One of the goals of practising Islam is to connect to one’s soul in this life
I am your moon and moonlight too.
I am your flower garden and your water too.
I have come all this way, without shoes or shawl.
I want you to laugh, to kill all your worries,
to love yourself, to nourish yourself
One of the goals of practising Islam is to connect to one’s soul in this life (and thereby bringing joy, vibrant health, and a peaceful state of being into our lives).
Perhaps this goal has been obscured. Perhaps we continue to obscure it when we are now told to pray out of fear (of hell and Allah) and our response is of reticence instead of a gentle correction: “I pray out of love for self, people, planet, the cosmos, Allah.”
Now imagine this -- beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) cared about joy in the world. He used his strength to launch a worldwide movement for egalitarianism, social justice, women’s empowerment, embedding social security mechanisms within culture (not easily broken by institutions) -- laying down a foundation upon which all people had the right to live a life of joy.
While Blade Runner 2049 was made for entertainment, a certain dialogue stands out: “Every civilization was built on the backs of a disposable workforce. There is an order to things. That’s what we do here. We keep order. The world is built on a wall that separates kinds. You tell either side there is no wall? You bought a war.”
We are perhaps living in a world where those who can see take advantage of those who cannot (perhaps it is indeed for the maintenance of a disposable workforce). Wasn’t it Moses who cried out against the greed of the Pharaohs? “Let my people go!”
Let us now take our minds to Times Square in New York, where people gather (as one big magnetic force) to capture the energy of the summer solstice (when the sun reaches its highest altitude of the year).
Let us now imagine a mosque in any place in the world, where friends, acquaintances, strangers gather (as one big magnetic force) every day, five times a day, to capture the energy from the Earth’s rotation around a moving sun (the solar noon is the most charged).
Receiving the electric charge from space enables us to connect our glands to the filament we call our soul. We are born with this thread of light, but it is up to us to awaken it to its full potential.
We are not born to be members of a disposable workforce. This Ramadan, let us awaken to joy, to our full potential.
For more information on bio-magnetism, see https://engineering.dartmouth.edu/events/biomagnetism-magnetic-fields-produced-by-the-human-body/
Jummah on Friday is held at solar noon. More information on solar noon, meridian, and the Earth’s rotation can be found here: https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/solar-noon.html.
Shireen Pasha is Berlin Bureau Chief, Dhaka Tribune.