Archive for August, 2008

Ramadan: The Ultimate Sin-o-Meter

// August 31st, 2008 // 3 Comments » // Blog

Want to know for sure something is a sin?

I don't mean missing Fajr prayer, or back-biting. These are clearly bad.

No, I mean the things you habitually do, that you kinda know might, perhaps, just maaaaybe wrong… but your mind somehow makes okay.

The litmus test: the month of Ramadan.


Ready, Set…

// August 31st, 2008 // 7 Comments » // Blog


Ramadan has begun in the UK – or at least my house! Alhamdulillah.

I am now chilling out on my bed for a bit, tapping away this post on my toy wonder, in order to gather my energy for the first Taraweeh session of the month, inshā’Allāh.

Is it me, or is the air somehow different? Already it feels lighter, purer… Like a year's worth of stink, sin and grime has suddenly cleared. And I'm not talking about London's air pollution problem here!

I really have high hopes this year. When I think to the first few minutes of my last Ramadan, my heart was heavy for so many reasons… Only one of which was my thesis.

Now a year later, how life has changed. Alhamdulillah. Hope has returned to revive a dead heart, which only last night was black with pessimism. And it has been returned for no other reason than this…

I made it to another Ramadan. Alhamdulillahi Rabbil 'Alameen.

Nights of Power: Short Tales of Inspiration

// August 29th, 2008 // 2 Comments » // Blog are asking their readers to submit short, inspirational stories on the subject of Ramadan. The best stories will win their authors amazing prizes, māshā’Allāh (seriously, I didn't know we could afford such things, else I'd ask for a raise… oh wait, I don't get paid. *Dangerous ideas begin to form*).

Check it out: MM's Ramadan Special: Short Story Contest '08 (Cash Prizes & More!!)

You Know It’s Ramadan When…

// August 29th, 2008 // 5 Comments » // Blog

…you come across the first moon sighting debate of the year.

Photo credit: Radiant Guy

I am not even going to waste my time, or your time, discussing it.

I will do this year, what I have done pretty much every year, and follow the majority. If the majority follow Saudi, then so be it. Alhamdulillah.

The same with ‘Īd, inshā’Allāh. Following the majority… Simple. Easy. Sunnah. Yey!

Other “You Know It's Ramadan When…” moments:


“Will You Marry Me?”

// August 27th, 2008 // 13 Comments » // Blog

Is that question asked any more? Was it ever asked amongst Muslims?


SS Free Gaza: They Made It!

// August 25th, 2008 // No Comments » // Blog

Allahu akbar! Read Sr Yvonne Ridley's account of this momentous event:

Well, you would have to be deaf, dumb and blind not to know that I am writing to you today from Gaza.

I really was too overwhelmed yesterday to put pen to paper after the magnificent welcome I and my fellow peace activists from SS Liberty and SS Free Gaza received as we entered the port of Gaza … the first ships to sail in since 1967.

Continue reading…

iDoodles: Could I Be More Girly?

// August 25th, 2008 // 6 Comments » // Blog

Finger-powered graphics drawn with the iDoodle Lite app on the iPod Touch.

So Little Time, So Much Change

// August 24th, 2008 // 6 Comments » // Blog

I was reminded of an old entry today, that I wrote approximately 18 months ago. So much has happened to me in the time that has since passed; too much to list here.

Reading over it, I saw a person whom I recognised, but was now distanced from. A young woman who had such high hopes for herself. Whose speech was clearer, intentions purer, heart brighter.

It is more than time that separates us now. A chasm filled with darkness. Desires that make the higher path more thorny to the sight. Good and evil intertwined within a knotted gut of emotion. How to release one, and retain the other?

It is never too late to change. To reclimb the mountain, and rise higher still. Only death is truly the end. May Allāh take my soul as a believer, worthy of the title “Muslim”. Āmīn.

Image Credit: Caucas

The Helix Nebula

// August 22nd, 2008 // 3 Comments » // Blog

Click to enlarge

The Helix Nebula, also known as The helix or NGC 7293, is a large planetary nebula (PN) in the sky and is placed the zodiac constellation of Aquarius. Discovered by Karl Ludwig Harding, probably before 1824, this notably object is one of the closest of all the bright planetary nebulae to the Earth. The estimated distance is about 215 parsec[s] or 700 light-years from us… The Helix has often been referred to as the Eye of God on the Internet, since about 2003. [Source: Wikipedia]

وَلِلَّهِ مُلْكُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

To Allāh belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth; and Allāh hath power over all things.

إِنَّ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَاخْتِلَافِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ لَآيَاتٍ لِأُولِي الْأَلْبَابِ

Behold! in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the alternation of night and day,- there are indeed Signs for men of understanding,-

الَّذِينَ يَذْكُرُونَ اللَّهَ قِيَامًا وَقُعُودًا وَعَلَىٰ جُنُوبِهِمْ وَيَتَفَكَّرُونَ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ رَبَّنَا مَا خَلَقْتَ هَـٰذَا بَاطِلًا سُبْحَانَكَ فَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

Men who celebrate the praises of Allāh, standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, and contemplate the (wonders of) creation in the heavens and the earth, (With the thought): “Our Lord! not for naught Hast Thou created (all) this! Glory to Thee! Give us salvation from the penalty of the Fire.”

Holy Qur'an [3:189-191], Translation of meaning by Yusuf Ali

Laughter & Tears

// August 21st, 2008 // 1 Comment » // Blog

وَأَنَّهُ هُوَ أَضْحَكَ وَأَبْكَىٰ

“That it is He Who granteth Laughter and Tears”

Holy Qur'an 53:43

I am not sure why this verse caught my attention so. As per usual, the timing was perfect. One of the many miracles of this wondrous revelation.