Reflection No. 167 on Q 2:183 – Fasting

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ Yā ayyuhal-ladhīna āmanū kutiba ‘alaykums-siyāmu kamā kutiba ‘alal-ladhīna min qablikum la-‘allakum tattaqūn O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you so that you may become God conscious.  (Sūratul baqarah, No. 2, … Read more

Reflection No. 166 on Q 2:185 – Month of Ramadan

شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِي أُنْزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِنَ الْهُدَىٰ وَالْفُرْقَانِ Shahru ramadānal-ladhī unzila fihil-qur’ānu hudan linnāsi wabayyinātin minal-hudā wal-furqān The month of Ramadan is that in which the Quran was revealed, as guidance to mankind and with clear proofs of the guidance and the Criterion (Sūratul Baqarah, No. 2, Āyat 185)  Muslims around … Read more

ALI-269B: Keeping Healthy in the month of Holy Ramadhān

Whilst the main focus of fasting in the Holy Month of Ramadhan is to benefit from its spiritual, ethical and social aspects, it is also important to pay special attention towards the effect that fasting may have on the health of the individual especially as we approach the hot summer months where fasts are also longer in duration. … Read more

Reflection No. 165 on Q 28:5 – The Triumph of Truth

وَنُرِيدُ أَنْ نَمُنَّ عَلَى الَّذِينَ اسْتُضْعِفُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَنَجْعَلَهُمْ أَئِمَّةً وَنَجْعَلَهُمُ الْوَارِثِينَ Wanurīdu an namunna ‘alal-ladhīnas-tudh‘ifū fil-ardhi wanaj‘alahum aimmatan wanaj‘alahumul-wārithīn And We desired to bestow a favor upon those who were deemed weak in the land, and to make them Leaders, and to make them the heirs. (Sūratul Qasas, No. 28, Āyat 5) This verse … Read more

Reflection No. 164 on Q 2:74 – Hardness of the heart

ثُمَّ قَسَتْ قُلُوبُكُمْ مِنْ بَعْدِ ذَٰلِكَ فَهِيَ كَالْحِجَارَةِ أَوْ أَشَدُّ قَسْوَةً  Thumma qasat qulūbukum mim-ba ‘di dhālika fahiya kalHijārati aw ashaddu qaswata Then your hearts hardened after that, so that they were like rocks, rather worse in hardness (Sūratul Baqarah, No. 2, Āyat 74) The above verse refers to the Banū Israel who were told … Read more

ALI-268: The Healing Art of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils for healing the mind, body and spirit. Essential oils are non-oily substances that are extracted from plants. Aromatherapy has been used by ancient civilizations for health and beauty. Fatma Zaidi is an Aromatherapist with 20 years of experience and will share with you the many ways you can use and benefit … Read more