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Nasruddin and the Earnestness of Being Important

by Modaser Shah Once, while traveling during his younger years, the Mullah found himself empty-handed, penniless, and unable to return home. He managed to obtain part-time employment at an inn. His job was to keep track of the number of … Continue reading

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Nasruddin’s dialectic and the fear of freedom

  by Modaser Shah There have always been, whether in religious or secular domains, two ways of thought: the scholastic,  where thinking is limited to what has already been “decided” or determined by eminent texts or thinkers, who came before. … Continue reading

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The 84th problem

by Modaser Shah This is a story related about the Buddha, considered by some Muslim scholars in the Middle Ages as one of the myriad prophets sent by God to various nations. A farmer came to the Buddha, having heard … Continue reading

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A Unilateral Peace

by Navid Zaidi St. Catherine’s Monastery, officially Sacred Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount Sinai, is the oldest monastery in the world (est. 565 AD). It is located at the foot of Mount Sinai near the town of Saint Catherine, Egypt.  It … Continue reading

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The Mullah and Trump: Losers and Winners

  by Modaser Shah Susan Sarandon, the well known Hollywood star, is reported to have said that (the American) people were more awake because of Trump. This reminded me of a story about Mullah Nasruddin, the wise-fool of Sufi lore. … Continue reading

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Musashi’s way; Trump as the Other.

by Modaser Shah   In order to see, act… In order to stay the same, change (Heinz von Foerster) You can’t face yourself or turn away from yourself because you are IT What do you need to understand? Can the … Continue reading

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Absorbing Information

by Navid Zaidi The subatomic particles that make up everything in the cosmos, or the laws of Physics, Gravity, Thermodynamics and so on, are considered to be the basic building blocks of the universe. However, some physicists now claim there … 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 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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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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