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Think of the person you love the most. Someone who you admire and aspire to be like. Perhaps your mother or father. Imagine that feeling of love that you just can’t describe, and that you’re sure is unmatched by any other kind of love on this planet. Now imagine someone draws an offensive cartoon of that person. Or, let’s say someone Photoshops a picture of him or her, and publishes it on the internet. Upset? Offended? Hurt? (more…)

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Thank you, Syeda


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Recently, I was so chuffed to be contacted by an old student of mine, who asked if I’d be willing to have her interview me about my journey to Islam, as part of her Journalism course. Of course, I love any opportunity to talk talk talk about how I came to be Muslim, so we met over coffee and I rattled on for a good couple of hours. Syeda put a wonderful spin on the article, picking up on my love of Science. She shared the finished article, and I just had to post it here because I think it’s beautifully written and captures my story wonderfully. So, here it is…

The Scientist who fell in love with Islam.

She sits patiently on the open deck of the shabby chic cafe.  The summer breeze blows at the scarlet cashmere scarf on her head, as she drinks up the glistening view of the blue lagoon.

Her mind wanders off to a distant memory. Engulfed in a crowd of hippies, she stands on the moss grass field, swaying her hips to the music whilst holding a pint of beer in one hand, with the other thrown up in the air. (more…)

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Thought of the day…

How awesome is Al Fatihah? Remember it’s a Du’a. A Du’a that we’re *obligated* to recite at least 17 times a day. Let’s just think about it. What are we saying when we recite Al Fatihah?

(Oxford translation, my favourite, found here –http://asadullahali.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/the_quran.pdf)

“In the name of God, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy! Praise belongs to God, Lord of the Worlds, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy, Master of the Day of Judgement. It is You we worship; it is You we ask for help. Guide us to the straight path: the path of those You have blessed, those who incur no anger and
who have not gone astray.”

Ameen.

Please note – I am by no means a Tafseer expert…but just my thoughts here.

So we praise Allah and glorify Him with His most beautiful names. Then we ask Him to ‘guide us to the straight path’. What is the straight path? Quran and Sunnah, right? That’s the straight path. If we’re on those, we’re on the Deen, and we’re on the straight path. So that encompasses *everything*. Because Quran and Sunnah give us *everything* we need. So we’re asking Allah to guide us to do *everything* the Quran and Sunnah outline for us to do – from smiling, to doing good deeds, earning halal money, staying away from sin, enjoining good and forbidding evil, etc. etc., right down to personal hygiene.

We’re asking Allah to help us do this 17 times a day. 17! At least! And this isn’t an option. We *have to* recite Al Fatihah in *every* Rakah. Why not just recite another Surah? Why a Du’a? Why such a powerful, all-encompassing Du’a?

SubhanAllah, look at Allah’s Mercy. He *commands* us to ask Him to help us get every single aspect of our lives right. He *commands* us to ask Him to keep us on the straight path. So no matter how low our Iman is, we still *have to* ask Him for this, not just every day, but 17 times every day. No matter what else we’re doing. Even if we’re committing sins, back-biting, being ungrateful, etc. etc. Despite all of that, He still *commands* us to ask Him for the best of gifts in the most beautiful way.

Think about it. Can you imagine a mother *commanding* her child to ask her for the most beautiful gift in the world every day? Even if he’s misbehaving or being ungrateful. Can you imagine her demanding that he has to ask her 17 times a day? No, of course not. And that’s a *mother* and her *child*.

So, subhanAllah, can we even begin to comprehend the meaning of this? How many times do we stand and recite these beautiful words to Allah and actually *think* about what we’re asking for? And more importantly, *why* we’ve been told to ask it?

There are so many examples like this of Allah’s Mercy. SubhanAllah. He is so unbelievably awesome that He gives us excuses and reasons to ask for His Pardon at every single turn, every single second of every single day.

Ya Allah, help us to be focussed in our Salah. Help us to comprehend your Mercy and Love. Ya Allah, guide us to the straight path. Ameen.

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Just beautiful. How romantic, mashaAllah.

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We read about many stories or hear stories of people and their romantic love life. At times, we even see them in them movies and many of us go “Awwwwwwww! I wish I could have that!” Knowing it is not real but the way it is displayed we become infatuated with this unrealistic display of love. Many of us don’t know that, there has been a time more than 1400 years ago, way before you and I were born there was a man by the name Muhammad (Peace & Blessings Be Upon Him). Many anti-Islamic, Islamophobes display him as several things he wasn’t. They love to depict him in a disrespectful, untruthful manner. What many of us don’t know is how did the Prophet Muhammad (Peace & Blessings Be Upon Him) display his love for his wives? Many of us are married and have been married for a very long…

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So, Ramadan has come to an end. And, for me, it’s a bitter-sweet feeling, just as the start of Ramadan was.

I’m 27 now, and this was my fourth Ramadan. For a revert, Ramadan can be a really lonely time. I personally find going without food and water pretty easy- since my first time fasting I was surprised how easily I got through the day, even in the heat of the UAE. This was clearly a mercy from Allah. In fact, I find eating during Ramadan much harder than abstaining. Let me explain why…. (more…)

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This is a fantastic response to a list that apparently is floating round the net called ‘Top 10 Quran quotes every woman must see’, which of course is a cut and paste job, taking iyas out of context to make Islam look oppressive to women (oh, isn’t that novel). I highly recommend this article, which clearly explains the real meaning of each quote.

I learnt a few new things myself 🙂

So share, share, share!

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Just an absolutely fantastic, thought-provoking article. I shall be pondering about this for a good few days.

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Awhile ago, I was involved in a great but challenging debate with some of my intellectual superiors on the issue of ‘White feminism’. The initial discussions revolved around feminist imperialism (or imperialist feminism). A discussant equated this with ‘White feminism.’ This assertion, made in passing, was problematized by a White Muslim female revert, who found the term, in fact, ‘racist’. It immediately triggered an impassioned debate about the use of Whiteness as a socio-political category and a descriptively pejorative classification for a [large] brand of feminism. Most of the arguments struck against the point that to refer to a brand of feminism under the auspices of Whiteness was racist. If we could accept Women of Color feminism or Black feminism, then could we not accept White feminism as a feminism that is entrenched not in skin color  but a history of privilege and imperialism? After all, the Third Wave of…

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