Is it an insult to be called a “Quranist”?

As a new Muslim you can feel as though it’s so easy to make mistakes. We encounter endless posts and videos online telling us what is right and wrong, and in such detail, about every part of our lives. Often these posts simply offer opinions. Options mostly based on tradition, ethic and cultural norms. AlmostContinue reading “Is it an insult to be called a “Quranist”?”

It’s either Haram or not – don’t complicate it!

For someone entering the Islamic faith, especially from a background where you have seen so little of the ways of Muslims, then it can be challenging to know what is right and what is wrong. More importantly what is Islamic and what is cultural or simply based on traditions or even just personal opinions. AsContinue reading “It’s either Haram or not – don’t complicate it!”

Do women need separate prayer spaces?

I’m presently working with my employer to create a prayer space, initially for Ramadan but hopefully beyond. The question I found my self asking was whether it’s ok to share a prayer space between men and women. The answer surprised me. My experience of UK mosques is that women pray in different prayer spaces fromContinue reading “Do women need separate prayer spaces?”

You have to know Arabic to become a Muslim … ?

I am going to suggest that you do not, but also why it’s a good idea in the long term. To become a Muslim you simply have to submit to God (Allah in Arabic) and you do this through the declaration of faith, the Shahada*, (literally ‘the testimony’). *”I bear witness that there is noContinue reading “You have to know Arabic to become a Muslim … ?”

Be the change you wish to see in the world* …

In a recent post a Muslim revert described their fears around moving from an country where Islam was dominant to a location in the West where there were few, if any other Muslims. She expressed her fear for her young sons … “I’m worried about my boys. They’re doing so well here and of courseContinue reading “Be the change you wish to see in the world* …”

Just Pray … learning from Astronauts

Edit: Ramadan 2023 … How people in space will observe fast during Ramadan 2023?  The International Space Station (ISS) will see 16 sunrises and sunsets over the course of 24 hours – either happening every 45 minutes approximately for people fasting there. Gulf News I recently discovered that there is guidance for how a MuslimContinue reading “Just Pray … learning from Astronauts”