Revert, Convert or Muslim – A sense of not belonging.

I hear many of those who are new to Islam talk about how they struggle to develop a sense of belonging and community. I understand this. After all, most of those around me when I visit the mosque are Muslim whilst I’m seen as a Revert or Convert. My own exploration of Islam began someContinue reading “Revert, Convert or Muslim – A sense of not belonging.”

Trees, Islam and the Cambridge Central Mosque

I have always been drawn to trees. I used to assume that this was due to spending so much of my early life amongst them. Years of playing, dog walking and exploring the woodlands that surrounded my home. Even my early artwork was obsessively focussed on trees. A few days ago I had the privilegeContinue reading “Trees, Islam and the Cambridge Central Mosque”

Exploring Contemporary Islam 1: “Female imams have existed in China since the 19th century, and in South Africa since 1995. In Los Angeles, the Women’s Mosque of America opened last year. In the UK, the American Islamic scholar Amina Wadud led mixed Friday prayers in Oxford in 2008, prompting protests. Plans for a female-run mosque in Bradford areContinue reading “Exploring Contemporary Islam 1:”

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* …”