Posted by: Dawud Israel | February 26, 2010

Imam Zaid summarizes the Challenge of the 21st Century

Bismillah, alhamdulillah wa salat wa salam ala Rasulullah

Alhamdulillah, he summarizes the problems of what I call the shrinking of the Islamic imagination, the dying of the Muslim spirit and the increasing disability to live through Islam, to develop one’s imagination, personality, spirit and expression of Islam in original and spiritually authentic ways. This issue is at the heart of my philosophy with this blog.

“Imam Ahmad said that the happiest of his days was when he woke up and found nothing in his cabinets…The cell phone helps to eliminate the ghayb of this world because we can instantaneously find out where someone is or what they are doing. Global communications and transportation networks bring our food from the far corners of the earth so we do not have to rely on God to bring the rains that will irrigate our local crops.

The cognitive frames that allow us to deal with religious belief are rooted in our experience. When our everyday experiences do not reinforce fundamental religious lessons and concepts, we have to work extra hard to enliven those meanings in our hearts.

-Imam Zaid Shakir in Treatise for the Seekers of Guidance (Al-Muhasibi’s Risala al-Mustarshideen) Translation commentary and notes by Zaid Shakir pg. 43

Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdika ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk, ameen.

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