Happy 80th Birthday, Dr. King!

January 15, 2009

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Happy 80th Birthday, Dr. King! May God bless your soul. Amen.

Ya Haqq!


“Fitna the Movie” and the Sufi Way

April 3, 2008

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

A brother in Indonesia wrote me and asked about far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilder’s movie, Fitna. Specifically, he asked what the Sufi way of dealing with it would be.

I have read a couple of articles about the 15 minute film that call it amateurish and boring, but I have not seen it and will not look at it. It is a purposeful attempt to provoke a violent reaction by a political extremist who uses fear of immigrants and Muslims as a power base.

The best answer is to boycott watching the movie, and pray that Allah enlightens the heart of the filmmaker and his followers.

It reminds me of this story in a recent post about Isa ibn Mariyam, Jesus the son of Mary:

Isa ibn Mariyam (AS),
passed by a group of men who shouted evil things at him.
In return Isa (AS) spoke to them with kindness.
His companions asked:
“Why did you reply to these men with kindness when they spoke evil to you?”
Isa (AS) replied: “Everyone spends from the coin he has.”

To answer hate with love is the Sufi way.

Ya Haqq!