A song dedicated to all the Palestinians who died in the past years, including a dear family member, Roqaya Radi (was married to a Palestinian). Roqaya was standing in her balcony (in Ghaza, 2009) when a rocket struck her.
A small piano piece, expressing the longing to the Absolute.
Within every human being, there is a desire to experience, accomplish, or reach something that is beyond reach. For some people, this desire becomes a perpetual search for the perfection, and some of these people spend their lifetime perfecting what they like to do in order to leave a mark in this world after they die. For other people, they just feel they are searching for something better... However way this is experienced, there is a call deep within all of us towards the Absolute, because God is the Absolute.
Wonder, a song based on a famous poem by the Sufi master Ibn Arabi.
Sufism is not a branch of Islam, but the deep core engine of Islam, which deals with wisdom and truth at a very deep level, like the mysticism of every religion. A good analogy would be this: if Islam is the mathematics taught in elementary schools and in High schools, then Sufism would be the mathematics of post doctoral level.
All religions, at a very deep level, seem to converge towards the same thing, which is pure love, mercy, compassion and forgiveness. The core of this convergence is God, and He is the source of such a pure love. That's what Ibn Arabi is talking about in this poem, whose lyrics can be translated as follows:
There was a time I would not make an effort to know
those whose faith were not close to mine.
But now, my heart has grown tolerant
and capable of taking on all forms.
It is a pasture for gazelles,
An abbey for monks.
A table for the Torah.
Kaaba for the pilgrim.
My religion is love.
Whichever the route love's caravan shall take,
That is my religion, my creed and my faith
A song based on a poem by Rumi, called "Whatever Happens". The last part of the song uses few Arabic verses from the Sufi master Al-Hallaj (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mansur_Al-Hallaj).
99% of religious people consider their religion as the main source of moral values. Others who may or may not be religious, may think moral values can partly change from one culture to another, and therefore deciding whether a given deed is good or bad may not be a simple question. Obviously there are things that are simple and clear, like helping a poor person for example, all the cultures of the world would agree that it is a good deed indeed. But not every single deed can be easily categorized as evil or good. Religious people of course believe that one can make a clear cut between what is evil and what is good, based on the principles of the religion (that's what a religion is for after all. If a religion cannot decide what is bad and what is good, that's not a religion). These are the people in the middle. On the extreme left, the people who control Hollywood and many other institutions, think differently about moral values: they think there is nothing absolute about them and given the power in their hands, they strongly believe they can shape and recreate their own moral values, the way they see fit. On the extreme right, you have the Sufi master Rumi, who thinks the complete opposite: Rumi believes that moral values are completely absolute and should not change from one culture to another. Not only that, Rumi even believes that moral values, in their holy absoluteness, are even independent from religion. Rumi expresses this in the poem by saying "Even if the world is godless, and in chaos, show me your anchor".