There’s this sister. She’s inside her home and is standing at her front door. She wants to step outside. She reaches for the doorknob and finds that it is locked. She keeps trying to turn the doorknob. Ten years later…she’s still there, trying to turn the doorknob to step outside. Sounds ridiculous right?! However, many of us have certain ‘doorknobs’ and we’ve been trying to turn the doorknob for quite some time. What are your doorknobs?

In ‘Carve your legacy from the depths of Qu’ran’ NLP – Neuro Linguistic Programming meets the exquisite linguistic and contextual tafseer of the Qu’ran. Prepare for your mind to be rewired. Bi’idhnillah prepare for your love for Allah and His Perfect Words to reach a whole new level. It’s time. It’s time to face your own ‘doorknobs’.

Join the Founder of Solace UK ( and Sisters Achieve (, Umm Raiyaan and Sister Farhia Yahya of and spend a deep weekend focusing on you!

To register, email – Quote SOLACE

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My Mum took her shahaadah – ALHAMDULILLAH!


Two days ago on 26th July 2015 at 8.06pm Allah, The Guide, The Merciful, The One who answers our dua, gave me the honour of witnessing my beautiful mother take her shahaadah. I’m shaking as I write this. After her shahaadah she broke down when I told her all her sins have been cleansed and she’s like a newborn baby. After she composed herself she whispered ‘Thank you my Lord’. Please make dua for her and let this be proof that Allah answers our ad’aiya. In my case it took 16+ years of dua…ALHAMDULILLAH! !! Umm Raiyaan

Here is her story below…

My Mum’s reversion story by Umm Raiyaan (Feel free to share)

Firstly, I would like to say how beautiful it has been to receive hundreds of messages of joy and ad’aiya at the news of my mother embracing Islam. Many of you have asked me ‘How?’ and ‘What happened?’ And so grab a cup of something…here is my mother’s story…

I embraced Islam in 1999. As a new Muslim, I lacked hikmah (wisdom) in how I dealt with my mother. I so badly wanted her to taste the sweetness of emaan but gave her dawah in quite a harsh ‘black and white’ manner. Needless to say, it put her off and her previous negative view of Islam only intensified.

Our relationship over the following 16 years has been a very turbulent one. There were many arguments, she criticised my decision to become Muslim, and couldn’t understand how I would leave my ‘trendy’ ways to don the full hijab. She thought I was going through a phase and later described my action as ‘pure madness’. Many years went by where she wouldn’t speak to me or if she did, she spoke to me with such icy contempt as though I was a stranger.

Mid 2004, I discovered I was pregnant and I hoped that the news of her first grandchild would mend our broken relationship. I remember calling her to break the news, only for her to reply ‘Oh okay’ and then to put the phone down! A few weeks later, I received a letter that made me tremble and cry such heart-wrenching tears. In her letter, she cursed the Prophet (sallalahu alayhi wa sallam), she ripped Islam to shreds and she spoke of her ‘hatred’ towards myself and my chosen way of life. I broke down just wanting to be close to my mother and for her to be happy with who I was and the news of her first grandchild. My husband turned to me and told me to be patient; that one day my mother would become Muslim. ‘Just be patient – one day you’ll look back at this day’, he advised me.

Alhamdulillah, my first child; a girl was born and subhanaAllah it did initially soften her heart. She visited us and was so happy – it’s amazing what grandchildren can do to a hardened heart subhanaAllah. Little did I know back then that this little baby would one day say something that would deeply touch her grandmother’s heart causing her to take the step and thus becoming a Muslim.

Over the years we tried to mend our relationship. Sometimes things would go well. Other times, we would go for months and years without talking. She would often curse the Prophet (sallalahu alayhi wa sallam) to deliberately hurt me. Despite the pain, I tried to keep in contact for fear of severing the ties of kinship and earning Allah’s wrath.

