Nadwa Zahid

Nadwa Zahid

United Not Divided

Once again there has been a lot of hype in the media over the past few months about Islam and Muslims, that I find myself needing to voice my opinion on the matter.

The Power of Forgiveness

We keep coming back to this issue, time and time again, we keep emphasising the importance of forgiveness; and yet still we struggle with it. I think essentially the reason most of us have such a hard time grasping this concept is because its meaning is often misunderstood. Whenever we hear the word “forgiveness” most of the time we understand it to mean that we have to excuse, justify or condone the wrongdoer’s behaviour. This however is not the case, what is being asked of us is to alter our perception so that we can come to see the situation with understanding, compassion and empathy.

Spirituality

We have become so focused on the Shari’a that we have moved away from the true essence of Islam – from the ‘heart’ of Islam – spirituality.

Conscious Awareness and Personal Responsibility

Conscious awareness comes with time and practice. One of the easiest ways of mastering conscious awareness is by moving everything that you’ve done throughout the day into your conscious mind; so that you become consciously aware of every action you took, every decision you made and every conversation you had. Bring them all into your conscious mind.

Mindful Meditation

Meditation is an ancient discipline that has been practiced across many traditions, cultures and religions. Each has its own particular method; from transcendental meditation, mantra meditation, mindful breathing, sound meditation and progressive muscle relaxing meditation to yoga, tai chi and qigong. Although each method varies somewhat in form, they all focus on the one main principle; breathing.