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Nasruddin and the Earnestness of Being Important

by Modaser Shah Once, while traveling during his younger years, the Mullah found himself empty-handed, penniless, and unable to return home. He managed to obtain part-time employment at an inn. His job was to keep track of the number of … Continue reading

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Sufi Lives: Adhem (Sufi and the Shriner)

by Ali Hammad There was once a man within whom resided dreams, such that it was hard to tell where dreams ended and real life began, or vice versa. Life, it seemed, was a set of questions, and dreams were … Continue reading

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Nasruddin’s dialectic and the fear of freedom

  by Modaser Shah There have always been, whether in religious or secular domains, two ways of thought: the scholastic,  where thinking is limited to what has already been “decided” or determined by eminent texts or thinkers, who came before. … Continue reading

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The 84th problem

by Modaser Shah This is a story related about the Buddha, considered by some Muslim scholars in the Middle Ages as one of the myriad prophets sent by God to various nations. A farmer came to the Buddha, having heard … Continue reading

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A Unilateral Peace

by Navid Zaidi St. Catherine’s Monastery, officially Sacred Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount Sinai, is the oldest monastery in the world (est. 565 AD). It is located at the foot of Mount Sinai near the town of Saint Catherine, Egypt.  It … Continue reading

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To Teach or Not to Teach

by Tabassum Saba Many years ago a colleague helped me open my first email account. Those were the days when internet technology had just arrived to the mainstream and opening an email account was considered a great technological skill. The … Continue reading

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The Mullah and Trump: Losers and Winners

  by Modaser Shah Susan Sarandon, the well known Hollywood star, is reported to have said that (the American) people were more awake because of Trump. This reminded me of a story about Mullah Nasruddin, the wise-fool of Sufi lore. … Continue reading

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Musashi’s way; Trump as the Other.

by Modaser Shah   In order to see, act… In order to stay the same, change (Heinz von Foerster) You can’t face yourself or turn away from yourself because you are IT What do you need to understand? Can the … Continue reading

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Questions, Terrorism, and Nasruddin’s beard

by Modaser Shah Consider this Nasruddin scenario: Mullah Nasruddin has become a celebrity, much sought after. This forces him to resort to disguises to evade “fans” and their questions. A beard, if long enough, would serve purpose. One morning the Mullah … Continue reading

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Laalii (The Crimson of Shyness)

by Ali Hammad This is an ode to Love. Love is the theme of Existence and Creation in the Sufi thought.   The poetry is in a strict metre and rhyme that characterizes what is known as “ghazal” in Urdu … Continue reading

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