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Posted on November 5, 2015

SELF: Memory and Islam


I have a challenge for you: try to recite Surah Al-Fatihah backwards.

It is a surah we have most likely read tens or hundreds of thousands of times! But I couldn’t do it. What difference does this make? Let me share a little journey I have been on for a while.

I have been reading many books on Islamic Spirituality lately and they all seem to reinforce the single idea that all of Islamic spirituality is rooted in the Read more..

Posted on October 15, 2015

SELF: The importance of Grit


Most of us can relate to the feelings of frustration of setting a new years or other resolution and sticking to it for a while until something unexpected occurs. An illness; extra work; a change of plans, and we put the resolution on pause just for a bit and then never manage to get it started again until next year rolls up. I always thought that I needed more self-control, but new research is showing that I needed a different thing altogether.

Most people have heard the old saying from Laozi that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” This statement is a fantastic analogy to all things that we wish to achieve in life, from doing well in school to achieving a childhood dream.

But what are the traits that you need to take that single step? Are they the same traits that are needed to complete a journey of a thousand miles? I always thought that it was the one trait that was required: self-control.

But a few months ago Read more..

Posted on October 1, 2015

SELF: Train the Trainers


When writing these posts, I have thought a lot about the people and events that have helped shape my faith and knowledge. And the one person who I think had the greatest influence on me other than my parents was Nurudeen Lemu. But out of respect we like to call him Nuru the Guru 😀

Nuru is a man who knows many things and is known for many awesome things, one of which has taken him around the world numerous times. That was teaching a course on Islam he developed with a number of people called the Train the Trainers course, also known as the TTC.

The first TTC I attended (as well as being where I met my lovely wife!!) was one of the first major steps Read more..

Posted on September 25, 2015

SELF: The Importance of the Debate


I have always loved debates. They are something I have much passion for but little talent in. My reasons for loving them have changed over the years but their importance has only grown in my mind.

I recently came across three channels on Youtube that I have been binge watching. They are the Cambridge Union debates, Oxford Union debates and the Doha debates. I had no idea these even existed! And I admit they mayyy have consumed far too much of my time for the last few weeks (along with some Netflix Harry Potter movie watching heheh)!

But why are debates important? We all have ideas and beliefs that shape our identity and Read more..

Posted on September 10, 2015

SELF: Be among the counted in this refugee crisis

all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing

Although it is reassuring to have increasing numbers of people interested and aware of the massive humanitarian crisis in Syria, the sheer scope of the problem can make it overwhelming to the point of not knowing what we can do. But we must make sure that we do not give in to helplessness and do nothing.

A few nights ago we took the kids with us to the Light The Dark candlelight vigils held around Australia for Aylan Kurdi and all those seeking refuge from conflict. It was wonderful to see so many people turn up, but also a bit sad to see such a small number of Muslims there even considering the size of the Muslim population in Adelaide.

We in Australia are currently led by Tony Abbott, who appears to Read more..

Posted on September 3, 2015

SELF: Needs of Ourselves

Lifestyle/ Self
Its a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of what his body is capable socrates by marryam lum

Physical activity has always been something that I believed important to me. I was a very active kid when I was in school. I loved playing any sports with my brothers or friends, especially soccer, basketball or table tennis. Every Sunday we played soccer with my dad and friends and connected through sport.

One of my most beloved memories is running onto the soccer pitch for training late at night, with all the lights blazing on the field and my breath steaming out. On those cool winter nights with the cold air in my lungs I felt like I could run forever, that there were no limits! Every time I think back to that time it makes feel so happy.

And because I had my health, I suppose I took it for granted. But after moving away from home, Read more..

Posted on August 27, 2015

SELF: The Journey of an acclaimed Atheist


Anthony Flew was the last generation’s Richard Dawkins. He spent the majority of his life debating God with fellow philosophers, until he shocked the world by one day revealing that he had changed his mind. He now believed that God did exist.

He was applauded by theists for seeing the truth and condemned by atheists for succumbing to pressures, but in all the noise surrounding his announcement the actual story of his reversal seemed to be lost.

So he wrote a book about Read more..

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