EID MUBARAK!!

IMG_20170624_201147Eid Mubarak to all Muslims across the globe, I hope your day is immersed in peace and happiness. This Ramadan definitely flew by as usual, but more so due to my exams all being during this month. It’s also been a difficult month for many around the world, and including at home in the UK where a number of tragic incidents and acts of terrorism took place, such as the attack on London Bridge, the burning down of Glenfall tower and the attack on peaceful worshippers leaving Finsbury mosque in London recently. It’s also been tough for the thousands who have died in the hands of warfare and terror all around the world, with many continuously perishing in poverty and famine. May we think of them and keep them in our thoughts and prayers and the focus of our humanity and compassion. Always. ❤

Peace,

Bushra

TWITTER: @BushraSpeaks

 

Ramadan Mubarak 2017! (emergency appeal donation links)

Ramadan Mubarak to all Muslims around the world. This month always catches me off guard, especially with exams just around the corner. But I hope for it to be one full of tranquility, hope, self reflection, knowledge, abstinence and charity. In light of recentQuram tragic events in the world, I pray that the spirit of Ramadan encourages people to not lead themselves astray from what is merciful and just and stay committed to tolerance and patience, as is taught by our faith. My heart goes out to the millions of Muslims who will find Ramadan difficult as a result of continued warfare, poverty/famine or personal grievances. I pray God gives them the sustenance and hope they need ❤

You can donate to Muslim Aid’s Syria Emergency Appeal here: https://www.muslimaid.org/campaigns/syria-emergency-appeal/syria-critical-emergency-appeal/

East Africa’s Famine: https://www.muslimaid.org/campaigns/current-emergencies/east-africa-emergency-appeal/

Bangladesh Emergency Appeal after a severe storm: https://www.muslimaid.org/campaigns/current-emergencies/bangladesh-emergency-appeal/

Myanmar Emergency Appeal: https://www.muslimaid.org/campaigns/current-emergencies/myanmar-burma-appeal/

Also Iraq, Yemen, Gaza, Europe’s refugee crisis, South Asia: https://www.muslimaid.org/campaigns/

Ramadan Mubarak!

Bushra 🙂

 

EID MUBARAK 2016!!

It’s been agees since I last posted so I thought I’d return with a post wishing all Muslims Rüyada-Kuranı-Kerim-Görmek-1across the globe a very HAPPY AND GLORIOUS EID! The holy month of Ramadan is over, in which so many Muslims grasped the opportunity to spiritually reflect on themselves, as well as become conscious of the little things we do in daily life. While the month appears to have flown past for many, it’s important to remember that it’s not been the case for those living in war struck and poverty ridden countries. The month there has also been a struggle. Thankfully, this year so many people strived to make extra donations to aid their breaking of the fast. The month has also seen many recent terror attacks, such as the ones in Turkey, Iraq, Bangladesh, and even Medina, at the heart of the Prophet Muhammad’s home, which is something totally unprecedented in a month where empathy, tolerance and sanctuary is expected and rewarded. And so my heart goes out especially to those people suffering everywhere, whether it be due to poverty, war,or having lost a loved one. May God make your experience full of ease ❤

 

EID MUBARAK! x

TWITTER: @BushraSpeaks

EASY WAYS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Keeping in line with Ramadan themed posts, here’s some easy and cheap ways anyone can make a difference to someone’s life, while feeling content with yourself in the sense that you’ve made change. Any change, no matter how small or big it is, is just what we need more of in this world!

INFORM YOURSELF ON THE WORLD! Far too many people are cluelimagesess on daily events, tragedies and misconceptions that circulate the world on a daily basis, leading the way to ignorance which can cause misunderstanding and therefore an unnecessary conflict between people. The most simplest way is to watch more of the news or download an app! However, don’t rely too much on one politically inclined newspaper else you face being told what to think! The most healthy thing is to self inform yourself on the in and outs of our planet through different sources, coming to your own conclusion. It’ll teach you to love more and bring you towards truth 🙂

BROADEN YOUR HORIZONS! Following on from this, far too many people are too stuck in their own social sphere to understand other people. Immerse yourself in a foreign language or different culture, make a foreign friend/pen pal, talk to people that are not exclusive to your own social, ethnic or religious background. If we all did this, we could remove some of the unfortunate barriers that lead to misconceptions and lack of understanding of our one race – the human race.

