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…

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…

Diamonds

How wondrous it is that a diamond is buried deep amongst a sea of rocks. Only through the intensity of its environment and the strength of its endurance could this magnificent stone be carved into an stone with beauty and strength in equal measure. Yet, when buried beneath the earth, a diamond is no different from any of its neighbours.…

Hamster

It’s funny. We look at hamsters running on their wheels with amusement; why do they spend so much time and energy running after nothing? Wouldn’t it be more beneficial to spend all that effort on something more tangible or meaningful? But so long as you keep on feeding it, the hamster won’t care. It doesn’t…

Inspiration

This is my father’s study circle at the Solihull Islamic Education Academy – SIEA. He has been teaching this every friday non-stop for 14 years, not missing a SINGLE WEEK. He would schedule holidays, work and even weddings to fit around this. Over the years, he’s covered everything from tafsir, interfaith, fiqh, tazkiyah and now…

Castaway

O my soul, come, cast away from fantasy, O my soul, come, cast away from fantasy, Dive into this sea of love if you would see With your heart’s eyes wonders known in prophecy. ♦ Lovers follow Love alone as their imam, Drunk within but outwardly serene and calm, Love is older than all else…

Finding Truth

“Do not look for truth through people. Find the truth then find its people” لا تعرف الحق بالرجال. اعرف الحق تعرف أهله — Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (ra) [via sheikh Muhammad Al-Yaqoobi: Commentary on Book of Knowledge; Ihya Uloom Al-deen by Imam Ghazali] .

Islamic Texts for the Blind

A remarkable effort to make Islamic texts and knowledge available for the Blind. [http://www.kitaba.org/] An example of their work is below: —————————— As Ramadan approaches, Islamic Texts for the Blind is preparing to help all our supporters utilise and benefit as fully as possible from this blessed month. We have prepared an audio book on…

Dreams

A wonderful book recommended to me by Sh. Faraz Rabbani, describing how a person can find their purpose and passion in life. Here’s an interesting passage from the book on dreams and aspirations: “After one of their gigs, I told Charles how well I thought he’d played that night. Then I said that I’d live…