Alhamdolillah, ISB Manchester are now providing meals to local shelters 3 times a week.
ISB volunteers have been busy throughout the months of November, December and January preparing hot meals for the service users at Wellspring centre. As well as providing hot meals, volunteers donated items to be packed into gift bags to donate to the service users on Christmas Day.
My name is Mariyah Aseri and I am a 4th year dental student and the Regional Lead for Campus North. On Thursday 24th December myself and a fellow Campus student, Maryam Zafar, delivered 15 care packages to Copperdale House. This volunteering project was co-ordinated by Auntie Azra Khan from ISB Manchester, and she supported us throughout the process.
‘With the highs and lows of life, we may need to ask for a helping hand...there is no shame in that.’
Our very own Campus Director Dr Sara Saigol recently featured in BBC Radio 2’s ‘Pause for Thought.’
She reflected on the symbolism of hands.
By Mariyah Aseri, adapted from an article by Chaimaa Elazrak
“Whoever persists in being patient, God will make him patient. Nobody can be given a blessing better and greater than patience.” (Al-Bukhari)
Sabr is an Arabic word which translates as “Patience”. But Sabr means much more than just patience. Sabr is endurance, forbearance, steadfastness & perseverance. Sabr is something we often ask Allah for, especially when we face hardships in life. We’re frequently reminded in the Quran of the virtues and beauty of sabr - of “صبر جميل” a beautiful patience. But is patience really beautiful? How can patience be beautiful when the very essence of patience entails enduring tough times?
By Sumayya Anis
I chose this topic almost as a reminder for myself because a lot of new things are happening right now. This past month, I’ve been trying to adapt to:
A change of home; I’m now in London.
A change in circumstance; I took a gap year so literally had a year of chilling and now I have copious amounts of reading.
And a change of friendship circles which obviously comes with new beginnings.
I know a few of us are in the same position and how easy it is to get anxious with the pace of change. So I felt that we should reflect and consider why change can actually be beneficial for us all.
By Haanyah Cassam
I’m sorry. I have found that our relationship has always been fraught with misunderstanding, upset, and anger. I often found myself blaming you for perceived failures - when I felt that I had failed because I was measuring you up to the standard of others. I struggled to see that you were there in everything that I accomplished because for too long I focused on what had gone wrong. I should have kept an eye out for you. Every time I thought I failed I should have seen you, showing me that I was on my way to accomplishing my goals, with every ‘failure’ I was a step closer to achieving.
By Sumayya Anis
2020- The beginning of this year started with a virus that had us in lockdown; streets strangely silent. By mid-year, the virulent head of racism resurfaced, exhibiting its viral nature one again. And so, people have hit the streets. One virus locking us in, the other calling us out.
By Imaan Irfan
16 minutes until Maghrib. The smell of fresh biryani floats in from the kitchen. The dates are nestled in a little dish, glistening in a way that tells you that the first bite will make it all worth it. A jug of ice-cold water glints mockingly at you from the table. Not long now. 16 minutes until Maghrib...and you discover your whole fast is invalid. It's that time of the month.
Ya Rabb, you think, you couldn't have spared me a few extra minutes?
By Dr Sara Saigol
A review on Ebrahim Rasool's online talk, 'Our Ramadan Conversation with God under conditions of Danger' from 'Pearls of Wisdom for the whole Family.'