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What and Who Inspire Wajahat Ali

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Wajahat Ali is a writer, speaker, and author of Go Back to Where You Came From, And Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become American. He and Zainab discussed the importance of investing in joy, and what it’s like being Muslim in the West. Here, a few of Ali’s favorite sources for inspiration.

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The Spiritual Poems of Rumi

Translated by renowned Rumi expert Nader Khalili, over 120 poems on spirituality from the Persian mystic poet and Sufi master have been carefully collected and curated in this beautifully illustrated edition.

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We ordered, “O fire! Be cool and safe for Abraham!”

"This verse corresponds to a story where elders threw Abraham as a young boy into a fire, to punish him, and God commands the fire to be cool. I named my first son Ibrahim after that, and it's a prayer. I want the fires of the world to be cooled for that generation." —Wajahat Ali

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The Once and Future King

T. H. White’s masterful retelling of the saga of King Arthur is a fantasy classic as legendary as Excalibur and Camelot, and a poignant story of adventure, romance, and magic that has enchanted readers for generations.

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Moby, "God Moving over the Face of the Waters" (1995)

"This is an instrumental piece, a lovely track. It's just like one of those little lovely, small gems." —Wajahat Ali

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The Godfather (1972)

"I'm a big movie buff. Every time The Godfather comes on, I watch it. Solid, very well made movie—a very American movie." —Wajahat Ali