Grammar is often viewed as a tedious and unimaginative subject, pertaining merely to our means of mundane communication. Squeezed dry of any life, outwardly it appears to be an endeavor devoid of any inspiration. Even moreso, for a traditional student of knowledge, memorizing obscure aberrant verses of poetry to deliver grammatical points, parsing the construction of sentences (al-iʿrāb) and dwelling on the niceties of the disagreement between grammarians can seem daunting. Understanding the grammatical cases of sentences, be it nominative, accusative, or genitive may not be the most important thing that pops out of an English grammar textbook. However, for a student of classical Arabic, it is all that matters. Continue reading The Grammar of Reality
Understanding and Critiquing Certain Common Sense Moralisms in Modern Society Previously, we discussed the moralism of determining when exclusivity functions and certain misjudgments we make regarding the moral weight of things. The following discussion ties into another issue in conceptualizing popular sentiments in modern ethics – namely, our severe lack of moral clarity, sincerity and concern for our heart. The cost of a lack of … Continue reading 7 Modern Deadly Sins and Misunderstandings: Clarity
Matters of the body are relatively straightforward: if an organ or limb or tissue is afflicted, medical expertise is sought, and then one hopes for an effective treatment, perhaps in the form of a pill or medical procedure. Humans understand the consequences and pain of neglecting a physical ailment. We intuitively recognize the necessity of preserving physical health to better experience life (and worship Allah), pouring millions of dollars into understanding the mechanisms underlying diseases. The acute awareness of our fleeting mortality only fuels fastidious research. But in matters of the soul and their ailments, popular prescriptions seem to float in the realm of self-care books and gimmicks or models of mental health care that reject the role of spirituality altogether, unable to combat increasing spiritual deterioration. Continue reading A Book Review of ‘Infamies of the Soul and Their Treatments’
The term dīn is not understood in our Tradition as the term “religion” is throughout Western religious history, but rather carries four primary significations: (1) indebtedness; (2) submissiveness; (3) judicious power; (4) natural inclination or tendency.  Continue reading Reflections On Love and Suffering
Tell them you follow Musa.
That we must walk through the valley of the shadow of death before reaching Tuwa.
Continue reading Wading with Musa
A Book Review of Sea Without Shore by Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller. Continue reading Rekindling Muslim Scholastic and Spiritual Consciousness
Existence is a strange thing. While it permeates all that is and all that we experience, it eludes our grasp. Continue reading Tasawwuf as Islamic Existentialism
The oft-repeated definition of philosophy is the love of wisdom. Continue reading The Islamic Tradition: Philosophy in the Margins