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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.
--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
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.
Noor-Malika Chishti11 Ramadan 1435
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:
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Islam Will Find Its Own Way to Freedom
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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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