Category Archives: Sufism & Syria

Refusing to believe

The Truth Within We live in a century where science is the Ace, the Last Word, the Final Judge, the Arbitrator. So many people feel confused and out-of-sorts because the rationale of the century contradicts with their “inner feelings,” “hearts,” … Continue reading

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Meeting the Sufi Sheikh, and getting rid of ego

Being “fair” when someone has hurt the hell out of you (meaning, has really hurt you) is not easy. But that’s a test we all will go through soon, according to Sufi Sheikhs. Whether one is Sufi or not, we … Continue reading

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Jesus descending Damascus at Umayad Eastern Minaret

Damascus, Sufi heart of the world, is where Prophet Jesus (Isa) Allayhi al-Salam, will appear towards the end of time, according to Sufi literature. Ibn Arabi, the famous Sufi Sheikh whose tomb is located at the foot of Jebal Qasyoon, … Continue reading

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Ode to Allah

When we were little kids, believing in Allah was such an easy thing to do. He was with us all the time. If we started eating we were reminded to recite His Name to bless the food; if we wanted … Continue reading

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When mothers rule: The right of women to choose from a Sufi perspective

When mothers rule The right to choose from a Sufi perspective Motherhood in Sufism has a distinct set-up that varies greatly from what I like to call “TV-branded popular Islam.” In the Naqshbandi path, thriving in Damascus and the path … Continue reading

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Damascene dizziness and Sufi ‘Aaaaahs’

Prophet Ibrahim is described as an ‘Aaah-er’ in Quraan. God calls him “Awwah” – he sighs a lot. Sighing is the function of Heart. When heart is longing for The One, one sighs and sighs, and when one’s heart is … Continue reading

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Learning from the Damascene Sufi

The Damascene Sufi is both bitter and sweet, he salutes you with a lot of love and understanding, but when you cross him, he breaks you in two. Sufism is a path of pain and delight, mostly referd to by … Continue reading

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Thursday rushing into Friday’s arms

Thursday is a man that is in a rush to marry Friday. Friday is a confident woman who knows that Thursday will come rushing into her arms every weekend. Every week, Thursday casts a spell on people so that they … Continue reading

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Fate & the asking of Hearts: Ibn Arabi reveals…

Many recent conversations I had with people I’ve known for a month or two, spoke to one time or more, or met for the first time, were about general info: how come you decided to do this or that? or … Continue reading

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Sisters in the smoke and the Syrian cigarette

The smoking sequel goes on. Moral of the day: Don’t fear falling back into old habits, for they may take you down new paths and journeys (I’m not encouraging smoking, just making it kosher for the day). The day (22.12.2008) … Continue reading

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The side effects of joy: Holy smoke!

It hit me like a train crash; Joy. I opened my email yesterday morning to find great news that I have been waiting for, for a few months, a lot of hours, many self-inflicted comas. When you wait for something … Continue reading

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