The Desert Call

As He stood upon the newly built house in the vastness of the desert, he began calling the emptiness to the House of God.

To an observer, His actions seem worthless. What good will his call do amidst the immensity of the desert? How will it reach the millions of people around the world to bring them to the House of God? Shouldn’t he have built it where people already were, rather than expecting them to come to the house of God? Who would traverse the difficult terrain of Arabia to come to His house?

Meaningful Action in a Helpless World

“Everything you do without remembering God is useless.”

The world is a scary place. So much is happening beyond our control, it’s easy to feel paralysed by helplessness. It’s with this that I turned to a trusted friend and teacher for advice; what can we meaningfully do to change things?

His answer shocked me. He had read the undertones of my question. It wasn’t that I didn’t know what to do; it was that I subconsciously believed it wouldn’t do anything!

Misdirected Passions

I used to have so many passions that were so diverse But since I have come to know you, all of my passions have become one, So those who I used to envy began to envy me And I became the master of creation, the day that You became my Master كانـت لقلبي أهواءٌ مفرّقــة…

Fes #3: Popular Song

In Morocco, they often turn their duas into poems. I remember asking a brother for dua before iftar and he and all around him broke out into a song. The song, as powerful as it is beautiful, becomes widespread amongst the people just as music does today. The result: thousands upon thousands of people across…

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.

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…


God says in the Qur’an: إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ التَّوَّابِينَ وَيُحِبُّ الْمُتَطَهِّرِينَ “Allah loves those who are constantly repentant and loves those who purify themselves” [2:222] The form of the word ‘tawaabeen’ indicates the action is repeated over and over again, and repentance as an action infers that disobedience was performed before hand. So why does…

The Deserved

My friend told me that he went to Madinah al Munawarrah and wept all night saying,”Ya Rasoolallah, Abu Jahl got to see your face, I am undeserved of seeing you! but I can’t be worse than him, can I?” He kept repeating this until sleep overtook him, and on that night he was blessed with…

Spring’s Gift

A response from those who love to those who mock by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf I envy the sand that met his feet I’m jealous of honey he tasted sweet Of birds that hovered above his head Of spiders who spun their sacred web To save him from his enemies I envy clouds formed from the…