09Dec

Kun 2 grunde, for at studere Islam | Islam

Sorry, but another post in danish!

Vil du gerne lære om Islam, men ved du, at du har svært ved fysisk at møde op hver gang?

Du har nu chancen for at lære Islam, hjemmefra sofaen eller et helt andet sted, som du selv bestemmer.

Det er ikke hvem som helst der underviser. Det er en Mufti der er opvokset her i Danmark, har dansk uddannelse. Det er Mufti Imran bin Munir Husayn. Han har islamisk uddannelse, med ijazah (tilladelse) til at videreformidle viden. I over 15 år, har han formidlet islamisk viden på dansk.

1. Min største anbefaling

Jeg har selv, været til flere kurser hos IslamAkademiet og det er klart noget jeg altid og med god samvittighed anbefaler andre.

Det er lige meget hvor i landet eller i udlandet du befinder dig. Du kan altid være med, så længe du har internet og kan dansk. 

Kan du ikke lige nå at være med, så skal du blot melde afbud og se lektionsoptagelsen senere. – Det er dog bedst at være med live, hvor du med det samme kan stille spørgsmål og få opklaret evt. tvivl, som du får under eller efter undervisningen.


1.1 De to kurser

Online Islamiske kurser, vinter 2019
hos IslamAkademiet

Der udbydes lige nu to kurser, uafhængige af hinanden. Selvom du aldrig har studeret islam før, kan du være med.


  1. Grunduddannelse i Islamiske studier – modul 4
    (Kræver ikke at du har deltaget i de andre moduler.)
  2. Imam al-Ṭaḥāwīs troslære

Personligt, synes jeg at de begge kurser er vigtige (jeg skal med til begge to). De starter op d. 14 december, så skynd dig at tilmelde dig, så du ikke glemmer det!


1,2 Troslære (‘Aqidah)

Imam al-Ṭaḥāwīs troslære, utrolig vigtig for os som muslimer. For hvis vi tror på noget forkert, kan vi aldrig have den fuldkomne tro og opnå retskaffenhed. Vi kan hurtigt blive vildledt og vores Akhira kan blive en destruktion af os selv.

Derfor er det rigtig vigtigt for os, at beskytte vores iman og kunne genkende hvad vores tro er.

I vores tid er der nemlig en del, der uden kilder og uden den rigtige viden, går rundt og spreder løgne om islam og dermed vildleder andre. Det er ikke kun farligt for dem selv, men også for alle dem de vildleder.

1.3 Grunduddannelse modul 4

Som muslim er det også vigtigt, at lære at recitere koranen og forstå i hvert fald nogle af kapitlerne. Det er også en vigtig ting, at lære nogle bønner (dua’a) der gør det muligt for os, at kommunikere med Allah så bedste vis. 



2. Hvorfor?

Fordi vi som muslimer er forpligtet til at søge viden om islam.


Tænk … hvis vores egen ‘Aqidah ikke er på plads og hvis vi ikke ved hvordan man laver en smuk dua’a, Hvordan skal vi, lære vores kommende generationer det? Det er vores pligt at tilegne os selv viden. 

“Ses” vi online, til undervisningen?
/Hafsa Farooq

P.S. Det er en enestående mulighed for at søge viden og forbedre dig selv og for dine (kommende) børn. 
17Nov

5 Grunde til altid at lære om Profeten Muhammad ﷺ | Islam

This post will be in danish, since this conference will be held in danish. 
Konferencen: Profeten Muhammad ﷺ – Hvem er han til os? – Kommer jeg tilbage til sidst i indlægget. 

1         Jeg følte mig som en dårlig Muslim

Da jeg blev ‘stor nok’ til selv at vælge, ville jeg ikke studere islam. Jeg synes at det var en for stor forpligtelse i forhold til at jeg skulle møde op hver uge, på samme tidspunkt, på samme sted. Jeg havde bare ikke interessen.
På samme tid, gik jeg rundt og kæmpede med mig selv, da jeg følte at jeg var en dårlig muslim.
Jeg havde utrolig svært ved at tage første skridt for at begynde at studere Islam. Jeg havde nemlig ikke det forhold til Islam, som jeg al-ḥamdu li-Llāh har i dag. 
Jeg tror der stadig er mange der går rundt og har det på den måde, som jeg havde den gang. – Det er der ikke noget galt i at føle. Faktisk synes jeg, at det er en god ting. Det viser at vores sjæle prøver at fortælle os, at vi har behov for Islam.

