Canadian Sufi Cultural Centre: a mystical experience

I had been contemplating visiting the Sufi Cultural Centre for many months.  I had emailed them and gotten an open invite for visiting several months ago, but since they only met together every Saturday night for dhikr (to remember God by calling on His names/attributes), it was difficult to actually end up there, since there […]

love, pray, eat

Back in early spring 2009, I remember walking out of the NICU ward at Mount Sinai Hospital in downtown Toronto, feeling unsure and worried over the future prospects for my newborn premature triplets who lay there naked and hooked up to various monitors and tubes in their incubators.  As I walked past the lobby, I […]

A Muslim’s visit to a Christian Monastery

I wondered if there were any Christian monasteries in the Toronto area, so I googled to quench my curiosity.  Surprised to find one in Toronto, I went on the website for the Holy Cross Priory.  I had no idea what happened in monasteries, so I clicked on the prayer tab and was really intrigued by […]

tragedy: the homogenization and loss of meaning

 Just recently, I realized how mechanical and meaningless some aspects of my spirituality have become. Whenever I meet someone Muslim, I say “assalam alaikum.”  That person responds to me “walaikum salaam.”  Sometimes the other person says salaam first, and I respond to them.  Everything is good, until I realize that I don’t even know what […]

Islam: transforming your ego

Ever since I began my blog, I wondered which imam to contact for an interview.  I considered going to a local mosque to get some answers about the essence of Islam.  But each time I decided upon a mosque or an imam, something just wouldn’t fit.  I realized that I couldn’t just interview any imam.  […]

Love thy neighbour: Christianity 101

It was a chilly March Wednesday, as I ran across the parking lot at Sheridan College, my hands tightly gripping my toddler’s stroller handles.  He screamed and laughed with joy, as I bolted towards the main entrance, desperate to get away from the frigid cold air.  Walking in, I felt the immediate comfort of the […]

Tikkun Olam: Interview with Rabbi Tamar Grimm

By: Samra (admin) I paced around, then paused to look at the clock.  It read 1:35pm.  “Only 25 minutes to go,” I said to myself.  I decided to calm my nerves by calling on God using the prayer/meditation beads.  I called on Him by His various names in Arabic, such as The Light (An-Noor), The […]