Category Archives: Authors

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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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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