What is Zahir X Batin?

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The first structure to understand about the world is the duality of Zahir and Batin, that there is an apparent world which we see and feel, and a hidden world which we can only apprehend with our minds and hearts. Beginning with what is closer at hand, we can physically see and feel our own bodies and at the same time have an inner awareness of ourselves and our thinking, but we cannot employ our physical sense to touch our thoughts or see our feelings. From this microcosmic level, the duality applies also to the universe. Just as our physical bodies abide in this material world of Zahir, Nasir teaches that the non-physical part of our beings whether called soul or mind or heart – resides in the spiritual universe of the Batin, to which in fact it yearns to return, to regain its proper home. Thus, the ultimate journey is the journey of the soul which starts here and now, in this world. And for Nasir Khusraw this is not mere philosophy but a personal statement of faith.

From Knowledge and Liberation by Nasir Khusraw

Inspired by two of the most powerful concepts from the Islamic World, Zahir X Batin is a Multi-Dimensional Art Platform founded by @Ahmad.Shuhib.Zuhurooddin. From Life coaching, Fashion line, Literature, Theater, Art Exhibition, Producing music/directing music videos to Stage design, the idea of that platform is to CULTURE by fusion. Zahir X Batin is about the plurality of expressions of that spark screaming love, colours and grey zones, words and ideas in black or white, reading through different senses Allah gifted us with.

Life coaching: Zahir X Batin will collaborate with various stakeholders/mentors/life coaches to guide the youth in need of guidance in their journey, in person or online.

Fashion Line: Fusioning the eastern and western culture by respecting the ethical framework of the Islamic values, Zahir X Batin want the people to express the core of who they are through Fashion, not to uniform but the give people to ability to express the plurality of their being with the way they dress.

Poetry and art exhibitions: Zahir X Batin will organise Art exhibit for local artists to showcase their work and give them a platform to exhibit their art with possibilities to live with their art.

Theater: Zahir X Batin will take part in the creative process of plays, short movies and videos by merging culture to create new content supporting comedians and actors,comedians & artists by giving them a stage and platform to practice their passion.

Producing music: Sampling Persian melodies with 808s are one of the examples of how Zahir X Batin will support artists to own their masters. Working alongside professionals in the field of music production and composition, Zahir X Batin is about the fusion of sound energy.

Music videos: By using Inner cosmological/Islamic/Non-Islamic geometrical design framing, Zahir X batin is breaking the traditional music video framework to give the artists the tools to adapt the visuals of their music for they way the present and the future is wired.

Stage design: In order for artists to be close to their fan, Zahir X Batin is coming up with a new way the design stage for performances. This will enable fans and artists to be more close to one another and the Artist to share their spark in a creative way with their Stage Performance reflecting their ideas and sounds.

Web Design: Zahir X Batin has been offering innovative website designing services at accessible price points to businesses across the globe. Our web design services include everything from a simple content web site to the most complex Custom Web Design, Table less Div Based Pages, PSD to XHTML, Web 2.0, Industry Based Design and Website Redesign. Apart from being user friendly, all websites are W3C validated, easy to load and extremely functional.

Zahir X Batin is a semi lucrative platform as part of gain made Zahir X Batin Art platform is given back to the people worldwide and support international artists in their creative projects in collaboration various NGO’s. The ultimate goal of this art platform is to Culture by fusion and enable creatives to take part in making this world a better place. 

The only dog shop in Kabul aims to help pet owners

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Afghanistan German Shepherd Dogs Club based in Kabul is the only dog shop in Afghanistan.

The club established in January 2018 provides healthcare, food and accessories, training and dog selling services in Kabul. It is yet the only dog shop in the country that have been licensed by the Ministry of Commerce and Industries.

According to reports, a small population of Afghanistan keeps dogs in the cities, but a large number of them in rural areas and villages keep guard dogs to prevent strangers entering their properties.

Massoud Sinan, the sales manager at the shop says that he gets new customers every day. Most people who keeps dog at homes, they do not have primary knowledge of feeding and vaccination, but we brief them here about healthcare and dog foods, said Massoud.

He further added that most people don’t know that homemade foods are not healthy for the dogs. There are certain foods that are harmful for the dogs’ health, he added.

This local pet shop enters into business deals with private and public organizations who keep security and K9 dogs as well.

Dr. Firoz and Dr. Zahra are checking a GSD puppy health in the Afghanistan German Shepherd Dogs Club, Kabul – Afghanistan

“We provide dog foods and healthcare services to several de-mining and security companies. Previously, the companies had to directly import dog foods or some de-mining companies used to bring dog food in large number and resell it on other companies for higher price, but now we are here to provide whatever they require,” said Massoud.

Mohammad Firoz Mohammadi works as the senior vet. He manages the clinic with another two female vets.

Individuals and families keeping pets must first care about the healthcare and cleanliness, said Dr. Firoz.

“We are a one-stop shop that provides anything a dog keeper needs. We supply and sell 8 to 30 months old puppies, mostly German Shepherd breeds that has very high demand in Afghanistan. In addition, we do vaccination, deworming, surgeries and grooming,” Firoz said.

The company has attracted considerable attention in social media over a relatively short span of time and currently has more than 100,000 followers in Facebook.

The products available in the store for the dogs, include Royal Canin, Dr. Clauder’s, Brit, Reflex, and Farmina, according to the company owners.

This article was originally published in Khaama Press