Religion Shi'ism

Poem for Milad un-Nabi

The Prophet’s Legacy Listen, O brothers! In the ocean of faith, the Qur’an is the most precious pearl of Muhammad. Just as every king keeps his treasure concealed, the Qur’an is the hidden treasure of Muhammad. Observer well, who do you see as the custodian of this treasure and the trustee of Muhammad? Just as you leave your treasure to your children, there is a legacy for the children of Muhammad. Do you not see that the pearls of faith cannot come from anyone except the children of Muhammad? This treasure was entrusted to one person only, worthy of being…

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Watch the kids, but then get out.

I admit that I have not been following the immigration debate as closely as I should have. The issue seems to be a watershed event and raised the spector of a new political force, even though the majority of the people interested in this issue cannot as yet vote. This country was founded by immigrants and has become wealthy on the back of immigrants. I am not sure how much of the debate is centered on economic and social issues and how much is plain xenophobia. Certainly since 9/11 the lens by which view immigration has changed. Is this the…

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Islamic Architecture

Ghost Dog is having problems posting, so I’m posting on his behalf. As an architect who is also a regular at conferences and symposiums, I usually have someone ask me if I do ‘Islamic architecture“. While I understand what they mean, I do not understand the term ”Islamic architecture“. Here are some interesting discussions which took place on ArchNet regarding ”Islamic architecture“ What is Islamic architecture? Why do we say ”Islamic“ architecture? Why Islamic architecture? ”Islamic“ architecture Yesterday while browsing the Internet, as I am apt to do when sleep is elusive, I came across an article that articulates the…

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