The Human Cohesion Project — 18 May 2020
A small community I belong to gathered today. It’s a community of dreamers, of those that yearn to live in alignment with the planet. We talked about food, of indigenous lifestyle, of redefining success and development. A six month old baby girl was part of the meeting too. She swung along in a baby carrier with her father who was taking her out for a walk in their village. Occasionally, she cooed her approval of our conversation. Her angelic face anchored our vision.
As I reflect on this conversation, I notice that this future we envisioned did not need a religion. It needed faith. It needed compassion. It needed courage. It needed to be woven around the living, breathing planet that hosts us. All of these are attributes available deep within Islam, and within every other religion we practice today. Only, we seem to have mistaken the building for the temple. The sanctum sanctorum is within us, as we walk into a temple. If we walk in bereft of that, the temple is merely an edifice. We need to reclaim the memory of oneness embedded deep in each one of us, if we are to recreate a world based on fraternity.
- What about your inner sanctum did you recover today?
Ramadan Kareem. May we slowly, steadily, unveil the living, breathing mosques we are.
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