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UK Muslims: Zakat Begins at Home

// July 29th, 2013 // 4 Comments » // Blog

If you owe Zakat and are based in England*, here are a few charities that distribute Zakat locally as is encouraged by the Sunnah:

NZF partners with many UK charities including some of those listed above, so if you just want to give to one place, I recommend them. But really, you can't go wrong with any of the charities listed inshā’Allāh. Allahu 'Alam.

Please clearly state that your donation is Zakat so that the money can be spent appropriately.
If you pay Income Tax, then don't forget to select Gift Aid (or email the charity a completed form) so that 25% can be added to the donation.

JazakumAllah khair.

*I say England rather than UK, as admittedly I do not know whether these charities work in Scotland, Wales or N.Ireland. If you are based in these areas, please do your best to find local cases or charities for your Zakat. [31/07/2013, Update] My Community UK does provide the option to distribute Zakat in various UK regions, including Scotland and Wales.

How to Connect Your (Older) Mac to an HD TV with Audio — Mini-DVI to HDMI

// July 25th, 2013 // 3 Comments » // Blog

I know this isn't my usual blog post offering. I just wanted to log this solution here as it took me so long to find the answer myself.

The problem: how to connect an older Mac to an HD TV (in my case, a 2007 MacBook to an LG) so you get both the video and the audio out via the display?

What you will need:

  • Mini DVI to HDMI Male/Female Cable Adapter
  • HDMI to HDMI cable, Male/Male
  • 3.5mm Jack to 3.5mm Jack cable, Male/Male

Step 1: Connect the Video

  1. Plug the male end of the Mini-DVI to HDMI adapter into the Mac's mini-DVI port (remember, this only works for older Macs that have such a port; newer Macs have something different, so check the tech specs before tryng this at home).
  2. Connect the female end of the adapter to one end of the HDMI to HDMI cable.
  3. Now connect the other end of the HDMI cable into one of the HDMI ports of your HD TV.
  4. Switch on your MacBook and change the channel input on your TV to HDMI. The displays should automatically sync.
  5. You may need to alter the Mac Display options and/or the TV picture settings. For example, I use the 'Just Scan' screen ratio on my LG.

Step 2: Connect the Audio

The reason we need a 'Step 2′ is that the Mini-DVI ports on older Macs don't transmit an audio signal; it's just video. Therefore you need to use a second cable to carry the audio out to the TV.

  1. Plug one end of the 3.5mm Jack cable into the headphones socket of your Mac.
  2. Plug the other end into the RGB/DVI audio in port of your TV.
  3. Try playing a video with sound on your Mac, making sure its volume is up and the TV isn't muted.

Side note: I did originally try connecting the audio using a 3.5mm Jack to RCA cable instead, but it didn't work because my LG TV doesn't use the RCA audio input when the video input is HDMI. It seems that other TVs do – why the difference, I don't know. I suspect it is a profit-making scheme run by the evil cable manufacturing industry.

If you have any questions… don't ask me, I barely understand this myself. All the best!

There Was An Old Woman Who Swatted A Fly…

// May 30th, 2013 // No Comments » // Blog

A big, fat fly, was buzzing around my room today. Odd, because it has been rainy and cold since Monday (i.e., not typical big, fat fly weather). In fact, I think it might have been the first fly of 2013.

As I feebly tried to shoo the little buzzer out of my room, I half remembered a Quranic verse – something about not being able to defeat a measly fly. I could relate.

An hour later, I am sat with the Qur'an as part of my daily ritual. I try to be consistent in reading a little every day, but the reality is, some days I read one page, some days three, and some days none (astagfirullah).

So it was a shock when I unexpectedly came across this ayah:

“You people, here is an illustration, so listen carefully: those you call on beside God could not, even if they combined all their forces, create a fly, and if a fly took something away from them, they would not be able to retrieve it. How feeble the petitioners are and how feeble are those they petition!” [Qur'an, 22:73]

When 'coincidences' such as this occur, it's quite an event as I know it is not something that I could have planned, even subconsciously. I always respond the same way: my eyes pop, my jaw drops, and sometimes, I even giggle – I think that's a natural response to a surprise, right?

There is so much that can be taken from this experience. But the lesson that touches my heart the most is that Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) (glorified and exalted be He) remembered me.

Pathetic, little me is on the radar of the Supreme Being.

