My apprenticeship experience: First week of training!

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

I’m so sorry for being late with my post. Trust me to be late after I officially posted my plan last week!

Last week, we didn’t do a lot. We completed an assignment, which should have been done in 5 hours, but we did it in a few days. Oops!

It was to do with customer service and ensuring the customer has the best experience.

It was very interesting in learning how to handle different types of customers and what to do in each case, along with many other things.

We also did a customer care pack, which was to do with how to talk to customers and the types of phrases we would use.

In both there was a lot of content which is hard to explain fully so I just gave a small summary.

Overall, despite my frustration of being corrected by my tutor in a bad way (in my opinion!) on the first assignment, it was a really good week! Everyone is so fun and helpful. Alhumdulillah, we all seem to get on really well.

Despite it being a 1:2 ratio of female to male, it isn’t an awkward or intimidating environment. Alhumdulillah!

I am enjoying this experience a lot and insha’Allah I hope to do really well and learn a lot! Ameen.

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤

CLEARLY I’M NOT A MUSLIM?

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

I was flicking through my subscription list on YouTube to see all of the videos that had been uploaded and I came across Yousef Erakat (FouseyVille)’s video. It was titled “CLEARLY I’M NOT A MUSLIM?” in which he spoke about a comment he received after doing a video with a girl sitting right beside him. The comment read “Clearly you’re not a Muslim.”. He responded in an angry manner but with good points. He questioned how sitting next to a girl made me a non-Muslim, how helping someone with a problem made him a non-Muslim and how someone who doesn’t know him at all can be the one to take away his Islam.

The video made me think about the attitude that I used to have, which was that if people were doing bad things they weren’t good Muslims or if they weren’t praying that they weren’t Muslim. These ignorant and disgraceful views, that I used to have, have been challenged recently in my life through both my mentoring and my life. I have come to realise a lot about a Muslim living in the West and also I was reminded that in the same way that I have done bad things, other people are also human and make mistakes.

The best thing to do if you see someone, a Muslim or a non-Muslim, doing something wrong, is to make dua for their guidance and safety from the issue which is causing them to go astray. This is what you do if you really love your brother or sister.

This is the video.

I also remembered coming across Karim Metwaly (AreWeKuKuNow)’s video on the same topic. It is titled “I am not a Muslim?” In the video, he talks about the various comments he had got about him not being a Muslim. I wasn’t too sure of the context of this video however it was very powerful.

He was also accused of not being a Muslim due to the content of his videos. This infuriated him, as I am sure it would do to anyone, so he vented through the video.

This is the video.

The subject of being labelled a non-Muslim reminded me of the time before I practised Islam. I used to be laughed at due to the fact that I wasn’t interested in Islam and I didn’t know how to practise it properly.

I distinctly remember a particular instance when one of the more religious people asked me a weird question.

“What would you rather do, watch Top of the Pops or read Quran? (I think that was the other option. I know it was an Islamic option in contrast.)”

I then said, with full passion, “Watch Top of the Pops, of course.” I was confused as to why they asked me this, at the time. (Now I fully understand!) So I enquired and in between heavy laughing and scornful words, they replied “Oh, no reason.”

Now the situation is quite different! (Alhumdulillah!!) The same people, who used to laugh at me, now try to be my best friend, and I talk to them nicely but I will always keep my distance.

Negative people should have no place in your life!!

As we are all humans, we will make mistakes. However, the difference between a profitable person and a non-profitable person is whether they learn from them.

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤

Jummah Thoughts- I want to be a Muslim!

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

I was at training today and we played a small game just to get our minds awoken. We had about 5 random questions that we had to answer and one of them was “What do you often wonder about?” The answers that two non-Muslims gave were really surprising to me but also really sad for me. Two people(!) wondered about the same thing.

Why are we here?

I wished that I could give them dawah right there and then but I didn’t know if it was the right time and the right environment. I was so sad that they had this void that they couldn’t fill and questions which they couldn’t answer. But questions which I could answer.

