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True fasting

Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

— Book of Isaiah 58:6-9

Ramadan Begins

“Verily, in the remembrance of God do hearts find rest.” (Qur’an 13:28)

“Spread the salaam, feed the poor and stand up at night while people sleep.”

“The real fasting is not the fasting of the tongue and the stomach, but the fasting of the heart.”

May manufactured controversies and schisms pass us by. May we grow in mercy and compassion, and may the Most Merciful have mercy on us. May we become better people, restraining ourselves from bad traits and start to exude goodness and light. May this Month of Mercy be a source of change, and purification for our hearts and souls. Ramadan kareem.

Disintegration of manners

The disintegration of adab, which is the effect of the corruption of knowledge, creates the situation whereby false leaders in all spheres of life emerge; for it not only implies the corruption of knowledge, but it also means the loss of the capacity and ability to recognize and acknowledge true leaders. Because of the intellectual anarchy that characterizes this situation, the common people become determiners of intellectual decisions and are raised to the level of authority in matters of knowledge. Authentic definitions become undone, and in their stead we are left with platitudes and vague slogans disguised as profound concepts. The inability to define; to identify and isolate problems, and hence to provide for right solutions; the creation of pseudo-problems; the reduction of problems to mere political, socio-economic and legal factors becomes evidence. It is not surprising if such a situation provides a fertile breeding ground for the emergence of deviationists and extremists of many kinds who make ignorance their capital.

— Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas, Prolegomena to the Metaphysics of Islām, via Musa Furber.

 

Embrace hope

Be gentle

Toward the latter days of indiscriminate violence, be like the first and better of the two sons of Adam who said, “If you raise your hand to kill me, I will not raise mine to kill you; surely I fear God, the Lord of the worlds.” (Qur’an 5:8)

From a sound tradition of the Prophet, peace be upon him, narrated by Imam Tirmidhi.

For the broken

Hide the good you do, and make known the good done to you.

Taking a step back

Eternal awkwardness

“I never wish to offend, but I am so foolishly shy, that I often seem negligent, when I am only kept back by my natural awkwardness … Shyness is only the effect of a sense of inferiority in some way or other. If I could persuade myself that my manners were perfectly easy and graceful, I should not be shy.”

From Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

Speach

“Speak Kindly.” (Qur’an 2:83)
“Speak the Truth.” (Qur’an 3:17)
“Speak Justice.” (Qur’an 6:152)
“Speak graciously.” (Qur’an 17:23)
“Speak fairly.” (Qur’an 17:28)
“Speak politely.” (Qur’an 17:53)
“Speak no lie” (Qur’an 22:30)
“Speak gently.” (Qur’an 20:44)
“Speak not in vain.” (Qur’an 23:3)
“Speak Straight.” (Qur’an 33:70)

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