tutor will be. Insha’Allah everything will be really good! (Ameen!)

Oh I completely forgot to tell you guys that I had a meeting with my work-place assessor on the Friday within the first week. (Sorry!) He went through what his role will be during the apprenticeship and how the training will be roughly set up. He gave us a outline of how we will be assessed, from work-place assessments to exams to assignments. We were given a schedule for the entire year and we were even told about the complaints process! They’re clearly focussed on making our experience the best it can be! Alhumdulillah! He then gave us all of his details and left. We now have scheduled meetings with him every six weeks, I think.

Apart from what is written above, I don’t think that I have anything else to tell you guys about. Just that it’s going well (Alhumdulillah times a billion!) at the moment. Insha’Allah I will try and take some pictures to show you what it is like there but I’m a bit worried that I will look a bit silly!

If you have anything which you like to know in particular or any questions unrelated, just drop me a comment and insha’Allah I will get back to you as soon as possible.

JazakAllahu khairan for sharing this experience with me and sorry for not posting much.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤

My apprenticeship experience: After 3 days

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

Sorry for not posting after my first day. I have been so tired the past 2 days as I get into the 9-5 routine.

My first day was okay but slightly boring as we just had loads of inductions, from both Human Resources and the Technology Support team. We, another apprentice and I, got acquainted with our desks and we got to know what lied ahead for us.

The second day was better as we got to go through a few installations and sort out some printer jams. We got to know how to do it and how to report a fault to the manufacturer if we can’t do anything else. We couldn’t do a lot because only one person of the Technology Support team was there and she had to take calls, as well as keeping us engaged!

The third day, i.e. yesterday, we learned a lot more, from how to resolve calls to how to add a new person into the system. The other person in the Technology Support team came in, after being ill, so we did it with him. With the woman in the team, we went through how to set up a BlackBerry for people in specific departments.

And we got a cupcake! Due to the launch of QVC Extra and QVC Style, the entire Technology department and Media department were all treated to a gorgeous cupcake!

All of the staff seem very genuine, kind, respectful, caring, understanding and very open, alhumdulillah!!! I realised this when the CEO of the company(!) came upstairs to call a member of Technology Support to help him with his problem, when he could have just got someone else to go up for him. That down-to-earth-edness (I made up this word! 🙂 ) is so amazing to see in a HUGE company and just as he doesn’t see himself too big to walk up to Technology Support himself, so does no-one else feel uncomfortable chatting and being friendly to every single person, whether they are in a department above you or a role “below you”.

From this lovely atmosphere (Alhumdulillah!), I feel like part of the company after just 3 days! I don’t think you could feel that with a lot of other companies out there!

Alhumdulillah for everything!

However, one important thing that I was thinking about was the fact that when working in an environment where it is predominantly non-Muslims, your heart may become hard as more of the love of the dunya enters into your heart.

I was wondering if you could help me by telling me some ways I could prevent this as the Akhirah is far more important than the dunya.

JazakAllahu khairan for actually reading this and being a part of my experience as well.

If you have any questions, please ask away!

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤

It’s EID!!

Assalaamualaikum alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu!

It’s Eid!!

Just wanted to say a huge Eid Mubarak/Mabrook!

May Allah(SWT) accept all of our fasts and may we be steadfast on the good habits which we have acquired during Ramadan! Insha’Allah ameen!

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu!

A Modern Muslimah ❤

My apprenticeship experience!

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

As I will be starting my apprenticeship next week, which will last for about a year, I thought to myself why don’t I blog about my apprenticeship and my experience for both other apprentices and the general public to understand what an apprentice and apprenticeship is, and what an apprenticeship entails.

Would you guys be interested?

I will try and do weekly blog posts with some daily blog posts scattered in there, insha’Allah!

I will try to speak about my experiences, feelings, anxieties and what I have learned through it, with the hope that it might help someone deal with and understand the apprenticeship as a whole, insha’Allah.