2. Moksébarn, uden den rigtige kærlighed

Jeg plejede at tage til moské med mine forældre, siden jeg var helt lille. Faktisk underviste min mor i en moské, før og efter hun fik mig. Vi tog også til diverse arrangementer i forskellige moskéer. 
Det sørgelige var, at jeg ikke havde den kærlighed til Profeten Muhammad ﷺ som enhver muslim bør have. Mens jeg voksede op, vidste jeg … 
  • hvem han er. 
  • hvordan jeg bør føle om ham. 
  • hvad jeg skal gøre, når han bliver nævnt.
  • hvornår jeg ved, at en person er helt forkert på den. 
  • hvordan jeg skal forsvare ham, hvis nogen siger noget grimt.
… men den rigtige tørst og kærlighed for Profeten Muhammad ﷺ manglede simpelthen. Den tiltrækning jeg har til ham i dag, den var meget lille. Alt for lille. 
Da vi tog til moskéen for at høre taler, lyttede jeg, – men det røg nærmest ind ad det ene øre og ud af det andet. Talerne den gang, var altid på urdu, da imamerne var fra Pakistan. 
Hvorfor sådan, til trods for at min fascination for sprog? 
Jeg bildte mig selv ind, at det var grundet deres mindre forståelse af hvordan vores samfund er i Danmark. Hvordan vi unge er opvokset her, samt hvilke begrænsninger og friheder som vi har her. 
Det var det også, dog kun lidt. 
Det største problem jeg havde, har jeg allerede forklaret. 

Mange gange forstod jeg heller ikke hvad der blev sagt, så det gav mig ikke det, de ældre forstod. 
Det er slet ikke den måde jeg lytter på i dag. 

3. I dag forstår jeg

I dag forstår jeg ordene på urdu, punjabi, dansk og engelsk. Hvordan det kan være? Det er fordi jeg har fået forståelse for kærligheden til Profeten ﷺ.
Hvordan har jeg pludseligt fået forståelse? 
Det er takket være de to lærde, der plejede at sidde i flere timer ad gangen og vente på svar fra Imamer, på de spørgsmål de havde. Nogle gange sad de og ventede i otte timer adgangen, efter skole eller i deres weekender. 
Så meget adab (respekt), som de udviste for lærde og Islam i deres teenageår, har ført dem til det, som de er i dag. – De år hvor de flest har været på vej i alle mulige forkerte retninger. De år har de brugt på at søge viden, lige meget hvordan de blev behandlet. 
I dag er de begge to Muftier (må Allah Ta’Llah bevare dem begge). Det er de to storslåede personligheder, som vi bliver velsignet med, til konferencen, subhanaLlah. 
De har begge i over femten år, formidlet Islamisk viden, her i Danmark. De er de begge utrolig dygtige til at formidle viden ma sha’a Llāh. 

4. Kærligheden var der pludselig

Da jeg startede med at tage til deres oplæg, følte jeg 1. at jeg aldrig at blive talt ned til, 2. forstod pludseligt hvert eneste ord og 3. de styrkede min iman, mens de lappede de huller jeg havde. 
Det var på en helt anden måde, end det jeg var vant til. 
Jeg begyndte pludseligt at elske at tage hen og lytte til deres oplæg. De forøgede min kærlighed til Profeten ﷺ. Jeg fik pludselig øjnene op for hvilken smukke religion Islam er. 
Den tiltrækning der havde manglet, var der pludseligt. Jeg begyndte selv, at tage initiativ til at tage til Islamiske oplæg, uden at mine forældre skulle sige det til mig. 
En gang gik det pludseligt op for mig, at jeg er begyndt at elske at lære om Islam, herunder også Profeten ﷺ. 
Ingen behøvede at trække mig. 
Ingen behøvede at spørger mig om at jeg skulle med.
For selvfølgelig skulle jeg med. 