Honestly, I needed that reminder. Allahu akbar.

Little Lessons Learned In India

// February 20th, 2013 // 1 Comment » // Blog

I recently spent a week in a dusty, little village in Gujarat, India, getting to know a small fraction of my husband's very large family. The last time I visited the subcontinent I was on the cusp of adolescence. A whole life time has passed in between, during which my relationship with Islam and my own cultural heritage has continuously evolved, to the extent that I have come to appreciate many of the same customs that I reviled not so long ago. I guess marrying an Indian will do that to you.

hens go cluck

Here are a few little lessons that my trip taught me about a religion and a people whom I thought I already knew:

1) Making wuḍūʼ for every prayer can become a necessary Sunnah.
Living in cool climes, washing yourself with cold water multiple times a day can be a challenge, especially when you don't feel physically unclean. The dust and heat of India meant that with every prayer I was looking forward to the special kind of refreshment that came with making wuḍūʼ. The increased khushoo I experienced during and after the prayer made me appreciate a Sunnah that I usually neglect.

2) Folding the prayer mat finally makes sense.
I have never understood the odd, unverified explanations behind the practice of folding over the corner of unused prayer mats (which is why my own masalla lays unfurled on my bedroom floor as I type). But the custom made a bit more sense to me whilst staying at my in-laws' house. It is open-plan, and most of the doors and windows are left open throughout the day to allow the air to flow. But with the breeze came the dust: an exposed prayer mat would quickly gather a visible layer of the stuff, thus defeating the object of praying on a mat to begin with. One dim light bulb moment later, I realised that folding the mat over would keep it clean in between uses. Kind of obvious, I guess, but I never had to think it through all these years, living in a sealed terraced house surrounded by concrete jungle.

cows go moo

3) Feet are meant to be dirty. Deal with it!
Feet walk on the floor; the floor is always covered in dust, even after multiple sweepings. Yes, it does not feel nice on your soles after you've washed them so carefully. But if you don't accept the dirt as inevitable, you will go mad. Other than making me less of a princess, this experience also helped me to understand why the positioning of feet has reached a level of significance in certain cultures. For example, the practice of not sitting with your feet facing the Qibla. Who knew dust was so educational?

4) Muslims don't hate dogs.
Not all Muslims, at any road. There are stray dogs all over rural India, both in the villages and the towns. This came as quite a surprise as I don't remember seeing any when I visited Mumbai as a child (I do remember the giant rats though, ngggh). A few were a bit mangy, but on the whole they looked plump and healthy. Yes, Muslims consider dogs to be unclean animals, and none of the houses I went to kept them as pets. But every Muslim village I visited had its fair share of canine residents. There are even a couple who frequent my in-laws' dairy farm. The mutts and humans seem to have developed a relationship of tolerance, both keeping to themselves, not getting in each others way. I do suspect, however, that the dogs have claimed the roads: they lie so comfortably on the narrow roadsides, completely indifferent to the hundreds of rickshaws speeding by within an inch of their paws!

It's amazing how much one can learn during such a short trip. I only spent a week in India, but in a way I feel like I am still traveling; navigating the deep, sometimes murky waters of my heritage. Here's to a smooth journey ahead.

Our True Enemy: A Powerful (If Not Blunt!) Reminder

// July 27th, 2012 // 2 Comments » // Blog

From Sh. Abu Eesa's Facebook page

AE ART – The Eighth Chapter

Allāh jalla wa 'ala says, “And then Iblis said, 'Because You have put me in the wrong, I will lie in wait for them on Your straight path: I will come at them – from their front and their back, from their right and their left – and You will find that most of them are ungrateful.'” (7:16-17)

I want you to cast your minds back a few months ago when we started to get those horrific pictures and videos from Syria where Bashar al-Assad's mercenary killers were going around massacring the wives and children of the Mujahideen to break their spirits. They were videoing their beheadings and torture. People witnessed and felt pure evil and we were repulsed by it. And devastated.

But in addition to that grief, all of us – especially those directly affected – even if we might be the most softest of pacifists, felt sheer rage towards these criminals. And I am confident that every single person reading this would not find it difficult to exact revenge on these criminals, even capital punishment. Or let me make it even more graphic and please note that I *don't* apologise for this: imagine you come home to find a man stabbing your toddler to death – I can guarantee you that you will kill that man in a manner that you never ever thought it possible from yourself. The rage you will develop, the anger that will come forth, the focus you will show in trying to save your child and to extinguish the threat will all be quite extraordinary. And I guess, quite appropriate.

