Thursday 9 March 2017

Surprises that awaits me at the beach

Yesterday when we thronged the beach at the early hours to refill ourselves with the energy of the rising Sun and refresh ourselves with the cool morning waters of the shore, we were, Instead, reawakened by the bunch of surprises that awaits us on the beach.  The beach warmly welcomed us with the low tides and the Seagulls who are the beautiful migratory birds escaping the freezing temperatures of Siberia and sunbathing themselves on the beach with their local friends like Camels, Horses.
Some boats with the fishermen were also glimpsed in the middle of the waters busy in earning their livelihood.

But what left me awestruck is the experience of watching tiny sea shells moving all by themselves on the beach clay.It seems that a little shell is moving magically without any creature in it but on close inspection there is a small living being inside it, hiding and burrowing itself in the beach mud if irritated. This is indeed, a moment that utter me to Praise the Almighty instantly.

 The most inspiring were the Small crabs that were moving against the tides, leaving the shore behind, enlightening us to never stop and keep moving leaving all the fears behind.

The life is not about focusing on the rearview mirror of the past, instead, move ahead to experience the new Horizons of Health, Happiness, and Harmony.      

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 ----

Wednesday 22 June 2016

The Power Mid Day Nap(Qailulah) Boosts Your productivity

Recently I came across the Sunnah of Qailulah (Mid-Day Nap) and its benefits on the human body.

Since childhood, I have witnessed many around me doing it on a regular basis. An aunt of mine is very obsessive with Qailulah that she want every other person including kids to lie down with her and nobody is even allowed to tap the door at that period but my mindset is at 90 Degree away from her. I always considered Qailulah as a waste of time (God Forbid) and I was under the impression that I can complete a number of chores in that period.

1.QAILULAH With the Islamic Perspective.

Now, have been learned that Qailulah is encouraged in Islam & & our beloved Prophet(SWT) and his companions practiced it regularly for rejuvenation of energy, memory enhancement and relaxation of mind, I, deliberately give it a chance to be part of my daily schedule, snoozing for more than an hour.

I usually get up in the late afternoon thinking that my mind will be more alert and vigilant followed by the brilliant day ahead as they are all the known benefits of the siesta/Qailulah. But to my surprise, a cloud of fizziness hover my mind and I felt more tired than before the shut-eye episode. Infect it has messed up with my night sleep pattern and overall affected my productivity.

I was awestruck and puzzled there must be something cheesy with my shut eye episode as the hadith of the Prophet can't be wrong.

Now as you know, confusion leads to queries and investigation, I began to enquire about the Qailulah bounties and its effects. As far as I begin to know, the butterflies from my mind begin to fly.

Generally, a third of our life is spent on sleeping \ snoozing unless suffering from the sleep disorder. Sleep and its architecture are just recently pondered over by the Neuroscientists but it has remained an important topic in the Islamic literature, even the sleep manners are dealt in detail (which needs another post). Sleep is considered as one of the greatest signs of Allah (SWT) to ponder over.

2. Nap Lounges:

Midday napping (Qailulah) is also a cross-cultural practice. A Chinese company has recently implemented to have a mid-day half hour sleep necessary for its employees because it leads to surprisingly increase the productivity causing the day to divide into two productive halves.
Recently Nap lounges have been set up in the corporate hub of Hong Kong for 15 min to an hr long duration. Sleep has the beneficial effects on the person of all ages. Recent studies conducted in University Burkley, Harvard and the University of Athens states that a midday nap boosts brain power, benefit mental health and decrease the risk of Heart disease and helps in increase the intelligence.                

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

Monday 13 June 2016


As  Ramadan is just about to unfold all its blessings and advantages, more and more women with intimate issues like irregular cycles/ bleeding, pregnancy, painful periods, breastfeeding and fasting are surrounded by a series of doubts. Most commonly they are perplexed about their fast and any loss in the indulgence of the spiritual awakening in the holy month of RAMADAN due to the cycle disturbances and irregular bleeding.

As a physician, the most debated questions put by the women are:

Are we fit enough to fast with Pregnancy?
Will fasting have any effect on the production of milk?
Older women are mostly concerned about any episodes of spotting/ bleeding which may happen in Ramadan.

But the most awestruck are the young women having a MISSED PERIOD or an episode of IRREGULAR BLEEDING and assuming themselves to be pregnant.

What quantifies a physician’s role is the fact that these women also want to know the ISLAMIC RULINGS about the issue at first hand.

Recently, a newlywed girl with delayed periods came up for the confirmation of pregnancy and left with a heavy heart when she was told that her period irregularity is not because of conception but something else.


As mentioned above, most of the women insist on having the valid Islamic Rulings regarding their FAST and PERIOD IRREGULARITIES. As I am not an Islamic Scholar, I used to guide them to the Islamic JURISPRUDENCE sites for their issues. What I ensure them is the fact that SHARIAH rulings are built on consideration of differences between Individuals, Kindness and Gentleness. (Allah knows the Best)

According to By Sh. Muhammad al-Hassan Wali al-Dido al-Shanqiti
        women are presented with a number of issues that meet the               requirements of hardships like pregnancy, nursing,                          menstruation and irregular vaginal blood flow and it influences        the ruling related to purity, prayer and fasting….

you can read more here. (Allah knows the Best)


We are all aware of the fact that the most common cause of MISSED PERIOD is PREGNANCY but also many of the causes of missed period could be due to any pathology other than pregnancy leading to IRREGULARITY in periods. It is a common complaint among women significantly affecting their quality of life.

