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The Nightingale

  • Write on Time

    Write on Time

    The Quran repeatedly emphasises contemplation as a crucial function of the heart that interprets meaning within natural phenomena, the theatre of human history, and even our own lives. There is meaning everywhere, and as Muslims we reject the view that life is meaningless. We are meaning-making beings, or more accurately, meaning-discovering beings.
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  • Moments to Remember

    Moments to Remember

    It was a moment of quiet tenderness and a reminder that a child first sees the world refracted through their relationship with their parents or primary caregivers. This is how human beings begin and this is how we are. This also speaks to the power of the book to elicit empathy and even identity – the characters or situations in the story need not be identical to us for us to understand their world (and to expand ours). This power retains its potency even amid the pervasiveness of digital screen-based media.
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  • Wardah Books of the Year 2022

    Wardah Books of the Year 2022

    The past year has been a wonderful one and we are thankful for every single day... And with that, we turn to what our booksellers have chosen to be the best of the year 2022. We hope that you have had a wonderful year of unhurried reading and stillness. The secret gift of reading is time. And Allah knows best.
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  • NLB's Recordings: "Reading in the Age of Distraction"

    NLB's Recordings: "Reading in the Age of Distraction"

    Recognising the need to inculcate good reading habits and help overcome distraction, the National Library Board of Singapore started in 2021 a series of seminars on Reading in the Age of Distraction (RAD). The first seminar on 9 July, titled “Read to Focus: The Art of Focused Reading in an Age of Distraction,” features the panellists Professor Emerita Naomi Baron (American University in Washington, DC), Associate Professor Loh Chin Ee (National Institute of Education), and moderator Ibrahim Tahir (Wardah Books)
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  • Selamat Hari Raya

    Selamat Hari Raya

    After a couple of years living with strict social distancing, this year's Eid does feel like one of these breezes of Mercy. It is a mercy to be with friends and family, to receive them into our lives again, illuminating each other’s homes with joy and fellowship.
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  • Ramadan and Spiritual Nourishment

    Ramadan and Spiritual Nourishment

    Fasting, as Imam al-Mawlud reiterates, feeds spiritual growth; the less we fill our stomachs, the more we fill our souls. And Ramadan is the welcomed friend who gently nudges us all to feed our famished souls.
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  • Bismillah, Alhamdulillah

    Bismillah, Alhamdulillah

    If Wardah Books were a person, she would be a 20-year-old. What should she write in her autobiography, as she stands at the threshold of adulthood, looking forward to new beginnings. She may not have the eloquence of Imam al-Ghazali, but we hope she has the presence of heart to begin: Alhamdulillah, Praise be to God.
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