Eid Mubarak

When this month leaves you, please honour it by making an intention to take forward its gifts to you – even if it’s just *one* action, habit, conscious thought, change of perspective….*something*. An intention to make that one thing a permanent fixture in your life. Continue reading

It’s OK

It’s OK
if you don’t feel the spirit of Ramadaan this time around.
If your nights are filled not with the standing in prayer,
but instead standing washing dishes…
getting what little spirituality you can
from a YouTube lecture you otherwise wouldn’t take in
amidst the activities of the rest of life. Continue reading

Ramadaan Basics: all you need to know about the Muslim month of fasting

Ramadaan

Why do Muslims starve themselves during Ramadaan? What do they get out of it? And why is the moon so important to them in this month? If you’ve never really heard about the deeper meanings behind this sacred month of Islam, read on to find out all you need to know about the month which begins in just a few days. Continue reading

Love 2 Serve: for the love of humanity

The gurgling noises of the pouring rain hitting the pavement outside almost matches my inner tears of sorrow as I sympathise with the needy people of the world. Everywhere I turn, I see organisations appealing for donations. I see NGOs, leaning on the sturdy shoulders of Ramadaan’s great blessings, “cashing in” on this time of the year.  Continue reading

Know your Lord (part 6): The Most Appreciative

Ash-Shakur: the Most Appreciative

When it comes to doing good, some of us are hesitant. ‘I am such a sinner!’ We may think, ‘Will Allah really appreciate the pathetic deeds that I do when I commit such horribly bad deeds?’  Allah (swt) says, “Surely our Lord is indeed Ever-Forgiving, Appreciative”(Qur’an, 35:34), Continue reading

Know your Lord (part 5): The Light

An-Nur: the Light

“Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The example of His light is like a niche within which is a lamp, the lamp is within glass, the glass as if it were a pearly [white] star lit from [the oil of] a blessed olive tree, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost glow even if untouched by fire. Light upon light. Allah guides to His light whom He wills. And Allah presents examples for the people, and Allah is Knowing of all things.” [Qur’an, 24:35] Continue reading