LEARN SOME EMERGENCY FIRST AID! This is arguably very important, and can potentially save a life. It’s clear that so many of us, perhaps through no fault of our own, lack knowledge in basic emergency medical attention that could potentially save a life. We’re not all doctors, but there are very simple things we can do in life threatening moments such as heart attacks. You’d be surprised at just how easy they are! If you are a UK resident/national you can get a free pocket first aid guide delivered to your door from St Johns Ambulance here: https://www.sja.org.uk/sja/first-aid-advice/get-a-free-first-aid-guide.aspx And if you’re not from the UK, you can still download it!

FEED A HOMELESS PERSON/VOLUNTEER! For less than a fiver, you could instantly help someone who may not have eaten in hours. It also is a way to avoid the worries that some people have in directly giving cash to the homeless. But if you want to donate or feed in mass numbers, it’d be great to aid a homeless shelter with food or cash donations! You could even volunteer, particularly if you are young, as not only will you feel great, but you’ll gain vital experience for your future work prospective!

SIGN A PETITION! This is perhaps one of the easiest things to do at the click of a button! Your signature may feel minute, but it all adds up and collectively, could bring social awareness to some of the major problems in the world which you may feel strongly about, from mental health and woman’s rights, to child labour, persecution of ethnic and religious minorities, poverty, children’s education and human rights. The list is endless, and you may end up discovering more about issues that affect us all collectively, whether it be direct or indirect.

And finally, SMILE A BIT MORE! Yes, there are important issues to tackle in the world but how can we do that without more compassion and solidarity to them? If we can all unite under the fact that we’re human, then ‘differences’ will seem irrelevant in tackling the issues together, united.

‘Even a smile is charity’

-Prophet Muhammad

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Bushra xx

What is Ramadan?

So you may have heard of Ramadan, which is the month annually that Muslims across the entire world fast for a period of 30 days. But it isn’t as simple as that, and so below are answers to common questions non – Muslims may have about it all!😀             know-ramadan

When does it all happen?

Ramadan happens once a year for 30 days, during the 9th month of the Islamic Calendar (hence why it varies yearly, and it depends on the sighting of the moon), in order to commemorate the first revelation of the Quraan to the Prophet Muhammad. During these days, fasting is maintained from dawn until sunset. At the end of the thirty days, it is Eid, a day of celebration and joy and Muslims’ main religious holiday/festival.

What happens in Ramadan?

During Ramadan, as mentioned above, the main thing is to abstain from eating and drinking from dawn till sunset, as well as abstaining from sexual relations, smoking or forms of medication. (unless essential, of course!) However, the idea of
reforming and becoming a better person comes by the fact that this is a month of great emphasis on the five pillars of Islam. Therefore, people make greater efforts in being aware of their actions, and gaining a sense of self discipline for actions which they would disregard as the norm in day to day life. The fast is broken upon sunset, after the call of prayer for Maghrib (4th prayer of the day) and may typically be done with dates and a glass of water, as this is what the Prophet would break his fast with. The breaking of the fast is known as  the ‘Iftar’, and many Mosques provide this for those breaking their fast immediately after the hearing of the call to prayer, as well as communities and families joining together to break their fast – this demonstrates the  strong sense of cohesion between people of all different races and walks of life, who come together through the same intention of becoming closer to God, and fasting.

In addition, things that people do throughout the month are:

Zakat – this is known as charity, as a Muslim is required, providing they have the means to do so, to give 2.5% of their wealth to charity, though some may choose to give more during the holy month of Ramadan.

