Commitment to International Women’s Day is intertwined with struggles against sexism, racism, colonialism, homophobia, classism, able-ism, and Islamophobia. It’s not about your individual preferences and friendships. It is about the institutions, infrastructure, and systems that prevent some of us from achieving the fullness of our human potential.
And here, in this awesomely beautiful and frightening ice storm, there is also beauty: friends reaching out to friends. There is something about storms of life that strip us to our core, literally to our heart. And what a joy to discover that there, in the mist of the storm, people are good and beautiful, that our primal instinct is to connect our lives, to reach out in love and service.
Here’s a Muslim response to the Katy Perry “Dark Horse” video: you’re boring me. These pseudo-controversies are merely a distraction from the real task confronting all of us.
We laugh at Harold Ramis’ Groundhog Day because we too step in the same puddle every day, relive the same tensions with the same people every day. And ultimately, love breaks the rut of existence.
One should not confuse reading quotes about Malcolm with walking in his footsteps. But Malcolm himself emphasized the importance of education. So in light of that, here are 14 of Brother Malcolm’s radical teachings.
So many of us give in by bemoaning the capitalist and corporate appropriation of love by the Chocolate, Cards, and Rose Industrial Complex. (All of which is true). But none of that removes the bitterness from our hearts, and perhaps even augments it. So here are three practical steps to move from bitterness to joy on this Valentine’s Day.
Today we allow ourselves to imagine other climes, other realities, other symbols, other possibilities to see God’s mercy not merely as the sunshine that shines on all but also as the snow that covers all. What would it be like for us to imagine other spiritual “climes” without the tribalism, sexism, and classism that marked the original context of so much of early Biblical and Arab societies?
We love not in order to attain to this beloved, that beloved.
We love in order to attain to love itself.
And since God is love,
we love in order to attain to God.
Muslims remember the Prophet as having taught us: “Die before you die.” It is a paradoxical statement, with two deaths. And a luminous life in the middle.