Syria: Before & After

These are pictures of Allepo, Syria before and after current events. Harrowing. Really puts life in perspective. What’s worse is imagining what has happened to all the people that once walked these streets. Then, try imagine it happening in the UK… …the shops, homes and malls all gone …uncomfortable right? I never could have imagined…

Am I a Refugee?

Our house in Syria has been destroyed. …I wonder, if my parents hadn’t decided to move here all those years ago, would I be welcomed into the UK, or would I be left to squalor amidst the bullets and missiles of Syria, drown in the dark blue of the Mediterranean or roam around like stray…

Bitter Sweet

It was a bitter sweet moment… As I reached out to fetch my nephew’s toy boat from under the cupboad, I grabbed a book to help me reach it as it had gone too far under. After I retrieved the boat, I looked to see which book had come to my aid. To my amazement, I…

A place I called Home

The flat in the background, 3rd floor on the right, is our flat in ‎Syria. This was the house my father grew up in, learned his faith, served the community, qualified as a doctor, married my mum and visited whenever we returned to town. Every other summer we would return here to visit our family and…

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…

A British Hero

“After last week’s attack on a British soldier in London, the story of Dr Abdul Rahman would serve as a reminder of the good that British Muslims were doing in the world. To donate, readers can visit: www.justgiving.com/for-Isa” Dr Isa Abdur Rahman was a true hero and a reminder of how great the Muslim community in…

Al-Hafiza Al-Jami’a Dr Da’ad Al-Husayni (1938-2009)

The people of Greater Syria have a beautiful quality, namely that they love the men and women of sacred knowledge.  With this merit also comes a shortcoming in that many of them do not become aware of their scholars until after they have passed.  Before our tears had yet to dry for our dear brother and teacher, al-Ḥāfiẓ…