Ramadan Kareem – Tips for new Muslims

Al-hamdulilah it must be at least 7/8 years now since I fasted my first Ramadan. When I first started fasting it was a wonderful experience (nothing will ever beat the high of the first taste of dates and water after the first day of fasting). I can’t really express all the wonders and benefits of the month in the scope of this short post. However, I would like to share some thoughts on Ramadan and some tips for new Muslims out there who are perhaps preparing to fast for the first time.

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Wilfred Thesiger – Across the Empty Quarter

It is characteristic of Bedu to do things by extremes, to be either wildly generous or unbelievably mean, very patient or almost hysterically excitable, to be incredibly brave or to panic for no apparent reason. Ascetic by nature, they derive satisfaction from the bare simplicity of their lives and scorn the amenities which others would judge essential. Although, on the rare occasions that offer, they eat enormously, I have never met a Bedu who was greedy.¬†…. Bedu set great score by human dignity, and most of them would prefer to watch a man die rather than see him humiliated.

Always reserved in front of strangers and accustomed on formal occasions to sit for hours motionless and in silence, they are a garrulous, lighthearted race. But … they can become uncompromisingly puritanical, quick to frown on all amusement, regarding song and music as a sin and laughter as unseemly. Probably no other people, either as a race or as individuals, combine so many conflicting qualities in such an extreme degree

Across the Empty Quarter – Wilfred Thesiger, 2007, Penguin.p.46-7. This short book consists of extracts from the novel: Arabian sands, 1959

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Tolerance and tranquility

Bismillah Rahman ar-Raheem Your Culture is what you do and think without thinking about it. Those unspoken things you have learned from your parents, family group, and the wider society you have grown up in. If you had asked me about what my Culture was in my early twenties, I would have been able to […]

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Why I picked up the Quran

Bismillah Rahman ar-Raheem. The moment my life changed was when I picked up the Quran. At 26 years old, this book was going to¬†change everything for me. So what led me to read it, and why should you too? Firstly, I am one of those people who doesn’t really trust the news, and media. I […]

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