Mother Nature and the 99 Names

One of the aims of our new book The 99 Names of God is to help children, parents, and teachers build a spiritual link to the natural world, making us aware that God communicates to us through nature in the most beautiful, awesome, playful, and sublime manner. Young and old are encouraged to see how [Read More…]

America of the Heart: Whitman and Rumi

As we enter deeper into the introspection of the winter months and America continues to search its soul in the aftermath of the presidential election, I find myself turning to one of the great American voices: Walt Whitman. What can this champion of democracy say to us at a time when inspiration is so sorely [Read More…]

Feminine Symbols in Islam

    Islam and the Divine Feminine? Really? Yes, as improbable as it may seem, really. In our times we have become so accustomed to a male-dominated, authoritarian and repressive interpretation of Islam that has all but eliminated the feminine dimension from our spiritual life causing serious imbalances in our lives, our communities and our [Read More…]

If You Only Knew This About The Prophet

  This is the fifth in my series of 11 Love Letters to the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. Dearest M, Everyone who knew you agrees about one thing. “He had a smile of incomparable charm,” writes one Western scholar. She’s going by accounts from written sources, descriptions used by your earliest [Read More…]

Making Love: Leonard Cohen and the Sufis

My journey to Islam started with Leonard Cohen. In his album, Recent Songs, Cohen writes of being influenced by Attar and Rumi[i]. The lyrics were so beautiful and evocative, I had to find out whom these intriguing names belonged to. Recently, as a Sufi colleague and I were reflecting on Cohen’s music, it was suggested [Read More…]

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

  What’s Love Got To Do With It?     As Tina Turner once famously asked, “What’s love got to do with it?” For very different reasons the same question could be asked about Islam today. In these times of violence, stereotyping, extremism, criminal behavior enacted in the name of religion, and the mass media’s [Read More…]