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Al Ghazali

The Metaphysics Of Fasting: Annihilation And Subsistence

Ali Z. Hussain | Posted 06.20.2016 | Religion
Ali Z. Hussain

In a sense, this spiritual fasting of the heart is this Islamic ritual's own stage of fanāʾ (annihilation); the absolute disintegration of the human will, volition and ipseity in awe of the presence of the Will, Volition and Ipseity of the Real.

Looking to the Geniuses - A Jewish-Muslim Perspective for the Eid

Alon Goshen-Gottstein | Posted 07.17.2016 | Religion
Alon Goshen-Gottstein

These are not great times for Jewish-Muslim relations. In many ways, these are not great times for religion as such. There is so much bad religion around that we sometimes wish it didn't exist. It need not be so. It was not always so. Moments like holy times, such as the month of Ramadan and the concluding Eid el Fitr, are moments when we can imagine alternatives.

Pluralism in Islam -- Between Scripture and Praxis

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 06.30.2016 | Religion
Parvez Ahmed

Muslim scholars, political leaders and civic society must emphasize the pluralistic message of the Quran and urgently address the pervasive exclusivist attitude among many Muslims.

What Is Strength?

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 09.28.2014 | Religion
Umar Zulqarnain

Strength is to let go, to let be, to simply exist. Strength is to know that we are nothing and that we have no strength. It is to know that strength is in God and is not acquired but provided.

What Is Strength?

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 09.25.2014 | Religion
Umar Zulqarnain

We try to display ourselves as strong, independent beings, as confident and un-phased by the events around us. In reality, it is often a show, a facade, a cry for attention rather than an element of fortitude.

Guiding Jewish/Muslim Relations Through the Life of Maimonides, the 12th Century Jewish Scholar

Craig Considine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Craig Considine

In searching outside the realm of his own cultural tradition for wisdom, Maimonides showed us how we can build on our commonalities through a process of mixing. His life is proof that people of various backgrounds can break down walls which divide us upon our differences.

Overcoming Historical Amnesia: Muslim Contributions to Civilization

Craig Considine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Craig Considine

People who forget or ignore major events in world history can be said to suffer from "historical amnesia." Though this mindset cannot be cured in one short blog post, I hope to dispel some of the stereotypes and misperceptions by highlighting the contributions that Muslims have made to civilization.

Iran Continues Crackdown On Sufis

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Persecution of the Gonabadi-Nimatullahi Sufis has been relentless. The motive for the Iranian government assault on them is simple: They are blunt critics of the theocracy.

Al Ghazali: 900 Years Later And Still Relevant

Farah Jassat | Posted 02.17.2012 | Religion
Farah Jassat

Al-Ghazali was a Persian theologian, philosopher, jurist and mystic, acclaimed as the most influential Muslim after the Prophet Muhammad. His works shaped how generations of Muslims would understand their religion.