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…

The Islamists?

I have no right to comment on Egypt as I have almost no knowledge of the details other than through western media which I don’t fully trust. In the words of a friend of mine: “I think one of our biggest faults as westerners is the arrogance that we think we can judge others… in…

He who seeks

He who seeks the signs of Beauty Shuns his self, then shuns his self. He for whom union’s the duty Shuns his self, then shuns his self. ♦ He who fasts from passing pleasures, At the Eid knows Love itself; He who hears of Beauty’s treasures, Shuns his self, then shuns his self. ♦ East…

Treasure Chest

I recently stumbled upon the following website: http://bewley.virtualave.net/ . Its a collection of all the translations Sr Aisha Bewley has done on a number of the classical texts (including Ibn Ata’ Illah’s Hikam with commentary by Ibn Ajiba http://bewley.virtualave.net/hikam.html) . There are some incredible works here masha’allah including brilliant translations to the hadith collections – such…

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…

Freedom to criticise religion

I often hear the “right to criticize religion” as the reason for justifying things like the recent film which sparked the riots. The video itself wasn’t an “criticism of religion”, it was insult to an individual. Though we can NEVER justify violence, if we call someone’s mum a prostitute, most of us will expect to…

Back to the beginning

As I sit here in Cairo Airport waiting for my friend on the (delayed) Egyptair flight from Istanbul (that’s a 100% record for me so far!), a strange sense of nostalgia overcomes me… has it really been 6 months already? It feels strange that it has been so long. Subconsciously, Egypt has become my new…

“Verily Actions are by their Intentions, and for every person is what he intended…”

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم In the name of Allah, The most Gracious, The most Merciful الحمد لله رب العالمين All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the worlds, وصلاة وسلام على سيدنا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين And we ask him to send his peace and blessings upon our master Muhammad, and upon…