Abdal Hakim Murad (T. J. Winter)
Beauty is not the random concatenation of dull essence in a source-less and direction-less universe: Beauty is something that calls us to a higher vocation, that reminds us of our source, and invites us to the beauty of the Eternal Abode.
The Holy Prophet… turned these people outward: instead of the introspection of the self and the tribe and the family, there was instead a radical extroversion and an affirmation of the other. And not only an affirmation of the Arabian other: there is no tribalism in the Qur’an, neither is there an affirmation of any particular Arabness. The universalism of Islam is there from the beginning… we must try to follow in the footsteps of this breathtaking universalism.
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