“Only from the heart Can you touch the sky.” Jalal ad-Din Rumi
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Census 2011: Muslims Are Not to Be Feared

Census 2011: Muslims Are Not to Be Feared

The new Census figures from the Office for National Statistics for England and Wales reveal some startling, if perhaps unsurprising, changes over the last decade. For a start, we are mixing more, getting married less, religious affiliation is falling and the growth of immigration has altered the demographic makeup of certain areas of the nation....
Dignity of Death and Palliative Care

Dignity of Death and Palliative Care

Controversy has arisen around end-of-life care. In recent time questions were raised on the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) system, which is intended to ease the last hours of a dying patient. But critics are saying that LCP is a way of hastening patients’ deaths. Some in the media are now calling it the “death pathway”....
The Cry of Srebrenica: Is Europe listening?

The Cry of Srebrenica: Is Europe listening?

“We pray to You, Almighty God, may grievance become hope, May revenge become justice May mothers’ tears become prayers That Srebrenica never happens again To no one and nowhere!”   Last Wednesday on the 11th of July, I was in Srebrenica for the very first time. The above is the main prayer that I heard...
Raising your child with discipline

Raising your child with discipline

A child is not an adult Children are not small adults. They are newcomers to the world; everything is a first to them. They view the world through fresh, new and curious eyes. They are inquisitive, playful, imaginative, impressionable, uncritical and driven by extrinsic motivations. Their life is about exploring and learning; they would not...
Mosque fundraising run huge success!

Mosque fundraising run huge success!

We would like to thank all those who helped make the Run 4 Your Mosque fundraising campaign and event a huge success! 500 runners took part in this fun, healthy and get fit run, which has raised over £200k through donations and sponsorship. We would especially like to express gratitude to those who have donated...
Motivating Your Child

Motivating Your Child

One of the most challenging issues with young people is to ensure their consistent motivation. We often hear from infant to adolescOne of the most challenging issues with young people is to ensure their consistent motivation. We often hear from infant to adolescent, ‘I’m bored’, ‘I’m tired’, ‘What’s the point of doing this?’ and so...
Parenting: Addressing Adolescence

Parenting: Addressing Adolescence

In my book Addressing Adolescence: A Guide to Parenting in Islam, I explored a Muslim perspective of adolescence and its issues, as this is where my primary experiences come from. However, adolescence and its adventures and challenges are universal. I have come across children and parents from all faiths during my two decades of experience as...
Parenting: Nurturing Creativity

Parenting: Nurturing Creativity

A newborn baby is a pearl, a treasure in a family and loved dearly; sought after by parents, especially mothers. This ‘love’ comes after pain, after a nine month long pregnancy which can only be experienced by women. That is why in all religious and cultural traditions the mothers’ position is higher than the fathers’. ...
London 2012: A Celebration of Britain's Diversity

London 2012: A Celebration of Britain’s Diversity

The selection of London as the host city of the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games during the 117th IOC Session in Singapore was a testimony of London’s premier position as a world city. No other city has the accolade of having three Olympics so far (London hosted the other two in 1908 and 1948)....
Parenting: Love and Care Are at the Heart

Parenting: Love and Care Are at the Heart

The birth of a child is a euphoric and – for most parents – an ecstatic moment. It is a high point, a fulfilment, in one’s life journey. A child is a fruit of love between two human beings. For people who have religious faith, such life starts from God’s love for creation. Love, kindness,...
Parenting: A Core Duty and Basic Right in a Family

Parenting: A Core Duty and Basic Right in a Family

A very learned and successful Asian father whom I know attended my recent book launch at the House of Lords on parenting. On his return I got an email that said: “The motto of a budding family should be parenting, parenting, parenting. It is true that many problems caused by adolescents could be avoided if...
Patience and Gratitude

Patience and Gratitude

This is a book to benefit kings and princes, the wealthy and the indigent, Sûfîs and religious scholars; (a book) to inspire the sedentary to set out, accompany the wayfarer on the path (al-sa’ir fil târiq) and inform the one journeying towards the Goal.  (Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah)