What are Muslims saying about one another?
‘There lies within the body a piece of flesh. If it is sound, the whole body is sound; and if it is corrupted, the whole body is corrupted. Verily this piece is the heart.’ (Bukhari & Muslim)
As worldly as we are, as much as we have travelled, there still are many things I found when looking into Islam. Simple concepts that I didn’t know about before. And then another phase comes, to understand it.
It can be frustrating. Because most of us are Westernised, that’s one way to put it. And we come from a background that tells you, if you don’t know something, read/hear/watch it and then *click* you’ll get it.
But then suddenly that approach doesn’t quite work. Yet you watch a peer who is outwardly (and clearly) not intellectually gifted, but he gets it (and a string of many other things), with ease. This in and of itself, is a concept I’ve come across now and painfully amazed at.
Another one of it is a simple one. Or appears to be.
What does that mean, to have our hearts connected? Is it verbal? Or timeless? Are we conscious of it? Does it get unstable? Do you need to enter some network?
I think I may have struck one meaning of this. Or observed a manifestation of it.
In Tareem people come together at the many mosques, prior to the call for dawn prayer (adhan fajr). Daily. They read the Qur’an in a circle. This has been the culture across town for hundreds and hundreds of years. They are not scholars but your layperson.
Then just after the adhan comes, they recite the lines you see in the picture above. These people live in the middle of this vast mildly populated valley and many of them have never left it. And this is what they say about those of you elsewhere.
Or more accurately, ask from God, for you.