4.1 Brug for mere viden

Pludseligt blev det ikke svært for mig, at tage en beslutning om at starte på Islam studier, ved siden af alt det andet jeg går og laver. – For mig, forøgede kærligheden til Profeten ﷺ, min tørst for Islam. Min sjæl finder nu ro når jeg lytter til eller studere Islam. 
  • Koranen
  • Nasheed
  • Studier
  • Oplæg
  • Hadith
  • Islamiske helligdage, herunder også Ramadan
Det hele har fået en helt anden betydning for mig. En spirituel betydning. 

5. Kom og lær noget om Profeten ….

… som aldrig præsenteret før.

Konference: Profeten Muhammad ﷺ – Hvem er han til os?

Begge Mufti Imran bin Munir Husayn og Mufti Tariq Muhammad Amin har udarbejdet oplæg, som vi slet ikke er van til at høre. Det bliver en intellektuel konference, hvor vi alle kan stille de spørgsmål vi kommer til at få eller i forvejen sidder inde med omkring Profeten ﷺ.

Min største anbefaling er, at man deltager i Konferencen: Profeten Muhammad ﷺ – Hvem er han til os? 
Hvorfor? 
For at forøge vores viden og kærlighed til Profeten ﷺ.

I dag kan jeg til enhver tid lytte til oplæg/undervisning om Profeten ﷺ. Selvom jeg har hørt den samme ting, hundrede gange før. 

Du behøver hverken være praktiserende eller muslim for at deltage. Alle er velkomne. 
Der er ingen andre der vil tage skridtet for dig. Hverken din fremtidige mand/kone, dine forældre, søskende, venner eller naboer. Det er vores eget ansvar, at søge viden om Islam. 
Se programmet ved at klikke på billedet foroven. 
Konferencen er d. 24. november 2019 fra kl. 9.00 – 17.00. Billetkøb skal ske senest d. 20 november 2019, ved at klikke her. Ingen kommer ind, uden gyldig billet.
Jeg ser frem til at se dig der!
/Hafsa Farooq
P.S. Der bliver sørget for te/kaffe hele dagen, samt gratis vegetarisk frokost til alle deltagere.

P.P.S. Det bliver kønsopdelt med skillevægge imellem.

P.P.P.S. De lærde er fra Ahl al-sunnah wal-jamma’a og følger Hanafi-lovskolen. De acceptere og respektere de fire lovskoler, samt har de dybt indsigt og viden om wahabisme, salafisme m.v.

08Jul

5 Better ways to use LinkedIn to land your dream job | Digital Marketing

Workplace meeting, landing the dream job through LinkedIn.
Picture by Rawpixel.

Over the years, LinkedIn has developed their platform for job seekers and for companies looking for employees.

Linkedin is now a must-check-tool, when a person is looking to hire. 
Even when they don’t actually look for you at Linkedin, they will google you, and there Linkedin (usually) pops-up as one of the first. 

LinkedIn is getting better at matching companies with job seekers but it is far from perfect. Therefore, you need to fill that gap they haven’t been able to. 

You need to become visible. 
You need to add some sparkle.
You really need to stand out. 



In this post, you will get five better ways to make your LinkedIn pop!

1. Don’t make this headline fail

Never ever just write; looking for a new job etc. The headline is the first thing people see after your name and picture. 

Yes, the first thing. Think about how important that is.
Yes, exactly; very important! 

You have about 200 characters (with space) to make yourself attractive and stand out from everyone else. 

Why should anyone click on your profile? 
This is where you tell them. 
  • The first 73 characters are shown, in small places, like the comment sections. 
  • The first 83 are shown in the posts.
This is where you make them click.
This is where you tell them what you can/do and what you want to work with.
It is hard to do. – A good idea, is to tell someone about your skills and what you want to work with and have them write your headline. Afterwards you need to fix it, to your taste.

Remember; it is never done. 
Right now, my headline is like this …

The full LinkedIn headline on my profile

Headline, as shown in posts

Headline, as shown in comments 


I have seen many better and worse. Right now, this works for me. 

You need to check out well-known people in your industry and your colleagues. Find one or two thing(s) in each headline that works and what doesn’t work. 

Use theirs to better yours!

Like our elders always tell us; Learn from others mistakes. 

If you find it suitable, you can use a couple of emojis but remember to check them on desktop and mobile. They need to be suited. 

Don’t worry, the rest of the points are not this long. This one is just very important.

