Hayya Alal Falah

Whoever knocks persistently, ends by entering. Ali ibn Abi Talib (RA) My journey in faith and Islam has been a challenging one. By nature, I’m the type of person to be skeptical of what others tell me. I’m curious and contemplative, but I’m far from a blind adherent to any ideological stance. To commit myself […]

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The Awara Generation

  To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society. Theodore Roosevelt Less than a generation ago, I’d have been considered a blasphemer and a degenerate of the highest degree. In my native Urdu, the best word to use is awara. It describes someone who is […]

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A Heretical Mind

  The religious geniuses of all ages have been distinguished by this kind of religious feeling, which knows no dogma and no God conceived in man’s image; so that there can be no church whose central teachings are based on it. Hence it is precisely among the heretics of every age that we find men […]

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Between: Part IV

Find Part III of the “Between” series here I wore black because I liked it. I still do, and wearing it still means something to me. It’s still my symbol of rebellion — against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others’ ideas. Johnny Cash […]

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Burnt Bridges

The end of a melody is not its goal: but nonetheless, had the melody not reached its end it would not have reached its goal either. A parable. Friedrich Nietzsche A million clichés are running through my mind right now to try and describe how we were. We weren’t two peas in a pod. We spent way […]

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The Oneness of Truth

DISCLAIMER: This topic was unbelievably difficult to write about because of its abstractness. I hope you will come away with at least some ideas to chew on. I cannot claim to have a perfect understanding of this concept myself, but it’s one that interests me greatly. I believe that it underlines every system of belief […]

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