POEM: Seven Nufus Were On The Loose, by Novid Shaid

Seven nufus were on the loose One day from Ramadan They met in Sousse for some couscous Before the maghrib azaan. The first, a rioter, the sin-inciter, The crazy imp, Ammara. The second ilk, ridden with guilt, Reproachful soul, Lowwaama. The third, on fire, with love inspired The stirring one, Mulhama. The fourth, serene, like […]

Muhammad Ali – The Acts That Help When We Die, by Mostafa Azzam

There had been a time he was named Cassius Clay; A time he was praising himself night and day. “I’m the best in the world,” “So pretty,” he’d say. And then in this world, he had risen so far; Until he was granted his very own star. With the famous of famous now put up […]

A Thing For Wine and Men, by Novid Shaid

“What is she looking at?” Lucy’s friends glanced at her and then at the figure on the other side of the street, who stood watching them, while they sat around the chic table outside a prestigious city wine bar. “She’s been staring at us, or rather at me, for a long time,” remarked Lucy, flicking […]

Prayers on the Prophet for the Night Journey

Poet Novid Shaid reflects on one of the most significant events in Muslim history. On the 27th night of Rajab, the Prophet ﷺ was taken on the Isra wa Mi’raj – The Night Journey and Ascension to the Heavens. This was a glorious night, as is known to most Muslims, in which the Prophet ﷺ met his Lord and […]

OBITUARY: Daniel Abdal Hayy Moore

Michael Sugich pays tribute to a much loved American Muslim poet, Daniel Abdal Hayy Moore, who passed away this week after a battle with cancer. My friend Daniel Abdal Hayy Moore died yesterday. He had been battling cancer for 5 years. After giving up on conventional treatments his doctor prescribed a combination of hemp oil, […]

On Unspoken Love And Friendship – Nader Khan

I’d first read Imam ‪Ghazali‬‘s Duties of Brotherhood in Islam, translated by Muhtar Holland sometime in the summer of 1995 as reading for a do-it-yourself Islamic study circle that I was in with my brother and some dear friends in ‪‎Toronto‬. That’s when I read the following powerful story: “It is related in the stories […]

A Beautiful Rendition of Na’t al-Baratina, by Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

A beautiful rendition of this rare qasida, by Shaykh Abdal-Hakim Murad and Harmonia Alcorani. Recorded in Cambridge, United Kingdom in March, 2014. Consider expressing your enjoyment of this qasida by donating to the Cambridge Mosque Project. Lyrics: hal min mugheethi li min ba’ath  fi nafsin min huznin wa min asa qad awal al’umru fi sayil harami […]

Beautiful Medley of Qasaid, Sung by The Keighley Munshids in the UK

The Keighley Munshids in the UK The Keighley Munshids, part of the education-focused Abu Zahra Foundation, are a vocal group based in the Yorkshire town of Keighley, in the United Kingdom. Trained by Shaykh Muhammad Adel, the lead singer of the Zawiya Abul Hassan ash-Shadhili in Kharabshah, Jordan, they sing the traditional mystical odes of the Shadhili […]

AUDIO: The Ornamented Ladder into the Science of Logic

The Ornamented Ladder into the Science of Logic (“Al-Sullam Al-Munawraq”) is a highly popular didactic poem by Imam ʻAbd al-Rahman al-Akhdari (1514 – 1546). Shaykh Ahmed Saad Al-Azhari, Founder and Director of the Ihsan Institute has made a full recording for students of knowledge who are striving to memorise this text. The 144-line poem outlines the principles of Aristotelian […]

An Original English Mawlid – coming soon

The Soliloquy of the Full Moon is the first English mawlid work ever written. An 1000 line panegyric, it is a fully metered, rhyming, epic poem celebrating the virtues of the Prophet (peace be upon him), the signs preceding his advent, the wonders of his birth and nursing, the first revelations and his night journey […]