So here's the thing: every single moment of every single day, there is a criminal out there who is infinitely more evil than all of the psychopaths above, who is focused on doing nothing else but torturing you, your children, and all your loved ones for ever. And ever. And ever. And his name is Iblis. His name is Shaytaan. His name is the Devil. And it doesn't matter what his name is, he knows yours.

He's not interested in killing your mother. Or stabbing your child. Pointless. Waste of time. Small fry stuff that. Let some freak in a Joker haircut and a Bane costume do that bakwas. In fact, I personally wish, and I mean this folks, I *wish* that this was *all* Iblis could do in our lives. But he's far too big-time for that nonsense. Why stab your child to death and cause it pain for only a few minutes, or traumatise you as the parents for a few decades, when he can make that child grow up to adulthood in a certain way and then ensure that he boils and roasts him alive for ETERNITY in the Fire and for you to witness that for the same eternity but also whilst suffering the most incredible torture and punishment that is possible for your limited mind to imagine.

And you know what? He LOVES that. It gives Iblis a buzz to think that he can take all of us out like that, get us off the Straight Path

I don't swear in public, well, not properly anyway. I don't curse peoples' mothers (because “Your Mum” isn't a curse as you've seen me prove a number of occasions but anyway), but I must admit that I spend significant parts of my day cussing the life out of Iblis's mother. Man, I don't know even know if he had a mother, has a mother, or even the fiqhi issues behind it and neither do I care – but what I do know is that I cuss the **** out of Iblis every single day. I picture him in my dreams and enjoy torturing him, stabbing him in his eye and all sick things like that. I fantasise over burning him. I motivate myself every morning with the simple fact that I will NOT let that scum cursed pig have a good day at my expense. No sir.

We have to change the rules of the game. At the moment he's having a BALL at our expense. We've got to implement the words of Allāh: “He is your enemy, so TAKE him as your enemy!” The ayah above shows his absolute commitment to his job, that he won't spare any expense or any effort. He's going to come at you from every angle, from the top, from the bottom, from the left, from the right, from the front, from the back, open to your face, hidden from your eyes, directly, indirectly. He's all OVER you. Man, he's *owning* you.

I mean, are you kidding me? We took the world's greatest and most evil force, and we painted him a nice dark red, gave him a pointy little fork, a cute little tail, shiny eyes and a cheeky smile. And then we made him the international symbol for foods and sins or anything which is “naughty…but nice”.

Subhanallah.

We made him into a logo for the world's biggest sports team. We made him the representative of everything which is daring and exciting. We made him into a ruddy cartoon character for God's sake, where our children watch him and giggle at his antics and feel sorry for him when he gets hurt.

Subhanallah.

Oh you think that's *me* going too far? You think that having the devil in cartoons for your kids, or Muslim organisations using cute giggling little (big?) devils in Arab promo videos to try and get people to pray or wear hijab isn't like the most naive thing in the world ever in this eternal war? See? THAT'S why I said you guys have been owned.

How on earth are you ever going to take seriously the threat of Allāh that the Devil is your open, clear, deadly and dedicated enemy – something which He warns us about at *least* fifteen times in the Qur'an, yes FIFTEEN – when all you want to do is giggle at him?

One thing known from the Prophet (s) is that even the Devil speaks the truth. And when I heard our Imam recite the last part of this verse where Iblis says, “…and You will find that most of them are ungrateful,” I thought to myself Subhanallah how true is that. How much care and warning does our Lord give us, how much help, how much of a heads-up, but we're so so stupid. So so stupid. So so ungrateful for that warning and advice. We just think it's all one big Disney cartoon. “Oh, I've forgotten which rak'ah I'm praying. Silly Shaytan! Bad boy! Let me just do another extra one giggle giggle.”

Imagine if we could picture Iblis like we picture that murderer of our child – imagine if you could create in yourself that same anger and focus against this true real enemy of yours. I swear by Allāh that Iblis is infinitely more times evil than even the biggest mass murderer of children. So start to show that and up your game against him and his tricks and his whisperings and his domination. The more you can actualise him, like the Prophet (s) was blessedly able to do, even once grabbing Shaytan mid-attack on him during his Salah, by the THROAT no less (Ya salaam!), the more you can immunise yourself to his dying mission: to send you and your loved ones to Hell forever.

