This beautiful photo, recently taken on the 2015 side of time in New Mexico, USA, shows Parry arcs, a Sun pillar, a parhelion, a halo and additional four types of different arcs, all of them rare atmospheric optic phenomena on their own, all appearing at the same moment.
Photo sent by Laurie de Nuccio
There are still darker sides to our reality:
Now that the world has sufficiently mourned the tragic death of the journalists in Paris, perhaps it’s time to remember the many journalists killed trying to expose the atrocities of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2014 alone, the 36th year of the perpetual war in Afghanistan, the hand of terror snuffed out the lives of these journalists. Let's live through remembrance the dreams of the thousands unnameable victims of these wars of aggression and of those who risked their lives to tell the untold stories.
The recent incidents of a Muslim grocer, Lassana Bathily, protecting 15 Jews in a walk-in freezer in Paris to protect them from the imminent attack, or Ahmed Merabet,the Muslim officer who died protecting the Charlie Hebdo office, or the Norwegian Muslims protecting a synagogue are not exceptions, but the norms in compliance with the historical relationship between Muslims and Jews such as the Albanian Muslims protecting Jews from the Nazis or the Iberian Muslims protecting Jews from the wrath of Reconquista. The anomaly to these historical norms is the conflict between the Zionists and the Palestinians. It’s a shame that the anomaly defines the norm and the darkness eclipses the light.
The Norm The Exception
Norway's Muslims form protective human ring around synagogue
February 21, 2015 1:45 PM
OSLO (Reuters) - More than 1000 Muslims formed a human shield around Oslo's synagogue on Saturday, offering symbolic protection for the city's Jewish community and condemning an attack on a synagogue in neighboring Denmark last weekend.
Chanting "No to anti-Semitism, no to Islamophobia," Norway's Muslims formed what they called a ring of peace a week after Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, a Danish-born son of Palestinian immigrants, killed two people at a synagogue and an event promoting free speech in Copenhagen last weekend.
"Humanity is one and we are here to demonstrate that," Zeeshan Abdullah, one of the protest's organizers told a crowd of Muslim immigrants and ethnic Norwegians who filled the small street around Oslo's only functioning synagogue.
"There are many more peace mongers than warmongers," Abdullah said as organizers and Jewish community leaders stood side by side. "There’s still hope for humanity, for peace and love, across religious differences and backgrounds."
Norway's Jewish community is one of Europe's smallest, numbering around 1000, and the Muslim population, which has been growing steadily through immigration, is 150,000 to 200,000. Norway has a population of about 5.2 million.
The debate over immigration in the country came to the forefront in 2011 when Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people and accused the government and the then-ruling Labour party of facilitating Muslim immigration and adulterating pure Norwegian blood.
Support for immigration has been rising steadily since those attacks, however, and an opinion poll late last year found that 77 percent of people thought immigrants made an important contribution to Norwegian society.
(Reporting by Balazs Koranyi; Editing by Pravin Char and Stephen Powell)
Provocation or Freedom of Expression
Posted: 10/03/2012 2:54 pm I Huffington Post by Zaman Stanizai
"You won't know the love (of God) until and unless the 'you' in you becomes the 'us' in us all." - Rumi
Like golden rules there are golden values, principles, and rights that civil societies cherish and hold in high esteem -- regardless of whether we root them in scriptures as the words of God or enshrine them in constitutions as the words of 'man' or attribute other cultural significance to them. Cultures differ in the ways they rank and prioritize their values, but they share many of the same values that include the freedoms of expression and of worship.
True respect for universal values can be achieved only when we can balance entitlement to the exercise of our freedoms with respect for the sanctified values of others. When we cross the bounds of our freedoms, it becomes anarchy; when we expect people of other cultures to prioritize their values based on our norms, we are patronizing them subconsciously.
We are not Charlie
Following the horrific murders of police and journalists in Paris on Wednesday, Muslim communities in Europe are facing the inevitable consequences. Mosques in France have been attacked and Muslims in Europe are feeling further reverberations, evident in criticisms of their supposed contention with freedom of speech, whilst governments continue to justify tightening measures that will ironically restrict freedom of speech amongst Muslims who condemn foreign policy.
