May 31, 2019

Ramadan Reflections

It is the Last Friday of Ramadan this year 2019.

Do I want to bid this Ramadan goodbye?

Not really, well my soul doesn’t although my body does, despite feeling lighter and cleansed.

My soul just hopes the mercy and the peace that this month brings lingers on……

I pray that the fragrance of Ramadan can still be smelt, that sweet beautiful scent, long after it has gone and what was started in connection with God, the earth and others near us and far away from us continues with the same momentum.

I kept praying open the gates of your Mercy before Ramadan came. Now I keep praying keep the gates open.

The truth is His gates are never closed, our receptiveness becomes more closed and hardened.

Just some thoughts and reflections this morning as I wait for the kids to get up and enjoy the silence before the day gets into full swing!

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Having qualified as a Social Worker in July 1991 from Coventry University, it has been over two decades that I have been on the front line working with children and young people who are traumatized and on the margins of society. Although I studied Psycho-dynamic counselling for two years at Goldsmiths College (1991-1993), I decided to integrate Psycho-dynamic theories and skills into my Social work practice and flirt with and immerse myself in studying Islam as well as interfaith dialogue and friendships. For the last 20 years, I have been working in a multi-disciplinary Youth Offending Team in South London, comprised of Professional colleagues from different faiths and cultural backgrounds trying to support young people in the criminal justice system. I am married and mother to three sons, and juggle Social Work and interfaith dialogue with my writing, studying and the needs of home and family.


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