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The Cavity of Silence

Shamans, spiritual guides between worlds, believe that the underworld(1) is a source of subconscious primordial creation. An experience with these healers often includes the rapid cry of a rattle, which helps the shaman retreat into the underworld to receive insight that is beyond the reach of the rational mind. For the individual influenced by linear […]

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The Sweet Confinement of Your Aloneness

Originally published with On Being. There are times when you find yourself completely surrendered to the power of a moment. David Whyte’s voice filled the air one morning, as wave after wave of sound was the siren song turning my head. This was one of those moments. I plunged into the abyss of his words. And in […]

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Is the Last Verse in the Quran its Most Powerful Message?

If happiness is a state of mind, we have to question how much control we really have over it when our mind is under the influence. Islam forbids intoxicants, of course. But there is an intoxicant more powerful and dangerous than drugs or alcohol: thoughts. Surah 114 An-Nas, the last Surah in the Qur’an, draws […]

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The Fourth War: Spiritual War

[An Invocation] We bow our heads in prayer during invocations and benedictions. We offer prayers for “name that city” when a terrorist attack hits.  But between these moments, God is forgotten, faith is forgotten, humanity is forgotten. A prayer isn’t a spiritual pit-stop in our day, even if it happens five times a day.  A […]

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What Does it Actually Mean to Pray for Something?

We bow our heads in prayer during invocations and benedictions. We offer prayers for “name that city” when a terrorist attack hits.  But between these moments, God is forgotten, faith is forgotten, humanity is forgotten. A prayer isn’t a spiritual pit-stop in our day, even if it happens five times a day.  A prayer isn’t […]

The Higher Jihad

By Azhar Khan The word “jihad” strikes a nerve among most Americans, Muslim or otherwise. For Westerners, jihad invokes images of an Islamic Red Dawn. For Muslims, it leaves many of us unsettled and often unable to answer questions about what jihad means exactly. We shuffle uncomfortably and stumble for an answer; we’re not entirely […]

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Eid and the Spirit of the Season

Originally Published with Aquila Magazine As Ramadan and a much-looked-forward to Eid al-Fitr return to us this year, we take a moment to pause and reflect the true meaning of Eid. Unlike other holidays, Eid is not a stand-alone holiday; it is the celebratory period after the Islamic month of Ramadan in which we fast from […]

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His Throne Upon Water: A Message for a Disjointed Ummah

“And it is He who created the Heavens and the Earth in Six Days – and His Throne had been upon water.” – Surah Hud 11:7 Although this verse appears as a small inconspicuous line of text, when tugged it unravels layers of coded meanings and offers us a more profound understanding of God. It […]

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Does Islam Offer the Key to Happiness?

Originally Published with Aquila Magazine If happiness is a state of mind, we have to question how much control we really have over it when our mind is under the influence. Islam forbids intoxicants, of course. But there is an intoxicant more powerful and dangerous than drugs or alcohol: thoughts. Surah 114, the last surah […]

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Why are Sufis Islam’s Most Deviant Heretics?

For Sufis, there’s a thin veil between the world of man and the natural world, and it is our work to lift that veil. In that, we follow the Hermetic tradition of “as above, so below,” — something shared with Jewish mysticism. It’s our belief that the cosmic order of the heavens can be found in the smallest […]

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Sufi Muslims: Islam’s Eco Guardians

Originally Featured on the  Green Prophet Sufism is the undiscovered sect within Islam known only through its most famous disciple, the 13thRumi whose work reflected strong themes pairing nature and spirituality. century philosopher poet Sufis, “heirs of a mystical ancient tradition”, helped propagate the faith to the height of its expansion in Islam’s coined “Golden […]

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