Environment: Green Energy, Reforestation and Prophet Mohamed on Tree Planting in Islam | Videos on AKDN org, UN Environment Programme, SDI Islam Channel, Plant with Purpose

Serena caring for the environment — AKDN org “Some people say there is nothing that can be done to reduce climate change. But Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge in Tsavo West National Park shows there is.” That is how a film dedicated to Kenya’s first solar-powered safari lodge begins. In addition to Serena’s efforts in solar…

History, the arts, and pandemics — By Nazim Karim on The Ismaili

Paintings, literature, and films, amongst other forms of art, are repositories of a society’s collective memory. They have much to tell us about prior pandemics, their impact, and what we can learn from these impressions today. Egyptians boarding boats on the Nile during a cholera epidemic. Charles Auguste Loye 1841-1905.IMAGE: WELLCOME COLLECTION “Ars longa, vitas…

Laylat al-Qadr – The Night of Power

Laylat al-Qadr, or the Night of Power, commemorates one of the most significant events in the history of Islam. It is the night when Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) received the first revelation from Allah. In his Khamsa, Shab-i Qadr (the Night of Power), the renowned Persian poet Amir Khusraw Dihlavi…

The Nature of Prayer: Significance of the Tasbih, and carrying it to practice the faith by calling on the name of Allah, Muhammad, Ali or the names of Imams — Simerg com

By DR. V. A. LALANI with additional material by MALIK MERCHANT In response to a recent piece on the impact of Jamatkhana closures, we were pleased to receive a very inspiring recommendation from Omar Kassam of Vancouver who suggested that we slowly recite the Surah Al-Fatihah while we spend 20 seconds thoroughly washing our hands…

BBC Science & Islam (Full) by Jim Al Khalili

BBC’s Science and Islam 3 Part documentary in full. Physicist Jim Al-Khalili travels through Syria, Iran, Tunisia and Spain to tell the story of the great leap in scientific knowledge that took place in the Islamic world between the 8th and 14th centuries. The Language of Science Science and Islam Episode 1 of 3 Its…

Simerg com: Amazing – Must watch Abida Parveen’s rendition of “Man Kunto Maula, Ali Maula Maula, Ali Ali Ali…” from a live concert in Oslo, Norway

On Saturday, February 29, 2020, Abida Parveen performed in Melbourne, Australia, in a rare appearance outside Pakistan. On the day of her performance she gave an interview to Andrew Ford, host of ABC Australia’s “The Music Show.” In discussing shades of Sufi music (Kafi) towards the end of the interview, the last question Ford asked…

Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition —- Professor Omid Safi’s Presentation at Aga Khan Centre, London | Watch Video

On 26 March, Professor Omid Safi, Director of Duke University’s Islamic Studies Centre, took audiences through a mystical journey in his talk entitled, RadicalLove: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition at the Aga Khan Centre. He spoke about the goals of the spiritual path and traced the popular poetic tradition that celebrates love for both…

Laylat al-Qadr — The Ismaili, 27 May 2019

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) habitually retreated from his daily life to meditate on the higher truths of human existence. After fifteen years of this meditative practice, during one of his annual retreats in the cave of Hira just outside the city of Mecca, he received his first call of revelation…

Sports as recreation: more than just exercise — By Nazim Karim

Sports have been part of the human experience throughout history, as far back as Sumerian times (4000 BCE), and ancient Egypt. They were often associated with religion, making sports a sacred activity. In those times, common sports included wrestling, archery, and martial arts, each requiring meditation and intense concentration. The first Olympic Games were held…