Be Inspired: Qalam Institute Podcasts

Being Muslim is a constant every day journey of bettering yourself and striving to get closer to Allah. Some days, your heart is strong with faith and motivation, whereas others, you can feel a lot more distant and disconnected. One way that I find really helps me to remain focused on my religion and my purpose, even while living in a non-Muslim household with not … Continue reading Be Inspired: Qalam Institute Podcasts

My Shahadah, Five Years On: Challenges And Successes As A New Muslim

This February will mark 5 whole years since I took my shahadah. Half a decade passed by so quickly, subhan’Allah. Although there is still so much I want to learn and implement in my life and my religion, a lot has happened and changed in those five years, some of which I would like to share with you to provide some reassurance to those still … Continue reading My Shahadah, Five Years On: Challenges And Successes As A New Muslim

Begin With “Bismillah”

‘Bismillah’ is a word you will come across repeatedly as a Muslim. You may have already noticed that (almost) every surah in the Qur’an begins with ‘Bismillahi Rahmaani Raheem’, which in basic translation means, ‘in the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful’. As demonstrated by our Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), it is a beneficial … Continue reading Begin With “Bismillah”

Why Do Muslims Pray Five Times A Day?

Committing to five appointments a day sounds like a difficult task for anybody. Imagine if every day you had to visit the dentist multiple times, or had to attend a five minute meeting with a work boss, seven days a week. It would seem impossible, and not to mention enormously inconvenient. So how is it that millions of Muslims around the world are not only … Continue reading Why Do Muslims Pray Five Times A Day?

Translation & Explanation of Some Common Islamic Words & Phrases

Whether it’s in books, talks, or general conversations with other Muslims, after turning to Islam you may find that you’re suddenly coming across a lot of unfamiliar Arabic words and phrases. There is a definite beauty in sharing a common language throughout the entire religion. No matter where you go, Muslims will greet each other with the same “asalaamu alaykum”; and the most beautiful thing … Continue reading Translation & Explanation of Some Common Islamic Words & Phrases

5 Steps To Maintaining Your Faith In A Non-Muslim World

As a Muslim living in a non-Muslim country, keeping yourself firmly upon your religion can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. We are surrounded by screens, posters, music, and behaviours that seem to garishly promote everything that Islam encourages us to avoid. If you live with non-Muslims, this can be true even inside your own home. Of course we must remain grateful for the positives – … Continue reading 5 Steps To Maintaining Your Faith In A Non-Muslim World

The Wound Is Where The Light Enters

What is it about religion that appeals to those who have been through trauma or depression? Is it that without something to give our pain purpose, we just wouldn’t survive? Or is it that it takes a bit of a blow sometimes to knock us to our knees and remind us how to pray? It takes a certain kind of arrogance, I think, to be … Continue reading The Wound Is Where The Light Enters