• Tom Joyce

    Dear Omid,

    Your talk made me long to come with you again to see Mowlana’s shrine in Konya, and sip chiya at cafes in Istanbul while your beautiful boy climbs on my back like a little monkey. Give him a wedgie for me, please!


  • ay

    Great article, and great video! One of the best messages to be given Norouz (the other amazing message was delivered in Turkey, on the same day). Thank you, Omid!

  • Re the separation/s you mentioned in your talk about the Persian New Year: When I was helping manage an Islamic school, the heavy reliance on the use of “fear” as a motivator and to deter unwanted behavior, was a constant major pain for me. Fear turns students off to learning and causes the whole “fight or flight” response. Every time I objected I was told that fear is what Allah uses in the Qur’an and in the same ways they were using it. My response was that this is impossible because fear causes separation, and the fear, even terror, spoken of in the Qur’an is the same fear, or terror, children feel and express when separated from their parents for the first time at a young age, when they know their entire existence is dependent upon their parents. The fear spoken of in the Qur’an is the fear of separation from Allah and the causes of such separation, because from that separation all harmful actions come. When adults use fear in Islamic education, they are separating the children from Allah, thus doing exactly what Allah in the Qur’an is warning so strongly against. No one listened, and we eventually left the school altogether. The public schools have their issues, but they did not separate my children from Allah and the Qur’an–only the Muslim community does that.

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