Honour, glory, thanks, and praise belong only to Allah (swt)!
When 9/11 struck in 2001, the world changed. The global geopolitical turn of events brought Muslims into the line of fire. Suddenly we were asked to explain our faith to the world. This was a rare opportunity for Dawah (invitation to Islam) too.
Seizing the moment, some young, educated, practising women from varied backgrounds came together to build the true narrative about Islam firmly grounded in the Quran and Sunnah.
After a year’s struggle and PKR 125,000/- worth of personal investment, Hiba Magazine’s first issue was published in April 2004 by Allah’s (swt) Will. It was well-received as many thought it to be their voice. Hiba Magazine became Pakistan’s first English-language quarterly family magazine, enriching lives and representing Islam.
Since then, there has been no turning back. Today, Hiba is a non-profit Dawah organization. Our challenging mission by Allah’s (swt) Mercy has grown into a family resource centre empowering families. We are 19 years old. Our mission is to build strong Muslim homes via knowledge, solutions and values via Islamic content.
Hiba achieves this through Jihad bil-Qalam (the struggle of the pen). Hiba meticulously integrates Islam into its Shariah-compliant, wisdom-based publications addressing critical social issues and family crises. We aim at the personal development of self, spouses, parents, teenagers, tweens and toddlers. Our products offer spiritual growth, emotional well-being and intellectual development.
It has a wide variety of Islamic accessories serving as soft Dawah for purposeful reminders, too, available on www.hibamagazie.com/shop.
Hiba’s guiding principle is: “O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your families from a fire whose fuel is people and stones…” (At Tahrim 66:6)
Is it any easier today? Not at all. But it is as fulfilling as the day Hiba’s idea was born. We have had our share of losses, setbacks, conflicts, and disasters. But surely, Allah (swt) grants us a reason to smile every day, Alhumdulillah!
At the end of it all, we have learnt invaluable lessons as true believers. Hiba’s team has emerged stronger, humbled and honoured to serve Allah’s (swt) noble Deen.
“O our Lord! Accept (this service) from us. Indeed, You are the All-Hearer, the All-Knower.” (Al-Baqarah 2:127)