Author Archives: Rakhshanda Jalil

About Rakhshanda Jalil

Rakhshanda Jalil is the media and cultural coordinator at Jamia Millia Islamia. Her latest book is 'Invisible City: Hidden Monuments'.

Scent in an Islamic Garden

‘Scent is the food of the soul, and the soul is the vehicle of the faculties of man.’ –Hadith attributed to the Prophet of Islam One has heard of literary history, social history, to some extent even economic history culled … Continue reading

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Destiny’s Night

While the entire period of Ramzan is a time of fasting and praying, Shab-e-Qadr or Lailat ul-Qadr is the most blessed of all nights. It falls on a night that no one can pinpoint with any certainty. Yet the faithful who have prayed through the night say that the heart always knows when communion has been reached. Continue reading

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Review – Sufism: The Heart of Islam

Sadia Dehlvi’s latest offering, “Sufism: The Heart of Islam”, traces the history of Sufism, the major Sufi silsilas or Master-Pupil chains, the early Sufis, the essence of the Sufi ‘experience’ and the foundation of Sufism in faith or deen. She speaks with passion and clarity and leavens her narrative with personal observations and experiences. Continue reading

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