Category Archives: Classic Poetry

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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A Sufi Thought for the Week (Frye)

Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there; I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow, I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the … Continue reading

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Of Dirt

by Navid Zaidi ماٹی قدم کریندی یار ماٹی جوڑا، ماٹی گھوڑا ماٹی دا اسوار ماٹی ماٹی نوں دوڑائے ماٹی دا کھڑکار ماٹی قدم کریندی یار ماٹی ماٹی نوں مارن لگی ماٹی دا ہتھیار جس ماٹی پر بوہتی ماٹی تس ماٹی … 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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A Bit of Truth

by Modaser Shah In his interesting, even entertaining, albeit difficult-to-read book titled LESS THAN NOTHING, Slavoj Žižek ascribes the following quote to Winston Churchill: “Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry … Continue reading

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What is Sufism? Part 5: The Word (Kalma)

by Navid Zaidi The soul, after leaving the body, mind and senses, comes in contact with the Ultimate Reality in the form of an unstruck melody. Sufi saints have called this unstruck melody, the Word or Kalma. The Word is … Continue reading

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What is Sufism? Part 4: Ritualism and Spirituality

by Navid Zaidi Every orthodox religion is wedded to its own body of rituals, customs and external observances. Also, it considers its own system superior to others. Consequently that becomes a source of conflict. But Sufis look at all humanity … Continue reading

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