Friday Reflections 24.06.2022

Salam alaikum and Jummah Mubarak! I read part of the opening section of Imam Al-Ghazali's Ihya Ulum Al-Din (The Revival of the Religious Sciences), The Book of Knowledge, translated by Nabih Amin Faris (1988), pages 2-10, and discuss the importance of learning within Islam. Allah ﷻ inspire us to be among those who learn, increase…Read more Friday Reflections 24.06.2022

Friday Reflections 03.06.2022

Salam alaikum and Jummah Mubarak! Before we begin, my deepest and heartfelt condolences to my dear friend, Ridwan Kamil and his family on the passing of his son, Eril. May Allah grant Eril a place in the highest heaven, in the company of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and the Awliya Allah, and grant Ridwan and…Read more Friday Reflections 03.06.2022

The Best of Humanity

“And nothing prevents people from believing, when the guidance comes to them, except that they say: Has Allāh raised up a mortal to be a messenger?”~ Holy Quran 17:94 (Muhammad Ali) One of the biggest hurdles to belief is that Allah ﷻ chose human beings through which to reach out and guide humanity. But while…Read more The Best of Humanity

Sufi Meditation 23.05.2022

Salam alaikum! 🙏🏻 “Read, for your Lord is most beneficent, Who taught by the pen, taught man what he did not know.”~ Holy Quran 96:3-5 (Ahmed Ali) In this week's sohbet, I discuss scholarship and grand muftis, and the central place scholarship has within Islam. We should strive in the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom,…Read more Sufi Meditation 23.05.2022

Sincerity is Everything

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said, “Religion is sincerity [nasīhah]” and emphasised this three times on an occasion reported in a famous hadith. Why is this so important? Well, intentions are at the basis of everything we do. Every action is the result of an intention. So we should check our intentions, as indeed our religion teaches…Read more Sincerity is Everything

Blessed Warning

Imam Ali, peace be upon him, said, “One who warns you is like one who gives you good tidings.” Warnings give you the opportunity to prepare yourself in the face of danger and to insha Allah avert it. So warnings are a blessing, whereas headlessness inevitably leads to disaster. Paul Salahuddin Armstrong

Four Qualities

On the authority of ‘Abdullah b. ‘Amr, that the Messenger of Allah said, “There are four qualities such that, if you have them, it will not harm you to be deprived of anything in the world: (1) safeguarding trusts,(2) truthfulness in speech,(3) good character and(4) purity of livelihood.” Aḥmad (Mishkāt, Book of Softening the Hearts,…Read more Four Qualities

Indonesian Community Iftar 23.04.2022

Speech at the Indonesian Community Iftar I was hosting at the University of Birmingham Multi-Faith Chaplaincy on what my role is at the university and my background. https://youtu.be/K-c5j7HGHWA

Ramadan Mubarak 🌙

Wishing everyone a very blessed and enlightening Ramadan. May Allah ﷻ grant that the blessings of this holy month reach everyone in our Human Family, grant us good health, forgive us our sins, send us heavenly inspirations and illuminate our hearts with Divine Light and Love. Allahumma salli ala sayyidina Muhammadin wa ala ali sayyidina…Read more Ramadan Mubarak 🌙