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On Mockery

Our modern culture has embraced mockery of anything and everything to the extent that nothing is off limits as the idea of the Sacred has by and large been discarded. The elders, parents, teachers, religion, prophets, and even God Himself have all become regulars on comedy sketches on television and many comedy acts. Mockery has…

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Moon Sighting Wars

رمضان ولى هاتها يا ساقي *** مشتاقة تسعى إلى مشتاق ما كان أكثره على ألافها *** وأقله في طاعة الخلاق بالأمس قد كنا سجيني طاعة *** واليوم من العيد بالإطلاق   Ramadan has left – bring her forth O’ bartender A yearner coming to one yearning for it How much he used to frequent her…

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To Believe Is To Love

To love means to commit oneself without guarantee, to give oneself completely in the hope that our love will produce love in the loved person. Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love – Erich Fromm, “The Art of Loving” Most of us love with conditions…

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Where’s the Mercy?

The first Hadith any student of the Islamic Tradition will learn is the Hadith of Mercy. In it the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him gives us the recipe for receiving the Mercy of God by saying, “those who are merciful, the Merciful will have mercy upon them. Have mercy upon those inhabiting the Earth,…

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Got Tongue?

‘Tis a strange mystery, the power of words! Life is in them, and death. A word can send The crimson colour hurrying to the cheek. Hurrying with many meanings; or can turn The current cold and deadly to the heart. Anger and fear are in them; grief and joy Are on their sound; yet slight,…

How Is Your Heart?

God says in the Quran: (يوم لا ينفع مال ولا بنون إلا من أتى الله بقلب سليم) (On the Day in which no wealth or children will benefit a person except for the one who comes with a sound heart) The Prophet peace be upon him says in a sound narration: (ألا إن في الجسد…