Ramadan: Our heart is already there in nano bits

I go to a tree and say:  Dear tree, can you give me a poem?  The tree says: If you can pierce  My bark and merge into my marrow,  Perhaps you will get a poem.  I whispe ...

Ramadan: Coming out of the Suburbs

Complaint Is only possible While living in the suburbs Of God -The Gift, Poems by Hafiz, Translations by Daniel Ladinsky We all have moments of being suburb dwellers. When I find myself ...

Ramadan: Like a Bird We fly out of the Darkness into the hall

When the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq began, I was between the ages of 24 and 26, working as an Import Policy Analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce. My work entailed reading trade policies of fo ...

Ramadan: of dates and cacao

We live on a delicious planet. From peppers to bitter gourds to mustard greens to mangos to the hundreds of eggplants indigenous to Bangladesh - we are incredibly blessed. Two fruits that are magic ...

Ramadan: Atheism

I had a big dream. I wanted to visit the Mazaar of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti in the deserts of Rajasthan, in Ajmer. How would I get there? I didn’t know anyone in Rajasthan even though my jasmine ...

Ramadan: of spiders and rhythms

Why do Muslims pray five times a day? Why did Mohammed advise Muslims to take this on as one of the five pillars, knowing that life can be demanding? Are we Muslims just fanatics, lunatics, worthy of ...

Ramadan: of spiders and rhythms

Why do Muslims pray five times a day? Why did Mohammed advise Muslims to take this on as one of the five pillars, knowing that life can be demanding? Are we Muslims just fanatics, lunatics, worthy o ...

Ramadan: Molecules of Emotion

From the fragrance of your love Heaven and Earth flourishes And the rain of compassion pours upon us Of my heart and soul, beloved Messenger of Allah -lyrics from Birthday Song by Shaykh B ...

Ramadan: You are there and so am I

You are there and so am I We will not build a false heaven on earth With self-indulgent romance Beloved We will not celebrate our union With self-indulgent romance Beloved We will ...

Ramadan: The Razor’s Edge

“My Friend is nearer to me than I am to myself And I’m far from Him How amazing! Whom can I tell? That my Friend is within me, and I am exiled.” -Sa’adi Dr. Rafique ...

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Shireen Pasha is a freelance contributor.

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