Category Archives: Authors

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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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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The Defeat of “Love Trumps Hate”

by Modaser Shah Zen, which is mostly practice and not theory, requires three things: Great Faith, Great Doubt, and Great Perseverance. Following the recent election of Donald Trump, to many practitioners of Zen, and the Sufis, and the humanists, and the universalists, it … Continue reading

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Personality and Our Muslim Identity

by Navid Zaidi Life is a forward assimilative movement and in humans the center of life becomes a Person. Personality is strengthened by Love. Although the word ‘Love’ is used in a very wide sense, it means the desire to … Continue reading

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