2. Stop being unspecific and talking in terms

Many times, without even realizing it, we are unspecific. Many have a hard time getting things down in writing, what we have in our heads. Most of the time we don’t even realize that others have no clue of our terms. 


We tend to think; I know, so he/she knows too.


I know from working with marketing for more than six years, that people don’t always understand what I am trying to tell them. I actually realized this, when I started to sell nail polish in 2013. 


A product that most people know about and think using it is easy. In reality, very few knows how to use it. There is a whole process and ways to make the nail polish stay on the nails for a long time. 

The nail industry is so big, outsiders probably can’t even imagine. People in that industry, almost have their own language. – Yours does too. 

Terms, weight, scale, metaphors, do’s and don’ts etc. 

Like c-curve, it is very common thing in the nail industry. 
You probably had to google what it was, right? 


3. Stop being private, be open

Who cares? If you really want a good job, keeping everything private in your Linkedin-profile is not-the-way-to-go. It is not as if you are giving the whole world your living-address. You are just going to share some information, you have chosen, yourself. 

Those who are looking to hire, need to be able to get some ‘attractive’ information out from your profile, even if they have just googled you, in private mode. 
Not everyone wants to let you know, that they have looked at your profile. Respect that.

    I know my new clients check my online presence before contacting me. 
    I also know my boss did, before he called me in for an interview.

    If you feel like it is crossing some line, you can just change it, until you land the job you want and then change it back to private. It’s not that hard. 

    4. Start showing your work

    This is actually such a cool feature. As soon as I discovered it, I started using it. Unfortunately, not everyone is using it. 

    My links are also old and some without pictures. I need to cleanup in there. 😉 

    It is a neat way of showing your work by linking to:

    • An article, you were mentioned in or interviewed for
    • A video you are in or of the project you are working for or have
    • Your own blog or website, where you share your expertise

    You get the point, right? 


    It doesn’t matter if you have a portfolio somewhere else. Only a few will check it out there. 
    The person checking your LinkedIn is the one, you need to show your work too.

    5. Start sucking-up, visibly 

    Of course, in a way that’s not too obvious and in a way that it isn’t too much. If they are very active on LinkedIn, become active on their page. 

    • Follow the page(s)
    • Like their posts
    • Share some of the interesting posts, but not too many
    • Comment (ask, confirm, etc.) – This will make them recognize you. 
    • If you find a mistake, don’t humiliate them but send them a private message

    Bonus tip

    Don’t put all your apples in one basket. Choose a few good companies, you would like/love to work for and go after them, with full willpower!

    If they don’t work out. Find a few new companies and try again. 


    Good luck with your job hunting! 
    Go and get them! 
       Sincerely,
       Hafsa Farooq
       Freelance Copywriter
       Digital Marketer


    P.S. Want to connect? I just want a message when you sent me an invite. Breaking that cold barrier we have online.
    Yes, I would really like to connect!

    31Jan

    5 Things NEVER to do on LinkedIn | Digital Marketing

    What is it with LinkedIn, that non of the other social media has been able to do?

    It is that blue side of people.

    (No, not the sad blue, but the professional blue.)


    Other platforms are actually really good to reach consumers, but LinkedIn is a little different.

    Yes, of course you can reach consumers too, but the main thing there is …
    That it is an amazing tool to reach out to bigger fish (companies).

    It is especially relevant, if your company’s activities are on the Business-to-Business market.

    Or if you are looking for a new job, new opportunities or just want to expand your network.


    In this post, I will tell you things you should NEVER do on LinkedIn.

    LinkedIn is a little tricky and therefore it is very hard for new people on the platform to figure out what to do and whatnot.

    This is for you!


    The power of using LinkedIn right.
    Picture by Geralt

    1. Sending invitations without messages

    Everyone one has done this!
    It is only okay in the situation, when you have meet the person and you know that he/she knows about you and you guys are going to be meeting many times to come.

    Otherwise, do not do it!


    Just add a small personal message.

    It is not that hard!
    And you give the person a much better presentation of yourself, then just letting your profile to speak for itself.

    And trust me, it is not everyone, who has profiles that actually show their talent.

    Wouldn’t you rather just use a couple of minutes to write a short message then risk being ignored?

