What Islam Means To Me

Video repost from Sister Sara Kuratnik, the winner of Quran Weekly’s Pre-Ramadan video contest & a brand new iPad Mini!

when I was 8 years old my friends asked me why I didn’t eat pork
I didn’t hesitate in saying what I knew was true, it was against my religion
To the understanding that God would care what you ate?
They didn’t get it..
But that didn’t matter, we were eight..

But the questions became hard and my circle of friends became small..

“Why are your parents so straight?”
“Why can’t you date?”
“What’s the big deal if you lie?”…

Questions that I did not know how to answer,
At the time became like ticking a walk through a field of mines
Every step that I took I expected and EXPLOTION!
A force field of humanity as the laughed, until they cried..
It was against my religion,
But that didn’t matter anymore, we weren’t eight..
Now we had opinions and free will, The ability to do whatever we wanted!

Parents were like policeman, you’d run as fast as you could, and then you’d hide
Teachers who kept secret..
And bad..bad friends were on your side


Oddly enough I’d still never was, and then it started…..
I tracked of Surah Yaasin became the backdrop to all my Bus rides
I didn’t understand a word. I didn’t understand why I cried
I didn’t know why I couldn’t sleep no matter how hard I tried
Nothing was normal anymore..

So to me islam is not just a submission
A religion, a set of rules on how to behave
THESE are words, terms, that we have not learned to love
And if you call this islam then you have a lot to explain
To the ones who come to Him through agony and pain
To the ones who come to Him through having lived life in vain
To the ones who come to Him through seeking real change
And to the ones who come to Him knowing there is nothing to gain in this world

Knowing that you have a place you belong
Beyond critics and mean teens
Eating disorders and drama queen
Beyond the life of chasing money and fame
Beyond the desire to fulfill desires there is a POINT
YOU who never sleeps
Who gives without requests
YOU who allows failures to finish at their bests
YOU who despite falsehood and lies are an eternal truth known to all who are wise enough to know
That the most beautiful thing in this world
The most beautiful things in ISLAM,
Is to know YOU…..

Sister Sara K.


Umrah Tips


Alhamdulillah, all praise be to Allah that made us finally able to perform Umrah for free last April (later about the story iA). We were completely clueless about the preparation, what we’re going to face, or what we’re going to do there in the House of Allah, because not so many people around us that time, who went there ever mentioned about it. So, here I’m going to share some of my tips during Umrah for you who will be performing Umrah or Hajj (Aamiin yra.) with my deepest intention only to make you all of my sisters and brothers be fully prepared inshaAllah.

  1. Document Preparation
    • Passport
    • Umrah Schedule
    • Name Tag from your Umra/Hajj Group
  2. Drugs and Medicine
    • Primolut N, can be used for postponing the period. This contains a medication called as norethisterone. You need 5 mg (one tablet) three times per day starting about 7 days before your period. People commonly use this medicine during the Hajj or Umrah because the want to be pure and actively engaged in religious duties especially the main rite, tawaaf. Plus the fact that many women save for going to Makka to perform Hajj/Umra, so they don’t want their rites tobe ruined because of the period. But the arguments about the usage of this medicine in Islam is still a contradictary among the Scholars.

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      primolut N

    • Special Medicine, the meds for your chronic disease, such as hypertension, diabetes, etc.
    • Common medicine, the meds you use to cure your common everyday symptoms.

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      Band-aids, gastric meds, light painkiller, flu & cough meds, ginger candy, etc

  3. Clothes (Shields) and Shoes
    • Mask and Sunglasses


      Hey, I’m smiling inside! 😉

  4. Face and Skin care9 Energy water 30020111216145731I bought a bottle of this energy water for IDR 125K. And then buy 2 smaller refillable spray-bottles like this one below, then split the water with my sister. You can use this method to save more money and use it for other to-buy-list 😀
    Plus, you won’t need this water as much as you are in UEA once you’re back to your Country.

    vaseline petroleum jelly, a bottle of face energy water, leave in hair conditioner, lip balm

  5. Salah and Supplication book
    Tafseer, Du'a and Salah Books

    Tafseer, Du’a and Salah Books

    • Shalat, Shalawat, and Du’a Book
    • Qur’an
    • Tafseer
  6. Tools
    • camera
    • camera adaptor
    • your phone
    • charger
    • flash light
    • sewing kit

Ramadan Preparation Webminar – Day 1

Speaker: Imam Omar Suleiman

Topic: Let The Hearts Submit!

Imam Omar Suleiman

(the first 6 minutes)

When Allah SWT says “The Day when there will not benefit [anyone] wealth or children, But only one who comes to Allah with a sound heart.” (Qur’an, 26:88-89). Now defining the “sound heart” is where we have the problems, because a lot of people will try to claim that they have a good heart. Usually when a person makes a point to say that he has a good heart & pure heart, that’s a pretty good indication that the person doesn’t have a pure heart because that means that that person have the feeling of insecurity. Usually when a person says that “I have a sound heart” that means that involved them some sort of public stand-up and doing things that is obviously un-islamic. Continue reading