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Three Reminders From Bilal | Bilal al-Habashi, An Exemplar of Patience and Devotion

To read about the life of of Bilal al-Habashi, one of the first converts to Islam and the first caller to prayer was very emotional. This book by Hilal Kara and Abdullah Kara tells of his early life in enslavement, him meeting the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa salam and accepting Islam, his resilience and taqwah through the torture he endured, being ‘bought and freed’ by Abu Bakr, immigration to Medina, beginning the call to prayer, the death of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa salam and time outside of Medina in the path of Allah. The story telling nature of this book is captivating and invokes a hopeful perspective and one

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Mother’s Day, an Argument Against Celebrating

I love seeing women being celebrated and celebrating each other. Reading all the nice posts and seeing the memories shared through pictures is comforting. I’ve never been one to celebrate anything too hard and mothers day was never really more than a card (maybe) and visit (which was almost an every day thing anyway) situation. Spending time with mum and doing things together was just the norm, before she died. My mum returned to Allah last year after becoming critically ill very suddenly. I dealt with it well, or so I’m told. Today I feel overwhelmed with sadness, and honestly – I’m not sad about

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Rescued from the Fire: Reading Reflections on Race

Rescued from the Fire, by Abdullah Nazir Uhuru was given to me by a sister I’d met through work and was one of those books that sat on my shelf for months before I picked it up. When I finally did it was the type of read you don’t want to put down until you’ve finished. I related a lot to his story as he shared his life as a British, Caribbean (African) convert to Islam who tried to reclaim his connection with Africa, accepted Islam and struggled with what he perceived as fundamental and inherent cultural distinctions and experiences that couldn’t co-exist with his Islam. He discusses Christianity in parts and

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Countown to Ramadan 1441 AH/2020

Ramadan Mubarak!


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