The experience made me feel SO appreciative towards Islam and being a Muslim. It also allowed me to really understand that a lot of non-Muslims are searching to try and fill the empty void they have within.

We went to lunch after doing our work and I went to pray during the second half of lunchtime. As I came out of the room, which was empty and had lots of computers in, they were joking at the fact that I had been on the computers in there during lunchtime. I quickly denied it saying that I was praying. Then out of the blue, one of the guys in my class asked, whilst we were waiting for our tutor to open the door,

“How often do you pray?”

The fact that he had asked that showed his interest in Islam and I was so ecstatic about that!

A small comment, such as “No, I was praying.” invoked an interest in a non-Muslim and if we had more time before he came, it may have led to either a far greater understanding of the Deen or even a shahadah!

This whole day’s events just made me more proud and truly grateful for being able to call myself a Muslimah, whilst others are struggling to bring their hearts to rest and allow contentment to flow over them.

Insha’Allah I hope that they all convert to Islam and that they all find that missing piece that they are yearning for. Ameen.

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤

I have how many followers?!

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

As I have now got 50 followers, or actually 51, (Alhumdulillah!), I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you/ jazakAllahu khairan!!

I really appreciate the fact that you have chosen to receive my posts either through e-mail or through the other forms of contact that WordPress uses.

When I first started this blog, I did a post here and there but I wasn’t very confident in my ability to interest readers.
When I came back to the blog, after about a year, I had a sincere intention to spread Islam and the beautiful teachings, whilst also giving the perspective of a normal Muslim woman. I began to realise this was more important as bad things were happening around the world, in distant relation to Muslims.

Insha’Allah I hope that through this blog I have been able to fulfill some of my objectives, if not all.

I just hope to continue to be able to do so, insha’Allah.

On this joyous occasion (which should have been last week! Oops!) I wanted to do something special. However I am struggling for ideas. I thought maybe a post giving a bit of a glimpse into my life, through pictures and some written content (if anyone actually cares/is interested!)

If you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comments section below.

I have been thinking about how frequently I blog and realised it is not a lot and not regular. Therefore, I intend to blog every single Sunday (or Monday if something comes up) for the apprenticeship series. I intend to also blog every Thursday evening/Friday about any subject that may come to my attention. (If you have any suggestions, please comment away!)
I have been seeing recently a lot of advice videos on YouTube and I realised that I give advice and help others with their problems, with Allah(SWT)’s permission, nearly every day! So why not an advice series on my blog in which I can try and give the best advice that I possibly can give on a wide range of topics excluding questions pertaining to fatawa and/or any religious ruling?

I am SO appreciative of the support that I have got and I am often surprised by the people who actually enjoy my blog!

Thank you!!!

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤

My apprenticeship experience: Training!

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

I had my first day of training yesterday which was just made up of inductions and a few tests/quizzes.

I was so worried about the thought of meeting another new lot of people and also being the only female in the class but alhumdulillah, they were all really nice, there were only a few of them so it wasn’t a large group of new faces and there was another female in my group!

We got to know about the assignments that we will be doing and the credits that we need to earn. I’m still slightly confused as to what the assignments, both work-based and centre-based, are actually made up of. However, I should, insha’Allah, be able to get a better idea of what is going on in each assignment as we go along.

It feels like it will be a lot of hard work and a lot of theory but at this point I think I have the motivation and the determination to really do my best in this, insha’Allah.

Today we will be doing the Customer care assignment and I’m not sure yet but we may also continue it on until tomorrow.

A lot of this motivation, Alhumdulillah, has come from seeing children and young adults unable to gain education due to a multitude of reasons. Therefore, for Allah(SWT) first (of course!), I feel that I am doing this for them in a way.

Insha’Allah may all of our brothers and sisters around the world be granted the ability to gain knowledge, both Islamic and non-Islamic. Ameen!

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