Asalaam Alaikum Everyone,
It has been quite a while (as always) but Alhamdulillah I am officially finished with my degree! It genuinely feels unreal and hasn’t quite sunk in yet but I am enjoying the stress-free life at the moment. Surprisingly, it is taking me a while to get back into the flow of blogging but I am excited to be starting Friday Favourites today in replacement of the spotlight posts that I started last year to share with you all articles, videos and any content in general that I find beneficial.
Hope you enjoy this week’s edition.
This week my friend and I were having a conversation about the autobiography of Malcolm X which if you have not read, is an absolute must! It gives great insight into the evolution of a man that is undoubtedly polarised yet loved by so many. In our conversation, she made a comment that stuck with me about how Allah SWT places love in the hearts of people for certain figures in our history such as Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali. It reminded me of the Hadith below where Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “When Allah loves a slave, He calls out to Jibril and says: ‘I love so-and-so; so love him.’ Then Jibril loves him. After that he (Jibril) announces to the inhabitants of heavens that Allah loves so-and-so; so love, and the inhabitants of the heavens (the angels) also love him and then make people on earth love him.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim}
The reminder for this week is to always remember that working for the love of Allah is the utmost priority not that of His servants. Because when Allah loves someone, those who love Him will also love the individual.
Purification of The Heart by Hamza Yusuf
2018 Ramadan Tafsir by Imam Agba Offa Sheikh Muyiddin Salman Husayn
The blessed month of Ramadan has started and I pray that you are all benefitting from it and getting the most from it. One thing that I struggle with considering the abundance of Ramadan content out there is maintaining focus so I decided to choose two series to follow this Ramadan. Our spiritual heart is the vessel of all of our actions so I am aiming to learn more to purify it. I also chose a Tafsir series because I love listening to Tafseer in Yoruba (my native language).
BuzzFeed: The Opioid Crisis Is Not Just An American Epidemic by Monica Mark
This is a brilliant and well-written article on the subject of addiction in Nigeria which is slowly becoming an epidemic. Addiction to painkillers is increasingly becoming an issue all around the world and something we need to be conscious of. The article is a bit of a long read, but worth the time if you are interested in the subject matter.
Amaliah Voices: Ramadan Special – Making Bread
This Thursday Amaliah dropped a fantastic Ramadan special podcast which is about 8 minutes long. In it, the host narrates a beautiful story about Imam Ahmad and a baker that is sure to give you a spiritual boost and transform your actions this Ramadan.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change by Charles Duhigg
Ramadan is the month of the Qur’an so I am not reading other books as much this month but yesterday I decided to pick up my copy of The Power of Habit again. I absolutely love this book! And one of my aims this month is to assess my habits and spend time working on the ones that I want to break and new habits that I want to develop.
Instagram Takeovers on The Umm Fariha Network
Ramadan Reflections by afroarabbean
This is the first Ramadan in a while that I am not doing a social media detox. With that, the two pages above have been excellent for beneficial content and reminders.
Lastly, I am excited about hosting a conference call for Ramadan with the Soul Sistas Network this weekend.
Have you come across any great content this week? Join the conversation below by sharing what your Friday Favourites are.