Powerful Memories of the Shanāqitah tribe of Mauritania [Mashaa’Allah]

May Allah SWT grant us the company of those who are strong adherents of the Sunnah and give us the opportunity to learn from them. Aameen!

Grasping onto the Handhold that never breaks...

A discussion regarding the powerful ability to memorise of the Shanāqitah tribe of Mauritania, with Sh. Muhammad Hassan ad-Dido ash-Shinqeeti.

Ustadh used to speak highly of Mauritanians and their phenomenal memories not just of men but of women too , who had memorized dictionaries such as Al-Qamoos in their old age! I’m surprised at women making such an effort because usually one would not expect a woman to find it beneficial or even worth the time to do that. Ustadh also used to mention how the air of Mauritania is so pure and if there’s one place on the earth where people are closest to the Sunnah in terms of their simple minimalistic lifestyle, that would be Mauritania. The Shaykhs there teach in tents and you have to go through a lot of struggle to be able to learn. The kind of people who study there and come out as…

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Instant Likeness…???

Have you ever met one of those charming people to whom you develop instant liking? Who, within minutes, seem to draw out all the love your heart is capable of for themselves? Qudsia Sajjad, instructor from Oxford University Press, Lahore, was one such person whom I met today. She was the kind of remarkably charismatic person whom you can’t help but like the instant you meet her!

From the moment she parted her lips to greet us, from her simple attire, her polite, gentle, yet clear and concise conversation, her healthy, perfectly trimmed physique, her easily flowing body movements, to her genuinely sincere and down-to-earth nature – everything inspired me very deeply. Not to mention she was an extremely astute professional, and conducted the entire workshop in a seasoned manner.

Her honest and open style of communication, in the gentlest and politest manner possible made a very lasting impression on all of our staff. I too, was deeply impressed by her openness. She spoke a lot on a variety of topics, but never wandered far from the topic either. Her blending of English and Urdu was apt, not appearing snobbish by conversing too much in English, and not showing lack of confidence or knowledge by using more than necessary Urdu.

Her attire too, was the most appropriate; simple, yet subtly stylish, Not going overboard, and not looking outdated either. The simple cotton dress fit her perfectly, without being too tight or loose. Her shoes, plain and comfortable. She wore no excessive jewellery or makeup.

I do not observe, the dresses and physique of people very often, but today I observed as she reminded me greatly of the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.); because his personality was the most balanced of all humanity, and it struck me how everything was so balanced about her. She wasn’t very slim, but wasn’t fat either; she wasn’t impolite yet she wasn’t too sweet; trendy but not over the top; well-dressed but not unreasonable; honest yet not brutally straightforward; polite and courteous yet not hypocritical…and the list can go on and on. Yet I cannot explain in words what I feel about her.

I wish I had taken a picture of her with me, for I’m sure the passing years will fade the precious image of today’s memory from my mind some day. And for this reason I’m trying to preserve the memory of the gem of a person I met today for a few hours, who left a lasting impression on me. I hope, some day, I can be as inspiring a teacher as her, Insha’Allah!


One year of blogging and 50+ Followers

Thank you to all my followers for reading and following my blog =)


When I started blogging, I used to wonder if I will reach the One year mark, or quit blogging before that, or just abandon the blog and get bored with it…but nothing as such happened. Here I am with my one year finished, and despite being extremely busy at times, I have still kept up with blogging and I really enjoy it. In fact, I want to write more, but usually I don’t have as much time as I’d like to spend blogging. In more than 365 days I have only written less than a hundred posts (still around 80). I should really get about writing a bit more posts. One every Sunday, if not more.

The credit of being able to complete one year with as much posts I have done and not abandoning blogging in between goes to my followers and blogger friends who kept encouraging me with their feedback and likes, and also inquired from me when I got snowed under work and disappeared from the blogging sphere. I feel so happy to have this circle of blog-mates, and so special to be connected to people from different parts of the world whom I barely know otherwise, but we’re connected through one passion, one hobby. It’s a different kind of social circle, different kind of friendship, a different and special kind of connection, and I must say I am honoured to have you all with me =) I hope you enjoy my blog-company as much as I do.


My First Print Project!

It was my school’s magazine. It was the first time that I was doing a project going for print on such a great scale-50 pages and 1000 copies! Alhamdulillah my first print project was very successful! I got appreciation and good feedback from everyone. It took long sleepless nights and hours and hours of typing, inserting, cropping, placing, editing and composing; going through many pictures and articles, deciding what to put where, which font, what size, and so much more! And then adjusting the content in the given pages. The cover though looks the most complicated but was the easiest for me. And the hardest was contents page due to lack of time, but I managed it pretty ok in the end. But in the end it was so satisfying to hold a hard copy of my design =)


InshaAllah I will post the full magazine too soon.


Carrot Cake

I love this carrot cake! It’s the easiest to make, with one bowl method, and gives perfect result each time.


Sugar: 1 1/2 cups
Oil (I use coconut oil): 1 cup
Eggs: 4
Flour: 2 cups
Baking Soda: 1 tsp
Baking Powder: 1 tsp
Salt: 1/4 tsp
Cinnamon powder (freshly ground): 1 tsp
Nutmeg powder (freshly ground): 1/2 tsp
Carrots (grated): 2-3 cups
Pecans/walnuts (Chopped): 1 cup *optional
In a bowl mix together all wet ingredients. In another bowl sift the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg powder. Add to the wet ingredients and stir, then add carrots and nuts if using, mix well. Pour into a greased and floured pan and bake 25 to 40 minutes depending on the pan you use. Cool completely and frost with cream cheese frosting of your choice.

Here I have frosted with Orange cream cheese frosting, topped with roasted almonds and crushed coconut.