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Lissie When I'm Alone
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Steve Winwood While You See A Chance
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Eric Church Springsteen
Chief, Wrasse Records, 1
Deacon Blue Real Gone Kid
The All Time Greatest Rock Songs ..., Columbia
Amy Macdonald Pride
Life In A Beautiful Light, Mercury, 2
Michael Bublé Crazy Love
(CD Single), 143 Records, 1
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Now 46 (Various Artists), Now
Elton John & Pnau Foreign Fields
Good Morning To The Night, Mercury, 6
PAUSE FOR THOUGHT: SHELINA JANMOHAMED, MUSLIM AUTHOR
We’re now three weeks into Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting. Three quarters of the way through, bodies are starting to feel tired from the physical strain of not eating or drinking during the day. But as physical strength starts to wane, Ramadan throws up a spiritual opportunity for the last ten days: the nights of ‘laylatul qadr’, the nights of power and destiny.
We’re not usually very good at creating space for ourselves: instead we like to fill it up with pictures, videos, music and phone conversations, wherever we are, whatever we’re doing. Even when I am waiting, I feel I must be sending text messages, or playing games (otherwise I feel I look like a loser on my own). The value of quiet uninterrupted observation has vanished.
This is an activity that can’t be done in short bursts or scheduled between appointments. It takes time, it takes meandering, it needs freedom from the interference of our surroundings.
That’s where opportunities like laylatul qadr come in: an imposed outage from daily life, to sit and reflect, but with the added advantage that because everyone around you is engaged in the same activity, they won’t be bothering you.
The Qur’an talks about these nights with an air of mystery because the exact dates are not known. There are hints that they are the 21st, 23rd, and 27th nights of Ramadan. The Qur’an says that the nights of power are “better than a thousand months.” For me, one of the reasons for the magnified importance of the night is the chance to ask ourselves: what is my place in the universe? How do I fit into the bigger picture?
There’s a confluence of cosmic forces at play where Muslims believe that the heavens and the earth are connected even more powerfully than usual. To take advantage of this, Muslims will be engaged in spiritual devotion all night. Mosques will be heaving with worshippers keen to spend time in prayer and reflection.
But you don’t need to go to a mosque to spend some quiet time on your own. Sometimes I just turn off the TV, switch off my phone, pause the music and close down my email. Everyone else can just wait. I find the positive results quite a surprise.