The fightback starts here. In sha Allāh.

Add Images of Islamic Phrases to Your WordPress Posts using Shortcodes

// January 24th, 2012 // 1 Comment » // Blog

For those who don't follow me on Twitter, just an update that I recently released my first WordPress plugin, called Islamic Graphics. It's a very simple script that allows self-hosted WordPress bloggers to embed images of common Islamic phrases into their posts and pages via shortcodes.

    Examples:

  • 'alayhis salam – 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) (peace be upon him)
  • rahimaha Allāhraḥimahā Allāh (may Allāh have mercy upon her) (may Allāh have mercy upon her)
  • rahimahu Allāhraḥimahullāh (may Allāh have mercy upon him) (may Allāh have mercy upon him)
  • rahimahum Allāhraḥimahum Allāh (may Allāh have mercy upon them) (may Allāh have mercy upon them)
  • radiallahu 'anha – raḍyAllāhu 'anha (may Allāh be pleased with her) (may Allāh be pleased with her)
  • radiallahu 'anhu – raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) (may Allāh be pleased with him)
  • radiallahu 'anhum – raḍyAllāhu 'anhum (may Allāh be pleased with them) (may Allāh be pleased with them)
  • sallalahu 'alayhi wa salam – ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)
  • subhanahu wa ta 'ala – subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) (glorified and exalted be He)

A black version of each graphic is also provided, and there are also options to include text. Full preview available on my MuslimMatters post, which is also where I log plugin updates.
Download the Islamic Graphics plugin from the WordPress.org repository – don't forget to rate it. :)

Inshā’Allāh I plan to release another more complex WordPress plugin sometime soon. This development work is part of a forthcoming MuslimMatters website upgrade. It has served as a good excuse for me to learn PHP. Turns out it is similar to Perl, which reduced the learning curve alhamdulillah. :)

Friday Morning Thoughtlings

// December 9th, 2011 // 2 Comments » // Blog

Emotionally, I die a little more each day.
Physically, each breath I am closer to death.
Spiritually, though, I am still but a seed.
A slumbering soul waiting to germinate,
to spring forth, be freed, from soil where body lays to rest.

Babar Ahmad: All We Want is a Court Case || Sign the Petition NOW

// August 27th, 2011 // No Comments » // Announcements, Blog

A British man has been held in prison for SEVEN YEARS without a trial to prove his guilt. Not in a secret prison in a far away land ruled by an oppressive dictator: right here, in merry old, democratic, rule of law, innocent till proven guilty, England. It doesn't matter your religion, or skin colour: if you believe in due process, you will sign this petition. Simple as.


Put Babar Ahmad on trial in the UK

Babar Ahmad is a British Citizen who has been detained in the UK for 7 years without trial fighting extradition to the USA under the controversial no-evidence-required Extradition Act 2003. In June 2011, the Houses of Parliament, Joint Committee on Human Rights urged the UK government to change the law so that Babar Ahmad's perpetual threat of extradition is ended without further delay. Since all of the allegations against Babar Ahmad are said to have taken place in the UK, we call upon the British Government to put him on trial in the UK and support British Justice for British Citizens.

This is an official government e-petition (read more about them here): we need 100,000 signatures and the petition will debated in British Parliament. It's not one those flakey e-petitions we've been asked to sign a million times before for countless causes… this one can make a difference, God willing, so please do not ignore it!

Further, your signature will not be publicised on search engines – so your boss will never find out (but why that should worry you is another matter entirely).


Please sign, and please share.

For the non-Brits, unfortunately, only UK citizens can sign, but your prayers are needed, and I am sure you have some British friends and relatives knocking about that you can encourage.

Lastly, I'd like to end with some powerful words posted by Imam Abu Eesa Niamatullah on his Facebook page today. As always, he tells it 'like it is' with his endearing Northern charm, māshā’Allāh – may Allāh bless him!

No excuses: EVERY Muslim from the UK that has an internet connection needs to sign this petition. Babar is your brother. And he needs you. And know that Allāh will fulfil the needs of the one who fulfils the needs of his brother.

This is something which is easy for us all to do. So don't blame anyone if Allāh casts you aside like we cast our brother aside in his time of need.

