We named our first born Jamil. At that time, his father and I were celebrating in the Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Dancing) around Charlottesville, Va and Atlanta, Ga. Jamil is one of the ninety nine names or attributes of Allah. It means 'the beautiful'.
The Sufi Community is vibrant and peaceful around
So…. when news reached my ears that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is a practicing Sufi I sat down at the computer to study a little more and then….write. The current news story about the mosque at ground zero is fascinating to me as I gather more information. It is being used, often shamefully and ignorantly, by politicians and pundits to further a variety of fears and untruths. I hope you will be moved to do some earnest research about the ancient mystics, including Christian and Jewish Gnosticism and Sufi masters.
"Our work is to spread the knowledge and love and light of God. By stressing the positive, the affirmative, the true, we help ourselves and all humanity".
Murshid Samuel L. Lewis
PS: My son Jamil loves his Sufi name. He has a tattoo of it in Arabic on his shoulder. The name fits him well as he is bright and happy with a spiritually inquisitive and open mind.