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The essential meaning and transcendental message of Islam


Written By: Ajmal-Masroor
05/11/2014 1:12
Religion & Culture

I am sitting in front of the mighty Atlantic Ocean. The wind is fierce and waves are incessant. As far as my eyes can see it’s only the dark blue water of the ocean and light blue sky. It appears to the eye that in the distance these two mighty forces, the floor and ceiling of the earth....    Full story...

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Between secular and faithfulness: where is the end of Spiritual yo-yo!


Written By: Ajmal-Masroor
20/04/2014 22:55
Religion & Culture

I had a phone call from someone very distressed. A friend of this person had suddenly died. The deceased is a Muslim man and was living in a gay civil partnership with a non-Muslim man. The partner wanted to have a secular burial service but the family of the deceased wanted some sort of an....    Full story...

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Love and Hate


Written By: Ajmal-Masroor
19/03/2014 0:15
Religion & Culture

One day Love called out to Hate And made the feelings known and straight – “You are responsible for causing pain You hold back people in an emotional bane You create deep aggravation  Leaving people in terrible frustration You are synonymous with....    Full story...

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What would be your biggest dying regret?


Written By: Ajmal-Masroor
09/03/2014 13:39
Religion & Culture

Life is confined to a beginning and ending and within these constraints we are expected to pursue a decent life comprising of Godliness at the centre and service to the humanity all around. There is only one earthly life at our disposal to enhance our character and maximize on the opportunities.....    Full story...

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Strange thing about Death


Written By: Ajmal-Masroor
02/09/2013 0:31
Religion & Culture

In the last two weeks I have had a number of friends and families losing their loved ones. One of my friends lost his beloved sister who was in her early 30s. She suddenly died of unexplained circumstances. One day she was happy, cheerful and full of life but the next day she was rushed to the....    Full story...

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Eid Pledges-4: Fight against materialism and greed


Written By: Ajmal-Masroor
27/08/2013 0:58
Social Issues

The world has never seen such a level of greed and materialism proliferating as we see it around us today. The history of humanity has always been filled with great stories of money, treasures and wealth but it has also been filled with greater stories of philanthropy and generosity. The gap....    Full story...

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Eid Pledge 1 - Struggle for Freedom


Written By: Ajmal-Masroor
13/08/2013 21:39
Religion & Culture

This month marks the End of Ramadan and the completion of the month long spiritual realignment programme for the Muslims. Fasting this year has been particularly arduous with long days and the heat of summer. Nevertheless, the Muslims in the UK and around the world have successfully completed....    Full story...

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Ramadan reflection-09:Cleaning the heart(part 1)


Written By: Ajmal-Masroor
31/07/2013 21:56
Religion & Culture

In the mother’s womb as the fetus is taking shape something miraculous happens. Without warning and without any brain activity suddenly the heart comes to life. It suddenly starts to beat and pump blood across the body of the fetus. This extraordinary event is described as the moment when....    Full story...

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Ramadan Reflection:Part 8 - Making peace


Written By: Ajmal-Masroor
25/07/2013 17:18
Religion & Culture

“O God, You are the source of all Peace and from You emanates all peace, all blessings belong to you. You are the Majestic and the Most Honourable.”  This is one of my most favourite supplications. It embodies the essence of my faith. Attaining inner peace and being peaceful....    Full story...

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Ramadan Reflection:(Part 7)-Positive Mental attitude


Written By: Ajmal-Masroor
21/07/2013 19:26
Religion & Culture

I know many of you are complaining about the heat, the extraordinary long hours of no food, no drink and the lack of sleep. Despite all the hardship you face, the paradox is that God says in the verse that describes fasting as an obligation that he wishes ease for you and not hardship:....    Full story...

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Ramadan Reflection (Part 6) – Managing time


Written By: Ajmal-Masroor
21/07/2013 3:28
Religion & Culture

Toady, at the time of iftar, you would be set around the table with the variety of food served and ready on your plate. You would be counting minutes and even seconds. You would have the background TV or radio station switched on for the precise moment when the Adhan (call to prayer) would be....    Full story...

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Ramadan Reflection: Part 4 – Managing Sleep


Written By: Ajmal-Masroor
15/07/2013 22:09
Religion & Culture

How much sleep do you need? No body knows is probably the best answer. Some say on average a human being needs seven hours but then there are some who feel even ten hours are not enough. The fact is we all need sleep to feel alive and awake. Without sleep we would simply perish. Many people do....    Full story...

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Ramadan Reflection: Part 3–Eating less


Written By: Ajmal-Masroor
13/07/2013 20:55
Religion & Culture

Abstaining from eating and drinking essentially defines fasting. However, it is not uncommon to see Muslims eating too much in the month of Ramadan. Instead of reducing their food intake, they binge eat throughout the night. Imagine the amount and frequency of the food in one night consumed by....    Full story...

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Ramadan Reflection: Part 2 –Setting objectives


Written By: Ajmal-Masroor
11/07/2013 21:12
Religion & Culture

Ramadan is not just the name of the ninth Arabic calendar month and fasting in this month is not just a cultural expression, it certainly is not a hereditary custom. Fasting is about developing and fine tuning conscience – the driver of all your actions. Fasting is all about developing....    Full story...

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Ramadan Reflection: Part 01 – Straightening Intentions


Written By: Ajmal-Masroor
11/07/2013 17:23
Religion & Culture

It is the first day of your fast. How is it going to be? What will you do today? How do you plan to spend the first of the most blessed days of the year? Would today be any different than yesterday? If yes, how will it be different? The first day usually is like walk in the park; most people....    Full story...

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