Category Archives: Sufism & Syria

(open letter to Qardawi from Syrian priest) رسالة مفتوحة من كاهن سوري إلى القرضاوي

Al-Nahar newspaper published an open letter by Father Elias Zahlawi, addressing Al-Qardawi. رسالة مفتوحة من كاهن سوري إلى القرضاوي أحييك تحية إيمانية في الله الواحد الأحد، الذي تدين الأكوان كلها، بوجودها، لكلمته المبدعة، والذي سيقف كل حي عاقل بين يديه … Continue reading

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Why there are so many ‘athiests/skeptics’ these days…

When a self-assigned so-called man of religion like Mr. Qardawi appears on TV and pollutes the waves with his non-sense, it is only natural for people to run away from religion, because what they hear, see and read by the … Continue reading

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الجهاد المخادع

قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: ((يوقفون – يعني الملائكة – بين يدي الله ويشهدون – يعني للعبد بالعمل الصالح المخلَصِ لله – فيقول لهم: أنتم الحفظة على عمل عبدي وأنا الرقيب على ما في قلبه إنه لم يردني … Continue reading

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Do you believe in your intuition? then follow your heart!

I had one of the most intense experiences in my life this past week. I thank God I went out of it in one piece. I was basically paying a lot of effort to go against my heart. The further … Continue reading

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A leader is someone who has a built-in Judgement Day

We travel through life as a consciousness. This consciousness or awareness starts primitive. It looks after its own interest: Give me milk, give me food, give me cuddling. Then it grows, it looks after self-image: tell me I’m beautiful, tell … Continue reading

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A spiritual experience: Sufi dhikr at Muhieddine Mosque ~ by Simon Burns

Fantastic article! A spiritual experience: Sufi dhikr at Muhieddine Mosque by Simon Burns The circle of men falls silent. A string of prayer beads swings from the creased hand of a gray-bearded sheikh, all else is still. For an instant … Continue reading

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Syrians flipped over their robes to ask for Rain

For most young Damascenes (20s, early 30s), this is the very first time in their life that they see it snow in Damascus. A report I just read says it’s been 25 years since it last snowed in this beautiful … Continue reading

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The difference between Syria and Jordan on a Holy Friday

It’s 12:20pm in Damascus. It is quiet outside. This kind of quiet is leaving me with a great sense of serenity. I imagined all the Sheikhs and Imams of mosques around the city of Damascus with their serene voices giving … Continue reading

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Say NO to Visual Discrimination: You are beautiful

Don’t be a prisoner to narrow cultural definitions. That’s what I learned from extensive traveling. In one culture you might be the coolest looking young lady, when in another you might simply don’t fit into their definition of what is … Continue reading

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Perspectives on “Love” from an inner point of view

When you love someone you believe them, blindly. “Love is blind,” many would describe a lover who does not see the faults of his/her lover. Love is the function of the heart. There are two hearts, the muscle that pumps … Continue reading

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To leave an impression on others is bad for our spiritual health

Why do we live our lives “to leave an impression”? We are all prisoners of – our own perceptions of – what impressions others have about us. Being really free from caring/hallucinating about what other people think, is liberating. It … Continue reading

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