There are signs in this

There are signs in this for those who reflect upon it. (Quran — frequently)

The month of August 2011 corresponds (more or less) with the holy month of Ramadan (also known as Ramadhan or Ramzan), the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. The Fast of Ramadan is — for observant Muslims — the most religious observance in Islam.

“The Quran calls on Muslims to refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sexual intercourse during the daylight hours for the entire month,” explains Adam Phillips, writing for Voice of America.

“Muslims are also expected to abstain from eavesdropping, gossip and backbiting while spending time reflecting on God and their faith,” adds Phillips in his review of Fasting for Ramadan, by London-born poet and essayist Kazim Ali.

“There is a sentence that frequently follows stories in the holy book, such as the accounts of God’s creation of the universe, and His desire for harmony among His creatures,” Adam Phillips says, quoting Kazim Ali. “The sentence reads, ‘there are signs in this for those who reflect upon it.’

“This means, in a way, to be in a constant state of doubt because you are always going to think about ‘What does this mean?’ and ‘What does that mean?’ ‘How does this affect my life?’ [Kazim Ali] says. ‘That’s a beautiful, pluralistic form of Islam that I think is very exciting and dynamic.'”

This idea powerfully parallels the Zen maxim: “Don’t know.”


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