Amera Farooq

Amera Farooq is a mother of three grown-up children. She is a student of Islamic Studies, active in the community and a volunteer radio presenter on a local Islamic radio station.
9 Articles

Green Pakistan Day

9 Min Read

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan declared this year's Independence Day as being ‘Green Pakistan Day’.

Why the Paralympics Inspire Me

8 Min Read

What do ʿAbd Allāh b. Umm Maktūm, Muʿādh b. Jabal and the Paralympics have in common?

Why man carves stone

11 Min Read

Why has man sought to preserve the memory of certain individuals by forging their image in stone?

Opening doors (and hearts) to the disabled

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Recent government statistics show a sharp rise in all hate crimes, including those targeted against the disabled. In 2016, there were 3,629 reported cases of disability hate crimes. In fact, the actual number may be significantly larger than reports would suggest due to the reluctance on the part of the victim in reporting the crime in the first place, and problems faced by the police force in defining disability. If the disabled are viewed as vulnerable and disadvantaged, then why are they seen by some as ‘soft victims’ and are subject to verbal and physical attacks? What do we understand

Who are the Majoos?

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In the run up to Christmas and the New Year, the Nativity was re-enacted by school children across the country. The entrance of the Magi is always one of the highlights. ‘For a moment, the sober Christian story seems to shimmer and blend into the marvelous tales of The Thousand and One Nights’. Clad in rich, brocade cloaks, laden with jewels, they look every part foreign royalty even though there is no indication of this from the Biblical reference. Though only mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew, they have become immortalised in popular culture and the retelling of the birth of Christ from

Peace Building & Conflict Resolution

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Muslims are often portrayed in the media as hot-headed individuals looking to stir up trouble and cause conflict. However, if the primary sources of Islām are consulted, it is evident that this state of affairs could not be further from the truth. The fact is that the Qur’ān and Sunnah encourage believers to be advocates of peace. Peace is the very essence of Islām. Inwardly, peace and contentment encompass a true believer: one who has strong faith and consciousness of Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā). This peace then resonates outwardly, pervading society with hope and contentment. One of the ultimate aims

Are Refugees More Welcome in Churches than Mosques?

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Refugees welcome here! The Guardian newspaper recently ran a story about the Reverend Sally Smith, a vicar from Stoke-on-Trent, hailing her as a present-day Good Samaritan. The vicar is indeed worthy of such praise as she has wholeheartedly welcomed refugees into her parish and into the Christian community. She has provided the newcomers with basic needs: food, shelter, clothes and medicine, as well as emotional and spiritual support. The newspaper reports her as saying: “Well, this is what I am meant to be doing and you’re meant to be doing it with me. We should be doing this together.” It

Muhammad Ali’s Secret to Success

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Muhammad Ali, one of the world’s greatest boxers, sports personality; cultural icon and probably the most famous man on the planet will be acutely missed. May Allah (subhanahu wa taʿala) forgive his sins and raise him up among the righteous in Jannat-ul-Firdaus. Having followed his career since I was a little girl, staying up late with my dad to watch his fights on our black and white television, I have always been in awe of the courage and eloquence of this great man. What comes up again and again in his celebrated life is the concept of ‘Tawfeeq’. Tawfeeq is

Getting a hold on obesity

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ʿUmar b. Al-Khaṭṭāb (raḍiy Allāhu ʿanhu) once met a man with a protruding stomach. When he questioned about it he answered that it was a blessing from Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā). ʿUmar (raḍiy Allāhu ʿanhu) corrected him by saying that it was, instead, a ‘punishment’ from Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā). Throughout the ages, a large stature has been seen as a sign of affluence and high status in society. It became associated in the West with feudal lords and the clergy. Peasants, on the other hand, were dismally thin and weak and held a wretched place in society. This collective,