Why this blog
Islam is the religion of love. But for the last few decades or so, more and more of the conversation within our religion has become about evaluating and criticizing others and ourselves on a kind of ‘righteousness’ scale. I just wanted to create a space where I could dwell on the beauty and awe-someness of our religion. A place where others can join me, if they like, in basking in the warmth of Allah’s love and blessings. So, come as you are; whether you pray 6 times a day or not at all; whether you wear a burqa or a bikini; whether you consider yourself a sinner or a saint. All are welcome as long as you love Allah and want to dwell in the light of his love (which sounds silly but feels amazing).
Why not? Just kidding. I guess I can begin with what I am not, I am not a religious scholar and I am not a saint. I have read the Quran many many times (as a lot of Muslims have), I have been studying the various translations in English and one other language for close on 20 years now, and I am a teacher by profession.
However, what made me start this blog is how Allah’s Grace and holding firmly onto his love has saved me. Even when those closest to me thought I was not going to make it. So, if you are out there and are looking for some kind of hope:
I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being – Hafiz