Rehumanizing the Ummah

  Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of […]

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Ramadan Musings: Day 12

The darker the night, the brighter the stars, The deeper the grief, the closer is God! Fyodor Dostoyevsky I haven’t written in a couple of days due to sheer exhaustion. I’ve learned a hard lesson about the value of sleep this year as I’ve been having to wake up at 5:30am for work every morning. […]

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Ramadan Musings: Day 4

    Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged. Maulana Jalal ad-Din Rumi Here in Canada, we were celebrating our national holiday today. July 1st commemorates the enactment of the British North America Act in 1867 which […]

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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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Deciding on Happiness

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. 14th Dalai Lama I feel fortunate that at a relatively young age, I came to the realization that I needed to stop searching for happiness and finally just decide to be happy. Its one of the great lies that our society feeds us […]

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Between: Part II

Find Part 1 of the “Between” series here Why lay yourself on the torturer’s rack of the past and the future? The mind that tries to shape tomorrow beyond its capacities will find no rest. Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi The last few months have been an exercise in coming to terms with my situation. For the […]

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Bismillah

The Merciful shows mercy to those merciful. Have mercy to those on earth, and the One above the heavens will have mercy upon you. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) On nights like tonight, I am especially in awe of God. In Islam, one usually commences all things with the basmala phrase: Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim. […]

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