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16 August 2021

Family in Modern Society

Family in Modern Society

One of the most striking features of Muslim society is the importance that is given to family life. With changing cultural norms and the development of new personal priorities, I question whether there is still room left for family in modern society. Is the concept of a traditional family unit as relevant today as compared […]

16 August 2021

The Role of the Father in Islam

The Role of the Father in Islam

My father was a Giant…OK not literally… He was, however, 6f oot 2 inches tall, broad, muscular with huge hands and feet. So, as a child, for all intents and purposes, he was a giant. With this enormous frame came a quiet, intelligent, introspective, hardworking and humorous man to name a few of his many […]

27 July 2021

Change: What’s it all about?

Change: What’s it all about?

Change as a topic is extensive and emotive. In this blog, we will briefly explore a few points.   Is change optional?   Why do so many people struggle with making changes?   How can we learn to embrace change?   There are many definitions of the word change. Most pertinent for our discussion are:  “to […]

27 July 2021

Genetic Scissors—Snap with caution!

Genetic Scissors—Snap with caution!

Grocery list  Cereal   Onions  Butter   Cheese  Bread  Tomatoes for controlling blood pressure.   What do you find weird about this grocery list? Since when do we add the nutritional benefits of items in the grocery list? Hold on! It’s not to encourage you to eat your five a day but “Tomatoes for controlling blood pressure” is a special type of gene-edited tomatoes that has recently been licensed for […]

16 June 2021

Forgiveness

Forgiveness

It is safe to say that we have all been there, on both sides of the coin: asking for forgiveness and/or being forgiven. But in situations where one finds themselves having to do both the asking and forgiving is somewhat of a double harvest in the long run. Such was the case last year during the last 10 days […]

16 June 2021

Happiness

Happiness

As I begin to write this blog, the rather quirky ‘70s/80s comedian Ken Dodd springs to mind. His TV shows would often feature his very catchy song: “Happiness, happiness, the greatest gift that I possess I thank the Lord that I’ve been blessed With more than my share of happiness…..” 1 The rest of his […]

16 June 2021

Role of Faith in Social integrations

Role of Faith in Social Integrations

As a Pakistani Ahmadi Muslim based in South London, the topic at hand is quite personal and close to my heart. To be honest, nine years ago when I moved to London, I did not give it much thought but when my first-born started school, it proved to be a penny drop moment for me and brought me to certain realisations. I grappled with a variety of questions.  Will integration come natural to my British, Pakistani son?   Would he be […]

16 June 2021

Evolution

Evolution

In the 1980s as part of my O Level in Biology, my school organized a trip to the Natural History Museum. This was a time long before mobile phones, the Internet, computers, Google, You Tube….etc etc. So, for us, kids it was an exciting opportunity to see something different.  The premise of the trip was […]

16 June 2021

Role of Mothers in Islam

Role of Mothers in Islam

As women and girls, we always hear the words “She’s her mothers’ daughter”. Mothers… the people who keep our secrets, our superheroes, our best friends, our biggest support systems, our cheerleaders, our happy place, our comfort zones. Mother’s Day is a day celebrated around the world in appreciation. It was also the day I lost […]

13 May 2021

Fasting & Heart Diseases

Fasting & Heart Disease

The 15th of July 1993 is not a day that I am likely to forget. It was the day that my beloved father passed away from a sudden heart attack and as a result, became another statistic in the ever-increasing list of those affected by cardiovascular disease. ‘Coronary heart disease (CHD) – Disease that affects […]

13 May 2021

Dealing With Problems

Dealing With Problem

As a practitioner, lecturer and Tutor, I have the pleasure of interacting with adults from a variety of backgrounds and ages. In almost 30 years of work, the one thing I have noticed that we all have in common is, we all have, ‘problems’. To better understand how I could serve the people I was […]

13 May 2021

Evidence of carbon based life from Quran

Evidence of carbon based life from Quran

Do you fancy participating in a poll? You are made of ———- Stardust Diamonds I won’t keep you in this dilemma of choosing between diamonds and the stars for long because both when narrowed down to their composition are made of carbon and so are we, the human beings. This all makes sense if you […]

10 May 2021

The Concept Of Fasting Is Not Just Unique To Islam

The Concept Of Fasting Is Not Just Unique To Islam

Intermittent fasting is one of the latest fads and is a buzzword these days. To remove any religious connotation from it, some people like to call it “Scheduled meals”  or a “Pattern of eating.” As a matter of fact, trends such as intermittent fasting, Keto, Atkins diet etc make it evident that fasting is not limited to religions,  let alone to just one religion! Fasting is spread across different spectra of trends, cultures and religions albeit in different […]

10 May 2021

Eid_ul_Fitr

Eid ul Fitr

As a child growing up in the ‘70s London, Eid was not a well-known festival outside of the Muslim community, which itself was quite small.1  However, I remember being extremely excited and always waited with anticipation for the day to arrive. I had observed my parents and older members of my family fasting during the month of Ramadan. The period […]

10 May 2021

The Essence of Eid ul Fitr

The Essence of Eid ul Fitr

Refraining from food and drink for almost 30 days can seem like an illusion at the end of the journey. Looking beyond this purely physical need allows an individual to be intensely grateful in addition to redirecting one’s attention to the spiritual needs and state of self. Through this execution of self-discipline, one is encouraged to progress […]

10 May 2021

To Halal or Not

To Halal or Not

That indeed is the question. For a Muslim, this refers to the consumption of clean and pure food, as required by Islamic dietary laws. This is trivial if one resides in a primarily Islamic country. However, such was not the case in many Western countries. Only during the latter part of the 20th century, due to increased immigration […]


Status of Women in Islam

“He created you from a single being, then of the same kind made its mate.” (39:7)[1] This verse from chapter 39 of the Holy Quran simplifies the centuries long debate: that men and women were created equally, and that they would have equal status in the society in which they coexist. This teaching, and the […]