“For the wise men of old, the cardinal problem of human life was how to conform the soul to objective reality, and the solution was wisdom, self-discipline, and virtue. For the modern, the cardinal problem is how to conform reality to the wishes of man, and the solution is a technique.” — C. S. Lewis
In reading through a bit of tafsir, I came across a statement from Hasan al-Basri in which he stated, in relation to this passage, some food for thought on justice:
وَكُلَّ إِنسانٍ أَلزَمناهُ طائِرَهُ في عُنُقِهِ ۖ وَنُخرِجُ لَهُ يَومَ القِيامَةِ كِتابًا يَلقاهُ مَنشورًا
“We’ve tied the bird man used for fortune telling around his neck and on the Day of Judgment We’re going to bring out a record that he’ll see laid out in the open!” — Qur’an 17: 13
عدل والله فيك من جعلك حسيب نفسك
“I swear by God He has done ultimate justice by making you give testimony of your own deeds.” — Tafsir Ibn Kathir
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What's the benefit of Shawwal other than the rewards of the optional 6-day fast?
— Usama Al-Za'tari (@usamaalzatari) July 5, 2017
I was asked on Twitter: “What’s the benefit of Shawwal other than the rewards of the optional 6-day fast?”? I give some commentary here.
In this week’s episode we discuss challenges to establishing community as well as the role we must come to play in it if we’re to be successful.