Category Archives: Ali Hammad

An Open Letter to the Name Chameleon

by Ali Hammad LETTER: TO THE ONE WHO REVELS IN NAMES Dear Name Chameleon, Here’s a question: To what purpose your myriad names—names that fuel feuds, battles, and wars; each name a group identity; each group suspicious of other groups; … Continue reading

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A Sufi Thought for the Week (Malihabadi)

A perceptive person could have found proof of the Truth in a single dawn, without any additional confirmations…A verse of Josh Malihabadi (Urdu poet of the 20th century) in loose translation. Thought contributed by Aziz Anjum; photo by Ali Hammad

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Sufi Snaps: Foreshadowing (A photo)

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Sufi Snaps: Masterpiece (A photo and a story)

by Ali Hammad THE GOLDEN CALF Let me introduce myself. But I will not tell you my name. If I gave you my name, I will need no introduction. I am a painter who is known for his realist aesthetic. … Continue reading

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A Sufi Snap (The Golden Hour) and a Sufi Thought for the Week

“We are indeed truly at sea with our only comfort being the basic fact that at least we are at sea together.” —Todd Essig, Ph.D., in a review of a book by Ken Eisold in Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 40, p.685, 2012. … Continue reading

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Sufi Snaps: Nostalgia (A photo and a story)

A PATH BLURRY — by Ali Hammad Let me say at the outset that I’m not a sentimentalist. And that is what makes this tale more incomprehensible. Years ago, on a cloudless day, the sky the color of a sun-washed … Continue reading

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A Sufi Thought for the Week (Chief Seattle)

“Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons and daughters of the earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected.”                                                                                                                 Chief Seattle (1780-1866) http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/331799.Chief_Seattle Quote contributed by Navid Zaidi; … Continue reading

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Sufi Snaps: The World Through My Eyes (A photo and a poem)

by Ali Hammad DILEMMA OF A MODERN PERSON—2 Am I to leap and prance? Stay in a frozen stance? Move mountains with a glance? Dance a particle dance? Am I free or determined? Photo and poem by Ali Hammad Related: … Continue reading

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Sufi Snaps: 21st Century Citizen (A photo and a poem)

by Ali Hammad DILEMMA OF A MODERN PERSON Uncertainty a certainty, particle is a wave-quantum; now you know my position, can you tell my momentum? Am I dead or alive or a Schrödinger cat? Photograph and poem by Ali Hammad

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Sufi Snaps: Curves (A photo and a story)

by Ali Hammad A CIRCLE OF SURREALITY The jalopy that overtook me on the curving mountain road was not worthy of being on the road, let alone of zooming past my hot rod. It went so fast I couldn’t catch … Continue reading

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