Somalia. Slowly, but surely rebuilding.
Photographer Lassi Rautiainen recently captured the profound partnership between a she-wolf and a brown bear in the wilds of northern Finland. For days, he witnessed the strange pair meet every evening to share food after a hard day of hunting. No one knows when or how this relationship was formed, “but it is certain that by now each of them needs the other.” - Source
I love this more than I can put into words.
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
Can we please take a moment to make du’a for Hamid Aminzada, a Toronto teen who was stabbed to death while trying to break up a fight?
Just in case you don’t click the photo (there’s a link that takes you to the Toronto Star website), this excerpt from Metro News really got to me.
"According to a 15-year-old former classmate, a friend had asked Amizada to pray for him before a difficult test. ‘You pray not from your mouth, but from your heart,' Aminzada apparently told his peer. He was killed only minutes later.”
May Allah grant him jannah and guide his family through these pressing times. Ameen.
On the coastal section of East Africa, a mixed Bantu community gradually developed through contact with Muslim Arab and Persian traders. The Swahili culture that emerged from these exchanges evinces many Arab and Islamic influences not seen in traditional Bantu culture, as do the many Afro-Arab members of the Bantu Swahili people.