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Ten Poems You Must Know (3) 28 January 2009

Posted by ABD in ABD, Arts, Poetry, Politics, Reviews.
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This is the third post of a ten-part series. The first two introduced Langston Hughes’ Harlem and Wilfred Owen’s Dulce et Decorum Est.

One of Yeats’ poems was briefly mentioned in my previous post in this series, but the one you should really know is

William Butler Yeats



Today 28 January 2009

Posted by ABD in ABD, Poetry, Spirituality.
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Put away your toys,
put on your clothes—
We are going to be godly today.

Stop stuffing your face—
slow down, look at yourself.
Turn down that noise
Heavy with sin, let us begin
to pick and choose our way

“The time for rest is over”,
he said.

Learn to be nimble, retrain your gaze

We are going to be godly today.

retread| If you’re going to do this Islam thing 2 May 2008

Posted by EDITOR in ABD, Culture, Spirituality.

Retreads are quality posts from yesterweeks that are given a second run on Fridays. This piece was originally posted by ABD on 4 May 2006.

Welcome to the community. Now grab a bottle of water (or maybe a voice recorder), because ten seconds into any conversation with a Muslim you’ll have to repeat your conversion story. And a pen and notepad, because you’ll have to take down a lot of advice. (One of the things you’ll need in your expanded wardrobe is a thicker skin.) If you thought this was going to be a private affair, think again.


The Heart of the Believer 19 April 2008

Posted by EDITOR in ABD, GUESTS, Psychology, Relationships, Spirituality.

Our guest contributor this week is ABD, a student of political theory and a one-time regular at othermatters.org.

The heart of the believer is between two fingers of the Merciful.

– Prophet Muhammad, on him be peace (Muslim, Ahmad)

The women at the table in front of me—sisters, mother, date—lean in when he speaks. He wears glasses and a nervous, half-embarrassed smile. He may not stand out at a different table, but he holds court here. There is an attentiveness to him that has nothing to do with him. He is a window, a tuning fork, a string of lights out into the bay.


In Memoriam: Amadou Cisse, 1978-2007 3 December 2007

Posted by ABD in ABD, Spirituality.


Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un.
Indeed, to God we belong and to God is our return.

I knew Amadou. I knew him by his knowing smile, his soft laugh and his shake of the head in response to something silly I might have said.