Dear Pilgrim

Below is a (fairly long) email I send to people before they head off to Umrah. It’s my own dua list accompanied by some advice I wrote. Feel free to take any duas and use them for yourself, and please remember me in them too. Of course, any dua you make for others is always…

Hurdles

“When did Islam become a series of hurdles and challenges” I’ll never forget those words. It was the unexpected response I was given after asking for advice on some difficulties I and others had been facing. So often, we reduce our faith to a set of rules – do’s and don’ts. We obsess with it,…

Reading the Polls

Why were the polls so wrong in predicting Donald Trump’s election? And what does that mean for other polls done for other politicians?   So much is made of what the polls say about Jeremy Corbyn’s chances for example: Can we now legitimately question the accuracy of these?   I believe politics is swinging 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…

A Moments Pause

The passing of Mohammad Ali brought about a much needed moments pause in the world. As he had done his entire life, his death brought the world to a halt to commemorate the great legacy of the man, and in so doing, reflecting on the most topical issues of our time: race and religion. The…

Mohammad Ali: In Life and Death

Oh Muhammad Ali, in life you served your Lord, and in death you serve your Lord. Our community is indebted to you. America has never needed a reminder more than now about the contributions, values and truth of Islam. In a time when the words Allahu Akbar have come to be associated with terror, today…