"I am not this hair, I am not this skin, I am the soul that lives within."
لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا الله مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ الله
And they should be treated like serious problems, because mental illnesses won’t just “go away” without proper help.
“Like fundamentalists of all religious stripes, they have no questions only answers, they found the perfect antidote for thought, and the ideal refuge from the hard demands of real faith. They don’t have to struggle for it like Jacob wrestling through the night with the angel, or like Jesus and his forty days and nights in the wilderness, or like Muhammad not only that night on the mountain but throughout his years as the Prophet, with the Quran constantly urging him not to despair, and condemning those who most loudly proclaim that they know everything there is to know and that they and they alone are right. And yet we, the vast and far too silent majority have ceded the public arena to this extremist minority. We’ve allowed Judaism to be claimed by violently messianic west bank settlers, Christianity by homophobic hypocrites and misogynistic bigots, Islam by suicide bombers, and we’ve allowed ourselves to be blinded by the fact that no matter whether they claim to be Christians, Jews, or Muslims. Militant extremists are NONE of the above. They’re a cult all their own. Blood brothers stepped in other people’s blood. This isn’t faith its fanaticism and we have to stop confusing the two. We have to recognize that real faith has no easy answers. “ -Lesley Hazleton
From the collection: IslamicArtDB » Hassan II (Hasan Ath-Thani) Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco (16 items)
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Zlabia in Tunisia. Zlebia or zlabia (زلابية) is a type of pastry eaten in northwest Africa, e.g. Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. Ingredients include flour, yeast, yoghurt, and sugar, mixed with water and commonly two seeds of cardamom (oil for the crackling). This sweet was cherished by the Jewish population of Algeria. Zalābiya are fried pastries including types similar to straight donuts around other Arab countries like Yemen, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq. Zalābiya mushabbaka are latticed fritters made in discs, balls, and squares, dipped in clarified honey perfumed with rose water, musk, and camphor. Zalabiya funiyya is a sponge cake version cooked in a special round pot on a trivet and cooked in a tannur. They are often stick shaped and are eaten year-round, including in expat communities in France, where they’re especially popular during Ramadan.