A City Upon a Hill

  He who follows a path in quest of knowledge, Allah will make the path of Paradise easy to him. The angels lower their wings over the seeker of knowledge, being pleased with what he does. The inhabitants of the heavens and the earth and even the fish in the depth of the oceans seek […]

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The Fear

On the Day the sky is like molten brass and the mountains like tufts of colored wool. No good friend will ask about his friend even though they can see each other. An evildoer will wish he could ransom himself from the punishment of that Day, by means of his sons, or his wife or […]

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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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Young Angry Men

He who angers you, controls you. Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib I read an article today by the impeccable Jeremy Scahill today chronicling the grievances of “Ibrahim,” a twenty-something Westerner of Somali origin who returned to the Horn of Africa to join the terrorist faction Al-Shabaab. The group has carried out hundreds of attacks over […]

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A Man’s World

The Prophet said that women totally dominate men of intellect and possessors of hearts. But ignorant men dominate women, for they are shackled by an animal ferocity. They have no kindness, gentleness or love, since animality dominates their nature. Love and kindness are human attributes; anger and sensuality belong to the animals. She is the […]

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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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Opiate of the Masses

He breathed fresh life in Adam’s weary bones, Redeemed the slave from bondage, set him free. His birth was mortal to the ancient world, Death to the temples of idolatry. Freedom was born out of his holy heart; His vineyard flowed with that delightful wine. The world’s new age, its hundred lamps ablaze, Opened its […]

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