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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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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 Power of Feelings

by Navid Zaidi The mind is everything. What you think you become ——–Buddha As you think so shall you be ——- Jesus Once a tall young man came to Lahore from the town of Merv in Afghanistan. He went to … Continue reading

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Learning After You Know…

by Modaser Shah “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”  (Earl Weaver, Zen Calendar) Behind this know-it-all, self-sufficient posture is uncertainty and doubt, those truly human qualities.I f you don’t recognize & own these, the need to learn from … 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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