A Passing Prayer

By Jinan Bastaki Sometimes… someone crosses your mind. It may be someone you have not thought of in a while. It may be someone you are not in touch with anymore. And their memory may bring a smile to your face or sadness to your heart – or both. And sometimes, that thought is not…

3 days in Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia

By Waqaar Butt 3 days in Al-Ahsa: Food for thought.. literally. (The following is a diary account of my weekend in Al-Ahsa which is to the East of Saudi Arabia. I wrote this to serve as a memory but sharing it in case one might benefit. My writing style is descriptive as I find it…

Reading Qur’an for the Deceased

I found this a very thorough, informative and academic discussion on an issue which sadly attracts a lot of controversy. The summary is that the majority of scholars are in agreement for it, notably Imam Ahmed b. Hanbal, Imam Ibn al-Qayyim, Imam Ibn Ibn Qudamah Al-Maqdisi amongst others. However, there have been some who disagreed…

Ibn Sina’s Proof of God

How did Avicenna (Ibn Sina) ‘prove’ God exists?

“The full argument is a bit complicated, but here is a somewhat simplified version. Avicenna’s proof actually has nothing to do with design, he doesn’t need the idea that the universe is intelligently put together. Instead, he argues from the idea that the things we see around us are ‘contingent’ or merely ‘possible’.

Purpose

“You are very important. If you weren’t, then you would not be here. You matter. If you tap into your potential, you are among the best of all creation. You are the one that if you mention Allāh, He mentions you among His highest angels – Gabriel, and Michael – He is mentioning you to…

Friends

By Waqaar Butt One of the things I find most fascinating about the Arabic language is the use of synonyms to give similar meanings with a touch of nuance. For example, Qur’anic Arabic describes a ‘friend’ in ten (or more) different ways! Something which an English translation will never be able to reflect. I thought…