Then something changed. In 2011, I set up a charity called Solace for revert sisters in difficulty and during that busy first year with my amazing team, we began to support revert sisters around the world. I begged Allah to guide my mother and to relieve me of the distress of the thought of her dying as a non muslim. I spoke to Allah and told Him that He promised the believer’s distresses and difficulties would be relieved so long as they were at the service of their Muslim brother or sister – helping them; relieving them of their own difficulties. I would often ask Allah mentioning this hadith in my ad’aiya and that He would accept my work in Solace for His Sake and relieve me of my distress by guiding my mother to His Perfect and Beautiful deen.

Alhamdulillah, purely by the generosity of Allah azza wa jaal, I was blessed to go on hajj that year. Under the scorching heat of Arafah, I begged Allah to guide my immediate family to Islam…particularly my mother. Upon returning from hajj I had a dream that I was in the haraam with my mother and hoped that the beautiful dream would one day become a reality.

The next few years would see my mother begin to read about Islam. She was particularly taken by the story of Yusuf Estes and she watched many documentaries about Salahudden (may Allah be pleased with him. Ameen). My mother is an avid reader and she would share the books she was reading about Islam. I could see that her interest had ignited and I decided to back off. I did not want to put pressure on her and instead was there should she have any questions.

She began to develop a closer relationship with my children, particularly my eldest child. They would quite frankly tell her; ‘Mamie (grandma), please become Muslim’. ‘I want you to be in jannah with us’. She would smile and say ‘Who knows? Maybe one day…’

One day she called me and told me her opinion about Islam was changing. She said, ‘I don’t like what I see on the media – they paint Islam with such a negative light. I often find myself defending Islam when people say bad things about Muslims. I asked her whether she believed Islam was the correct way of life and she said she was beginning to but that her two remaining issues remained: the question of Jesus being the son of God or a prophet and how the Prophet (sallalahu alayhi wa sallam) could marry Aishah when she was so young and have so many wives (she was always the feminist and loved feminist literature!) I advised her to carry on reading and researching.

Not long after this, my mother went through some difficult tests. The entire extended family was worried about her and it was then that I spoke to her about the rahma of Allah and the peace that descends upon the heart that acknowledges its Lord. I told her to pray to God in her own way – to just speak to Him. I told her He is the Only One who can provide you with ease and peace.

Over the course of about a year, we would regularly speak. She would take long scenic walks and simply talk to God. She would ask Him for peace and ease and Allah, Ar-Rahman, provided that for her. I told her she can enjoy this sweet peace for the rest of her life when she finds the meaning and purpose to life and I encouraged her to sincerely from the bottom of her heart ask God for guidance and to be open to whatever it is He guides her to. She began to do that and during her walks alone in the beautiful countryside, she would begin her ‘conversation’ with God with ‘Bismillahir rahmanir raheem’ because for some reason it felt good and strangely beautiful (her words). It was then that I turned to my sisters and brothers in Islam – I asked everyone I knew to make dua for her. I did this because none of us know whom Allah truly loves and whose heart and soul is so pure that their dua would be accepted.

After that, she would seem so close to embracing Islam and then she would become distant and quiet. This went on until one day she told me she now believes that Jesus was a prophet and in her words, ‘My daughter – I have no negative feelings towards the Prophet Muhammad – all my concerns are no more. I believe he was a prophet’. It was here that my heart skipped a beat and I asked her what she believed in. She told me she did believe but wasn’t ready yet to become Muslim. I immediately backed off and turned instead to Allah in dua – begging Him to guide her.

In Ramadhan of this year, 2015, my eldest child informed my mother of a series that she has watched nearly 10 times! They begain to talk about it and my daughter advised her to watch it. The series is about the life of Umar bin al-Khattab (produced in Arabic but with English subtitles by MBC). My mother began to watch it and would send us email updates (she lives abroad) telling us how amazing the series is and how questions she had are being answered…one by one.

