Book Review: The Clouds Beyond Us

The Clouds Beyond Us, written by Rahf Al-Rashidi, is a mysterious book. It’s an anthology of reflections, stories and poems written by somebody who thinks a lot, feels a lot and cares a lot. Just like clouds, the content of this book varies heavily, but is yet unified by a common simplicity, beauty, and spirituality….

The Declining World and God’s Mercy

God created the entire universe as an expression of His praise, and a domain within which humans, also imbued with faculties with which we may recognise God, may worship Him. Our objectives as humans in worshipping God therefore synchronises entirely with the wider world in which we inhabit. It is filled with the Signs of…

Delivered in Comfort: Thoughts on the Sleepers of the Cave

The Sleepers of the Cave is a story of much importance in the Quran, as is the rest of the narrative espoused in Surah Kahf (the Cave). It is to be recited every Friday, so God must have wanted to imprint these particular stories and lessons deeply into our psyche. The story is a short…

Protagonist Syndrome: On Narcissism

Yesterday I was on the train home and saw a lone sock on the tube floor. I suggested to my friend, an aspiring play write, that he write a story about a series of very ordinary happenings that led to the sock’s current position; maybe somebody was running late, and hurriedly put their baby’s sock…

Between Harmony and Dissonance: On Muslim Unity

The importance of the Islamic fraternity is a popular lecture topic among scholars and speakers. It is stressed, repeatedly, how important it is for Muslims to be united, how important it is for the Ummah to exist, a boundary-less arch of camaraderie, engulfing Muslims everywhere, only by virtue of their faith. The Prophet of Islam,…