Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Miswak, the Wonder Chewing Stick

‘Aa’ishah (RA) narrated that the Messenger of Allahﷺ said, ‘Miswak cleanses the mouth and pleases
the Lord.’ Saheeh al-Bukhaari (2/27)

Since Childhood I have seen my mom use Miswak not only for cleaning her mouth but for all her oral and dental issues like loosening teeth, toothaches, and even minor swelling of the gums.

Today at the age of 67, it’s no less than a wonder that all her teeth are natural, healthy and sparkling white! This, in spite of her big sweet tooth – she loves to enjoy mithai, desserts, and other sweet things every day. She credits her impeccable oral health only to the regular use of Miswak. Frankly speaking, I find myself guilty of not using this beautiful and miraculous Sunnah (way) of our beloved Prophetﷺ persistently. When I am on a spiritual rise, I tear down the packet, bring out a brand new Miswak, peel the upper half-inch, nibble on it to create bristles and go on a Miswaking-spree for the next few days. But after the hype, I find that it is often lost somewhere in my bag or in the hands of my youngest daughter who loves playing with them.

Recently, I was going through a post about the 70 benefits of Miswaking, and I was especially struck by one of its miraculous benefits – improved memory. Especially as I was having difficulty in memorizing some parts of the Qur’an, I gave myself a challenge of using Miswak for a month to experience the results myself.
By the grace of Allah (SWT) and through Miswaking, I was able to achieve my goal within a week.
Since then, I’ve tried to make sure that Miswak does not become a lost treasure in my life, so I have incorporated a few tactics, a few planned moves into my life to keep using it forever and be amongst the blessed ones, Insha’Allah. Here are a few tips on how to incorporate this beautiful

Sunnah into our lives:

Things that get Written are the Things that get Done:

Just as we jot down the shampoo and soap on our shopping list, remember to add these simple and easy to use toothbrush twigs on the list. Miswak should be among the other “must haves” on our grocery list.

Promote the Miswak Culture:

Revive this wonderful sunnah by sending them as beautiful gifts either from online shops or by hand, along with dates and other goodies. As we are all aware, the world is returning to all-natural, chemical-free products, and Miswak is a great option for oral hygiene as it is 100% free from synthetic fibers like toothbrushes and also pocket-friendly. You can buy beautiful cases for it also, with personalized Hadith tags.

Place in an Area of Visibility:

As we are all extremely busy, if things are not easily accessible we usually don’t use them. I have personally made a habit to keep Miswak on my mirror rack as none of us ever forget to look in the mirror! Also, I write a reminder to use Miswak in my Planner, so every time I look for the date or any other daily to do’s, I am reminded to: USE MISWAK PLEASE, and it helps me not to miss the spiritual and worldly benefits of the practice.

Buy in Bulk:

As mentioned earlier, the youngest of my children is very fond of the twig, and she often hides it in her toys, making it a struggle to find it when I need it. Now, I always shop in bulk keeping one in my handbag, one in a purse, another on the mirror rack, making it impossible to NOT find one when I need one.

** You can further read this article from Hidayah Magazine  **

Monday, 9 January 2017

My article in Hiba Magazine.


 Hope you are all good and enjoying Winters, brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
Today I just want to share with you the small win which the year 2016 has brought.
Alhamdolillah, my Article " Ten Jewels earned in a decade of Happy Marriage"


This is my first article to be printed after some articles published on the in the online HTV health & ARY digital blogs.

I would like thanks to all my mentors including you to guide and support me to write and contribute the community.

Hiba magazine is a quaterly magazine with a vision :

“ aim to inspire readers towards positive personal change and self-growth. Hiba reiterates the importance of constructing and nurturing relationships be it personal, professional, business, or familial.”

What you are waiting for ? grab a copy and read it yourself !

Monday, 2 January 2017

Are you happy? Tips to Unlock your Happiness.

Last night, I had an urge for the yummy Ice-cream Faluda ( a mixture of ice-cream, vermicelli, red syrup, nuts and all), but the situation doesn't seem to be i my favor. As nobody is around to console my craving past midnight. Everybody except me was snoozing.
I know, this used to happened with me fortnightly and most of the time an hour later, I was finishing up, sipping the last bit of faluda mix.(Thanks, Almighty). but this doesn't seem to be happening lately so I begin controlling my intention and start thinking on the other side of the fence(read Faluda craving) and practically say no to myself. After pondering for a bit I realized that this attitude is just lending me a few moments of joy but as it is over, I am back to the previous state, even the sweet taste of the faluda had turned bitter.
So actually
What is this?
Am I actually craving for happiness?
Does I am getting lasting happiness from this?

Well, we all work for the happiness and peace, we raise our family to be grateful, we live to squeeze Happiness from our crazy schedule but not just the labile one but everyone is looking for the happiness that is evergreen, the one that gives us internal contentment and lends our soul at eternal peace.

Is ice cream giving us lasting Happiness?

Over the years, the writers have saints have looked for Happiness and peace in the caves, on the mounds, Neuroscientists have  fizzled over the Hormonal side playing with the ups and downs of various hormones(OXYTOCIN, SEROTONIN, DOPAMINE), modern day writers have offered many different theories on how to niche out happiness while living in the era of uncertainty. But the essence of their work come out to a point that the source of eternal, everlasting, never dying happiness comes from the simple way of SHARING, offering some of your Bounties to others, rescheduling your priorities for others without guilt. In return what you get is what that is most sought after, the HAPPINESS, Contentment, the bouncing Feeling of Sustained Joy. Deep inside you know that doing these small deeds of Greatness, showing love through your words opens the flow of Hearty Happiness.

It comes when you drop a nibble or leftover on the floor, a bird instantly picks it up bringing a toothless grin on your kid's face, making you happier than ever.
When someone remarked you"May God Reward You", you instantly begin to feel rewarded in the core of your heart, your self-esteem pinnacles.It magnifies every time when you reflect back upon it, carving an everlasting mark of Happiness on your heart.
Looking your life from the other's frame of reference, helping others by nurturing love, ever growing your task list by lending your time to listens to other's worries so that you are living your life to the fullest. In fact, by doing this you are developing your inner self, adding value to your life, to be happier, more successful and more satisfied. Unleash some more happiness by following these more tips.

Be Generous:

Being generous with your words, with your actions doesn't cause you a fortune but the lightening face, the thankful glance will become a source of constant joy and Happiness. In the long run, you will be treated in the same way.

--- You can read complete article from Muslimah Bloggers ----