Last night, we Skyped my mother and it was a regular normal conversation. My children spoke to her as did I. We spoke about the latest happenings in our lives until my mother spoke about the Umar series. She said, ‘I want to tell you something – I now know what has been holding me back (from embracing Islam).’ My heart began to beat fast. Afraid to know the answer, I asked her ‘What is it Mum?’ She looked down and said, ‘Because I feel I don’t deserve it.’ My heart ached for her. It is now that I realise she identified with the life of Umar bin al-Khattab. He too once slandered the Prophet just like she did. He too said bad things just like she did. I replied, ‘Mum, when you look at the life of Umar (RA) did he deserve it? Yet Allah guided him because he knew there was something good in his heart.’ She whispered, ‘That’s true’. It was then that my eldest child turned to her and with tears in her eyes said to her, ‘You’re so dear to me. I want you to become Muslim because I don’t want you to be punished’. My Mum’s eyes filled with tears as did mine. Suddenly out of nowhere she shocked us and said…

‘But don’t you know…when I’m on my own, I talk to God and say, ‘I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad is His Final Messenger’. I was shocked. I exclaimed, ‘Are you serious?!’ She replied ‘Yes’. And then I took in a deep breath and asked her, ‘Mum – are you ready to declare that publically in front of us (myself, my husband and the children) right now?’ She took a breath in and said ‘Yes’. I couldn’t believe it. I told my eldest to run and get her father. He ran up the stairs and whilst he was talking to her, I was frantically trying to call a Sheikh to find out if a shahaadah online was acceptable. Looking back I knew the answer would be yes, but at that moment I couldn’t think straight. I couldn’t get hold of him and so I messaged a brother who very kindly (may Allah reward him) spoke to a student of knowledge who said it was fine. I thanked Allah and returned back to my family who were eagerly awaiting the ruling. I signed yes.

I turned to my mother and asked her if she was ready. She firmly said yes. And I was blessed with the opportunity to hear her repeat the shahaadah – the declaration of faith – in Arabic and then English by repeating after me. We all then started shouting the takbir. My eldest son (aged 7) couldn’t contain himself. He just kept saying ‘ After all this time! After all this time! She’s Muslim.’ My eldest was quiet with tears in her eyes.

It was then that I told my mother what I had been told 16 years ago… ‘Mum, do you know everything has been wiped clean?! You’re like a newborn baby!’ She then broke down and began to shake and sob. After composing herself with red swollen eyes, she looked up towards the sky and whispered, ‘Thank you my Lord’. At that moment, I felt so many emotions envelop me. I was so proud of my Mum – for not only did she embrace Islam but her first words after her shahaadah was that of gratitude to the King of Kings; the Lord of the Heavens and the Earth. I felt so grateful to Allah azza wa jaal for answering my dua and I just felt overwhelming love towards my Lord and this beautiful religion.

I asked her how she felt and she said, ‘I did it with my heart. I wasn’t planning on doing this today, but I did it with my heart. And now I feel free.’

And that is the story of how my mother embraced Islam.

My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, I leave you with the following: By Allah, be confident in your Lord – have full certainty that He will answer your dua in the most Perfect way. Sometimes it may take many years, but never ever lose hope. Whether it is a non-Muslim relative that you deeply hope will become Muslim, or the hope for ease during testing times, or even a matter of the dunya – the first step is in you believing 100% that Allah will answer your call. Allah azza wa jaal tells us in a hadith qudsi, ‘I am as my servant thinks I am’. If you perceive Allah to be a Generous, Kind Lord who will grant you what your heart desires, you will begin to see dua after dua answered in your life. This is the first key.

I thank Allah for guiding my mother to Islam. He knows the tears I have cried at the thought of her dying as a disbeliever. May He keep her strong and steadfast upon Islam. Ameen. I ask Allah to guide the non-Muslim relatives of all my brothers and sisters in Islam. Ameen. Never lose hope – Allah is most certainly Al-Mujeeb…the One who responds…


Kindly make dua for my mother, Josephine Pintauri. All that I desire now is that she dies as a true believer.

