Q & A The Guardian Newspaper (April 1998)

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Peace of mind

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Lack of time-keeping.

What vehicles do you own?
A pair of Adidas.

What makes you most depressed?
The news.

What is you most unappealing habit?
Collecting old jazz, blues and calypso records.

What is your favourite smell?
The earth after it has rained.

What is your favourite building?
The Mausoleum of Imam Ali (AS) @ Najaf, Iraq.

What is your favourite album of all time?
'All Things Must Pass' by George Harrison.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Nobility.

What is your greatest regret?
Leaving home too early in life.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Rabb al-Alamin (the Lord of the Universe).

How do you relax?
Meditation or on some beach far from reach.

Which talent would you like to have?
To be able to play and understand Indian classical music.

What keeps you awake at night?
Insomnia.

How would you like to be remembered?
As the one who put the fun into fundamentalism.

With which historical figure do you most identify?
The Sufi poet, Jalal AL-Din Rumi.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Ignorance and pretence.

What objects do you always carry with you?
Eyes, ears, nose, mouth and fingers.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?
Can't think of anything, as over the years I've grown to love myself.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Rabb al-Alamin (the Lord of the Universe).

What is your favourite word?
Salaam.

What is your favourite journey?
Mind excursions.

Which living person do you most despise?
Those who know it all, because they are just part of the problem.

Which words or phases do you overuse?
Sorry, I was just trying to help.

When and where were you happiest?
On holiday with my family last summer in the Caribbean.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Justice for all.

What would your motto be?
Let de poet speak.

How would you like to die?
For a cause rather than because.

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