This is a now a very un-topical rant I wrote some years ago, on the 17th April 2014. Once it was out of my system I decided against posting it as my blood pressure had returned to normal and saner bloggers had expressed my feelings in calm, considered words without resorting to excessive exclamation marks. […]
"Lands are not cramped by their people, but the character of their people can cramp." (Arabic verse) "Muslims, traditionally, were a welcoming people, filled with hospitality. Even the pre-Islamic Arabs disdained those who dishonored their guests; the Arabs would “make room” for their guests, opening not simply their homes but their hearts. The believer's heart, … Continue reading Generous Tolerance
A few years ago some very disturbing allegations and counter-allegations circulated on the net about the spiritual abuse of some women by some well-respected teachers. I had it in mind when I wrote the slightly flippant blogpost "Groucho Marx, the Borg and Me". This very thoughtful, balanced and courageous article by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari tackles … Continue reading Body and soul
Salams and Juma' Mubarak, I could say a lot about this video - that I've been waiting for someone like him to say something like this for longer than I care to recall. That it's an overdue wake-up call to the Ummah, especially those of us in the West...but I'll let the Shaykh do the … Continue reading Women’s rights in Islam? Enough talk! Walk the walk.
I thought I'd start a collection of 'Unexpected Muslims' - living or late, converts or born into the faith, whose lives challenge our preconceptions of what a Muslim ought to be. The collection will include people who've done something unexpected, unusual or outright eccentric with their lives - like deciding to become Muslim in 19th … Continue reading Unexpected Muslims – Lord Stanley the Brother Baron
I spotted the 'Dine @ Mine' project and had to share. It's an excellent initiative that's reviving the sunnah of our beloved Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, to sit down and break bread, khubz or roti with your neighbours. You can offer to host an iftar and the organisers will put you in … Continue reading Fastin’, Feastin’, Sharin’
Ramadan Mubarak, and what a Ramadan it is this year. Eighteeeen hour fasts I tell ya! And it's sorting the fluffy lambs from the mountain sheep and no mistake. Some have fled for foreign shores, with shorter hours, but the rest of us stoics are keeping it together in these unusually sunny days. And d'you … Continue reading Ramadan Mubarak one and all!