Thursday 9 February 2012

Aaila Magazine - January-February 2012 Edition

The latest edition of Aaila, the Muslim Family Magazine is out now. Mash'Allah as always brothers and sisters have submitted some brilliant articles and columns;

Our cover story is Sex and Relationships education (SRE): Do you know what your child is being taught in school? by Safura Houghton - something that is definitely an issue I have been mulling over and not one we can ignore.

Muslimah Dilemma: Avoiding Anger and Promoting Peace by Tasnim Nazeer gives Prophetic (PBUH) advice and inspiration for managing our anger.

There is further Prophetic (PBUH) advice in Back to the basics – some prophetic advice on raising children by Aaliyah Umm Ibrahim which resonates beautifully with some of the beliefs I hold about peaceful and gentle parenting.

Blessed Brides: A great project by Sumaiya Umm Imran (Editor) tells us about a wonderful Ummah Welfare Trust initiative that gives us the opportunity to help someone else. Married sisters who wonder what to do with their dress and all those sisters looking to get married and wishing for some barakah in their endeavours might want to check this out.

The lead articles include Making time for the future By Moshiur Rahman shares the brothers experience as a mentor and the need for us to invest our time in our children's future.

A Discipline Model for all Times by the amazing Grandma Jeddah gives us some guidance on discipline according to the tradition of our beloved Prophet (PBUH) - again gentle and sweet.

Dealing with pain by Ibrahim Mahmud explores how we respond to pain and grief.

Taste of freedom by Taskina Binta Mahmud looks at what freedom really means for a Muslim.

I also liked Is there a place for pictures and puppies in the Muslim home? by Hannatu Adamu and Sunnah of visiting the sick by Farhana Moosa who I have known for a short time, but love dearly for the sake of Allah (SWT).

Reviews on the site this month are:
Discipline without Disrespecting by Grandma Jeddah (By Sumaiya Umm Imran)
Review of Siratt LifeBook 2012 (Sumaiya Umm Imran)
Review of Seerat-un-Nabi (S.A.W.) by MI Yaqub Patel (Bint Ahmed)

Recipes shared this month are:
Pastéis de bélem: Portuguese custard pies by Umm Siham
Algerian chicken tajine with green olives by Kaouther

There is tons more on the site, including my column (Working mum Column: Keeping it Halal in the Workplace), my article (The art of living with your in-laws) and my reveiw (Book Review: The Poor King by Asma Iftikhar).

Please head over and take a look and leave your comments.

As always we welcome submissions, so if you love writing, are passionate about something you want to share or have some advice, a recipe or review that fits the theme of the magazine, please do get in touch with the editor Sister Sumaiyah Umm Imran at

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