[Rida Series #8] When Other People Destroy Your Peace

I wrote this for IslamicEvents.sg. [Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 9] A beautiful thing happened to me and my husband on the day that I was going to write this article. That beautiful thing is that a taxi … Continue reading [Rida Series #8] When Other People Destroy Your Peace

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[Rida Series #7] Where Do I Find Happiness?

I wrote this for IslamicEvents.sg. [Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 8 | Part 9] What makes you happy? Is it when you have everything you want? When you have your loved ones surrounding you? When you buy new shoes? When you do … Continue reading [Rida Series #7] Where Do I Find Happiness?

[Rida Series #4] Comparison is the Thief of Joy

I wrote this for IslamicEvents.sg. [Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9] The azan for Fajr prayer can be heard echoing through the neighbourhood. The beautiful sound rouses Anisah gently. She rubs her eyes, sits up, and stretches. “اَلحَمدُ لِلَّهِ … Continue reading [Rida Series #4] Comparison is the Thief of Joy

Arriving at the Happiness Intersection

I wrote this for OnIslam.net. Bismillah. In this series, we seek to explore the guidelines from the Qur’an and sunnah on the subject of motivation and self-actualization. For the culmination of this four-part series, we draw together all the notions we’ve explored throughout and find out what could be the highest form of self-actualization for … Continue reading Arriving at the Happiness Intersection

[Rida Series #3] The Attitude of Contentment

I wrote this for IslamicEvents.sg. [Part 1| Part 2 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9] We said that contentment can be defined as being satisfied with the status quo. In the life of a Muslim, however, it means that we avoid being dissatisfied with the … Continue reading [Rida Series #3] The Attitude of Contentment

[Rida Series #2] Contentment in the Life of a Muslim

I wrote this for IslamicEvents.sg. [Part 1 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9] Last week we looked at how discontentment can turn into a slippery slope of problems in our lives. We found that the solution to many – sometimes … Continue reading [Rida Series #2] Contentment in the Life of a Muslim

Self-Actualization – Natural for a Muslim

I wrote this for OnIslam.net. Bismillah. In this series, we seek to explore the guidelines from the Qur’an and sunnah on the subject of motivation and self-actualization. In Part 2 of this series, we looked at three levels of needs postulated by Abraham Maslow’s hierarchical theory. We identified a missing piece in that structure and … Continue reading Self-Actualization – Natural for a Muslim