I almost missed it!


All these silly Islamic Self Development courses – what a load of rubbish! So many out there. This was the reason why I didn’t even bother checking it out. A sister told me that if there was one course I had to complete, it was this one. But I didn’t bother taking notice. When the deadline passed, it didn’t bother me one bit.

A few months later, the same sister told me I just had to do it. But this time, I knew there was something special about this course. My friend had completely changed. Her marriage had changed. Her relationship with her children had changed. And to top it all off, one by one her dreams were actually becoming a reality! Loads of us were just under shock!

So this time, although I still had my doubts, I decided to go along with my curiosity and I enrolled on the course. It might sound like a cliche but I can honestly tell you it is true: The last 7 weeks have been the best weeks of my entire life. Not some quick emaan boost. But a serious shift in my mindset. I have changed. My relationship with Allah has changed. My relationship with the Qu’ran and those whom I love. I don’t know what it is about this course but all I know is I’m glad I didn’t let this opportunity pass me by.

You may be reading this thinking you’re fine, just like I did. You probably are. Or are you? One thing this course does, is it forces you to think on a very deep level.

All I can say is this: this course will change you in ways you just can’t imagine. Like I said, it isn’t a quick emaan boost and you’re back to square one. Register and be amazed at the beautiful blessings that come your way. It is one journey all Muslim women need to take before their souls return to Allah. I’m serious!

Registration ends 24th December 2014.

Course begins 27th December 2014 9pm t0 10.30pm every Saturday for 8 weeks.

Recordings available. Cost £50

Email to register. BE QUICK. LESS THAN 48 HOURS LEFT!




So many people are dying these days especially from cancer. When someone in the community dies, messages are forwarded on and supplications for the deceased are offered. The janazah is full and only those who knew the deceased personally remember..

People then continue with their lives. We are after all insaan…which comes from the same root word yansa…To forget.

People will continue to return to their Lord. You and I will too return to our Lord one day. And so too will people forget us and move on with their lives.

But with Allah, our deeds are never forgotten. We and what we did are never forgotten. The good that we do are stored, waiting for us in the next life.

What are you doing to prepare for your ending? You will die one day. People will send out msgs about you. What are you sending forth? What will be your sadaqa jariah legacy? What will you do in the dunya that will continue to benefit you in the grave?

Those that have passed on have inshaAllah fulfilled their mission in the dunya. Our test, our opportunity is still ongoing. ..

How will you meet your Lord??

Read this life changing message from a sister


There are many messages that are shared. Some long. Some short. We tend to read some and ignore others. 

Take a few minutes to read this message from a sister. It may be the catalyst that will change so much for you and your life:

If I had chanced upon this even just 6 months earlier, I probably would have given it a miss. I’ve generally disregarded such courses with the thought that they can’t help me. Being a harsh self-critic and skeptic, I thought, “I know it all, I know what needs to be done, and it’s up to me to do it. Plus, the whole ensemble of motivational talk, inspirational quotes, and emotional reactions that come with these things never strike a chord with me. They end up being mere noise and ultimately a turn-off.”

But I never did anything about my life. Any attempt at bringing change in it was short-lived.

When this course came around, I really don’t know what happened. I was at a point in life where I really needed help and I felt this course was almost an answer. Generally, it described what I wanted.

I came to know about this course through a source I didn’t know. I had no idea who Umm Raiyaan is nor was I aware of any of her blogs. She didn’t even have any testimonials for this course because it was being offered for the first time, and I didn’t come across general testimonials either. The only ‘connection’ I could make with the course was with the description provided, particularly that it was anchored in the Islamic concept of success – achieving for dunya and akhira. What really persuaded me was that we would get one-to-one, personal interaction and feedback with the instructor and that it was a long journey together towards change. It told me this was going to be a personalized and unique experience.

