Monthly Archives: July 2013

What is Sufism? Part 5: The Word (Kalma)

by Navid Zaidi The soul, after leaving the body, mind and senses, comes in contact with the Ultimate Reality in the form of an unstruck melody. Sufi saints have called this unstruck melody, the Word or Kalma. The Word is … Continue reading

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Finding Light in the Dark

by Modaser Shah “We feel that even when all possible scientific questions have been answered, the problems of life remain completely untouched. Of course, there are then no questions left, and this itself is the answer,” said Wittgenstein, and what … Continue reading

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A Sufi Snap (The Golden Hour) and a Sufi Thought for the Week

“We are indeed truly at sea with our only comfort being the basic fact that at least we are at sea together.” —Todd Essig, Ph.D., in a review of a book by Ken Eisold in Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 40, p.685, 2012. … Continue reading

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Sufi Snaps: Nostalgia (A photo and a story)

A PATH BLURRY — by Ali Hammad Let me say at the outset that I’m not a sentimentalist. And that is what makes this tale more incomprehensible. Years ago, on a cloudless day, the sky the color of a sun-washed … Continue reading

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A Sufi Thought for the Week (Keller)

“It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.” —Helen Keller (1880-1968) http://www.goodquotes.com/quote/helen-keller/it-is-wonderful-how-much-time-good-peoContinue reading

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What is Sufism? Part 4: Ritualism and Spirituality

by Navid Zaidi Every orthodox religion is wedded to its own body of rituals, customs and external observances. Also, it considers its own system superior to others. Consequently that becomes a source of conflict. But Sufis look at all humanity … Continue reading

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