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Iraq: Part 3 – Our Hotel Bombed

April 2, 2012


I woke up feeling refreshed and in those few seconds whilst my eye lids awakened the realisation kicked in that I had awaken in a bed of a luxury hotel in Baghdad, Iraq. At this moment in time I had lost track of time and day and more importantly was in dire need of food. […]

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10 timeless laws of Iraqi Muharram Majalis

January 29, 2012


Disclaimer: This post is not intended to disrespect the majalis in any way or form, the Majalis are an important feature of Shia faith as they keep the flame of Imam Hussain (as) alive year in year out. They serve as a means of reminding us of truth from falsehood. This post is a light […]

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Iraq – A Photo speaks a thousand words

January 23, 2012


The saying is such a cliché but so often holds true none more so than this morning whilst enjoying breakfast with Al Fayha in the background. I’ve seen this sight so often but this was too much so ridiculous that I thought I had to take a picture. The photo below is of a news […]

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The Struggle for Marriage: Analysing the methods

January 3, 2012


The passing of Yousef Zayni has instilled in us all a deep sense of shock and perhaps will not become real  until we realise and experience the reality that we will no longer see the beautiful face of Yousef. His passing away has sent shockwaves throughout the community and left many in tears, social media […]

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The Lantern of the Iraqi Community

May 15, 2011


It was 2003 that I remember walking into Brondesbury park hotel sitting down and seeing a lecturer on the pulpit about to deliver his speech, he was shrouded in the traditional clothing wearing his black turban to signify that he was from the bloodline of the Ahulbayt. In my mind I was elsewhere thinking about […]

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The Taboo of Tatbeer

May 11, 2011


A word filled with so much emotion and contention that each year it is discussed and each year individuals come forward with their varying opinions. Quite simply Tatbeer is the act whereby the individual sheds blood in remembrance of the tragic events of Karbala. The individual seeks to attain higher spiritual levels by putting oneself […]

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The Problem of Shisha Smoking

April 25, 2011


From a young age I was taught of the effects of drugs and alcohol and to some extent I have to be grateful to the teaching syllabus at my secondary school for making me aware. I will never forget the jar of beans being filled up with Marmite highlighting the way in which blood cells […]

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What is Community?

January 3, 2011

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Community: a group of people living in a particular local area; “the team is drawn from all parts of the community” — I have often pondered over this word a simple word yet behind its walls lies a vast valley of opinions, thoughts, people , backgrounds and so on and so fourth.  All humans seek […]

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