The birth of a book

For those who have been here a while, you’ll know that I’ve been working on my book for a number of years – an anthology of what I consider my most meaningful creative pieces (poetry and prose) since I started writing 15-odd years ago.

It’s been quite a journey so far, and after many, many revisions, a lost typographer along the way, and some delving into the world of cover design, I’ve finally completed what I hope will be the final document. 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

Ramadaan Ruminations

With this rising, may you rise above the murky waters of your past, may you be elevated beyond who you are, to who you are becoming. May the Light of this day – this start, be accompanied by Truth, Courage, Wisdom and opportunity. For this day has come with all those things, and all you have to do is look deep within yourself, and recognise the capabilities that have been planted in your very being.

We’re a third of the way through Ramadaan, which will no doubt prompt many to remark about how time has flown so far. But if you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ll know that time never ‘flies’ for me…it’s usually pretty slow. Continue reading