A short video clip following up on the events surrounding the Today Show’s hosting of a panel of all non-black Muslims talking about Islam in America.
al-Hamdulillah, today was the first khutbah (sermon) delivered at Middle Ground Muslim Center. The summary was, “are you coachable”? Can you learn from a master? Can you submit yourself to a process? When we explore piety, devotion, and self improvement, often we’re handed various litanies (dhikrs, du’as, etc.) that for many of us after a time (especially if we’re not improving) feels a bit like Harry Potter. In this khutbah I tried to draw parallels to learning from a coach, in how we might learn from the Qur’an and from the Prophet.
“It was at that point that it was a decision: am I either going to trust my coach, who has put out umteen number of great players besides myself, or am I going to rely on my own ego.”
“In clinical accounts of schizophrenia,” says Gabel, “the deterioration of the dialectic of totality (with dissociation as its extreme form) and the deterioration of the dialectic of becoming (with catatonia as its extreme form) seem closely interrelated.” Imprisoned in a flattened universe bounded by the screen of the spectacle, behind which his own life has been exiled, the spectator’s consciousness no longer knows anyone but the fictitious interlocutors who subject him to a one—way monologue about their commodities and the politics of their commodities. The spectacle as a whole is his “mirror sign,” presenting illusory escapes from a universal autism. — Guy DeBord, The Society of the Spectacle
In a phone conversation today with Dr. Sherman Jackson we exchanged thoughts on Andalus (Muslim Spain) and that despite its architectural beauty, it was unable to firmly establish roots such that, when the tide of adversity came at them, they were washed away. This is in comparison to the Muslims in the former Soviet Republic, who also faced tremendous brutality, but once that tide washed back out, the Muslims came back and their identity was still intact.
Muslim-Americans and deep roots (part II): A video posted by Marc Manley (@sonofpierre) on
Muslim-Americans and deep roots (part IV): A video posted by Marc Manley (@sonofpierre) on
Muslim-Americans and deep roots (part VI): A video posted by Marc Manley (@sonofpierre) on
Food for thought.