Spirituality

  There is an insane amount of injustice in this world. This imbalance of violence and oppression, and joy and beauty, has existed throughout Islamic history. The antipodes are just bizarre. Social media can make you feel like you are not doing enough to address the injustices;...

When I reflect upon advice and guidance on health, nutrition and wellness from the Qur'an and Sunnah - from fasting and the properties of food, to the quantity of food one should consume and the benefits of exercise - everything essentially comes down to the...

I love this quote by Frida Kahlo: “I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to better.” I don't know a great deal about Frida Kahlo. I know she is an iconic artist and I watched the biopic...

Read my latest article on the importance of self-care for social justice activists: https://www.amaliah.com/post/53790/self-care-in-activism-self-care-in-islam-self-care-for-women-of-colour...

For the past few months I have been attending classes with Hakim Shahid Bukhari, a naturopath, herbalist and iridoligist based in Manchester, to study the theory of Unani tibb. What is Unani medicine? Unani tibb is one of the three major traditional medicines (others being TCM and...

When looking into the mirror, the first thing many of us do is focus on our flaws and point out what needs fixing. It is incredibly difficult for me to look at my reflection and be pleased with what I see because I am always...

Much of the anxieties and insecurities we experience in our adult lives are rooted in unresolved woes from childhood - and that is where the heart-work begins. With whatever challenges we may be facing right now, we can ask ourselves a few key questions to...

A few weeks ago I was sitting at my desk at home, elbows on the table. Whilst writing up an essay,  I slumped my chin on the palm of my hand. I then felt my pulse so intensely under my chin - now, this is...

There are certain words and syllables that are pleasing to enunciate, such as cultivate, Ar-Raḥmān and efflorescence. There are also words that just pair together so deliciously and for me right now, those are sage water and cactus honey - such beautifully harmonic words that...