The dominant voices in the mainstream media are focusing on perpetuating myths about a clash of civilisations: the Western ideals of freedom of speech vs the barbaric repression of the (Muslim) Other. Social media is abound with calls to #KillAllMuslims, whilst all Muslims are expected to apologise, yet again, for the individual evil actions of murderers, and call out loudly #NotInMyName, else their silence will be subject to scrutiny and suspicion and branded as complicity. At such times it is the Muslims who are always expected to apologise, a point frequently argued by Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
We invite you to the viewing of this episode of
Myth Is All Around Us: Exploring the Other.
Women's Mosque Opens In L.A. With A Vision For The Future Of Muslim-American Leadership
The Huffington Post | By Antonia Blumberg
The Women’s Mosque of America opened its doors on Friday in central Los Angeles, welcoming a crowd of Muslim women from around the country.
L.A.-based professionals M. Hasna Maznavi and Sana Muttalib serve as president and co-president of the mosque's board, respectively, and have worked with the rest of their team for months to bring the project to fruition. By day, Maznavi is a filmmaker and comedy writer, while Muttalib works as an attorney. They teamed up with the Pico Union Project, an interfaith worship space in Los Angeles, to house their mosque, and held the first juma’a, or Friday prayers, on Jan. 30. Edina Lekovic, the director of policy and programming at the Muslim Public Affairs Council, led the mosque’s inaugural khutbah, or sermon, and congregants were invited to join in a post-juma’a discussion and Q and A.
As Eye Sea It
This web site presents perspectives on the world as the Inner Eye sees it through the Divine Sea of Beingness. It reflects on meaning as the very essence of being. We hope that you will attain to a higher state of consciousness through awareness in the being and an aspiration in the becoming as we all strive and stride towards perfection through the mind and throughthe heart.
Hearing Him Hum
Reflections on Al-Fatiha, the Opening Chapter of the Qur’an
By Zaman Stanizai
In the name of the Para-Cosmic Consciousness,
Whose Oneness of Being pens the verses
of perpetually unfolding multiplicities.
Whose Essence weaves
into every fiber of our existence
as the Wholeness of immeasurable timeless tomorrows.
All praise is due to the Infinite Eternity,
Whose love radiates through our soul,
Whose glory graces every grain of our being,
and Whose awe paints our fragile illusions.
O Divine Beloved,
the Ineffable shaper of transient temporalities
and transcendent realities!
Give us the thought that thinks Thee.
Give us a pleading heart that desires Thee,
a yearning that utters nothing, but Your love.
Turn us into a longing that dies to dissolve in
the harmonic convergence of Your totality.
Help us thread our pathways
through the splendor of
your enchanting gardens and idyllic meadows
where moments of Your manifest Beauty
attain a ‘foreverness’ all their own.
Distance us from the dissonance of dark energy.
Bathe us in the luminous glow of Your countenance—
Light,… upon light,… upon light.
The State of the World
--Contributed by two aching hearts
The world is in a state of chaos and unrest.
Rockets, bombs, missiles, you name it.
But what does it matter? For ourselves, we still want the best.
As long as it doesn't affect us, there's no need to worry.
For a second please, just put yourselves in their shoes.
Hindus, Christians, Muslims, or Jews,
Injustice is injustice, we're all humans, you fools!
I can spend hours explaining that something is wrong with our generation,
But trying to do so, with some people, is analogous to speaking to a brick wall.
It goes through one ear and out the other; there’s just no point!
I can share a picture or a video here, but in that too, there’s no use.
At this phase, it’s all used for mere shock value.
Pictures and videos no longer pierce our hearts.
What a silly statement! I forgot—It's because most of us don’t have hearts!
Our “hearts” beat and pump blood, but despite this, they’re not alive.
This piece of flesh in my chest has long ago died.
There are people being mercilessly massacred around the world, left and right.
Yet all we’re concerned with is politics, FIFA, and how to spend our “boring” summer nights.
Trying to keep up with fashion, what’s in and what’s out.
Gotta have the newest clothes, latest phones, and hottest cars.
As long as I’m alive, safe, and well.. what else is there to this world, anyhow?
-Aisha Faiz - Ramadan 1435
This Ramadan of Tears
July 23, 2014 By Noor-Malika Chishti
Would that we could fast from hatred and mistrust
instead of taking children to their horrible deaths, tit for tat,
with shocking numbers reacting with language not found in any scripture.