Recitation of the Quraan – Many Muslims make the intention to complete the recitation of the entire Quraan throughout the month, with some completing it even two or three times, and some even more, considering it is the month we believe the Quraan was revealed to the Prophet by God.

Taraweeh Prayers – These are extra, optional prayers after the final prayer (Esha), which most Muslims do as a sign of extra commitment and  a time to repent.

Some Muslims may also choose to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca, the Prophet’s birthplace, during this time.

Why do you do it?

Well for a start, it’s not as simple as just fasting for the sake of God. It’s a way in which we spiritually cleanse our soul of impurities and sin. It’s also a strong way in becoming closer to God, as the month symbolizes the first revelation of the downloadQuraan to the Prophet Muhammad. However, alongside these main factors, it also gives us a first hand experience on the suffering of those in the poorer parts of the world, who do not have privileges like we may have, or even the means to break a fast, and so through fasting, alongside charity donations throughout the month, we become aware of just how fortunate we really are.

Many also believe it has health benefits too, though this is only in addition to the sole purpose in becoming closer to your spiritual sense, as well as fulfilling your purpose as a giving and stronger being, with qualities developed such as self discipline, empathy, generosity and a sense of spirituality, alongside important duties as a Muslim being committed to, such as Zakat (charity giving) and Saum (prayer), which are part of the five pillars of Islam and emphasized hugely in Ramadan. Furthermore, it allows us to build the key traits mentioned such as generosity, self discipline and empathy for the less fortunate. You abstain from acts which may seem casual in day to day life but are in actual fact morally wrong (eg. swearing, backbiting) and there is a strong focus to rid of these in Ramadan, in hope you can reflect on your character as a whole and become a better person at the end of the month, and continue after it.

Who has to fast?

It becomes compulsory for Muslims to start fasting when they reach puberty, so long as they are healthy and sane, and have no disabilities or illnesses, as well as pregnant/menstruating woman being exempt. Many children often, inspired by others and despite not being required to, may try and keep a few before reaching puberty. Often, it gives them a sense of being a part of it all!

Some Muslims with medical conditions may insist on fasting to satisfy their spiritual needs, although it is not recommended as it can have a severe toll on their health. Some, who take minor medication may adjust their medication to be taken during the non fasting hours, however for more serious conditions, fasting is not required and many make up for these outside of the month of Ramadan. In addition, some, (usually those who do not have a definite recovery) may pay to feed a poor family for the month of Ramadan instead, as is recommended.

If you are not Muslim, hopefully this post gave you some sort of insight on how the month of Ramadan will progress:) Feel completely free to ask any questions you may have:)

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish all Muslims across the globe a warm, spiritual and fulfilling Ramadan this year:) It’s beautiful how Muslims of all different races come together for the same cause and I truly hope you get what you want out of this time😀

Thanks for reading, please subscribe and share!

 

Bushra x

RAMADAN MUBARAK | What is Ramadan all about?

So you may have heard of Ramadan, which is a month that consists of Muslims across the entire world fasting for a period of 30 days. But it isn’t as simple as that. Day 1 of 30 of Ramadan begins today, and so below are answers to common questions non – Muslims may have about it all! 😀             know-ramadan

When does it all happen?

Ramadan happens once a year for 30 days, during the 9th month of the Islamic Calendar, in order to commemorate the first revelation of the Quraan to the Prophet Muhammad. During these days, fasting is maintained from dawn until sunset. At the end of the thirty days, it is Eid, a day of celebration and joy and Muslims’ main religious holiday/festival.

What happens in Ramadan?

During Ramadan, as mentioned above, the main thing is to abstain from eating and drinking from dawn till sunset, as well as abstaining from sexual relations, smoking or forms of medication. (unless essential, of course!) However, the idea of 1345129128_7065_duareforming and becoming a better person comes by the fact that this is a month of great emphasis on the five pillars of Islam. Therefore, people make greater efforts in being aware of their actions, and gaining a sense of self discipline for actions which they would disregard as the norm in day to day life. The fast is broken upon sunset, after the call of prayer for Maghrib (4th prayer of the day) and may typically be done with dates and a glass of water, as this is what the Prophet would break his fast with. The breaking of the fast is known as  the ‘Iftar’, and many Mosques provide this for those breaking their fast immediately after the hearing of the call to prayer, as well as communities and families joining together to break their fast – this demonstrates the  strong sense of cohesion between people of all different races and walks of life, who come together through the same intention of becoming closer to God, and fasting.

