Tag Archives: Damascus

How to quench your thirst during Ramadan

In the Arab world, people are accustomed to displaying a host of drinks on their Iftar table: Irk Sous, Tamer Hind, and Qamrideen. As a child I was never really fond of those drinks, they were too sweet for my … 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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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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Finding the perfect recipe for short lived happiness

It’s not the chocolate Witabex bits, nor is it the Gitanes cigarette kick that just happened, it’s detachment that brings about the dizzy sense of happiness. The little pleasures life can offer are intensified by our ability and readiness to … Continue reading

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Slow burning & the ironing of ribs…

This body we carry around is such a vehicle. It has its own set of really sophisticated detectors; it produces tears when our heart is touched by something sorrow-brining or joy-filling, two emotions on opposite ends of the spectrum. It … 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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Allaaaaaah!

It’s popular belief among Sufis that Damascus is the Spiritual Sufi capital of the world. Ibn Arabi is buried in Damascus along with a huge number of “Awliya,” whose knowledge, love and history are threads that weave into the fabric … Continue reading

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Loving Damascus through Ibn Arabi’s eyes

My heart has become capable of all forms: A pasture for gazelles, a monastery for monks, A temple for idols, the Kabah of the pilgrims, The tablets of Torah, the Book of Quran. I profess the religion of Love. Whatever … Continue reading

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5 things a Sufi woman takes on a Damascus trip!

I’m listening to this CD by Hamza Shakkur (the Sufi chanter from Aleppo). I’m supposed to be writing a feature about Nokia for my magazine, but fatigue has crept into my day. So I thought to myself, a little bit … Continue reading

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