    It might be your next big opportunity.

    Maybe the person knows a person, who can get you that job you are interested in.

    2. Sending sales messages, as soon as accepted

    This is just like being shot by a bazooka!
    I mean … I am sitting here like, “Oh cool, an interesting person!”
    HOWEVER as soon as I accept.
    *Bing!*
    I receive a message, something like this …
    ‘Hi Hafsa, 

    Are you interested in buying bla bla bla …’


    Just stop doing that.

    I don’t want this kind of person to be in my network.

    I don’t want to be sold something.

    I want to connect to interesting people!

    If you have to sell me something, then do it in a proper manner!


    I want you do make me like you, your product and believe that the price is actually right and you are not just trying to rip me off!


    3. Just posting stuff and not interacting with others

    You just want to post and not interact with others.
    You just want people to click on your links, like your post and comment.

    Yeah … just remember if you really want to have people like you, you need to make them notice you, with kindness, be helpful and a little witty.


    You will become top of mind.

    Think about it.

    Why would you remember a person?

    He/she is noticeable by …

    • popping up in the comments you see.
    • him/her sharing relevant posts/articles.
    • seeing the person help others.
    • remembering he/she helped you, when you needed help.
    • getting recommended by others you trust.
    • seeing that person as an expert – this one is hard to reach but worth it!
    • and properly something else.

    But you have gotten my point right?
    You need to become this person!

    It will open so many opportunities for you!


    4. Expecting something in return

    This actually goes for everything you do.
    Never ever expect anything in return for what good you do for others.

    If you do … you won’t be able to do it for very long.

    You will simply loose the motivation and drive for doing it.

    Make this a life-rule!

    You will find yourself feeling satisfied with yourself and won’t need anything from others.

    If someone does do something good for you be happy about it.

    See it as a nice gesture.
    And don’t expect that person to do it again.

    If he/she does it again.

    Just enjoy it.

    5. Have a poor picture

    This one is very common.
    Please just think about your image.

    Do you want to look like someone who just woke up or a party-person?

    Or someone who is professional, presentable and approachable?

    The latter, right?


    Just get one taken by a professional or just have someone at home take it.

    It is easy now.
    You just need a one-color-background and a smartphone.


       Sincerely,

       Hafsa Farooq
       Freelance Copywriter
       Digital Marketer

    P.S. Want to connect with me on LinkedIn? 

    Yes, that sounds interesting!

    P.P.S. If you are already connected with me, cool! 

    I have over the past years deleted all the spammers and profiles who are only about selling me stuff!

    24Aug

    Never start anything, without doing this budget first | Entrepreneur

    Money can go so fast, you might not even realize you have used it all up. Therefore, budget!

    Picture by Stevepb

    I am dead serious!

    When you are going to startup, you will need a startup budget. There are many templates out there but the one I use is these budgettemplates, which I have modified myself. 

    This is a version I used for my first online store. The numbers are fictional but I tried to make them a little realistic. 


    This budget is not only for when you startup a company. This is also, for when you need to start a new project, even in your private life.

    • For example when remodeling your old house or when buying a new one. 
    This ways you will get a good overview of the money going out of the company or your pocket. It is very easy to use, you just have to plot in your numbers, and it will total it all for you.

    If you do add a new line, make sure to add it in the calculation otherwise, you will get a wrong total.


    Importance of budgeting

    It is very important to use a budget. If you don’t you, will probably go over budget and not have any idea of how you used all that money at once.


    It is also a guideline for you, to make sure that you have the money, before you start using them on other things.


    Never ever

    Never use money you don’t have. Unpredictable things happen all the time, like …
    • You didn’t sell enough
    • You had to buy something expensive
    • You bought too much on credit and don’t have money to pay
    • You might have a break-in
    • Or something else unpredictable 



    Bonus tip

    Maybe you have heard many entrepreneurs say that you should always multiply your budget with a number of times. Some say three, others five, some even ten.

    I think this is a very hard thing to specify since it depends on the type, size, etc. of your company and how cost effective you are.


    I think multiplying first year’s budget with five to seven and then later years with two to three gives a good overview.


    Again, it does depend on how many expenses are connected to your type of company.
    After doing a startup budget, you should do an operating budget for the first three years. It will give you a goal and an overview of the company. Read more about it why and how on X2Writers blog.

