Chapter 30: The Waning Dusk (series)

Myth: Let's kill time It's the time that's killing us. I (swear) by the Time, Man is in a state of loss indeed, Except those who believed and did righteous deeds, and exhorted each other to follow truth, and exhorted each other to observe patience. (103:1-3) There can be no fitting ending to this series than... Continue Reading →

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Chapter 29: The Waning Dusk (series)

Myth: Keeping Qiyam-ul-Layl for Ramadan only Last iftar of Ramadan 2014 was one of those moments when you wanted time to stop. Watch read 7:20 pm and you wanted the world to stay still, just for a moment. The seconds ticked by and you squeezed in all of your duas in that frame, both stupid and meaningful and... Continue Reading →

Chapter 28: The Waning Dusk (series)

Myth: Let the "Haraam" game begin O Prophet, why do you ban (on your self) something that Allah has made lawful for you, seeking to please your wives? And Allah is Most-Forgiving, Very-Merciful. (66:1) Though the story behind this verse is different, the gist is the same-- declaring something haraam upon yourself when it might not be.... Continue Reading →

Chapter 27: The Waning Dusk (series)

Myth: It’s family. Everything works. It’s usually people close to us who get to see us unleash our full-blown tirade on them. Nonsensical quotes like, “If you can’t handle me at my worst, then you certainly don’t deserve me at my best” are partly the reason why we justify expressing our cranky side. In this... Continue Reading →

Chapter 26: The Waning Dusk (series)

In a session with a scholar, he pointed out something that I had never thought of before. And this probably why I like listening to different speakers because they always offer a fresh perspective on “stuff we’ve heard so much about”. Addressing all the volunteers, he said, “Allah chose you. Just like He selectively chose... Continue Reading →

Chapter 25: The Waning Dusk (series)

Myth: The fault in our Imaams "By the power vested in me, I dub thee jaahil!" So you are an average know-it-all preacher surveying the common room in your university. Between a person who's not praying and another praying in a corner but her ruku' and sujood are not agreeable to your madhab, who would... Continue Reading →

Chapter 24: The Waning Dusk (series)

Myth: Allah is going to write me off. Don’t confuse what people think of you with what Allah thinks of you. We are usually one of the two types of sinners. We either take it all very lightly and shrug it off thinking no harm done; or we can’t forgive ourselves for the awful sins... Continue Reading →

Chapter 23: The Waning Dusk (series)

Myth: That book was a gripping page-turner... You get goosebumps from watching a certain movie that you could relate to. That fills you with such an intense fervor that you brood on it for another hour so. Or it was a song in sync with your melancholy. So you listen to it over and over again... Continue Reading →

Chapter 22: The Waning Dusk (series)

Myth: She probably likes me. "She giggles every time I answer a question. Does she like me or is this some kind of game?" Men are clueless. But I had no idea they were THAT clueless. A guy asked me this a long time ago and I had to struggle to give an answer that didn't... Continue Reading →

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