The transcript for a sermon in mosques last Friday caused quite the furor. Though it revolved around atheism, the discourse spread its tentacles even further by stating that unveiled women and yoga are examples of people straying from the Islamic faith. As ever, liberals and conservatives reiterated the same arguments, with the former insisting that […]Read more "When Unveiled Women, Yoga Enthusiasts and Atheists Collide"
By the end of 2017, a Hindu temple will be completed in Abu-Dhabi, sponsored entirely by the UAE government. A Hindu temple of worship is nothing new in the Emirates. Dubai already boasts two temples, and the Sikhs had cause for celebration circa seven years ago, when they were also finally granted permission to resurrect […]Read more "When Fear Is Loved, And Love is Feared"
We human beings are a complicated, collective mess. And I have learned so much from hurting others, and so much more from those who have hurt me. I have learned compassion, struggled with forgiveness, become aware of my inability to let go and owned my share of the blame. And I have also remained shell-shocked […]Read more "Why I Always Leave The Door Open"
Ego-collective consciousness: We want to rule the world, militarily, economically, financially, politically. We taunt nature by creating a matrix of divisiveness, and humiliate our brothers and sisters for their skin color, sexual preference, gender. When we are conservative, we want to cover others; and if we are against veils, we want to literally strip others […]Read more "Ego or Love Consciousness?"
Recently, a woman I know posted a photograph of a collapsed Buddhist temple in Myanmar and she added a caption praising God. As a Muslim, she was so outraged by what was happening to the Rohingya, that she must have forgotten her innocent Buddhist brothers and sisters – who have nothing to do with the […]Read more "(Un)Social Media"
So far, there is no ideology – apart from love – that is entirely peaceful. Darkness can never hide behind love or misinterpret it; for love has no scripture, no rituals, no dogma. It speaks for itself and is the most powerful transformer and the only force that can bring us close to the divine without any conditions. […]Read more "Viva L’Amore"
As long as we accept that there are people who are chosen (us) and people who are damned (them), we will continue to label each other – and be labeled – infidels. And if we are comfortable living in a paradigm that accepts the torment of others based on their interpretation of the divine, then do […]Read more "Love Over Beliefs"