A Quiet Christmas

Assalaam ‘alaykum/Peace be with you,
We have scheduled our mini issue for Christmas especially for all you young Muslimahs who are spending a quiet day with family and with your own personal reflections masha’Allah.
Perhaps you will pick up a pen and explore your thoughts through writing. Perhaps you will read the writing of others and then pause to connect insights to your personal life circumstances. Perhaps you will make extra time for reciting the words of Allah SWT.
Insha’Allah I am poised ready for the January sales insha’Allah to get an mp3 player for listening to the Qur’an. How about you?
Of course, we’ll be aware that many of our neighbours will be spending the day differently to us, and will be enjoying a sense of belonging between themselves that we can’t join. Alhamdulillah I am keen to find opportunities to please Allah SWT within Christmas traditions since I used to be Christian.
For example, non-Muslims are accustomed to – and often welcome – sending cards and gifts at this time of year so I like to fulfil the Sunnah of reaching out to my neighbours by delivering ‘Peace Greetings’ cards. Also, I like to endeavour to increase love between family, friends, and acquaintances by giving presents. This year I wrote a Muslim version of the song ‘Away in a Manger’.
I am careful to check that my intentions are to practise Islam and that I am not absently joining in with popular activities, alhamdulillah. Insha’Allah my long term intention is to make foundations for sending iftar invitations and Eid gifts that are welcomed.
This ‘holiday’, have you taken up opportunities for building and strengthening social ties? Have you made space within quiet times for personal reflection? Bismillah, insha’Allah it’s never too late to make istikhara and find opportunities to take action.
However, it’s important not to pressure ourselves. We all celebrate Eid differently. Naturally, our personal experiences of other times, and all times, will be different too.
In this mini issue we have a couple of new poems to inspire you, some republications, and some quotes from forthcoming interviews in our next main issue, mid February insha’Allah.
Subhanallah life is often not easy and we grow enormously because of the opportunities we discover within struggles. Insha’Allah we’ll go into the concept of hardship in our mid February issue ‘Difficult Discussions’.
… Speaking of which, submissions close Dec 31st so if you pick up a pen today your submission could be ready in time insha’Allah.
May Allah grant you ease, ameen.
Ma salaama,
Elizabeth Lymer (Editor)

{O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.}

The Qur’an, Surah Hujuraat (chapter of the rooms) 49:13

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