Book: The Mantle Adorned

The Mantle Adorned is a completely new translation of the Burda (‘Mantle Poem’) of Imam Sharaf al-Din al-Busiri (d.1297). Abdal Hakim Murad has consulted the classical commentaries to produce this clear and careful English version.

Abdal Hakim Murad has added to each verse a further verse of poetry by another poet, which expresses a similar sentiment of love for the Blessed Prophet. The book therefore serves as the best collection currently available in English of poems in praise of the Seal of the Messengers, may Allah bless him and give him peace. Poets represented include Rumi, Attar, Ibn Hazm, Nanotvi, Yahya Parkinson, Rilke, and many more.

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The Chickens have Landed!

We received our Eglu Go and three chickens which my daughter has named Jamie, Lizabella and Audrey. Jamie and Lizabella are of the same breed – Ginger Nut Rangers – so telling them apart is going to be a challenge. Audrey is a “Miss Pepperpot” and is very shy, seems to run behind the other two when you approach.

The van and the man from Omlet turned up at about 3pm and took about 45 mins to set-up everything up.

Here is what it looks like on our garden:

Eglu Go
The Eglu Go
Our Chickens

We’ll be moving them off the lawn to a side area in the next couple of days. We are not allowed to let them out for 5 days so they know to come home to roost otherwise they wander off and don’t come back.

Chickens! – update

We just ordered an Eglu Go with three chickens from Omlet, we’ll receive the order on Monday 15th Feb (insha’Allah):

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We’ve been thinking about having some egg laying chickens for a while now and decided to take the plunge. The Omlet Eglu range seems easy to maintain and look after and we’ll get on average 18-20 fresh eggs per week from organic, free range chickens. Chicken droppings will also be a great addition for our composter!

The cost was £295 for the Eglu and run, £11 each for the chickens (£33) and a couple of bags of chicken feed for £40.

Omlet deliver, set up and give you a quick tutorial on keeping chickens as part of their service.

Will report again once we receive the order.