The pressure to relinquish any autonomous sense of self is being applied to Muslims in America with tremendous force. But what are its pitfalls if we turn over our sense of self to others?
For the final episode in our four-part series, I reflect on a month of fasting, ritual, and community, and the road that lies ahead.
إِنّا أَنزَلناهُ في لَيلَةِ القَدرِ
وَما أَدراكَ ما لَيلَةُ القَدرِ
“We sent it down on the Laylah al-Qadr. And how will you know Laylah al-Qadr?” —
Qur’an, 97: 1-2
Qadr – what does it mean? Is it “measurement”? Is it “power” (qudrah)? Is it “worth” or “rank”? Certainly one of its qualities is,
خَيرٌ مِن أَلفِ شَهرٍ
“[It’s worth is] better than a thousand nights!” —
Qur’an, 97: 3
So let me ask you: If it is the night of measurement, of power, or worth, than ask yourself, “What is my self-worth?” “What am I worth?” “What is my soul worth?” Can our souls be bought for a few dollars? A few million? Can they be measured by brand names? How powerful is our soul? Is it weak? Is it strong?
Seek those answers in the Night Worth A Thousand Months.
عن عبد الرحمن بن شبل قال رسول الله اقرءوا القرآن واعملوا به ولا تجفوا عنه ولا تغلوا فيه ولا تأكلوا به ولا تستكثروا به The Prophet ﷺ said, “Recite the Qur’an and act according to it and do not turn away from it, do not go to excess regarding it, do not seek sustenance from it, and do not try to gain wealth from it..” — ‘Abdur Rahman bin Shibl
The following is an engaging and beneficial conversation with Dr. Mark Delp, Dean of Faculty and Professor of Logic and Philosophy at Zaytuna College, regarding his article, Beware What Comes Within from Without.