My Constant

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about. Maulana Rumi For a few days now I’ve been wrestling with a number of topics to write about. I’ve hit a major writer’s block now that my semester […]

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Why Even Pray?

Faith slips – and laughs, and rallies. Emily Dickinson I have questioned God since I was old enough to reason and question. I could write endless blog posts about the various questions I have had, the experiences that have led me to ask them, and the experiences that have brought me answers. I can also […]

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The Whisperer

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn from evil and do good; […]

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The Greatest Idol

People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering. Augustine of Hippo In an earlier post entitled Submission, […]

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Ki Jaanan Main Kaun

I wrote this poem having been inspired by Bulleh Shah’s 18th century poem “Bulla, Ki Jaanan Main Kaun?”. Bulleh Shah was a Punjabi Sufi poet and philosopher, who was born in the late 17th century. Little about his life is known outside of fables and stories, but his poetry is his most enduring legacy. I’ve […]

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Neverland

Can you focus your breath as supple as a newborn child? Can you cleanse your vision till there is no blemish? Tao Te Ching, Chapter 10 I was brought home as a newborn to the first house my parents owned living in Canada. It was in a quiet, friendly neighbourhood in Fabreville – a district […]

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Upstream

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. Lao Tzu About a month ago, I went to see an Islamic scholar speak at Dawson College. It’s not something I normally do. My interest in Islam and faith is a timid aspect of my personality, and it’s definitely not something […]

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