From Hyderabad With Love

    Thy divine compassion radiates in fullness through the heart of the mother. Hazrat Inayat Khan I begin by invoking the words of Hazrat Inayat Khan. Inayat Khan is probably best known for being the harbinger of Sufism to modern Western society – one of the first true ambassadors of Islam in North America. […]

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The Winter of our Discontent

  The winter will be long and bleak. Nature has a dismal aspect. Charles Nodier Winter is simultaneously maligned and revered in this part of the world. Every year, in late November or December, when the first snowflakes tumble down from the frigid winter clouds there’s a sense of wonder and excitement that courses through […]

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Adamance

  Tear down the mosque and temple too, break all that divides But do not break the human heart as it is there that God resides. Bulleh Shah I set out with the intention to write reflections for the entire month of Ramadan, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to complete the entire month. That’s how […]

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Ramadan Musings: Day 9

  Democracy is in the blood of Musalmans, who look upon complete equality of manhood [mankind]…[and] believe in fraternity, equality and liberty. Muhammad Ali Jinnah After staying away from politics for a long time, I’ve reinvested myself into that arena of late. In high school and the first years of college, I was quite politically […]

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Ramadan Musings: Day 2

  Anger is a fire kindled, he who restrains anger extinguishes the fire; he who gives vent to it is the first to be consumed by it. Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (R.A.) Today marks the second day of Ramadan (unless of course you count Saturday as the start of Ramadan, then it would be […]

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Conquering the New World

And then it occurs to me. They are frightened. In me, they see their own daughters, just as ignorant, just as unmindful of all the truths and hopes they have brought to America. They see daughters who grow impatient when their mothers talk in Chinese, who think they are stupid when they explain things in […]

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