Category Archives: Sufism & Syria

Grilled Syrian kibbeh work great as greed detectors

The man in this story is 100% Syrian. The green creature (Green Man) in the image above stands for him (the pink bucket will make an entrance later on in the story). He is in his 60s. I’ve known him … Continue reading

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People in America are renewing their love of God

I just came across a feature in The Seattle Times talking about a renewed interest by Americans in Sufism, through the poetry of Jelaludin Rumi. The article is from the year 2007, it sheds light into the statement “People in … Continue reading

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Watching TV and Fasting during Ramadan don’t go together!

Ramadan is a time for cleansing our bodies and souls. Not only do our bodies get a detox, but also our souls. In fact, cleansing our bodies comes secondary to cleansing our souls. In life we form all sorts of … Continue reading

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Tips to avoid Ramadan fasting blues

Last evening I was with my in-laws and we got into a heated discussion about dodging Ramadan blues, seeing how hot and summery this Ramadan is. My husband and I started fasting yesterday (Tuesday), following the Naqshbandi calender; here are … Continue reading

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www.allah.org

I was reading through Reuters.com when a link to Allah.org caught me by the Heart. Nothing else can be called Allah… only You! °°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°° No One Here but Him Watching my hand; He is moving it. Hearing my voice; He … Continue reading

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How the Ant with the Broken Leg Got to Mecca

By Sheikh Nazim Al-Haqqani Every person from among mankind may attain divine stations. The Way is not barred to anyone: we are all candidates for the position of “Deputy of God on Earth.” The holy verse is clear enough: “Oh … Continue reading

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Looking for Sufi teachings? You can watch them live online

Sufilive.com is the website where Sheikh Nazim Al-Haqqani, who leads the Sufi Naqshbandi Path, gives daily “suhbas” (talks). Sheikh Nazim was trained to assume his spiritual powers by Sheikh Abdullah Al-Daghistani, whose maqam and mosque are on the holy Jebal … Continue reading

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One of the best articles I ever read in Western media about Damascus – The Financial Times

This is one of the best articles I’ve ever read in Western media about Damascus. It’s “honest” description of the city, clean of prejudice or twisted judgment. Hats off, Mark Archer! Damascus By Mark Archer Published: April 24 2010 01:38 … Continue reading

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In Syria, we ‘all’ pray to The One

Skepticism vs Faith I have been meeting a lot of skeptics at work. I was a skeptic once. I even declared – at one point in my life – atheism. I couldn’t believe that Allah, THE GREAT, is the way … Continue reading

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I met the Grand Mufti of Syria, and I like him

True Islam: Syrian way A few days ago, i tagged along a friend of mine to a meeting with the Grand Mufti of Syria. I “knew” in my heart of hearts that he was  a role model to look up … Continue reading

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A billboard falls from the 8th floor on your car, but you stay alive!

Testimonial The powerful words of Bism Allah al-Rahman al-Raheem have long saved people from accidents, bad situations, and depression. Ana Ash-had, I testify to this. One day I was driving my newspaper colleague to an appointment we both had. It … Continue reading

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