Aleppo

allepo.jpg

Everything is dying: the cats,the  dogs --- the people. Only birds live because they have the sky. Where there are entryways, there are stones. Walls are wretched gaping mouths to potential enemy lines. It was a sniper that got my sister and struck my mother, picked them out as they ran with water for the thirsty in their hands. Is this what fate looks like? The bus is on loan from the king of Jordan. He would not send his men, but he would send a bus for the thousands fleeing. I board the bus and take a seat in the middle, in case it blows up at the front or back. My brother Adel is racing down the street. Don’t leave me, he is yelling, his face caked with dirt and blood. He is all I have left. In his hands he holds a bag of bread. Women lay over rubble in their thobes like dead moths. Silence catches its breath between the sting of bombs that hit my heart.

I used to love lamp light; the moon of the studious in university windows overlooking commerce and industry. I used to admire prophet like professors anointing the ignorant with prose of peace. Why do we leave? Because we must, if we wish to put our eyes on the heavens and claim a spot to call our own on this earth. I want to live. I want children to remind me of what happiness and joy sounds like because in these wars, we are robbed of everything, but hope.


Veiling

veiling.jpg

Birds of varied feather can be heard singing outside in the trees. A sun descends into twilight as  Iftar approaches; a cross - culture, interfaith feast of roast chicken, Persian basmati cherry rice with saffron, kabob koobideh with white onion, cucumber salad, sangak bread, naan and more awaits. Muslims, Buddhists, Christians, Jews, friends and strangers gather to pray together, then break the Ramadan fast with an offering of fresh watermelon juice and sweet dates before gathering to break bread.

Read more

Being Friends

18814060_1421273187963333_2833861065575798283_n.jpg

Going to Iftar was a great experience.  Even as an interfaith event there was such an overabundance of reverence and community. Several religions were represented including the Jews, Christians,  Muslims and others who I may not have chanced to meet. It was obvious from the start that some participants had found strength together in sharing about each others faiths. Yet the event to me seemed extremely beneficial for several more reasons. There in recent years has been intensity of growing tensions between religious groups; this event; I felt put emphasis on how each shares so much in common. Because of growing fear and ultimately hatred towards the generalized Muslim or even (foreign) groups, this event was especially helpful in separating facts from lies. My Muslim, Jewish,  Buddhist, and Christian brothers and sisters need to put bias and an Us Vs. Them relationship behind them. We need to remember and realize that we are neighbors who will grow only if we embrace making surviving relationships of sincerity and well meaning with each other. Participation in this Iftar has begun to do that.




Abrahams Table


Lyrical Nourishment




A Comparison of the Shari’ah and the Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods in International Business Transactions

Also found in: American Bar Association (ABA) International Law, Summer 2015, Vol. 44 No.3 

Ahamed A. Syed (ahamed786syed@gmail.com) is an attorney practicing in Los Angeles. He has previously lived in Saudi Arabia, India and Canada. His international background allows him to appreciate the different legal systems around the world. He is passionate about dispelling the myths around Islam and hopes to promote a greater understanding of the faith. 

--

Read more


Sign Up for Emails Attend our Events Donate to Zawiya Perspective

connect

get updates