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 ([email protected]) 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. 


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The importance of Tasawwuf in the world today?

As the anniversary of the September 11th attacks approach I thought it would be fitting to write about my understandings of Islamic Spirtuality  and Islam.  The countless examples of violence from Islamic extremism in the past decade, it has forced both Muslims and non-Muslims to deeply question what Islam is and what it teaches.   I think that this has actually created a positive benefit for those willing to deeply study the subject from people who truly understand the religion.  But more importantly it requires going beyond one's preconceived notions about Islam in order to find the truth.   I have decided to share this essay with my family and friends and in attempt to convey my understanding of Islam and Tassuwuf. 

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Providing Authentic Experience

Just like recreational spaces opens visitors' eyes into the beauties of cities we live in, Zawiya Perspective opened my eyes into the beauties in our community. It's a place where people can connect in a meaningful way with each other and with their own soul. Thank you Zawiya & Abdullah

The Psychological spin

 The psychological spin to the Theory regarding Terrorism or mass murderers


 The theory's application is universal and is meant to be used as a framework to capture a the big picture. The picture can be as simple or complex as the scientist wants it to be but what's important is that the facilitation of communication by different scientists which opens up a dialogue with the ambition of gaining new insight. The parentheses are used to explain the relationships between the micro, macro and global effects on the phenomenon trying to be articulated and how it's influence   can impact at any level on the organism. This example can be used using Beck's model of depression how it's composed of negative views of the   self, present, and future. The theory is it's rudimentary stages but I can use empirical evidence by using attachment theory, by using the psychoanalytic approach, and other scientific models. Please excuse my writing since that is one of my weaknesses but I hope I can get the point across. I would also love some feedback and guidance, also please don't let my religious beliefs overlook the content of the theory. I use it to add sentiment and flavor to the theory so it won't feel so mechanical. Thank you.  

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The Whirlpool Effect

This Theory has a back story which I'll share with you if you ask.  Dedicated to the victims of Fukashima may Allah grant them paradise.  Also, to my beautiful Daughter Amelie Saree Manez and my family who have been very patient with me.  Lastly this work was edited by Engie Salama thank you for your support and edits. 

Note: the theory is still incomplete but I plan to make it into a thesis for graduate school under the school of Social Work in Cal State Long Beach please make Dua that I get in Inshallah. All input is greatly appreciate it and I plan to use it to help me polish the theory. 

Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar Rahim: WE=((Z((X)+Y)) 

The Whirlpool Effect and the community and its functions. 

This theory is layered in its complexity through many different domains and expressions.  WE = Whirlpool Effect: picture a force driven from the outside, bringing in its energy to a focal point, the center. The force being driven to its center, thus providing an analogy of the prophets—be it Muhammad, Moses, or Jesus—as the blessed prophets in the center. These central figures of long-lasting religious traditions educate humanity of God’s message, and in turn were guided, inspired, driven, motivated, tried, and tested by Allah (SWT). The Whirlpool Effect is the totality of the event from which humanity can learn: the believer becomes awakened and given new ways to worship according to Allah's message and the prophets ability to convey that message through words and actions.

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Zawiya Perspective – Understanding the Third-Space

Written By: Batool Ali

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