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Its now the middle of winter holidays and I’ve been trying to find some sort of rhythm. The walks, I’ve already mentioned, which usually are late- afternoon. However, there is something else about early morning walks. The atmosphere- the twilight, the silent bird song, the utter anticipation of day stirring in the air, the chance of glimpsing a fox… I’ve been making an effort to walk to the masjid for Fajr (early morning prayer) which affords me such a peaceful experience each morning along with the walk. Some beautiful lyrics from my childhood come to mind-

‘Wings against my window
are they birds or are they angels,
waking me for worship
at fajr, before dawn?
Wings against my window
are they birds or are they angels,
singing me from slumber?
soon night will be gone.’

(Dawud Wharnsby Ali)

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‘I always say the world’s a better place because of the people who go for long walks.’

(G. Riley)

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‘Walking is a man’s best medicine.’

(Hippocrates)

 

I’ve been walking lately, daily late-afternoon, just after siesta time. I could say a myriad things about walking-but it is all quite theoretical- take some moments away from what you are doing and walk….make the world a better place.

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“Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?” (Al Qur’an 55: 13)

Can you picture yourself walking without feet?

Should you take it lightly that you should slumber soundly while misery hinders the sleep of many?

Should you forget that you you fill yourself with both delicious dishes and cool water while the pleasure of good food and drink is impossible for some, due to sickness and disease?

Consider the faculties of hearing and seeing with which you have been endowed. Look at your healthy skin and be grateful that you have been saved from the diseases that attack it. Reflect on your powers of reasoning and remember those that suffer mental ailments.

(‘Aaidh ibn Abdullah al-Qarni)

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