Category Archives: religion

The Problem of Ornamentation

 After all, what is beauty? [Looking through old drafts of blog posts I found this one. Not perfect and a bit of a rant but it has some good bits in it.] When looking at Muslim prayer apps the other day … Continue reading

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Long Hopes and Personal Choices

I wrote this in late January after some outrage in the US by a white supremacist but sadly it applies now and probably for the foreseeable. I would rather be writing on a more creative theme but current events seem … Continue reading

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Music to my Ears

My Ramadan afternoons, when the blood sugar reaches low levels, have been spent watching some of the lectures by Abdal Hakim Murad (Tim Winter) on YouTube given in his college’s annual retreat last year. I can strongly recommend his lecture … Continue reading

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The Passing of Martin

Picture Courtesy of Peter Sanders. Martin Stone passed away at 2am on the 8th November 2016 in Paris where he lived. Before joining the seminal rock group Mighty Baby in 1968 he had ventured into the world of the occult, … Continue reading

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Small is Bountiful

In the year 2000, Shaykh Zaki Yamani, the erstwhile Saudi oil minister, gave a one-off lecture in London which I had the good fortune to attend. The lecture was about the house of Khadijah, may God be pleased with her, … Continue reading

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Pass the Parcel

  The graveyard of 6 million at Najaf, south of Baghdad. Professional journalists usually have to fill column inches to order, which accounts for their flights of fancy or in many cases outright lies. Bloggers, unless they are driven lunatics, … Continue reading

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Daniel Moore, Poet

Daniel Abdal Hayy Moore, passed away yesterday April 18 after several years of cheerfully coping with illness. He was a night bird poet who invariably wrote in the early hours. Like a nightingale his song was only heard by a few but … Continue reading

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