Too many calling out for unspeakable acts
that get filmed, Posted and Tweeted on the front pages of social media, adding up the Likes,
being Shared to prove how hateful the Other is,
with no awareness of the dark stain in their own hearts.
In the meantime images of Jews and Muslims linked arm-in-arm,
joint statements issued calling for all life to be protected,
get scrolled by in the daily searches for ways to express hatred
Walking the Straight Path is no guarantee of a walk in the park,
but a reminder of keeping our hearts focused on the horizon,
not letting ourselves be distracted by the one who has vowed to lead us astray.
Looking around, I am blessed to be in community with those
strong in resisting deviations from the tenets of their faith,
and invoking G-d’s Peace and Guidance in serving Him.
11 Ramadan 1435
Some defer, some beg to differ
Joan Rivers to Palestinians: "You deserve to be dead."
Israel parliament deputy speaker's Gaza genocide plan: "Concentrate" and "exterminate."
Israeli parliament member Ayelet Shaked: "They are all our enemies and their blood should be on our hands. This also applies to the mothers of the dead terrorists."
Some have conscience and beg to differ. Irish Senator David Norris:
Greetings of Peace
Welcome to As Eye Sea It. We are trying to make your visit to this website a pleasant one -- intellectually stimulating and spiritually rewarding. We present a pacifist persecutive on life and consider all humanity as one family. We would love to employ the power of word for the expression of peace and love through prose and poetry. But life, as is, often makes demands on that the unpleasant realities of the world, regardless of our political consciousness or orientation, cannot be ignored--tragedies inflected upon the human soul by by the human hand. We hope that you take it to heart that in that respect we are not driven by ideologies, but ideas to raise consciousness so that global disenchantment may be diminished or lessened.
Stanizai.org, along with its soul-mate website Stanizai.com, offers hundreds of essays, articles, and blogs and countless hours of public presentations, lectures and interviews, in audio and video formats, in an effort to make but a smidgen of difference in the reorientation of our collective human consciousness. Towards that end, this website has been redesigned so that the depth and breadth of the analysis through a plethora of topics may be explored and accessed with ease.
The new design features an interactive navigation system with pull-down menus for easier skimming and scanning of the many pages on topics ranging from mystical poetry to historical analysis and from political perspectives to archival material that speaks to the relevance of current issues. We also hope that the more uniform and aesthetically pleasing format is easy on the eye when reading the screen text.
For those of you who get lost in the maze of the pull-down navigation menus, and prefer skimming through an outline we are posting the entire outline below in which each entry is a direct link to the desired page--just point and click.
Cultural Confluence (Literary Prose)
- In the Cosmic Whirl of a Lotus
- On the Meaning of Meaning: Re-rhyming Rumi
- The Veiling of the Revealed: In the Darkest Night of Light
- Like A Rainbow
The Sufi Uni-Verse (Poetry)
Re-Versed Revelations (Translations / Renditions)
Reflections on Life (Worldly)
- Whispers of the Desert Night Wind
- The Guernica of Kabul
- Basra Has No Tears
- In the Grip
- America’s Summer Dream of 2011
Part I – On Spirituality and Belief Systems
Perceptions of the Divine
- The Hizmet Movement: Living an Exemplified Islam in the 21st Century
- An Archetypal Adam With No Eve
- In the Shadow of Rumi
- Jahan and Zaman on Islamic Spiritual Tradition
- Islam Between Conformity and Modernity
- The Hidden Realities of Mi'raj, 'Ascension'
- Treasures of Islamic Mysticism
- A Sunni - Shi'i Intrafaith Dialogue
Part II - Historical Analysis -The Golden Age of Al-Andalus
- Part I: From Civilizational Glory to Theocratic Tyranny
- Part II: Spain’s Culture of Coexistence in the Second Millennia
- Part III: When East was West – Islam’s Rising Peripheries
Part III - Political Critique
Interviews with Professor Hamoud Salhi on U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East: A California State University, Dominguez Hills tele-course in International Politics.
