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 Imaan Irfan
“Do you shower in that?”
“Does it hurt when you stick those pins inside your head?”
“What do you call it…the head robe?”
It’s been just over four years since I first attempted to clumsily drape a scarf over my hair. I failed the first time, rather tragically. A swathe of cloth trailing down my back, I looked more like an Asian granny than a teenager bent on making a feminist statement…
Sara Saigol reflects on the topic of our last residential, 'A Tale of Two Civilisations', where we had a crash course in Islamic history