Call the Kansas City Jewish Community Center attack what it is. This is a hate crime. This is politically motivated, domestic terrorism. If this is not terrorism, then indeed the term terrorism has no meaning.
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.
Richard N. Frye’s final request has been to be buried to his beloved city of Isfahan. Even the noted conservative president Ahmadinejad agreed to this honor. Frye’s hope has been that his burial in Isfahan would help unite the two countries he loved so.
Why should we rejoice when the President avoids meeting with serious journalists, and instead entertains conversations with comedians? This is a day to mourn the state of what passes as journalism, and to mourn the state of our republic.
Here’s a Muslim response to the Katy Perry “Dark Horse” video: you’re boring me. These pseudo-controversies are merely a distraction from the real task confronting all of us.
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.
The assault on museums and libraries sadly has far too frequent echoes: from the destruction of the Iraqi national museum, from the Serbian assault on Sarajevo’s library, and from the Islamist attack on manuscript collections in Mali. This is a hatred of arts, of beauty, of knowledge, of our collective human wisdom.
Through honoring and celebrating the sacrifice of Aitzaz Hussain, I wonder about a world in which heroism is intertwined with death, as opposed to being measured in the small, mundane acts of goodness and beauty by, among and for the living.
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.