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…

Echoes

by Nader Khan As a blinding light you came to us, And just as suddenly you went away. The universe still resonates, With echoes of “Sall Allah ‘alaih”. O flash of light, in the flow of time, O sweet Medinan beloved of mine, I speak with you in broken words, With a broken heart, and…

Learning with Husna

I recently attended a Bayyinah course with Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan. Aside from being incredibly inspiring, he mentioned a number of other courses they plan to do and his vision for Islam in the west. One such project was “Arabic with Husna”, a new curriculum he has set up to teach his own daughter Arabic which, in…

An hour for an hour

One of the most important things to do whilst studying is to strike the right balance between work and relaxation. Many people who come here end up on one side or the other, burned out from over working or scarcely benefiting because of wasting too much time. For the first two months of my stay…