Check is Ramadan all about and what is it actually like to fast? Check out my latest piece for BritishAsiaNews.com
Stop attributing religious or social and geo-political identities to terrorists. And describe them as what they are – cold-blooded, unthinking, ruthless, evil murdering psychopaths.
A day, sometime in the not-too-distant future.
Even though he was completely alone in his apartment, when the man stepped out of the bathroom, he looked left and right down his own corridor. Not satisfied he checked every room, and switched off the lights.
In his bedroom he shut and locked the door, switched off the television and covered it with a black cloth, then he closed his laptop, put his smart phone and tablet in a drawer and closed it. Finally he walked over to the windows and drew the already closed curtains even tighter.
Last year I ran a series of these with quotes from the Holy Quran (see those here), so for this Ramadan I decided to focus on Hadith instead – the reported sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). Hope you enjoy them!
What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of human beings, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the sufferings of the injured. (Related by Bukhari)
The last few days of Ramadan, a very special time for Muslims… A time of contemplation, meditation, reflection and celebration. A time for prayer. A time for peace.
And yet these evil barbarians continue to inflict horror, pain, death and destruction – supposedly in the name of religion.
These are not Muslims, they’re barely even human beings.
Enough, PLEASE, enough!
I vent in impotent fury and rage, helpless and at a loss for understanding – I’ve run out of tears, anguish and sorrow.
I can only send up a plea, fearing even so that it may make me no better than these barbarians, but I beseech thee O God, END THEM and end their ways!
I’ve only now had the chance to catch up with world events, and specifically the terrible attacks in France, and once again I feel the overwhelming burden of disgust, despair and depression – sadness for the dead, injured and their loved ones; horror that it was once again ‘us Muslims’ that carried out such heinous and cowardly acts; and sheer dread of the potential retribution against the ordinary followers of my faith, who are always left afraid and ashamed to even utter – ‘but it wasn’t us’.
The first day of Ramadan – and here in the UAE it’s a 15-hour fast, the longest it’s been in 32 years!
Iftar today is at 7:12pm and you’re probably already thinking about what to dig into when the Muezzin calls for Magrib prayer.
Continue reading “What to have for Iftar”
If it was easy, there wouldn’t be much point, would there? Still we’re into the middle bit now. So what’s it like?