Advertisements

Editorial

The world will witness the end of yet another calendar year. It's the time to look back and reflect upon the past year, relish the accomplishments, learn from the mistakes and set novel goals to move forward. Here is another issue of Aura with an array of engrossing...

Is the Minority Even Human?

The Holy Qur’an encapsulates, however, the inalienable humanity that cannot be denied to anyone, no matter how vulnerable or marginalized: “Indeed, We honoured the progeny of Adam, and bore them across land and sea and provided them with good things for their...

Aura Readers’ Club – Gujarat

Aura Readers’ Club Gujarat organized a Review by Experts of Aura’s November 2022 issue. The speakers included Advocate Patricia Gonsalves, Dr Swaleha Sindhi (Faculty and Academic Advisor), Dr Tejal Bhatt (Pathologist and MBBS), Rizwana Baldiwala (Senior Teacher),...

Face to Face with Nasreen Saiad

Nasreen Saiad is former President, Sisters’ Wing of UKIM and is currently a member of its Central Shura. UK Islamic Mission (UKIM) is a registered charity organization formed in 1962 to “cater for the needs of a new growing Muslim community” in the UK. It works in...

HIV/AIDS: A Painful Barrier to a Healthy Lifestyle

The stress of living with a serious condition such as HIV not only damages mental well-being but also poses a great risk of developing mood, anxiety, and cognitive conditions. Mental health and AIDS are positively correlated. Several mental health issues including...

Nabeela Syed

Nabeela Syed is the 23 year old Advocate and a Muslim woman of Indian origin, was elected to Illinois General Assembly in the 2022 United States midterm elections. At her victory speech, she spoke of her historic victory: “My name is Nabeela Syed. I’m a 23-year-old...

B Srimathi

B Srimathi is a 20-year old Adivasi woman from the Irula community of Thumbibettu village in Tamil Nadu. She has become notably the first member of her community to get a medical seat, and she has taken admission in Tirunelveli Government Medical College and wants to...

Ela Bhatt Passes Away

SEWA, the Self Employed Women’s Association set up by Ela Bhatt in 1972 was a trade union of women with dozens of sub-institutions that worked on the principle: “the poor do not need charity, they need an enabling mechanism to strive and come out of the vicious circle...

The Prayer of Maryam (AS)’s Mother

Oh Allah, grant us, by your grace, righteous offspring. Bless us and our offspring with a pleasant upbringing the way you had blessed Maryam (peace be upon her). Entrust us and our offspring the way you had entrusted Maryam (peace be upon her) to the best people and...

The Last Letter

Arya feels the abuse has had knock-on effects, particularly with trust in relationships. She also struggles to close the chapter in her life because the abuser had never admitted the crime or said sorry. Remember to teach your children something about sex education.I...

A Visit to a Mosque…

Until I visited Masjid-E-Khadria in Benson Town (Bangalore), I never thought women were allowed in mosques. It all started with an invite that I saw on Facebook asking people from all faiths to visit the mosque regarded as one of the most beautiful mosques in the...

I am Successful, but Unhappy

Translation: Al Jamia Al Islamia, Santhapuram (2018-24 Batch)I said: Observe a child who seems extremely joyful when he possesses his favourite toy which he craves for. But when he was dreaming about it, he was less happy. Also, he becomes silent and thoughtful. Do...

The Errand of Mercy

Every one of us has surely experienced the sweetness of the fragrance of a beloved passerby. Even if the person has passed, some strongly smelling perfumes leave their prints on the memory of the people on the way and for some moments, we indulge in it. Have you ever...

Do Our Surroundings Influence Our Habits?

Former President, APJ Abdul Kalam has said: “You cannot change your future, but you can change your habits, and surely your habits will change your future.”Imagine going to a restaurant every day. On the first day, the waiter offers you different beverages like tea,...

The Shape Of Water

I said, to my daughter,‘My dear! Be like water!’Shapeless, amorphous,Fluid, formless, sinuous,The epitome of a leader! Prepare to alter your shape,Poured into pitcher or carafe.The world is your stage.You can be a cottony cloud.You can be the shower of rain,That...

Who are You to Judge Us

To some, you are to dominate the audience. To some, you act as a cultural canvas.To some, you are a mediation of religion,And of course, I am “mass media”, your so-called friend.We live in a world filled with hatred and far,And ‘you’ are acting as petroleum jelly, a...

Unraveling ‘The Kerala Story’

The social media handles in India are again abuzz with a sensational story. A story that is initiated to further disturb peace in the society and spark a fresh controversy. In recent times, India has witnessed continuous efforts by some vested interests to keep the...

The Narrative of Nationalism – Part III

First appeared in Zindagi e Nau in Urdu, September 2022 Issue Translated by Ayesha Khalid Islam and the Concept of Nationalism Islam rejects all concepts that discriminate against people on the basis of colour, race, caste, nation, etc. The message of Islam is the...

Dr. Mohammad Nejatullah Siddiqi (1931-2022)

First published in Radiance ViewsweeklyDr. Mohammad Nejatullah Siddiqi, the pioneer of Islamic Economics and recipient of King Faisal International Prize for Islamic Studies in 1982, breathed his last at 5:30 pm in San Jose, California on November 11 (about 4:00 am...

A Keen Farewell to a Queen

The following is a poem written by Sister Firdouse’s niece, Annam Nimra.It was an early Friday morning Unpredictable, unimaginable, incomprehensible My heart dropped with the loudest thud - We had lost a disguised angel. She never said she was leaving She never said...

Editorial

As November rolls around, there is an invariable association with the idea of Children’s Day. In today’s India this is even more profound. In the Global Hunger Index 2022, India has slipped six places, landing at 107 out of 121 ranked countries. The Global Hunger...

Child Rights in India: NCPCR & Recent Developments

Things like status of child care institutions in India, children with special needs, safety and security of children of government schools and pre-matric hostels, drugs and substance abuse among children, illicit trafficking, education status of children of women...

Aura Readers’ Club – Bihar

On 17th October, 2022, the monthly Aura Readers Club program was organized to review the October 2022 issue of Aura. This time, the mantle was taken up by Aura Readers Club Bihar, with a diverse and extremely well-qualified set of reviewers coming together for an...

What is World Kindness Day?

It is observed in many countries including the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia and the U.A.E. World Kindness Day presents us with the opportunity to reflect upon one of the most important and unifying human principles. On a day devoted to the positive...

Kindness in Islam and its Essence

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Kindness is not to be found in anything but that it adds to its beauty and it is not withdrawn from anything but it makes it defective.” (Sahih Muslim)Every year on November 13, people worldwide observe World...

Writers’ Workshop 2022: Report

For three exciting days, 35 girls and women came together in the shared pursuit of the written word. From refreshing their basics of writing, refining their skills to taking part in experiments and modules that challenged them, the Writers’ Workshop organized by...