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The Erasure of Islam from the Poetry of Rumi

A couple of years ago, when Coldplay’s Chris Martin was going through a divorce from the actress Gwyneth Paltrow and feeling down, a friend gave him a book to lift his spirits. It was a collection of poetry by Jalaluddin Rumi, the thirteenth-century Pe…

The Origins of Islam

The Islamic World is no longer somewhere else... instead, Chicago, with its 50 mosques and nearly half a million Muslims, is part of the Islamic world.

The Harvard Pluralism Project

An April 2001 survey by CAIR found 69 percent of Muslims i…

Mosaic of Modern Spirituality: Drawing on Different Traditions

We like to see the ancient world as filled with a lot of certain religions, all somehow clear and authentic in themselves. But the reality is more complex, for sure. Muslims, Christians, and Jews debated each other at times, and their religions affecte…

The World's Newest Major Religion: No Religion

As secularism grows, atheists and agnostics are trying to expand and diversify their ranks.

More people than ever before are identifying as atheist, agnostic, or otherwise nonreligious, with potentially world-changing effects. You don’t usually …

Esoteric & Occult
Sikh Mysticism

Guru Amar Dass, Nanak the Third, is referred to as "an incomparable prophet" in the Sikh scripture (Bhalle Amardas gunu tere teri upma tohi ban avai). Not in the sense of unparalleled qualitative superiority or imperial spiritual status, for, according…

World Religions

Two topics that are generally considered “off-limits” are politics and religion. Religion has been in the forefront recently, because of the great amount of uncertainty concerning the religion of Islam.

Many discussions center on the tenets of t…

World Religions
What Lessons Can Muslims Take from the Ahmed Mohamed Story?

Yesterday a teenager was arrested for bringing a clock to school. If you just this minute discovered social media, here is a link to the story. Take your time; I’ll wait:

“They Thought it was a Bomb; 9th Grader Arrested After Bringing Homemade Cl…

World Religions
Islam is Officially The Fastest Growing Religion In The World

If tech futurists are to be believed, by the year 2050, robots will do many of our errands and drive our cars. If a new study on religious trends is to be believed, many of those robot-controlled cars will stop and park at mosques and churches.


Sufi healing as an alternative to modern psychotherapy

Psychology and Sufism both investigate the inner mysteries of the human condition and suggest some ways to help people improve their lives. Sufism does not perceive diseases as only physical symptoms, but a whole, including the physical, mental and emo…

World Religions
The Major Difference Between the Shi’a and the Sunni

All the Muslims agree that Allah is One, Muhammad (S) is His last Prophet, the Qur’an is His last Book for mankind, and that one day

Allah will resurrect all human beings, and they will be questioned about their beliefs and actions. There are, ho…