I thought of this idea just tonight as I sat thinking about what my first day and the apprenticeship, as a whole, will be like.

Oh and for those who have been very confused for the majority of this post as to what I have meant by “apprenticeship”, firstly, sorry! Secondly, I shall explain.

An apprenticeship is a programme which allows you to learn the knowledge needed for your particular field of interest, whilst allowing you to put the knowledge you have learned into practice, pretty much straight away. You also learn some key skills, such as team-work, confidence, professionalism in the work place, health and safety, plus many more. You get paid at least £2.60 an hour. Most apprentices earn about £170-£250 a week. You also get all of the benefits of a normal employee, such as paid holidays, company benefits, etc. Your studies are not for qualifications seen mostly at school or college but a lot of the time, they are industry-related qualifications specifically tailored to apprenticeships and they are known all around the world, whilst only a degree is known around the world.

In short, they are a great way to get your foot into the door of major and smaller companies as well, with Sky, Virgin Atlantic, Qatar Airways and Rolls Royce, being just some of the many companies that offer a way in.

Please let me know if this will be of interest to you!

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤

I see you!

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

As I watched a rather large spider sit there poised on the wall, as still as a statue, I glared at it, watching it’s every move to ensure that I was able to escape if it started moving.

However, as my whole attention went onto the spider and the decision as to whether it was going to come and attack me and when, I realised something truly amazing.
That this might just be a sign from Allah(SWT).

As I was so concerned about my actions and was very careful not to move heavily, in order to prevent the spider moving and running about, I thought to myself am I that concerned about my actions when it is Allah(SWT) Who(SWT) is continuously there and Who(SWT) can strike fear into a believer’s heart faster than any creature on this earth?

I sadly and regrettably realised that the answer was no.

We become worried and scared of other people’s reactions to our sins but we don’t think about the Opinion of The All Mighty(SWT) as much.

Why is this?

Why are we so forgetful of Ar-Raqeeb (The Watchful)?

Why do we not feel as ashamed when doing sinful and disgraceful deeds in front of the Most High(SWT) and the Most Powerful(SWT)?

As an ummah, especially in the West, it seems as though we have become numb to shameful deeds and grave sins, just shrugging them off. Be it looking at the awrah of a woman (it is prohibited for both women AND men), or having constant skin-to-skin contact with the opposite gender, we seem to be adopting the mentality of people that we are not and we seem to be taking on an identity that isn’t ours.

Our ways have come to us as a blessing to us, as our conduct, lives and ways have been outlined by the One(SWT) Who(SWT) knows us better than our own selves.

Insha’Allah may we all be more aware of Allah(SWT) and take care of ourselves as we are continuously being watched by Allah(SWT). Ameen.

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤

Letting go….

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

During Ramadan, we have left the permissible acts of eating, drinking and having marital relations for the sake of Allah(SWT). This, in itself, has been a big struggle due to the fatigue, exhaustion, hunger, thirst, reduction in mental agility and lack of concentration but our love for the One(SWT) Who(SWT) gave us these things far out-weighed our desires.

Within my life, I recently also gave up things for the sake of Allah(SWT), such as going on YouTube amongst others. This was because I could see that my time spent in these activities was being wasted and it made me realise just how little the time we have in Ramadan but also in life.

We use the extraordinary blessing of time in such a disrespectful way at times, wasting away parts of ourselves to the television and internet.

Time in Islam is such a huge blessing that there is even a surah all about time, surah al-Asr!

But going back to my main point. Leaving things for the sake of Allah(SWT) always leads to happiness, tranquility, ease and a higher level of imaan. As what we leave is most probably going to be something of the dunya, it only helps our hearts to be freed further from the dunya and it makes us become more dependent on Allah(SWT), the One(SWT) Who(SWT) created those things!

Insha’Allah may we all become of those who are able to be free from the dunya and to have full and complete reliance on Allah(SWT) only. May we also be able to use our time in a very productive way to gain the most benefit for ourselves before our deaths! Ameen.

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