winter solstice at Stonehenge

winter solstice at Stonehenge from Wikipedia

Happy Winter Solstice/Shab-e Yalda….

As I ponder the meaning of this evening, the beginning of winter, I take a moment to rejoice.

It is a reminder that life moves in cycles, and precisely at the moment when the day is shortest and the night longest that the light has already conquered over darkness.

From this point on, each day will be longer bit by bit, in the very heart of winter.

It is a reminder that at the beginning of hardship, there is the promise of ease.

It is when the night is darkest that we see the stars.

The very beginning of winter already contains the promise of spring, and new life.
Though the night is long, I rejoice for the coming light…

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Omid Safi

Omid Safi

Omid Safi is a Professor of Islamic Studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in contemporary Islamic thought and classical Islam. He leads educational tours to Turkey every summer, through Illuminated Tours:


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