Moving from despair to hope

How the legacy of Hussain’s inner strength and intense courage, can help us tackle the modern challenges facing society and bring us back from despair to hope. Refugees, war, conflict, explosions, poverty, crime. With such terrible stories dominating news headlines every day, it may seem like gloom has become the default state of our world, […]

How To Avoid Wasting Your Month of Ramadhan

This year the Month of Ramadhan will fall in June 2016. But for many people, they will finish 30 days of fasting as the same person they were when they started. What are we doing to prepare? Fasting – the temporary abstinence from food and drink during daylight hours – is prescribed in Islam as […]

Part 4/4 – The most powerful way to start your morning

Is it Weetabix? A good cup of tea? Or perhaps saying “Good morning” to a loved one? No, this way is far better than all of those. A single sentence – that if fully understood – would revolutionise the way we live our lives. It is this:  “All Praise is to God, who gave us […]

Part 2/4 – Until you visit the cemeteries

This is Part 2 of a 4-part series on leading fuller lives by increasing our awareness of our death. The Quran contains a very short chapter called Al-Takaathur, containing only 8 verses, the first two of which say:  “The mutual rivalry for piling up of worldly things diverts you. Until you visit the graves” (Quran 102:1-2) […]

Part 1/4 – Lets talk about death

I smiled as I searched down the alphabetically-ordered index of my newly acquired English-Arabic Quran. Instead of a series of verse references next to the word I was searching for, I found: “This word occurs more than 200 times in the Noble Qur’an. Mentioning every place will make the index very big”. That word was […]