- International Politics: POL335 Session 01 - Spring 2013
- International Politics: POL335 Session 02 - Spring 2012
- International Politics: POL335 Session 13 - Spring 2011
- International Politics: POL335 Session 02 - Spring 2011
- Robbing the Arab Spring of Political Legitimacy
Part I - On Spirituality and Belief Systems
- Mythosophia: Mythology of Eden
- Sufism: An Overview of Islamic Mysticism
- Like A Rainbow
- Islam and Science: Debunking the Myth of Incompatibility
- Can We Know God: A Phenomenological Approach to Understanding
Part II - Historical Analysis
- Islam Between Conformity and Modernity
- Identifying with Layers of Islamic Identities
- Revisiting Pivotal Junctures in Islamic History
- Crisis of Critical Thought in Muslim Societies: The Bidding of Bid’a
Part III - Political Critique - Radio interviews on KPFK Los Angeles
- An Analysis of Afghanistan’s 2008 Election
- Socio-political Dynamics of Afghan Society
- Egypt in Crisis
Blogs and Publications
- From Identity Crisis to Identity in Crisis in Afghanistan
- Afghanistan: Where Chaos Is King and Plunder Is Privilege
- Can We Afford Another Failed State in Afghanistan? Beyond the 2014 Drawdown
- Afghanistan Exit Strategy: How Bilateral Is the Security Agreement
- Egypt and America in Historical Twists of Ironies
- Understanding Syria: How a Cold Front Chilled the Damascus Spring
- Drone Wars Terrorize Friends Into Enemies
- Provocation or Freedom of Expression
- Walking in a Muslim's Moccasins: A Different Perspective on the Muslim Protests
- Is American Gun Culture Compatible With a Modern Civil Society?
- Why Is the European Union Haunted by Its Rejection of Turkey?
- When an Arab Spring Is Neither
- NATO's Third Alternative in Afghanistan
- Afghanistan in the Throes of Nation Building and Military Build-up
- How We Messed Up a Flourishing Gun-barrel Democracy in Afghanistan
- Fighting by the Book Failing by Design: The U.S. Military's Inherent Conflict of Interest with Peace in Afghanistan
- We Must Wage War on War to Keep the Republic Public
- Downgrading American Democracy: Is There Any Left for the Rest of Us?
- Disowning ‘Otherness' in Norway's Nightmare and Europe's Long Past of Cultural Intolerance
- Silencing the Call of Democracy and Hijacking the Arab Revolution: Hidden Agenda and Secret Alliances Behind the Libyan Crisis
- How to Win Peace in Afghanistan For Half the Price of War
- The Debate: The Bilateral Security Agreement
- In Case of Zero Option
- Ethnocentric Russian and U.S. Strategies Imperil Afghanistan
- Before Malala
- The NSA and the Bush 9/11 Coup
- An Open Letter to America's Christian Zionists
- The Quran of Pacifists and the Quran of Warmongers
- Terrorism is not a Muslim monopoly
- How Islam Can Eliminate the U.S. Debt
- The Day America Lost Its Soul: The Case Against Iraq
- The Bearded Truth
- Half a Millennium of Religious Intolerance: Russian-Muslim Conflicts in Central Asia
- Part I - Russian-Muslim Conflicts in Caucasia and Beyond
- Part II - Chechnya Will Rise From Ashes … Again
- Part III - Russian-Muslim Conflicts in Central Asia
- Part IV - The Legacy of Vostochniki: Russia's Ostpolitik
- Part V - Russian-Muslim Conflicts and Analysis
All audio and video lectures and presentations are now conveniently posted on the Lectures and Presentations Section.
Also all the blogs essays and articles are posted together on the Blogs and Publications Section.
Mythology of Eden
Listen to Zaman Stanizai's radio interview with Will Linn and Richard Dugan from the Mythosophia Lectures Series. Go to the Lectures and Presentations Section from the pull-down navigation menu.
Islamic Lunar Calendar:
The Origins of Ramadan’s Seasonal Drift
By Zaman Stanizai, PhD
Islam as a religion does not have a scripturally sanctioned calendar, nor is there a Sunnah or a Prophetic tradition suggesting one. In Pre-Islamic Arabia there was a traditional 12-month calendar based on lunar phases with an intercalary month, referred to as an-nasī,ʾ ‘postponing’. The purpose of the intercalary month was to synchronize the lunar calendar with the solar cycle in order to achieve a more consistent relationship between the months and the seasons of the year. Read more
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