“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 … Continue reading Ramadan Meditations I: To Chase the Setting Sun
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 … Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day!
CONSIDER the bright morning hours, and the night when it grows still and dark. Thy Sustainer has not forsaken thee, nor does He scorn thee: for, indeed, the life to come will be better for thee than this earlier part (of thy life)! And, indeed, in time will thy Sustainer grant thee (what thy heart … Continue reading An Orphan of Sorts
I AM FOREVER walking upon these shores, Betwixt the sand and the foam, The high tide will erase my foot-prints, And the wind will blow away the foam. But the sea and the shore will remain Forever. Become a child again – Cast a stone into the sea and watch the waves propagate: Grab a … Continue reading Sand and Foam
Today, I am a Syrian. That might sound strange to some, a Black-American who is a Syrian. Rest assured, I am a Syrian. I kid you not. This isn’t a joke. If it is a joke, it’s not a very good one. I, for one, am not laughing. (If you are laughing, then you might … Continue reading Today, I Am A Syrian
My uncle cannot speak his own language. He does not know that he is my uncle. He likes the devil because the devil gives him nothing. Why does he like the devil? Because the devil put fear in him when he was a little boy. Why does he fear now, since he is a big … Continue reading The Foods of the Devil
“It’s important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse.” ~Yann Martel It’s below freezing here in Atlanta, and for the past few days the winds have been strong and unrelenting; … Continue reading What My Bones Will Remember