Cypress Meditations

May 18, 2014


In my beginning, you will find my end: Earth and Heaven are conjoined cosmic twins, separated from outside the womb of Being with one word exclaimed: Be! Time severs the common flesh and entropy draws them apart from one another. The two drift farther and farther away as entropy and energy tug at them, pulling […]

Posted in: Personal

Considering Phlebas

October 8, 2013


Phlebas the Phoenician, a fortnight dead, Forgot the cry of gulls, and the deep sea swell And the profit and loss.                                          A current under sea Picked his bones in whispers. As he rose and fell He passed the stages of his age and youth Entering the whirlpool.                                        Gentile or Jew O you who turn the wheel and look to windward, Consider Phlebas, who was once handsome and tall as you ~ T.S. Eliot, “Death by Water“, The Waste Land Lately I’ve been considering Phlebas, the Phoenician mariner and merchant of the clairvoyant Madam Sosostris’s tarot reading, and how handsome and tall he might have been to those around him. I envision him embodying everything Phoenician society would […]

Let the Eye Weep and Let the Mind Inquire

December 17, 2012


The untroubled happiness of the early months of this year came to an end with the illness of Ibrāhīm. It was soon clear that he would not survive. He was tended by his mother and her sister Sĩrĩn. The Prophet visited him continually, and was with him when he was dying. As the child breathed […]

Posted in: Contemporary Issues

Two Thousand and Twelve

October 4, 2012


Come let us mock at the great That had such burdens on the mind And toiled so hard and late To leave some monument behind, Nor thought of the levelling wind. Come let us mock at the wise; With all those calendars whereon They fixed old aching eyes, They never saw how seasons run, And […]

Some Real Talk – from a Mexican-American Brother

August 23, 2012


While perusing the internet, I came across some comic strips from Lalo Alcaraz, a prolific and dangerously hilarious Mexican-American who is the creator of the first nationally-syndicated, politically-themed Latino daily comic strip, “La Cucaracha.” I was so impressed with them and so elated to see the voices of Latino Americans penetrating this medium  that I wanted to post […]

Ramadan Meditations I: To Chase the Setting Sun

August 16, 2012


“The summer sun is sinking low; Only the tree-tops redden and glow: Only the weathercock on the spire Of the neighboring church is a flame of fire; All is in shadow below. O beautiful, awful summer day, What hast thou given, what taken away? Life and death, and love and hate, Homes made happy or […]

Happy Mother’s Day!

May 13, 2012


Abu Huraira reported that a person came to Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) and said, “Who among the people is most deserving of a fine treatment from my hand?” He replied, “Your mother.” He again said, “Then who (is the next one)?” He said, “Again it is your mother (who deserves the best […]

Posted in: Islam

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