For those of you who want to increase your Iman even more during this blessed month, we have collected a wide range of resources on a variety of topics just for you. We’ve got webinars to watch, books to read and even a booklet to help your mental health in these troubling times. So take your pick. Oh did we mention? They’re all free.
Designed to encourage you to optimise your Ramadan, and increase in worshipping effectively, this planner includes 30 hadiths and verses (one for each day of Ramadan) about what Allah loves. It has room for you to set actionable goals based on their teachings, to fully customise your goals and reflect upon your daily actions and routines. As a bonus to get you started, it provides you with a tailored video from Dr Haifaa herself on how to prepare this Ramadan! Sign up here to get the video.
Webinars and talks
Here’s a list of some websites you can go to for Islamic videos, webinars and more! With all these videos available, why not do Webinars and Chill for Ramadan?
Cambridge Muslim College
CMC is an institution that offers higher education programmes in study of Islam so their students can lead our Muslim society in the modern world, as both positive role-models and excellent scholars of the religion.
ISoc and CMC have a very special relationship, as Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad(Timothy Winters) is our Senior Treasurer. Therefore, ISoc has had the honour to host speakers from CMC on numerous occasions.
During Ramadan, our friends at CMC have generously produced their own initiative as well, Ramadan Live. This is a series of live talks online from scholars around the world. You can check out their event or their website here.
Here for your spiritual benefit, Yaqeen Institute delivers free online resources for learning, such as lectures, journals and Q&A videos. They focus on three main areas of Conviction, Islamophobia/Extremism and Contribution. By doing this, they talk about important topics like Islam and Politics, History as well as shedding light on the Coronavirus crisis.
This Ramadan they’ve got daily Tafseers, webinars and more! Check them our here.
Covering subjects like Tafsir, Hadith and Tajweed, Eman Academy presents on-demand, online courses with honourable instructors such as Academy Dean Mufti Menk. During COVID-19, they have generously given everyone a free two-month trial if you use the code ISOLATION at checkout. Check out their website here.
If you’re looking for something to read, these are some of our top recommendations.
A Perspective on the Pandemic
Given the unique situation of the Coronavirus pandemic, our world today is different from the one we used to know, gone from being able to travel freely to complete lockdown. Listen here as Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad (Timothy Winters) delivers his outlook and reflections on the current situation in an Islamic context. You can also read it here.
Scientific Truths and the Qur’an
The Big Bang, Spacetime and even the brain. Not many people are aware of the vast knowledge the Qur’an has about scientific topics. Even more incredible is that even though it was revealed 14 centuries ago, not a single discovery or advancement has contradicted its contents. Advancements may have even sped up if scientists had read the Qur’an. This book explores and presents these wonders of Allah’s (SWT) creation.
“O you who have believed, remember Allah with much remembrance.”
[33:41, Surah Al-Ahzab]
A highly recommended practice that all Muslims should strive for is constant remembrance (dhikr) of Allah (SWT). In this document, you will find a list of various supplications to be recited in the morning and evening.
Mental health plays a major role in all of our lives, so it is crucial not to forget to take care and look after yourselves not only physically, but also emotionally. That’s why this section is full of resources dedicated towards those who need it. Always remember that you are never alone.
Muslim Youth Helpline
At times, our lives can become so overwhelming that we underestimate ourselves, thinking we can’t handle it. The Muslim Youth Helpline provides as a safe place to call and talk about your mental wellbeing, giving emotional and counselling support 365 days a year including bank holidays and Eid. You can find out more information on their website here.
Mental Health booklet- Inspirited Minds
Ever wondered the best ways to help someone through their hardest and most difficult times? Full of the do’s and don’ts, this booklet is designed for those who want to support people suffering from mental health issues, whether it be a close friend or family member. Given our current circumstances regarding COVID-19, these things can become very tough on our mental state so please consider having a read.
This guide was produced by UK charity Inspirited Minds, who offers assistance to muslims (and non-muslims) with their mental health. The organisation also also actively raises awareness of mental health and the particular stigma attached to it. You can find their upcoming events, how to get involved and more on their website here.