I signed up.

For one who is not given to classifying things under extremes, I have to say that I feel this course is one of the best things in life that Allah has guided me to. Truly, alhamdulillah.

Part 1 of Sisters Achieve has truly given me a paradigm shift. It has changed this longtime skeptic to a budding optimist. It has reconnected this tired soul and jaded heart with Allah and its ultimate destination, replenishing both. It has kindled a longing within me for Jannah, for meeting my Rabb, thus equipping me with an inner drive. It has changed my perspective about my current life through the power of shukr. It has inspired me with yaqeen and tawakkul in Allah and husn adh-dhan of Him to fly onward with renewed energy and fortitude. 

And finally, it has shown me the power of having a supportive community – one that throws those inspirational quotes at you, overwhelms discussions with emotions, and motivates you with their poignant stories. Yes, all that stuff I was allergic to, I’ve come to love and don’t know how I’ll do without.

Part 1 has taught a crippled bird to soar. You are the engine. It gives you the fuel. 

Of course, life didn’t and won’t become idyllic (that’s reserved for jannah, inshaAllah). Life is still with its challenges, but I’m just really grateful for the positivity I’ve been able to experience after so, so long

I know I will still stumble, trip, and fall, but this course has practically shown me how to get back up (and I rely on helping hands from you lovely ladies too!). I strongly pray Allah grants us all the tawfeeq to soar. Ameen. 

This is a quick reminder that you still have a chance to attend the above described course. 

It is being run 3 times:
** Online

** East London – this will be the only face to face course running of the course in East London.

Deadline for above two courses is 19th October 2014

South London – deadline is 31st October 2014

Be a muslimah of ihsaan…


When you think about loving dedicated mothers, inspiring teachers, sisters who run projects/charities and successful business women. .. What do you think they all share?

Most likely one day,when they were young, something or someone inspired them to aim for excellence in whatever path they decided to choose.

It was such a profound moment that they carried that aspiration with them for life and it led them to become the great women as mentioned above.

Less than 48 hours left to register yourself and/or your daughters (aged 12 to 18) on an inshaAllah life changing course taking place in East London or online.

Free separate course for daughters aged 9 to 11 whose mothers attend the main course.

Spaces are going fast.
Email for more info and a registration form.

Deadline Tuesday 30th September 2014!!

One life. One chance.


What are you doing right now? What are you planning to do after you finish reading this message? Is what you’re about to do, something that will bring about a positive change for yourself, your loved ones and your relationship with Allah? Have you made specific choices about how you’re going to show gratitude to Allah for the amazing gifts, skills and opportunities He (azza wa jaal) has given to you? Are you spending your moments imagining and planning what you’re going to leave behind after your body is placed in the darkness of the grave? What will your sadaqa jariah legacy be? 

We’ve only been given one life in this world dear sisters. .. just one… one that will affect our eternity for eternity!

Make this one life, this one chance, an opportunity to taste the sweetness of living FOR ALLAH. Don’t talk the talk but walk the walk! Hoping that we’ll take this gift of life and turn it into a ticket to jannah is not in enough.  Physically taking action here in the dunya will be proof to Allah that we lived for Him.

There’s just 6 days left and only a few spaces left to register for the course that many have said has changed their lives. They’re moving forward, they’re perspective has changed, they’re positive and they’re making careful choices as to how to use their precious time for Allah, in preparation for the next life.

Read what they’ve said about the last 8 weeks as attendees of a unique and different course:

Now it’s up to you… 

You’ll laugh and will most likely cry. But the best thing is, you’ll leave part 1 with a different mindset, ready to make different choices as to how you spend your time in pursuit of Allah’s pleasure and create that necessary Sadaqa Jariah legacy that will still earn you hasanat in your grave.

One life. One chance. You have unique skills and abilities… use them to transform your life in the dunya and akhirah.

Send an email to for a registration form.

Only 6 days left!