In addition, things that people do throughout the month are:

Zakat – this is known as charity, as a Muslim is required, providing they have the means to do so, to give 2.5% of their wealth to charity, though some may choose to give more during the holy month of Ramadan.

Recitation of the Quraan – Many Muslims make the intention to complete the recitation of the entire Quraan throughout the month, with some completing it even two or three times, and some even more!

Taraweeh Prayers – These are extra, optional prayers after the final prayer (Esha), which most Muslims do as a sign of extra commitment and  a time to repent.

Some Muslims may also choose to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca, the Prophet’s birthplace, during this time.

Why do you do it?

Well for a start, it’s not as simple as just fasting for the sake of God. It’s a way in which we spiritually cleanse our soul of impurities and sin. It’s also a strong way in becoming closer to God, as the month symbolizes the first revelation of the downloadQuraan to the Prophet Muhammad. However, alongside these main factors, it also gives us a first hand experience on the suffering of those in the poorer parts of the world, who do not have privileges like we may have, or even the means to break a fast, and so through fasting, alongside charity donations throughout the month, we become aware of just how fortunate we really are.

Many also believe it has health benefits too, though this is only in addition to the sole purpose in becoming closer to God and the religion of Islam, as well as fulfilling your purpose as a giving and stronger being, with qualities developed such as self discipline, empathy, generosity and a sense of spirituality, alongside important duties as a Muslim being committed to, such as Zakat (charity giving) and Saum (prayer), which are part of the five pillars of Islam and emphasized hugely in Ramadan. Furthermore, it allows us to build the key traits mentioned such as generosity, self discipline and empathy for the less fortunate. You abstain from acts which may seem casual in day to day life but are in actual fact morally wrong (eg. swearing, backbiting) and there is a strong focus to rid of these in Ramadan, in hope you can reflect on your character as a whole and become a better person at the end of the month, and continue after it.

Who has to fast?

It becomes compulsory for Muslims to start fasting when they reach puberty, so long as they are healthy and sane, and have no disabilities or illnesses. Many children often, inspired by others and despite not being required to, complete as many fasts as possible as practice for later life.

Exemptions to fasting are travel, menstruation, severe illness, pregnancy, and breast-feeding. However, many Muslims with medical conditions insist on fasting to satisfy their spiritual needs, although it is not recommended as it can have a severe toll on their health. Some, who take minor medication may adjust their medication to be taken during the non fasting hours, however for more serious conditions, fasting is not required and many make up for these outside of the month of Ramadan. In addition, some, (usually those who do not have a definite recovery) may pay to feed a poor family for the month of Ramadan instead.

If you are not Muslim, hopefully this post gave you some sort of insight on how the month of Ramadan will progress 🙂 Feel completely free to ask any questions you may have 🙂

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish all Muslims across the globe a warm, spiritual and fulfilling Ramadan this year 🙂 It’s beautiful how Muslims of all different races come together for the same cause and I truly hope you get what you want out of this time 😀

Thanks for reading, please subscribe and share!

Bushra xxx

EID MUBARAK! <3

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I would like to take a short moment to wish Muslims across the globe who are celebrating, a very happy Eid. Today marks Eid-Ul-Adha, where many Muslims will perform Qurbaani, where an animal is sacrificed to mark the sacrifice of Hazrat Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) son. My thoughts go out to those in the world who may not be able to celebrate this day and even anyone who finds day to day life as a struggle rather than a blessing due to difficult circumstances, considering the amount of war/conflict globally.

Eid Mubarak!

Bushra xxx