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As-salaamu alaykum... A few words to describe him: contemplative, dreamer, artistic, activist, idealist, ambitious, rebel, passionate, introvert, tranquil, compassionate, adventurer. He enjoys learning about our amazing world and universe and life in general and increasing my perception of the fantastic beauty in dunya, and about how to reach reach Jannah which is not just in the next life but can be witnessed in this life.
He enjoys travelling because different cultures are so fascinating to him. Now he's a traveller and so has no particular place to call home. He will be based mostly in Egypt and Allah only knows where else, during the next year, Insha Allah. He hopes to mainly live in the Middle East in the future because he believes some places with a predominantly Muslim culture are better for spiritual growth as a Muslim. But he's thinking about studying to become an imam, and there's only one institution where he wants to do that, and it is in England. So he shall be required to live mostly in England for several years because of that.He has family who live in Turkey so he goes there a lot but he's not Turkish.
He believes it is important to question in order to understand more deeply and tries not to accept anything blindly whether regarding religion or not.
He is interested in peaceful radical and divergent politics, the aim of which is to subvert the injustice of the status quo and he would like to connect with other like-minded free thinkers.
He studied international development at university and then did a law degree which he has recently finished. He aspires to become a lawyer Insha-Allah. He's Interested in Human Rights a lot. Working to achieve social justice is important to him. There is endless injustice in this world and standing by as a mere spectator is not an option. As Martin Luther King once said, 'our lives begin to end the day we remain silent about the things that matter'. One of his favourite poems on this subject is by the great poet Sa'di who said: "The sons of Adam are limbs of each other/ Having been created of one essence. / When the calamity of time affects one limb. /The other limbs cannot remain at rest. /If you have no sympathy for the troubles of others, /You are unworthy to be called by the name of a Human." A friend once said to him, he was a homosapien striving to become a human being. In that sense, he is also striving to become more Human. These days, religious people are often more concerned with the outward formalities of religion, and these are important too, but are not so concerned with the Heart of Religion, which consists of qualities like compassion - especially compassion.
He's definitely an introvert, but enjoys the company of like-minded-hearted people also. He often needs and enjoys solitude and silence. He's also quite a dreamer. He enjoys being in and with 'nature' rather by a relatively depressing and uninspiring concrete jungle.
He's interested in (but not entirely practicing) healthy living, including veganism, organic food, and permaculture, and is trying to better himself in this respect. He believes kindness to our non-human animal friends is important.
He's on the path of tasawwuf, having joined a qadiri tariqa recently.
This is one of his favourite poems by the master Jalaluddin Rumi:
A lover asked his beloved, Do you love yourself more than you love me? / The beloved replied, I have died to myself and I live for you. / I've disappeared from myself and my attributes. I am present only for you. / I have forgotten all my learning, but from knowing you I have become a scholar. / I have lost all my strength, but from your power I am able. / If I love myself, I love you. If I love you, I love myself.
As you may have noticed, he likes poetry a lot, although he's no poet. Some day maybe, Insha Allah.
His ethnic background is a mixture of English and Persian. At present he knows a bit of Arabic, Persian and Turkish languages and is trying to increase his knowledge and understanding of these. Arabic is his priority in the languages department, but he also has a strong desire to seek sacred knowledge in general as well. This has recently become stronger and he hopes to start studies directed by his shaikh this year, Insha Allah. Thanks for reading. Masalaama.
Someone who is open-minded and has a thirst for knowledge, Allah-consciousness and sacred knowledge. Who is ambitious and always trying to better herself. Who cares a lot of about social justice and related things. Who desires to live in a Muslim country where saints and prophets have lived. Who on the Islamic path of tasawwuf, or at least open minded enough to want to learn about it.
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