Archive for November, 2010

Sufis march against Taliban – Asia – Al Jazeera English

Monday, November 29th, 2010


Thousands protest in Lahore against what they describe as “Talibanisation” of Pakistan.

via Sufis march against Taliban – Asia – Al Jazeera English.

Soon there will be tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands, insha’allah. And for those of you who complain that Muslims do not protest against these tactics I ask you – how many western newspapers or networks are covering this? These kinds of protests are happening all over the Muslim world but receive little, if any coverage in the west.

And the role that the Pakistani government is playing in suppressing it – with the US trying to woo Pakistan into its own brand of fighting terrorism – which is not working very well – is it any wonder that Pakistan is doing that? Playing both sides against one another. At the same time they are protesting US drone strikes, they also undermine the very internal grass roots movements that could cut off the Taliban influences at the local levels. What a travesty.



 

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Annual Sufi Music Festival

Friday, November 26th, 2010


This looks like a wonderful festival in Mumbai, maybe I get to go there next year, insha’allah!

The pain of separation from the creator is the core of Sufi poetry and its music seeks to unite listeners with the divine. The National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA,India’s premiere art and culture institution, presented their annual three-day Sufi Music Festival called Sama’a: The Mystic Ecstasy from November 17.

via Annual Sufi Music Festival.



 

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Pakistan: Targeted by the Taliban, Sufi Muslims Fight Back – TIME

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010


Pakistani Muslims protest during a rally in Lahore on Oct. 25, 2010, after a bomb attack killed four people at the Baba Farid Sufi shrine in Pakpattan

Just as al-Qaeda’s tyrannical puritanism sparked a backlash among the very Sunnis they claimed to be defending in Iraq, so is Taliban violence against Pakistan’s Sufi community provoking its adherents to fight back.

via Pakistan: Targeted by the Taliban, Sufi Muslims Fight Back – TIME.



 

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Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan – Religious scholars call for implementation of Sufi teachings

Sunday, November 21st, 2010


The following is a good article about re-invigorating the meaning and heart of these teachings and hopefully for the promotion of peace:

Religious scholars call for implementation of Sufi teachings

* Dr Sajid says certain groups using tombs for economic interests instead of promoting education, religious philosophy

Staff Report

LAHORE: Religious scholars on Saturday urged unity among Muslims and practical implementation of the teachings of Sufi saints to promote peace and root out the menace of terrorism from Pakistan, at a national discussion entitled ‘Role of Sufis in Curbing Terrorism’.

via Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan – Religious scholars call for implementation of Sufi teachings.



 

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SOF: The Dignity of Difference

Sunday, November 21st, 2010


Dignity of Difference

“Being” (formerly “Speaking of Faith”) is one of my favorite radio interview shows. Krista Tippet is a great interviewer and has a very eclectic interest in subjects about how we are in the world. Mostly faith based subjects but she also seems to be interested greatly in the interface between faith and science, especially psychology.

Another common theme in the shows is interfaith dialogue and the people who are promoting that. This interview with Rabbi Jonathan Sacks is a wonderful view into many of those topics and a compelling and hopeful view into the life of the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth.

If you want to look at the web page about this interview you can click on the link below:

SOF: The Dignity of Difference.

If you want to hear the program, you should be able to by clicking on the link below:

Dignity of Difference on \”Being\”

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.



 

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