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He's 24, but she is older than his mother. He’s a strict Muslim, she has fervent Kabbalah beliefs.
So it was hardly likely to last. Madonna, 52, has split from her lover Brahim Zaibat, a hip-hop dancer, after nine months, the Daily Mail has learned.
Last night a close friend of Zaibat’s said sarcastically: ‘Who’s Madonna?’
The friend added: ‘Brahim has been home and he’s a single guy.
‘He’s no longer an item with Madonna. He’s very happy. There’s nothing more to say.’
He is believed to be lying low at his family’s home in Lyon in France.
But Madonna was happy to be pictured stepping out alone at the Annual Costume Institute gala in New York this week. She sparkled in a floor-length blue gown adorned with stars down its back and designed by her friend Stella McCartney.
Referring to Madonna’s devotion to Kabbalah, a mystical branch of Judaism, a source close to Zaibat added: ‘Brahim’s family had told him they did not want him going to Kabbalah meetings and wanted him to stick to his Muslim beliefs, which caused some rows.
Manuel F. Nunez
As salaamu 'aleykum. It's granted that Madonna's "Kabbalah beliefs" remind me of those Non-Muslim "Sufis" who want to have the dhikr without the difficulty of being labelled a "Muslim" because that's just too difficult, of course. Madonna "practices Kabbalah" without being a Jew. How that is possible is anyone's guess. How do you practice the Jewish prayers, the Jewish holidays, etc. and then turn around and say "I'm not Jewish...but hey...I REALLY dig that Kabbalah...YEAH!!!" It's ridiculous. When she wanted to marry Alex Rodriguez she told him he had to convert to Judaism. Talk about hypocrisy. And now she wants to convince her Muslim (?) boyfriend to attend Kabbalah meetings. I say she's really confused and she should convert to Judaism if she wants to be taken seriously. Elizabeth Taylor did. So did my cousin Natasha. That's called dedication. When I encountered the inner path of Islam (Sufism) and I fell in love with it, I didn't label myself a "Sufi" who loved the chants in Arabic and the deeper levels in the Qur'an but hey, I wouldn't convert...God forbid. No, I realized internally in a very strange experience that this was the inner path of Islam and I was a Muslim and had been from my birth but I had returned to the path via a strange route. All of this being said, the other interesting thing is that Kabbalah and Sufism are so intertwined in ways that many (if not most) do not comprehend. Many Kabbalists in Andalucia and many Sufis were both. That's right. This is known to those who have researched this. Even today we have Rabbi David Cooper and Rabbi Zalman Shacter Shalomi who are practicing Jews (and Rabbis!!) who accept the prophecy of our last prophet Muhammad 'Ibn Abdullah s.a.a.s. If Madonna were a practicing Jew and not just some glory-hound wannabe, I would say that Brahim should have attended the gatherings with her to understand the connection between Kabbalah and Sufism, the two inner streams of the two (REAL) branches of Abraham (for Christianity's real essence is pagan, not Jewish...all of its key tenets stem from paganism -- the trinity, the rejection of Jewish Law, the festivals, the saints, etc.). However, since Madonna is a fake urging others (such as A-Rod) NOT to be fake (the irony, right?) I think it's time to just dump her in the limelight and false friendships which she loves. As for Brahim we pray and hope that he strives to find a woman who will seek a deeper level of spirituality than something which she thinks is "hip" and tries to turn into a fashion statement. Wasalaam. Manuel F. Nunez 'Abdul-Wadud Abu Zacariah al-Maliki
May 12, 2011
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Nothing wrong with study-- Kabbalah can be of interest to Muslims as a way to consider our relation with God more deeply in devotion and philosphy. Just as with yoga, it is not necessarily a distraction from Muslim practice-- though it could also be that, depending on how one studies it. Who loves God enough? I would go to a Jewish Doctor for my heart and that is what the Kabbalah can be. Of course, I have only read "Nine and a half Mystics" a pretty good and interesting book on teachers of Kabbalah -- and never attended the celebrity oriented Kabbalah Centers that madanno is affiliated with-- but from this tony knowledge I would say I don think it can offer anything that cannot be found in the many forms of Sufism. God knows best. And may God guide and keep safe (and separate?) both perfomers. Ne Regrettez Rien
May 11, 2011