Fi Sabilillah

  Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden […]

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New Beginnings

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning. T.S. Eliot Time and place have been major themes of my writings so far this year. Since I found out that I’d be moving to Mississauga to pursue my […]

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A Man’s World

The Prophet said that women totally dominate men of intellect and possessors of hearts. But ignorant men dominate women, for they are shackled by an animal ferocity. They have no kindness, gentleness or love, since animality dominates their nature. Love and kindness are human attributes; anger and sensuality belong to the animals. She is the […]

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Adamance

  Tear down the mosque and temple too, break all that divides But do not break the human heart as it is there that God resides. Bulleh Shah I set out with the intention to write reflections for the entire month of Ramadan, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to complete the entire month. That’s how […]

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Ramadan Musings: Day 12

The darker the night, the brighter the stars, The deeper the grief, the closer is God! Fyodor Dostoyevsky I haven’t written in a couple of days due to sheer exhaustion. I’ve learned a hard lesson about the value of sleep this year as I’ve been having to wake up at 5:30am for work every morning. […]

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Ramadan Musings: Day 3

  “Be patient (in adversity); for, verily, God will not let the reward of the righteous be wasted.“ The Holy Quran, 11:115 My second fast was a challenging one. My work mostly comprises of manual labour, and this week in Montreal is going to feature the worst of the season’s weather: sticky, humid, and hot. […]

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Ramadan Musings: Day 1

  Welcome oh the month that purifies us from the sins. Umar ibn Al-Khattab (R.A.) Being the holiest month of the Islamic calendar and a rich expression of Islamic spirit and unity, Ramadan is a time when most Muslims think more deeply about their faith. At the very least it’s a test of one’s discipline, […]

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