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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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Goethe, Nasruddin…and Da’ish

by Modaser Shah “Mehr Licht (More light),” said Goethe. While, in the fable of the Lost Keys, Mullah Nasruddin points to the dark to look for lost keys, Goethe, captivated by the spirit of enlightenment, calls for more light. Get rid of all … Continue reading

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ISIS and the dead

by Modaser Shah Da’ISH, or ISIS, has claimed responsibility for a recent (4/19/2015)  suicide bombing in Jalalabad; the Taliban have condemned it. The latter are looking more & more like moderates in light of what the former is only too … Continue reading

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The Law of Human Nature

by Navid Zaidi In order to grasp the meaning of existence I must be in a position to study some privileged case of existence which is absolutely unquestionable and gives me assurance of a direct vision of Reality. Fortunately, I … Continue reading

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