Category Archives: Navid Zaidi

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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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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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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Guru Arjan Dev and Mian Mir: A Tale of Love and Friendship between two Sufi masters

by Navid Zaidi Guru Arjan Dev (1563-1606) was the fifth Guru of the Sikh faith that flourished in the Punjab region of India from the sixteenth century onwards. Hazrat Mian Mir (1550-1635) was a famous Muslim Sufi saint who resided … Continue reading

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The Emergence of Religions of Earthly Salvation

by Navid Zaidi Nowadays,  humanity finds itself dramatically at odds with ancient religious doctrines which are steadily losing credibility. Among the youth in particular, matters are falling apart- manners and knowledge, the sense of history, interest in politics, acquaintance with … Continue reading

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How Faith Replaced Kosmos: The Revolt Against Greek Thought

by Navid Zaidi The period 800-200 BC has been called the Axial Age. For reasons that are not entirely understood, all the chief civilizations of the world developed during this period along parallel lines ; Taosim and Confucianism in China, … Continue reading

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The Freedom of the Self

by Navid Zaidi “You sound to me as though you don’t believe in free will,” said Billy Pilgrim. “If I hadn’t spent so much time studying Earthlings,” said the Tralfamadorian, “I wouldn’t have any idea what was meant by free … Continue reading

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