Ok look, I've been studying this petition for a good few weeks now thinking of the best way to approach this, but the time for me to act is right about now.

E-petitions have been making the headlines recently especially post the riots but personally I decided to use Premiership football Joey Barton's campaign recently in getting a Parliamentary debate on the secret files for the Hillsborough Disaster. I wanted to see if this was really true and whether it could work.

What I've learnt is that it is true – if we can get 100,000 signatures from UK citizens on an e-petition before the 10th of November, then we can get Babar's case debated. I see this as one of our final chances before something disastrous happens in his case i.e. being extradited to the gulag which is the US “Justice” system.

How Joey Barton basically did it was to go “sick” (read: mad crazy) on all the networks, especially Twitter, repeatedly posting the same request again and again, to all people, shaming those who were ignoring him and persisting right to the end. It was perhaps not very ethical but I personally was impressed with his success. And we CAN do the same.

Babar Ahmed is a wonderful brother. And he is my friend. And he has been wronged. And he deserves whatever sacrifices we can make for him, especially when it isn't any sacrifice at all!

Don't get me wrong – I'm no bleeding Liberal. I don't support or believe I should help every single Muslim prisoner who is clearly guilty or that which is against Islamic law. If the Muslims can't punish them for their crimes then let someone else save us from their harm. Allahu'l-Musta'an.

But Babar is guilty of nothing. Indeed just as he has been treated, I could be treated myself the very same. And I swear astaghfirullah if you let me down like we've let Babar down, I really WILL be guilty of a crime when I find you all on my release!! =)

So please use this blessed time, where the hearts are softer, and the help of Allāh is more palpable, to send this petition to everyone you know. BUT DON'T SEND OUT A MASS EMAIL!

No. Send a personal email to every single UK contact you have, by name, with a personal greeting and message. And beg them to sign the petition. If 1000 of us did this with 100 friends, we're done. It really is as easy that, I'm not asking the world here! It might take a bit longer sure, but use your Copy and Paste skills with a little bit of initiative and we're there.

Subhanallah, you know something? As crazy as this might sound, I really honestly believe we can do this. I really do. 100,000 is a big ask from just the UK with perhaps only 4-5 times that amount being online at all, but I can feel it in my bones. Yara, if we go home and register our parents up with an email address then we're already on the way. Go and do the same with your elderly family in the UK, the uncles in the Masjid, all those people who'd never use the internet at all because you do everything for them normally. Well, do THIS for them.

I put my trust in Allāh and then I put my trust in you. I am making this plea because it's not asking you for a lot, and there really is a possibility that it might help Babar. At least I will be able to face him one day and say: I tried my best.

Jazakumullahu khayran.

AE

Why Hasn’t My Dua Been Answered?

// August 25th, 2011 // No Comments » // Blog

I was going through the archives on the blog, and found a long comment that I had posted in response to a question asked by a reader. The comments were about dua – specifically, about prayers that one may have made for a long time that have not yet been answered. As Ramadan is a month of dua, as well as Qur'an and fasting, I thought I would post my response here as a reminder to myself and others, inshā’Allāh.

i have a lot of questions about dua that i've had for a long time, that it seems like i've almost asked the whole world about but i could never get a satisfactory answer. when you want something badly, but you're told to let go, does that mean that you don't make dua for that thing anymore? some people say you just make a general dua, but that doesn't make sense to me. others say you make dua with all your heart but you leave it to God and you don't worry about it. but i can't help but keep praying and waiting for the response, and praying passionately does not equate to letting go in my mind.

anyways, i don't know if any of this makes sense, but i want to know dua miracle stories. i know anything is possible and i've been praying for a long time, but i just don't know when i should or how to stop making dua (if that makes any sense).

well, sorry for the long post, but a response would be greatly appreciated.

Wa 'alaykum salam wa rahmatullah

In terms of your questions, I'm sorry to hear of your worries. I suggest reading a book on the etiquette of Dua written by Sh. Yasir Qadhi. It may help to answer your queries.

I'm not sure what to advise without knowing the specifics, but one narration I find to be generally helpful is the manner in which Allāh, Al-Wahhab – the One who gives generously without limit or taking account – accepts the Dua of His slaves. I'm going to quote from memory now as I'm writing this reply via my iPod after Fajr! :)

Let's pretend I prayed for £1000. Basically, there are four ways which the Prophet, sallalahu 'alayhi wa salam, explained that Allāh may accept my Dua:

1) Allāh grants the person whatever they asked for. E.g., He grants me the £1000. Yey!

