Archive for March, 2010

Gai Eaton Obituary – Telegraph

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Gai Eaton - Hassan Abdul-Hakeem

“Gai Eaton, who died on February 26 aged 89, was a father figure to many white British converts to Islam and was regarded as one of contemporary Islam’s most sophisticated thinkers.”

Inna allahi wa inna allahi rajayun. I had not heard about Gai Eaton’s death until today. It is ironic that I only learned about him recently by picking up a copy of his book Remembering God which I am reading now. I was impressed by his honesty and by his grasp of Islamic concepts. He was able to write about these subjects in a way that a westerner-convert can relate to, a skill which I admire. I endorse and recommend that book. In reading the article from the Telegraph (link below) I was interested in the tumult in his life. We all go through hard times and easy times, Allah (swt) is merciful and benificent, all knowing, and guides us on the straight path. Gay Eaton, rest in peace, insha’allah.

Gai Eaton – Telegraph

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14th Rabi II Urs Hazrat Abu Ahmed Chishti, 965-6 AD

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Chishti-e Sharif, Afghanistan

Facebook | 14th Rabi II Urs Hazrat Abu Ahmed Chishti, 965-6 AD.

Buried in the same place as Abu Ishaq Chishti, an early Chishti Sheikh of many lineages.

14th Rabi II Urs Hazrat Abu Ishaq Chishti, 940 A.D

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Chisht-e Sharif, Afghanistan

Facebook | 14th Rabi II Urs Hazrat Abu Ishaq Chishti, 940 A.D.

One of two early Chishti Sheikhs. Buried in Chisht, Afghanistan. Both Urs are on the same day.

Vail Daily letter: A patriotic American | VailDaily.com

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

A Sufi running for office in Colorado! Let there be many more, insha’allah!

Vail Daily letter: A patriotic American | VailDaily.com.

The Mullah, Sufi Paradox: Of Mullahs and Sufis « Syed Ali Abbas Zaidi’s Blog

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

The Mullah, Sufi Paradox: Of Mullahs and Sufis

An intriguing and thoughtful post on the blog of the current chair of the Pakistan Youth Alliance. Glad to see thoughtful insights into Sufism.

The Mullah, Sufi Paradox: Of Mullahs and Sufis « Syed Ali Abbas Zaidi’s Blog.

“Truly, Mullah Sufi is an intriguing name. Intriguing because Islamic history is full battles between Sufis and Mullahs, both critical of each other to every extent possible One would like to meet Mullah Sufi of the Swat-fame and inquire as to what are his thoughts regarding this undeniable clash between mystical and orthodox Islam. He might give a fatwa therein declaring Sufis as heretics and non-Muslims or He might claim to be a bridge between the two extremes.”