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How wondrous it is that a diamond is buried deep amongst a sea of rocks. Only through the intensity of its environment and the strength of its endurance could this magnificent stone be carved into an stone with beauty and strength in equal measure. Yet, when buried beneath the earth, a diamond is no different from any of its neighbours. Each are composed of the same carbon, endure the same pressure, and face the same obscurity with the earth’s core. Without light, a glistening diamond is just another rock within a sea of darkness. It is only when the rocks are dug up that their true nature is revealed; the diamond glistens in the light of the sun whilst the others are left undesired and worthless.

This is the parable of human existence. Each of us face the same trials and tribulations in the furnace of this world. How we react to them carves the very reality of our being; a reality only realised in the light of the divine.


(20) Truly you [people] love this fleeting world (21) and neglect the life
to come. (22) On that Day there will be radiant faces, (23) looking towards
their Lord, (24) and on that Day there will be the sad and despairing
faces (25) of those who realize that a great calamity is about to befall
[Al-Qiyaamah: 75: 10-25]

That day, when death takes us all, we are brought to stand bare before our Lord. Only those who believed and did good deed will shine like diamonds; forged into perfection by the years of trials in the kiln of life. Those women and men will glisten magnificently in the divine light before all of creation “like rubies and brilliant pearls”, carried to the gardens and palaces to a life of luxury and ease – such is the extravagance a diamond deserves.


(58) Like rubies and brilliant pearls…
(60) Shall the reward of good be anything but good? (61) Which, then,
of your Lord’s blessings do you both deny?
[Al-Rahman 55: 58-61]

But those who wasted this world will come unprepared; their bodies unable to reflect the light of the divine. Like the remainder of the rocks, darkness overcomes them as they are cast aside into the shadows they chose. These men cannot absorb the divine majesty because of the barrier they created themselves, and like the furnaces in which the rocks of this world are cast into, so too will these men be discarded from the divine, used as nothing more than fuel to alight the fires of hell.


Believers, guard yourselves and your families against a Fire
fuelled by people and stones, over which stand angels, stern and
strong; angels who never disobey God’s commands to them, but do
as they are ordered
[At-Tahreem 66:6]


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Posted by on October 6, 2014 in Main Posts


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The proof that God exists

The Kalaam Cosmological Argument – argued by Imam Ghazali over 900 years ago. A logical and irrefutable proof for the existence of God. Till today, no one has disproved it. All they do is postulate other theories…

This particular video explains it in a more empirical fashion, using the observations around us. I prefer the logical proof which breaks each premise down to show how they must be true, but its much more complicated to explain

Now, who said belief in Allah was irrational?

Simple Discussion

More detailed explanation


Posted by on September 17, 2014 in Logic, Main Posts


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“What is the moon except a reflection of the sun. The beauty you see in me is just a reflection of your own light; its splendour dazzling only from the darkness of the world which surrounds it. My reality is just a rock which disappears when those of true reality emerge”

- Anonymous


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Posted by on September 13, 2014 in General Wisdoms, Poetry


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Man On The Moon

Talha Ghannam:

Perhaps one of the most powerful thing I’ve read in a while. So much of it resonates deeply as each of us go through our own struggles and tribulations. May Allah preserve and increase the writer and all those struggling with their own difficulties. Ameen!

Originally posted on thegatesofparadise:

‘God is manifest, the veil is with us.’

I was diagnosed with Depression in October 2012. It took a severe form which left me unable to leave my bed for 6 months at a time. I denied anything was really wrong even through this debilitating period. After a lengthy healing process which included Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Depression Alliance Group meetings, I saw that I had had a tussle with something tangible and spiritually invasive. I believe coming out at the other side (although I’m not quite there completely) is and perhaps always will be my proudest achievement. I regained the will to live. 

I was unable to to be productive or ‘strive’. Unable to envision changes, set goals or grow in the conventional sense. I was paralyzed by almost every meaning of the word. My love for my family and friends evaporated, any concern for my own well being disappeared. Instead I lived…

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Posted by on July 29, 2014 in Main Posts



“The aspirant needs four things:

1) A luxurious mount,
2) An expansive house,
3) A fine garment, and
4) A radiant lamp.

The luxurious mount is patience; the expansive house, intelligence; the fine garment, modesty and piety; and the radiant lamp, knowledge that benefits.

My counsel to you is to uphold oaths, allegiances and promises. Guard the door and the remembrance of Allah in every circumstance. Conceal poverty and sit with the truth, by the tongue of truth, on the path of truth until you arrive at the Truth by the Truth, if Allah so wills, and He is the Exalted. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Master Muhammad and upon his family and companions.”

