I have been reading Elif Shafak’s book ‘10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World’ recently. In it, there’s a character, Haroun, a middle-aged Turk with two wives in the town of Van in eastern Turkey. He’d married the second wife, Binnaz, after it became apparent that his first wife…

A critique of Nigeria’s energy transition plan

Part 1: Context-setting

Why are countries making Net Zero pledges?

Through the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement, all countries committed to limiting average global temperature rise to “well-below 2°C” above pre-industrial levels (widely considered as a tipping point for catastrophic climate change based on scientific evidence), and preferably to limit that warming to 1.5°C. The agreement underlined the need for net…

Preparing for the Holy Month of Fasting

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

There’s a bittersweetness that Ramadan brings every year. The solemnity that the holy month brings upon the Muslim ummah urges us to reflect on the past year, and to plan for the year ahead. In this reflection, we are reminded of the many, often unfulfilled, promises that we made to…

A reflection inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Undoubtedly Tawhīd, the concept of Allāh’s indivisible oneness and uniqueness, is the foundation of the Islamic faith. In the shari’ah, tawhīd is traditionally divided into three categories:

  • Tawhīd al-Rubūbiyyah (‘the unity of lordship’) which is the belief that Allāh (SWT) has dominion over all of creation…

Supplications for different occasions from the Noble Qur’an

Forgiveness, Mercy and Guidance

وَإِذْ يَرْفَعُ إِبْرَاهِيمُ الْقَوَاعِدَ مِنَ الْبَيْتِ وَإِسْمَاعِيلُ رَبَّنَا تَقَبَّلْ مِنَّا ۖ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ — 2:127

Rabbana taqabbal minna innaka antas Samee’ul Aleem

And [mention] when Abraham was raising the foundations of the House and [with him] Ishmael, [saying], “Our Lord, accept [this service] from us. …

Habiba Ahut Daggash

Engineer/PhD working at the cross section of energy, climate change and development in Africa. Interested in islam, history, and travel.

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