Being Muslim is a constant every day journey of bettering yourself and striving to get closer to Allah. Some days, your heart is strong with faith and motivation, whereas others, you can feel a lot more distant and disconnected.
One way that I find really helps me to remain focused on my religion and my purpose, even while living in a non-Muslim household with not a lot of Muslim company around me in my day-to-day life, is to be constantly learning about Islam.
So how can we ensure that we are constantly learning? Taking part in seminars or online courses is great, but it’s not always easy to find the time in your day to sit down and give the class your full attention. Reading good Islamic books always gives me that much needed boost, but again, it’s something that needs your time when you have no other distractions.
What I really, really enjoy, is having something easy to listen to, even while I’m getting on with other tasks such as driving or cooking, yet it’s captivating and even entertaining enough that it resonates with me and gives me that sense of being in beneficial company in conversation about Allah. I have found exactly this with the Qalam Institute podcasts.
There are a lot of Islamic podcasts available out there, and I have tried a few, but Qalam is the one I keep coming back to. They have a variety of different series, my absolute favourite being the Seerah taught by Abdul Nasir Jangda. He explains the stories of the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) in such a way that it is easy to follow, and yet you learn so much in each episode. He works through the events of Muhammad’s (PBUH) prophecy in chronological order, describing his challenges, his family, his companions, and the many events that provide inspiration for us to better our own characters and live more upon his sunnah.
Qalam Institute’s Seerah podcast is available to listen to here, or you can subscribe via Feedburner or iTunes and listen to all their other programs as well.