      
       Sincerely,
       Hafsa Farooq
       Freelance Copywriter
       Digital Marketer


    P.S. Want to get to know me personally? Follow me on Instagram @HafsaFarooqX2

    P.P.S. Here is the link to my budget templates. Get to it, now!

    No strings attached!

    10Feb

    7 Pros and cons for keeping your bedtime routine | Entrepreneur

    First of all, I apologize for not writing as much as I used to. I will try to be more constant from now on.

    Even if I am just writing mumbo jumbo.
    Kidding … of course.
    Do you really think I would waste your time?
    Do you?!

    Ok, I got that out of my system.
    Now to the serious part.

    I have earlier written about how to better your sleep quality. This is the one, I am blabbing about: 


    I concentrated the post on how to get the right sleep. Now I will tell you about the pros and cons about when you keep to your routine.

    This is not only for you but a reminder for myself too. Lately, I have started a messed up routine. – I do not plan to continue this way. 

    Let us start with the pros. 

    When to wake up and when to sleep.
    Picture by Geralt

    PROS

    1. Your internal clock starts working right

    After two weeks’ time and you keeping to your sleeping routine, your body should be used to it. That will make you wake up at you own most likely, before you alarm clock goes off. 

    Which not only gives you an amazing feeling, but also it will not make you so cranky, since your sleep was not disturbed. 

    2. More time to do be effective

    You feel like you finally have time to get things done. When you feel like it, you will actually get more things done. 

    3. You get extra time 

    Finally, you will start to have extra time to do the things you want, whether it is to read, write, film, draw, reflect, spend more time with your loved ones or whatever you like to do. 

    4. Feeling more driven and motivated

    Yes, amazingly, you will start to feel like you are actually doing something positive and using your time wisely. 

    This will also make you believe more in yourself and before you know it, you will be looking back and thinking, ‘Huh? Have I really become so far, already?’ 

    5. More willing

    You will have more energy and you will suddenly be able to help others or finally do things, you have been putting off.

    CONS 

    6. You can’t break your routine

    If you break your sleeping routine, it is hard to get back at it again. You need to be consistent and sometimes you will have to be the mood killer, but it is for your best. 

    If it is necessary, you can only be one hour late for bed. That is it. It will happen that you break your routine. When it happens, you have to get back on it as soon as possible. 

    No late parties! Yes, it means no late parties or a night out. It might sound boring, but having fun, does not equal staying up all night. 

    7. Get up, even if you slept bad

    It will happen that you cannot fall asleep, especially in the beginning. 

    When you get up at the same time every morning you will start to be able to sleep at the same time, every night. 

    Remember: It takes about two weeks for at person to get used to a permanent routine. It takes patience and sacrifice.


    This is how you get most out of the day

    We all have the same 24 hours every day. What we do with them, is what counts. 
    Getting better sleep and be fresh every day, makes you work wonders.  

       Sincerely,
       Hafsa Farooq
       Freelance copywriter
       Digital Marketer



    01Nov

    Backstage part 2: Unhealthy entrepreneur life, reflection | Entrepreneur

    Reflection on unhealthy entrepreneur living.
    Picture by 5688709

    You might wonder, why I wrote those two scenarios.

    If you do not know what I mean, you should read my post:

    On both scenarios

    You might be single or with someone. It makes a difference.

    If you are lucky enough to be with someone who understands you and you are able to talk to, but you are still going down the wrong path, you need to take a step back and figure out, if you keep want to hurt yourself and your loved one.

    If you are single, you need someone in your life to tell you to take that step back; otherwise, you are going on hurting yourself.

    I will be that person, at this moment.
    For both of you.

    Breakdown, stress, heart attack and worse

    There are many examples that living can be stressful.

    Some people, need a job, but cannot get one.
    Some people, struggle all their life with money.
    Some people have deadly diseases.
    Some people, are under so much stress, that they breakdown.
    Some people get mental issues.
    Some people work so hard, that it becomes the end of them.

    We all react differently to different kind of pressure.
    And we all have different issues.

    That is why it is important to know yourself and your body.
    Know your limits.
    And don’t cross them.

    I do not remember the name, but he is a very successful Danish entrepreneur. My guess is he is in his forties.