According to the report published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, missed periods over an extended period of time (Amenorrhea), is a relatively common condition that is present in up to 5% of adult women at any time.

Wait! Before digging into the irregular periods and their causes we must first get clear about what the normal or regular periods are?


Approximately every month, there is bleeding from the vagina when the lining of the womb sloughs off if the egg released from the ovary is not met with the sperm (the male unit of fertility). This is called as MENSTRUAL PERIOD or period.

It is usually scheduled after every 21 to 35 days, lasting for 2 to 7 days.

There are certain important things to be known about the period.

1. The LENGTH.

It is the number of days from one cycle to another counted from the first day of bleeding. Any length from 21 to 35 days are considered normal.


Classically, it is about 20 to 60 ml(as written in the textbooks), but this measure is of no value for the household women; so practically it is something about 3 to 4 pads soaked per day. Remember not oversoaked.


The blood is usually bright red to light red in color.


But what is important is that the parameters for regular periods written above do not fit for all females. Rather, every woman should make a note of their own cycle, its length, flow every month and anything considered aberrant from this is taken as abnormal for that women.


For a regular cycle, experts usually take the length of the cycle alone as the parameter for the regularity. Accordingly, the cycle is said to be regular if it falls on the same date only with the variation of 1-3 days. So if somebody is experiencing vaginal bleeding apart from the expected periods than it may be due to some abnormality. After excluding pregnancy and menopause, there are no other normal happening which causes the periods to be irregular, missed or delayed.

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

Friday 10 June 2016

Ten jewels earned from a decade of happy marriage

happy marriage

Being a young girl, I repeatedly had to listen to such statements:

“Whatever you study, one day you have to get married and do the household chores.”

I used to ignore it as much as I could. After the bone-breaking study of Medicine- with all work and no play schedule; cramming all the boring details of Anatomy, and memorizing the depths and details of a tangled human brain- there came a time when I had to tie a knot with somebody and leave all my books. Then, I had to start from the scratch and set foot in the sea of whole new experiences and learning. The Anatomy and Biochemistry that had become a part and parcel of my life got replaced by the study of kitchen management and hacks.

My married life is now ten years old, and a proud feather is added to my marriage cap. I have realized that marriage has more meaning to it. It is a pact of making your sharp corners round.

According to Mufti Ibrahim Desai, in a recipe for a successful marriage (1):

“There can be no doubt in the success of a marriage governed by the fear of Allah (SWT).”

Hence, I don’t celebrate marriage anniversaries by parties or hip-hop; but I do celebrate by pondering over the lessons that I had learned during that year and store them in my memory. Each year, I implement those lessons into my life to get more happiness and success. My secret of a blissful marriage is based on the following lessons.

Silence is the best medicine

It is very usual to have differences, but to remain calm and composed is an art which is achieved through excellent self-control tactics. Arguing, at times of conflict, can make the situation worse by letting the Satan enter into it.

It has been narrated by Abu-Said Al-Khudri, the Prophet (saw) said:

“He, who is humble, for the sake of Allah (SWT) by a degree, Allah (SWT) will elevate him one degree, until he reaches the highest degrees; and he, who is arrogant toward Allah (SWT), Allah (SWT) will lower him one degree until he reaches the lowest of low degrees.”

The very first thing that took me to the tantrums after my marriage was the late night schedule of my husband’s job. As my father was a government officer, we used to enjoy the evening tea with him at home. When I shared that with my hubby, I used to get a mind-blowing lecture of office responsibilities and problems. Now, what I have done best is to pray to Almighty Allah (SWT), and remain silent. The next year my hubby changed the job in which he had the facility to return back home early from office, and could work from home. Thus, silence helped me keep a peaceful environment at home and fulfill my dream through prayers.

Conquer via Love

Love is the language which everybody understands. Showing constant gratitude and love takes your hubby to the Mount Everest of his self-esteem. He, in turn, showers you with the same.

To err is human, forgiveness is divine

Females have a 967432 GB of memory, and at any little issue, they open up the historical book of complaints which ignites the never ending argument. I used to avoid it imagining a large number of women ungrateful to their husbands, burning in the Hellfire. (Astaghfirullah)

It was narrated that ‘Abd-Allah ibn ‘Abbas ( RA) that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said: “I was shown Hell and I have never seen anything more terrifying than it. And I saw that the majority of its people are women.”
They said: “Why, O Messenger of Allah (saw)?” He said: “Because of their ingratitude (Kufr).” It was said: “Are they ungrateful to Allah (SWT)?” He said: “They are ungrateful to their companions (husbands) and ungrateful for good treatment. If you are kind to one of them for a lifetime, then she sees one (undesirable) thing in you, she will say: ‘I have never had anything good from you.’” (Bukhari)

The Foolish secret

I know this is difficult to apply for many of us, but believe me, it works. I used to surprise my hubby by listening to common talks with great astonishment. It is a secret which I apply regularly and keeps my relationship filled with joy.

Invest in your relationship

Sharing lovely gifts and words, add up the strength to my life and fuel up my passion for living together. A beautifully wrapped present leaves a long lasting effect on the heart of your hubby- it will never be a waste!

  ------ You can Read complete article from Hiba Magazine  --------