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    The Greatest Miracle by Tariq Mehanna

    The Greatest Miracle An article I recently read discusses how television affects our minds. It states that “what happens to the brain is the frontal lobe – our brain’s most sophisticated control system, responsible for organizing, planning, and sequencing behavior for self-control, moral judgment, and attention – is completely subdued when watching television. This is […] More

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    A Rule by Tariq Mehanna

    Upon arriving here, I was immediately handed what is known as an ‘Inmate Handbook’ – basically, fifty pages or so of prison rules. One such rule reads as follows: “Beds will be tightly made, wrinkle-free, and neat with sheets folded approximately 16″ from the head (military style). The extra blanket will be neatly folded and […] More

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    The Flood Took Them By Surprise by Tariq Mehanna

    A new article written by Tarek: The flood took them by surprise. Lacking foresight, they used to mock him as he worked on his unfinished ship. But because he knew what was coming, he’d simply look up & reply: {“If you mock me, I likewise mock you.”} (11:38) In the end, {“only a few believed […] More

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    Variations by Tariq Mehanna

    Step “outside” here on this first day of spring, and you’ll find the scene to be a strange one: You can look up directly at the Sun shining millions of miles above the walls surrounding you, but those walls conceal everything on the very planet you’re standing on. Over a thousand years ago, the Iraqi […] More

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    The Unsung Heroes by Tariq Mehanna

    ‘Cuff up’ is how I was rudely interrupted one morning, several winters ago. Handcuffed through the slot in my door, I was pulled out, told I was being investigated for some miscellaneous matter, then taken to a segregation cell. Bereft of personal belongings, what I had in that cell was a novel from the library […] More

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    Orbits by Tariq Mehanna

    Cage – n. 1. a boxlike enclosure having wires, bars, or the like, for confining or displaying birds or animals. 2. anything that confines or imprisons; prison. Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of viewing the interiors of a variety of steel cages. I’ve been locked in cages in the basements of Boston courthouses; […] More

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    The Polar Vortex by Tariq Mehanna

    “The great Syrian scholar Abu Sulayman ad-Darani once said: “I walk out of my home, and my eyesight doesn’t fall on anything around me except that I see in it either a blessing from Allah or a warning from Him.” This week’s edition of Time magazine briefly highlights one such sign. The heading reads ‘The […] More

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    The Best Arrows

    I received the latest issue of Time magazine today. There is a photograph on the sixth page titled ‘The Protector.’ The caption of the photograph reads: ‘An Egyptian woman stands in the path of a military bulldozer as it bears down on a wounded man near the Raba’a al-Adawiya mosque during deadly skirmishes in eastern […] More

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