The International Day of Tolerance & Insaaniat

November 16, 2013   It’s tragic that on the International Day of Tolerance (November 16), Pakistan is dealing with the aftermath of sectarian violence. In a region that has a brilliant history of Sufi poetry (Bulleh Shah) and that has produced individuals like Abdul-Sattar Edhi, time and time again, we have seen the darkness that … More The International Day of Tolerance & Insaaniat

On Healing

Sometimes life can take you down a thorny path; you may feel lost and alone in the world; you’re emotionally parched through this desert walk in the sweltering heat; you feel like you’re losing strength, and that you can’t play the cards you’re dealt; you see no exits in this labyrinth; it seems like you’re … More On Healing

On Gratitude (Shukr)

Ramadan means something different for everyone. As a time of self-reflection, those of us observing it have very personal responses to Islam’s holy month of fasting. “Allah said ‘Every action of the son of Adam is for him except fasting, for that is solely for Me. I give the reward for it.” (Tirmidhi) There’s a … More On Gratitude (Shukr)

Ghar ka na Ghaat ka

Ghar ka na Ghaat ka So I think the memo “to live and let live” escaped the attention of the world population (excuse the gross generalization). How hard is it to let go of a holier-than-thou “I’m right and you’re wrong” attitude? And I don’t mean this in just the “holy” sense. Naivete had led … More Ghar ka na Ghaat ka