"Tūbā (glad-tidings; specifically refers to a tree in Paradise) is for every servant who knows the people yet they do not know him, whom Allah Knows and is well-pleased with.  These are the niches of guidance and they emerge unscathed from every dark, blinding tribulation."

—- ’Alī b. Abī Ṭālib [d.40AH/661CE] (ra)

(Ibn Abi Shaybah, vol. 8, pg. 155 / Abu Nu’aym, vol. 1, pg. 77 - from Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali and Abu Bakr al-Ajurri, The Journey of the Strangers. Daar as-Sunnah Publishers. Birmingham: 2009.)



Seriously? A video that introduces itself as “an experiment” then seeks to conscript the virtual world in heralding a new bogey man who just happens to be located in a region that clearly has the “resource curse” of oil (and asks me to wear this so-called criminal’s name on my wrist for a year)? Yeah, okay…! Hmmm, I wonder what this “experiment” is really trying to achieve!

(Had the writers not killed him off a few episodes ago, it would have been easier to claim that OBL was hiding out there.)


Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts


A young Dr Umar Faruq Abdallah’s beautiful introduction in classical Arabic, fussha, (with English subtitles) at the occasion the first Malikiyyah conference which was held in Norwich in 1982.

This is the final automated post marking the end of my travels through the Holy Lands of Jerusalem, Jordan, Makkah and Madinah. I should return on this date, inshaAllah, and resume live tumbling…!

Can you imagine...

Can you imagine working for a company that only has a little more that 635 employees, but, has the following employee statistics….

29 have been accused of spouse abuse
7 have been arrested for fraud
9 have been accused of writing bad cheques
17 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses
3 have done time for assault
71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit
14 have been arrested on drug related charges
8 have been arrested for shoplifting
21 are currently defendants in lawsuits
84 have been arrested for drink driving in the last year.
And collectively, this year alone, they have cost the British tax payer £92,993,748 in expenses!!!

Which Organisation is this??
It’s the 635 Members of The House Of Commons - the same group that cranks out hundreds of new laws each year designed to keep the rest of us in line.

(And just to top all that they probably have the best ‘corporate’ pension scheme in the country - whilst trying to ensure that everyone else has the worst possible!)