Category: London

ش: Robins and Leaves: Signs and Callings from your Creator.

.بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم A 'spiritual awakening'. Sometimes, these seem to happen: bit by bit, gradual. Step by step. And sometimes, the entire thing is catalysed: 'happens so fast'. A 'tumbling' of sorts, in the moment. Sometimes, a spiritual awakening can be lent that misnomer … Continue reading ش: Robins and Leaves: Signs and Callings from your Creator.

ف ,س and ش: Confidence, TikTok, and the Tumultuous Teenage Years.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم [translatable to: With the Name of Allah, The Merciful, The Compassionate] "Why are you Muslim?" Seven-year-old ش puts her hand up. "Because... our parents made us Muslim!" She later added: "Our destiny is to be in Jannah*." Abu Huraira reported: The … Continue reading ف ,س and ش: Confidence, TikTok, and the Tumultuous Teenage Years.

ت: Connectivity, Re-Connecting, and… Fifty pounds worth of coins in a carrier bag, to buy “milk” with.

Bismillahir Rahmānir Raheem. ت's nan (who lives here in the East of London, el este de Londres) is, according to ت, "a hunnit percent Bengali", even in spite of her passport, which still says that she (ت's nan) is 'East Pakistani'. ت's Nanee (one way … Continue reading ت: Connectivity, Re-Connecting, and… Fifty pounds worth of coins in a carrier bag, to buy “milk” with.

د, س and ع: Football, Family, and the “blue” country.

Bismillahir Rahmānir Raheem. Two of my little brothers are currently playing foosball. I have one biological brother, and then two of my little cousins: among British-Bengalis, it is quite normal for us to refer to our cousins as cousin-sisters and cousin-brothers. It often feels this way too: like although we … Continue reading د, س and ع: Football, Family, and the “blue” country.

ر , ح and ت: Modernity, Science, and a sprinkle of Global Politics.

Bismillahir Rahmānir Raheem.  Curiosity. Like many Muslims, ر demonstrates a particular sort of curiosity towards learning about ‘Ahlul Kitaab’: the People of the Book. At my favourite bookshop (‘Blackstone’ on Whitechapel Road) there is a section dedicated to the Abrahamic faiths, I believe: the … Continue reading ر , ح and ت: Modernity, Science, and a sprinkle of Global Politics.