The Moment, Frozen and Explored: On the Power of Storytelling

The human experience is inimitable. What each human experiences in a given moment can never in it’s entirety be experienced by another. It is far too nebulous. Each and every second of our life is informed by our entire life prior to that moment; upbringing, schooling, family, friends, life events, wins, losses; all of these…

Between Harmony and Dissonance: On Muslim Unity

The importance of the Islamic fraternity is a popular lecture topic among scholars and speakers. It is stressed, repeatedly, how important it is for Muslims to be united, how important it is for the Ummah to exist, a boundary-less arch of camaraderie, engulfing Muslims everywhere, only by virtue of their faith. The Prophet of Islam,…

Celestial touch: On the Sky and the Fitrah

Nobody can deny the beauty of the sky. When gazing at mellow, rounded and forgiving clouds, emboldened by the deep blue sky, and shaded by the sun, one cannot help but feel awe. This feeling only magnifies in the night, when the sun yields, and towering constellations come forth. Perhaps this feeling of awe, that…

In pursuit of empathy: thoughts on the Diary of Anne Frank

A couple of weeks ago, I finished the Diary of Anne Frank. I realised afterwards that I had purchased the ‘definitive edition’. This edition wasn’t fitting of the name, since it was edited by Anne’s father, Otto Frank, to remove politically incorrect and offensive diary entries. That would have made for far more interesting reading,…