Magazine article Islamic Horizons

A Son Reflects

Magazine article Islamic Horizons

A Son Reflects

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ON BEHALF OF THE BARZINJI family, I want to convey our heartfelt gratitude to the thousands who have touched us from all over the world with their prayers, words of support, and kind condolences. Whether one knew him for decades or merely spent a moment with him, he or she could not escape the sense of serenity and peace my father exuded.

My father inspired me most not by his civic engagement or his institution building (although prolific and significant), but by his courageous capacity to be a freethinker and seeker of Truth in a world acquiescent and delirious with the mundane. I understood from him that his chosen path in life, Islam, is not a mere "religion" in the traditional and suffocating sense (an off-the-shelf package of absolute rituals, superstitions, and beliefs), but rather a holistic way of life and an understanding of the universe based on mercy and love. …

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