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.
Often at this time of the year, we join in the prayer for peace on Earth, and goodwill to all men (and women). This year my prayer is a bit different.
The history of Thanksgiving may not be real, but the love we share is real. The joy that comes from contentment is real. Expanding the circle of love and compassion is real. And for all that, we give thanks.
So what do people of faith have to say today, facing the catastrophic destruction in Philippines? Where do we stand? Do we have a contribution that is actually informed by our faith traditions? Here are five points to keep in mind and in our hearts as we link together direct and immediate compassionate action with spiritual reflection.