    He has a pacemaker.
    I do not think that needs a comment. You know why one gets a pacemaker.

    Cherish life

    Life is a fragile thing and it is our job to make sure we make the best of it.

    Enjoy yourself.
    Enjoy the small wins.
    Enjoy your surroundings.
    Enjoy the things to come.

    Do not run so hard for a while, that you collapse right before reaching your goal.

    Lift your foot from the gas pedal and put on the cruise control.

    Taking care of your loved once, starts by taking care of yourself.

       Sincerely,
       Hafsa Farooq
       Freelance copywriter
       Digital Marketing Consultant


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    26Oct

    Always think of Him | Islam

    Remembering Allah. Dhikr and a dasbhi.
    GIF by Hafsa Farooq (me)
    It is not a secret that I am a Muslim entrepreneur. So sometimes, my understanding of a situation or reaction is different than you would normal think.

    As an entrepreneur is it hard to always keep the same motivation, even when you are winning.

    For me, it is important to stay humble and stay focused, so this is something that helps me.

    Instead of writing a long post, I decided just to sum it all up in a small poem.

    By ‘Him’ I mean Allah  (The most High), God that is.

    Think of Him

    When in doubt, think of Him.
    When in pain, think of Him.
    When successful, think of Him.
    When in bankruptcy, think of Him.
    When happy, think of Him.
    When sad, think of Him.
    When scared, think of Him.
    When in peace, think of Him.
    When full of life, think of Him.
    When lost, think of Him.
    When in love, think of Him.
    Always, think of Him.

    – Hafsa

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    09Apr

    I know, you will never like me | Humanity

    Not as lonely as you think – I know, you don’t like me.
    Picture by Harunmovsisyan
    Since I was little, you didn’t like me. 
    I don’t know why. 

    You would always say something to hurt me and my parents. 

    Many times did my family leave crying, from your house. 

    At one point my sister didn’t want to visit you anymore.
    She didn’t like it. 
    You would always say something to hurt us.
    She is the oldest, so she understood more than I. 

    My parents had to pay her to visit your house. 

    It’s just me you don’t like. 
    Everyone else you are fine with. 

    You don’t like the way I speak or the sound of my voice. 

    The way I walk. 
    The way I dress. 
    The way I think. 
    The way I breathe. 

    I remember once. 

    It was some time after I had finally finished high school after such a hard battle with many school changes and many teachers who were just like you. 

    My parents were so proud. 

    So were my siblings. 

    The whole family was together at your house. – 
    This was sometime after my celebration. We were talking and you said “That’s not a real high school.” My cousin asked why and you said “It’s just not real high school in my eyes.” – Even when it is. 

    My older sister heard it all but she was scared to say anything, so there wouldn’t be a new fight. 
    Why so much hate? 
    Why so much hurt?

    You did a lot of hurtful stuff to us. 

    But now, before anyone can do it to your children, you stop.  

    You spread false rumors about my siblings and I. 

    Fill our ears against each others. 
    Say you will help if needed. 

    When my sister asked you for help. 

    You didn’t. 

    I know what you are. 

    We know what you are. 

    I know you hate me.

    I know you will always hate me. 

    Just remember. 

    The only reason I see you is because we are family. 

    It is supposed to mean something. 

    Something you haven’t shown me. 

    I am sorry. 

    Sorry for not being perfect. 
    Sorry for you too. 

    – A letter

    P.S. My life is not as lonely as you would think. 
    09Feb

    How to write your best blog post – Step-by-Step guide | Entrepreneur

    Step-by-Step guide – How to write your best blog post.
    Picture by Kaboompics

    Do you want to know how to make your blog post?

    The answer is probably yes, since you are here.

    Many entrepreneurs out there either do not know how to write a blog post or do not think it is important.

    I will not go into how and why it is important. – You probably know.

    This one is for you!

    I will go through each step, one by one for writing this post.

    This is how I do it.

    1. Step: Getting the idea
    This can happen everywhere. For example:

    • On the toilet
    • While you are eating
    • About to sleep
    • Socializing
    • Reading 
    • Or anywhere else.

    Make sure to write it down as soon as possible, since you probably do not have the time to write right away.

