Friday, December 14, 2007

The Rwandan bookseller

A religious bookseller, originally uploaded by Samer!.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Muslim-Celtic art

Wine not of the earthly realm

This drunkenness of mine
Is of no crimson wine;
My wine doth not pass
Except in passion's glass.

O friend, was it thy will
With me this wine to spill?
The wine that moves my mirth
Was never seen on earth.

– Imam Jalal ad-Din Rumi

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

From Sacred Space to Sub-Standard Stomping Ground

Religion is seen as a cultural vestibule by many of the older generation. This attitude allows community elites to exercise symbolic power that is fed on the preserve of cultural import. Those in charge manipulate, under the guise of cultural comportment, sacred spaces thus reducing them to sub-standard enclaves of inefficiency and and confusion. This trend must be reversed because religion is not a vehicle that one cruises in for temporal tutelage, but a path tread by the soul that can lead to eternal satisfaction.

Monday, December 03, 2007

The Meaning of Love

Love is patient, love is kind.

It does not envy, it does not boast,

It is not proud.

It is not rude, it is not self-seeking,

It is not easily angered,

It keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil

But rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts,

Always hopes, always perseveres.

– Corinthians 13: 4-7