I wonder if it is possible for us as human beings to bring our shared love and affection to mingle, rather than compete in a zero-sum game. What would it be like for us as diverse religious communities to share the sites that we love so dearly, such as the Haghia Sophia?
Whether we are alone in this universe, or whether there are billions of other beings on gazillions of other planets,
we are not alone. We have each other, and one way or another, we gotta learn to live with one another. May it start in Jerusalem.
We laugh at Harold Ramis’ Groundhog Day because we too step in the same puddle every day, relive the same tensions with the same people every day. And ultimately, love breaks the rut of existence.
All too often the African American History month is reduced to a mantra of “integration” and “co-existence” rather than one of liberation. This leads to leaving out the radical black tradition, as well as legacy of Muslim African Americans.
Muslims remember the Prophet as having taught us: “Die before you die.” It is a paradoxical statement, with two deaths. And a luminous life in the middle.
I am not questioning the Mayor’s solidarity with children of Israel. We as human beings are called to identify with the pain and suffering of fellow human beings. What I wonder is the selectivity: why visit only children of Israel, and not the children of Palestine?
Occupying people, destroying homes, participating in massacres in Shatila and Sabra (Sharon, 1982) are not the sign of “strength.” These are the marks of brutality. Brutality and strength must never be confused.
Airports are funny spaces. Ironically, these same places of anonymity allow for sharing in our deepest and most intimate emotions.
2013 was a bloody, difficult, unraveling year for many Muslims around the world. May 2014 be a year that sees the discomforted comforted, the orphans cared for, the hungry fed, the naked clothed, the homeless provided with shelter. May there be a widening of the circle of compassion, may there be a real peace rooted in justice, and above all else, may all of us be participants in making it so.