    2. Step: Research 
    If you do not have any knowledge about the subject then do some research by Googling it. Use Googles settings and search tools, this way you will get the best and most accurate results.

    The key here is being critical, since everyone has access to write practically anything on the internet.


    Even if you know almost everything about the subject, it is still a good thing to do some research first.

    3. Step: Brainstorm 
    For beginners this is an important step, even if it sounds boring. – You need to know what is important and filter the unimportant part out.

    If you do not know how to do a brainstorm, here is how you do it:

    • Take a piece of A4 paper and a pen.
    • Write the subject in the middle.
    • Write every word, which comes into your mind down and draw a line from the subject. 
    • If you can, then make sure to connect the connected words. 


    As you get more used to writing, this step will automatically happen inside your head and you will not have the need to do a brainstorm.

    4. Step: Make notes
    Now it is time to find out what is important and to only choose the most necessary information, which you want to give your reader.

    Put them as bullet points and then put them in order. Under each bullet point, you can add points; you might need it to go into extra detail.

    For this post, my notes looked like this: 

    • brainstorm/notes
    • Find a picture
    • intro
    • write the post/ what is on your mind
    • break
    • read trough – does it make sense at all? 
      • cut back – remove unnecessary words
    • Sections and headlines 
      • Shift places if needed
    • Make important things pop
    • Leave
    • Proofread L
    • publish 
    • Proofread again
    • Proofread after one day
      • Share on social media etc.

    And yes, they probably do not make sense for anyone else. – The thing is, that only you need to know what they mean.

    Yes, it does not matter if there are spelling mistakes.


    5. Step: Find your picture
    Now you have enough information to find or take the perfect picture. I usually use Pixabay to find royalty free pictures, even though there are many other sites. Here are 73 different sites.

    6. Step: Write your post
    It is finally time to write. For me, this is the best part. I can in an hour or two write a thoroughly worked post, like this one.

    Take each bullet point and write everything important about it. Try to get your message across to the reader as much as possible. It is all right if it does not make sense.

    7. Step: Take a break
    Time to take a break. Take five minutes making tea, coffee or do something else.

    Personally, I like to take a break to do a prayer, make a cup of tea or go check my social media. The last one takes too much time.

    8. Step: Read it critically
    Come back to your work and read it as critically as possible. Ask questions like:

    • Does it help?
    • Would I understand this, if I did not know anything about it? 
    • Try to include the reader by asking questions.
    • Use the word “you” to target the reader. 
    If something does not help, simply delete it. This is also when you are supposed to remove extra words like: really, very, actually, already etc.

    Your reader is not dumb and can understand you, even if you use fewer words.  

    9. Step: Sections and subheads

    If you remember what is where, you can just make sections and subheads. If not, just read it again and while reading, make the sections and subheads.

    Having sections and subheads gives your reader a better overview of the post and gives them the illusion that they are not reading as much as they are.

    If you have a text without sections and subheads, few are going to read it. – It simply looks too overwhelming.

    • Sometimes it gives more sense that one section is first, so now is the time to move the sections around, if needed. 


    10. Step: Bold, underline and italic
    Make important things catch the readers eyes by making it bold, italic, underline or mixed. It draws attention to it and the reader will most likely read it twice. – It will sink in.

    But do not overuse it.
    Your post will look too overworked.

    11. Step: Another break
    Yes, time for another break. Take a minimum of 15 minutes. Now social media is a good idea. – You need to think of something completely different.

    12. Step: Proofread loudly
    Time to proofread your post. This is very boring for me and even if I do it more than once, sometimes basic words gets misspelled because I already know what is supposed to be there.

    By doing it loudly, you can hear the mistakes. – I usually read to any person next to me. They can also tell me if something is unclear.

    13. Step: Publish
    Yep, it is time. Just press it. Even if you think, there are mistakes in the post.

    14. Step: Proofread it again 
    Yes, again. In addition, make sure someone is listening to you this time. Now it is available for everyone on the internet!

    15. Step: Proofread next day

    This is the last time. Just repeat step 12 or 14. When done, you are now ready to share it on your social media.

    That is it!

    – Hafsa

    P.S. I would love to read your post after you have read this step-by-step guide. Send me a link on my Facebook page @HafsafarooqX2 and I will read it.