Summer. The warmth, longer days and beating sun are my favourite things about this season. Everything is full of life. Maybe it’s the balmy evenings or maybe it’s the way the sun covers everything in a reflective haze, but the mid-way point of the year is always a grounding moment for me. Each year I’m … Continue reading Reflect.
The blessed month is fast approaching and with it comes the familiar sense of anticipation. One of the beauties of Ramadan is in its arrival - it is always gifted to us when we’re in need of it most. A year on from the outbreak that shook the globe, many of us are facing the … Continue reading Ramadan 2021: Lessons from lockdown.
If you have been affected by the pandemic on any level, I pray that Allah bestows his infinite peace, comfort and compassion upon you, Aameen, Welcoming the new year, in January I couldn't have imagined we would be experiencing a global lockdown, but subhanAllah, here we are. The lockdown and change in pace has affected … Continue reading Living through a pandemic.
In this time of isolation, uncertainty and the arrival of what will be a Ramadan like no other, one recurring theme has shown up consistently. The feeling of ‘missing’. Be it normality, routines, our loved ones, our colleagues, the luxury of ordering a coffee in the mornings and that first sip as we head to … Continue reading ‘Missing’ during Isolation and Ramadan
I’m used to working throughout Ramadan and simultaneously upholding all of my Ramadan Ibadah and other responsibilities; as a daughter, friend, sister, member of the community, passion project/not for profit worker etc. I’ve always believed in ‘continue as you are’ and that Ramadan wasn’t a time to slow down and get lazy. I found that … Continue reading Ramadan and Burnout
Alas the month of Ramadan is here! And although many of us are excited and can’t wait to embrace the month whole heartedly, some of us (like myself) are a little anxious. I would also like to add a disclaimer, it does not make you a bad Muslim if you are anxious. Abstaining from food and … Continue reading Working during Ramadan!
Sadiqa Jabbar is an architect and a MWC school speaker. The first ever public speaking gig that I did was back in March 2016. It was a stand in for a couple of Thinking Development colleagues unavailable for an undergrad Geography lecture on Pursuing Sustainable Post-Disaster Reconstruction at the University of Manchester. Thinking Development's Centre … Continue reading Inspiring the next generation
Being a Muslim in a non-Muslim work environment means that we are faced annually with the Christmas celebration dilemma. To some of course, this isn’t a dilemma, however Muslim Women Connect were recently inundated with messages confirming that an overwhelming majority struggle with alcohol during Christmas in the work place. Generally, Christmas in modern work … Continue reading Being Muslim at Work (Christmas Edition)
As I sat there on the train, watching the world go by, I wondered whether I had made the right decision. I was on my way to a small seaside town in Norfolk where I would be living and volunteering at a youth hostel for a few weeks. I hadn’t really given it much thought … Continue reading Service, Solitude and a Return to Nature
Alas, here we are in the final days of Ramadan. Some of us have struggled immensely this month. Indeed the struggle has been real. For many of us it is not the lack of food that we found difficult but more to do with our relationship with Allah. I find that every Ramadan I am … Continue reading Ramadan Reflections