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Fes #2: Love at First Sight

It​’​s rare that hype meets expectations. Having read a dozen books on Fes and the Maghrib before coming, I knew I had set my expectations high and was bracing myself for disappointment. My experience in Egypt had taught me that today​’​s reality is far from the nostalgic past we read of before. The chaos of…

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Fes #1: Intention

Just over a year ago, I made my first ever “impulse” buy; 2 return tickets to Fes. I remember thinking it would be a useful opportunity to reflect on life and decide what to do next. At the time, I had just been given approval for a Sabbatical from work as I needed some time out to begin what has become the Centre for Islam and Medicine. I had been reading books on the Little did I know how much the coming journey would have an impact on my life.

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Dreams

Dreams. Many of us have them. Few of us pursue them. But rarely do people reach them. A dear friend of mine, Derrick Peat, is one of the brave people who decided to sacrifice everything to pursue his dreams. From the moment he decided to convert to Islam to the brave decision he took to…

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Concentration

Every week, we hold a congregational prayer for duhr (the midday prayer) at the end of Sunday School. 300+ kids – young and old – line up in rows side by side to pray to their creator, a beautiful way end to the school each week alhamdulillah. After the prayer, we hold a short assembly…

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Madinah’s Gifts

I was given a gift; dates from the city of light. Instantly, the memories come flooding back: The blessed greeting The dazzling green dome The serenity of the court yard The echoes of the adhan The boundless generosity The sages at every corner The cries of every lover The play of innocent children The silent…

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Prophetic Leadership

By Bilal Hassam “Prophetic Leadership” – Windsor Castle – April 2015 Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad / Timothy J. Winter “…To be Prophetic is to be counter cultural, to be a dissident; you simply can’t be Prophetic if you’re driving round in the Sultans Bentley. To be Prophetic you must be, by definition, difficult for those…

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15 Diseases of Leadership

Here, the Prophet ﷺ defines leadership by its responsibility, not position. The focus is shifted away from the structure and towards the individual. By generalising the definition of leadership, He ﷺ is equating the characteristics found in each of them regardless of the level of authority given. If one cannot lead justly or effectively in their household, they will not be able to lead justly or effectively as a statesman. As such, it is essential for us to understand the notable qualities and the common pitfalls engendered within leadership so we are effective wherever Allah places us.