2) Allāh removes some harm from the person, equivalent to – or even greater than – what they asked for. E.g., Allāh saves me from a car crash that would have caused £2000 worth of damage!

3) Allāh grants me something else instead, of equal or greater value. E.g., Perhaps he may grant me good health so I can work for that £1000, and lots more besides. Who can put a price on good health? :)

4) Allāh keeps the Dua with Himself until the Day of Judgement where He will recompense His slave so generously for it, that the person will wish on that Day that all his prayers from dunya had ended the same way – I.e., that he never got what he asked for, and instead received the reward of Akhirah. How amazing, subhanAllah!

In summary, we ask Allāh for many things, some more fervently than others. Allāh, the Generous, loves to receive these duas, and no sincere Dua goes unanswered – however, He does not always respond in the way we expect, or even want Him to.

The thing is, much of what we want may actually be harmful for us – even the “good”, like wealth, health, marriage to a certain person, etc. But our sight is so limited, we just don't realise. Yet Allāh, al-Hakim, the most Wise, does know, and He does not oppress His slaves. Therefore He has chosen to answer duas in the alternative ways described above out of Love and Mercy for us. Just like a parent who denies their child every luxury, as they know it'll 'spoil' them!

So, I would not stop asking for whatever you're asking for, unless you know deep down that Allāh has denied you it for a good reason. Otherwise if you're confident this Dua is something that you really need, continue to ask Allāh for it with all sincerity and devotion. However, also know that He may be answering it in ways you just don't realize. If you're not sure what you're praying for is of benefit, why not ask Allāh using salatul-istikharah? :)

Other important points. Allāh sometimes delays granting His slave something that He prays for, simply because He loves that His slave turns to Him so sincerely! Again, no good Dua goes unrewarded, because such an act is considered as worship by Allāh.

Also, I recommend the etiquette book because it explains some very good points about how we should call upon Allāh, e.g., begin by praising Him, sending salawat upon His messenger, asking for forgiveness, and calling Him by His beautiful names. Also, the best times to make Dua, e.g., when one is fasting, last third of night, last hour of Jumuah, while travelling, etc.

In fact, our sins can serve as a barrier between us and Allāh. Frequent istighfaar removes that barrier. Sending salaam upon the Prophet is also beloved by Allāh, and is in itself one of the best Dua you can make. May Allāh send His peace and blessings upon the Prophet, his family & companions, āmīn!

SubhanAllah, I started off not really knowing what to write, and by Allāh's will have written an essay!

I pray you find the above advice of benefit. It certainly serves as a reminder to me too. May Allāh grant you the peace of mind you seek – āmīn.

Wa'salam

Mehzabeen


I also find solace in this quote that has been attributed to Umar bin al Khattab, radiallahu anhu, but Allāh knows best:

“I am not worried about whether my du'a will be responded to, but rather I am worried about whether I will be able to make du'a or not. So if I have been guided by Allāh to make du'a, then (I know) that the response will come with it”

Wanted: Single White Female (Muslims)

// August 23rd, 2011 // 7 Comments » // Blog

I saw the following advertised in the weekly Islamic Events UK email:

CONTRIBUTORS NEEDED FOR DOCUMENTARY ON CAUCASIAN MUSLIM FEMALES

The BBC World Service, Heart and Soul series, is making a programme on Caucasian Female Muslim converts to Islam over the last 10 years since 9/11. We are looking for Muslim sisters happy to share their own personal experiences of converting into a faith which has been on the political agenda over the past decade. The basis of this programme is to mark 9/11 by celebrating these personal, spiritual journeys. The programme will be broadcast on radio internationally.

For further information please contact:
E-mail: saba.zaman[@]bbc.co.uk / kristine.pommert[@]bbc.co.uk
Tel: 020 7557 3144 / 020 7557 3048

Okay, so the 'White Female Muslims' don't have to be single. Catchy titles are hard to resist.

I wonder what other programming to expect around the 10th anniversary of 9/11? Honestly, I'd prefer the hermit life over those coming few days. And I'm not even in the US – God help my American brethren.

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