On Making Tajweed Bot and Haiku

I admire haiku poetry. I like how the poets convey such powerful messages within the confines of three lines and 17 syllables. The poet is forced to choose, forced to simplify, forced to find the essence of the message. The constraints are actually a very powerful thing, because constraints force you to be disciplined, to understand … Continue reading On Making Tajweed Bot and Haiku

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Bite Sized Tajweed Lessons

Assalamoalaikum Narrated by Uthman RA "the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم  said: 'The best of you is he who learns the Quran and teaches it.'" Related by Al-Bukhari, Abu Dawood, At-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah and others. Tajweed or reciting the Quran correctly is of immense importance. In an effort to contribute towards the teaching of … Continue reading Bite Sized Tajweed Lessons

What is happiness?

A few years ago I went to Kruger National park with my family. As we were driving down a side road we came across a pride of lions who had killed a hippopotamus and were eating it. There were a couple of very young cubs who were frolicking on the road while their mothers ate, but there was an older cub who was eating alongside the adults. The hide and meat of the hippo was too tough. Some of the adults were also having a hard time in tearing and eating but this young cub had it hardest. His fur was drenched in sweat as he tried to tear the tough hide and chew the tough meat.