Sufi in America


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While I stand with solidarity with my Muslim brothers and sisters, I must make the statement that not all Muslims have long beards, wear hijabs or are super religious.

In fact, my interpretation of Islam would likely be deemed too liberal for the hardline orthodoxy. But that’s when things get political. Just keep in mind, there is a difference between intellectual Islam, spiritual Islam, orthodox Islam and politicized Islam.

I do believe in moderating one’s behavior, in moderation, which means hardliners and orthodox Muslims are out of place when they pass judgment upon other Muslims (and non-muslims too, but for the sake of the subject, I will focus on inter-Islamic relations).

Many of the misconceptions about Islam are politically engineered, so I don’t even bother addressing them, because I know in my heart that Islam at its inception would have been averse to the modern forms of politicized Islam or Islamism that pervades the Muslim world.

The most important aspect of religion has little to do with rules, dogmas and tradition, a mon avis. On the contrary, the primary message of Islam is one of the heart; of compassion and kindness. But the focus these days is on “limiting behavior”. To me, this is un-Islamic.

We need religious clerics to stop playing God, and for money to stop falling into their hands.

Sufi in the West


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Album #2 coming this January. The legend of the eastern son continues. 📷 by Hana Maatouk. Salute to “Kustom Sounds” studio.

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Arab Liberalism, Culture & Art


I praise Christianity in our Arab community for their loyalty to social liberalism.

Islam is a socially liberal and collectively egalitarian philosophy.

This Wahhabi Saudi twist is dogma and is likened to Limbaugh’s Christianity.

Let us show the world the truth and enlightenment of intellectual islam; and how it is incompatible with extremism and political control.

Was it not Prophet Muhammad who sought to weed out the dogma and supremacy of his contemporary religious groups?

Peace Be Upon Him.

Our duty as liberal and open-minded Muslims is to purify the image of Islam by advertising our egalitarianism, freedom and artistic inspiration.

May Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Iraq be free of the political dogma of fanatical Islam and western expansionism.

Long live the legacy of liberalism (not neoliberalism) and the Christian traditions of the Middle East. Islam and Christianity have birthed the most beautiful gifts in the Middle East and it will be these two cultures which protect it.

RIP to Saba7.

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