- Ibn Khafif

Door of Kabah


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The Next Ghazali?

I pray you are well and Ramadan is going blessed for you!
I have written an email below about a project that is dear to my heart and a great opportunity for you! Ive also made a video in case the text is too long to read :) Let me know your thoughts!
“If I have seen further, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants”
Many of us will know of and have benefited from the work of our great scholars of the past. From Imam Ghazali to Ibn Sina, West and East have benefited from the knowledge and contribution they put forward in the fields of Islam, medicine, philosophy and countless other subjects! Imagine the reward they receive with Allah masha’allah.
But here’s a question: Who funded them?
Just imagine you were that person. Every drop of ink these scholars shed in writing and educating us will go back to them. Imam Ghazali wrote in his own biography “Munkidh min al-Dalal (Deliverance from Error)” how he was brought in from poverty to study Islam. Imagine there were no institutions to do that, his brilliance may never have been harnessed. What a brilliant ROI (Return on Investment)!
(The collection of Ihyaa Uloom Al-Deen by Imam Ghazali in Arabic and English)
In light of this, one of the things I often think about is how the earlier generations were fortunate to be in that position of being the “first ever” to start something up and hence they receive all the subsequent reward. This is unfortunately something we can never precede them in, but what is interesting is that when you look at the estimates of the total number of people who have ever lived in the world, 30% of them are expected to live from 2014-2100.
i.e. if you count every single person that has ever live and will ever live, 30% of them will be after our lifetime and can hence potentially benefit from our work!
The following graph may make more sense!
Of course, reward is known only by Allah and their value is in their sincerity, but its still interesting nontheless!
Myself and some fellow brothers & sisters recently launch the Centre for Islam and Medicine (CIM) back on March 1st. The key focus of the organisation is three fold:
  1. To develop an academic platform which scholars and doctors can engage on both within the Muslim community and the wider British community.
  2. Develop high quality research material on issues of Islam and Medicine
  3. To create a central hub which the wider community can access for information on issues of Islam and Medicine, as well as actively educating the public on issues which affect them
If the CIM model succeeds, we hope to replicate it across a number of other fields such as Economics, Social Policy, Politics etc. Our choice to begin with medicine is primarily because the field is quite clearly defined with the scholarship and expertise widely recognised within the field.

Since then, we have made significant strides towards these goals, for example our new official partnership with the Cambridge Muslim College (CMC), providing the organisation a home for its work alhamdulillah.
Alongside this, we have a number of other projects we are running including our workshops and stalls at this years Living Islam Festival! If you haven’t already, book your tickets and hopefully we will see you there!
On top of this, the organisation now has its first full time employee – ME! I believe in this project so much that I have sacrificed a comfortable job to do this alhamdulillah. We haven’t announced it publicly yet so keep it to yourself, but since I’m emailing you this personally I thought I would let you know.
So – whats my point?
Ramadan is the season of multiplication. Everything we do now is multiplied many times over. As such, I wanted to offer you the opportunity to be part of something special.
Our aim over the coming months is to get the organisation set up and sustainable so that we can focus on the work at hand. To do this, we need funding that gives us the independence to do what we feel is right as our income is independent. It will be the backbone of our work alongside the grants and other income we receive from our business pursuits.
… and its not even that much. Just look at the calculations below. £1/month is like giving 3p a day!
How to donate
Before anything, we ask you to first and foremost make dua for us, especially in this blessed month of Ramadan.
After that, we advise people to set up regular donations (or give the equivalent amount now) as they support the long term aspirations of our organisation. The prophet ﷺ said
“The best actions are those which are small and consistent”
[Bukhari and Muslim]
All we want from you is to set up just:
1000 people giving
+ the giftaid is enough for us to be financially independent for our research.
1000 people giving  
+ gift aid will allow us to hire 2 full time researchers to systematically work through all the issues within Islamic medical ethics and develop the material we so desperately need!
And the best thing is, setting up a standing order couldn’t be easier
These option cost us nothing and gives us 25% giftaid!!
Directly through your bank:
Account name: C FOR I & M
Bank: HSBC
Sort Code: 40-07-13
Account Number: 92089424
Remember, if you set it up this way, make sure you email with permission to collect giftaid on your behalf!
Donation Form:
Fill in and send us back the following form (available by clicking below or here)
These options cost a small amount, but something is better than nothing!
Talha Ghannam

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Posted by on July 15, 2014 in Main Posts


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