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The Immortal “If”: Musings on Rudyard Kipling’s Poem

Good poetry is, in a sense, timeless and immortal. This is not only because it is read by generation after generation of readers, but also because poems – unlike novels, essays or articles – tend to be felt, experienced, absorbed; and not just read for the sake of reading and finishing. A poem can, in the words of Robert Frost, ... Read More »

Faces Unveiled

By Irum Sarfaraz It is perhaps A matter of thought Or perhaps A matter of experience That we eventually realize That nothing Teaches us More about life And about Other people Than our own Worst adversity Photo from Islamic Relief Read More »

British Muslims & their Leadership

John Donne, the seventeenth-century English poet and preacher, wrote in his Meditations: “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” In these lines, Donne expresses a notion more apparent to us today in our globalised world than in the Jacobean age in which they were actualy penned: ... Read More »

Islamophobia Part-1: It Exists

Cross-posted on Dailykos.com & Streetprophets.com In what will hopefully be a series of posts, I will be examining the trend of rising Islamophobia in America, employing a sprinkling of information from the collection of articles in the book with the title, “Islamophobia and Anti-Americanism” edited by Mohamed Nimer (an Amana Publication) mixed . I highly recommend this book for any ... Read More »

The Lost Art of Contemplation

By Irum Sarfaraz It is surprising how much one can strengthen one's īmān simply by reading between the lines. I firmly believe that one of the reasons many of us find Islam so hard and difficult is because we have forgotten the art of contemplation. So hurried is life with its rat-race and this-race and that-race that there is no ... Read More »

422 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn -Ruth Nasrullah

If you've heard me talk about how I became Muslim, then you know that my attraction to Islam began while browsing in bookstores in the Brooklyn neighborhood where I lived 20 years ago. I bought a copy of the Qur'an and on reading it felt instinctively that its words were true. By whatever idle twists and turns internet surfing sometimes ... Read More »

Even if the Pain: Review of “Poems From Guantanamo: The Detainees Speak” -Ruth Nasrullah

Even if the pain of the wound increases, There must be a remedy to treat it. Even if the days in prison endure, There must be a day when we will get out. –“Even if the Pain” by Siddiq Turkestani This short work is from Poems From Guantanamo: The Detainees Speak, edited by Marc Falkoff, an assistant professor of law ... Read More »

Misogynistic Women: Reinforcing Gender Injustice

I've just discovered my newest pet peeve: misogynistic women. That is, those women who believe in and perpetuate gender-related stereotypes… the most common one being that of women's inferiority, and men's superiority (in more than the Islamic sense/ understanding). Misogyny is something that is quickly and oft-identified within men, but recognized much less within women – after all, how is it ... Read More »

Book Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini

Khalid Hosseini's new novel, “A Thousand Splendid Suns” is his second, following the much-acclaimed first, “Kite Runner”. Having not had the opportunity yet to read his first novel make me perhaps a less biased reader of his second one. It is said that success is usually hard to repeat and that great novels are usually followed by mediocre ones. So, ... Read More »

The Literary Beauty of the Qur’an

The Qur'an; A Literary Marvel There is enough academic work on the literary beauty of the Qur'an from grammatical, rhetorical, linguistic & other perspectives to take up several lifetimes to even skim through. I am no literary but I do have a deeply rooted conviction that at least a taste of the Qur'an's majestic precision and subtlety should be appreciated ... Read More »

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