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Nasruddin’s Incompleteness Theorem: Can the “Great” Past/the Promised Land be Realized?

by Modaser Shah     Mullah Nasruddin, the wise fool of Sufism, had a narrative that was often obscure. Once when he left something incomplete and unexplained people asked him for more. He said, “The cause and effect cannot be … Continue reading

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Ishq Kia Hai (The Substance of Love)

    عشق کیا ہے؟ کیا وفا؟ اور کیا ہے آس؟ بھوک ملنے کی یہ جلنے کی ہے پیاس بندگی ہے نام جس کا میں ہی ہوں قید میں ہیں آپ کی میرے حواس ہوں جدا شعلہ الاؤ سے میں … Continue reading

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Nasruddin’s Burro and Violence, or How to Save Face

by Modaser Shah Should we believe Nasruddin or his burro?  Do we favor an animal over a fine human being? Before I narrate that story, let’s examine some recent events. Iran’s president Rouhani said sometime ago that there was no place … Continue reading

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St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan al-Kamil: A Bold Christian-Muslim Encounter

by Navid Zaidi St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) was the privileged son of a wealthy Italian merchant but gave up his possessions and adopted a life of peace, poverty, compassion and nonviolence. In a moment of conversion, while praying on … Continue reading

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Dasht-e-Hasti (Sands of Existence)

by Ali Hammad دشتِ ہستی میں نہاں خوشبو بھرا گلزار عشق ہے یہ دنیا اور یہ عالم، ہر سکوت اور کار عشق ہر سماعت اور ہے سامع، منظر و ناظر بھی خود نکتہ بین و نکتہ چیں ہے، معجزہ ہے … Continue reading

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Solvitur Ambulando….. “It is solved by walking (away)”

by Navid Zaidi Diogenes of Sinope (412-323 BC), also known as Diogenes the Cynic, was a Greek philosopher probably best known for his fruitless search for an honest man. He used to roam about in Athens in full daylight with … Continue reading

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Ishq Kia Hai (Define Love): A Ghazal

by Ali Hammad ‘Hami’ عشق کیا ہے، کیا وفا اور کیا ہے آس بھوک ملنےکی یہ جلنے کی ہے پیاس بندگی ہے نام جس کا میں ہی ہوں قید میں ہیں آپ کی میرے حواس ہوں جدا شعلہ الاؤ سے … Continue reading

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