1 Ramadan 2015: Faith is Simple

The great lesson is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, friends, and family, in one’s backyard. – Abraham Maslow

R1BOne of the first lessons I learned when reflecting on mom’s life and her death is that faith is simple.

Faith is not dogmatic, Faith is not discriminatory, Faith is not complicated, Faith is not oppressive, Faith is not narrow, Faith is to all – young and old, healthy and unwell, educated and uneducated, poor and rich etc…

Faith is simple.

My mom lived a typical life of ups and downs when it came to faith. First she was in the know, then she wasn’t … but in the last 20 years of her life, when she was enlightened, she did not plan, she did not judge, she did not seclude others, and she knew what she stood for.

She knew she believed in god, and hoped from god. She knew that she believed in all prophets and angels and all acts of goodness, be it feeding others, smiling, giving to charity no matter how small, connecting with her close and distant family members, respecting those who provide services and help from the baker to the carpenter and gardener, forgiving pretty much everybody and performing her main religious obligations.

Her faith was living a simple life, performing her main obligations – prayer, charity, fast and pilgrimage, loving god and loving others, feeding her family and feeding others, and most importantly, getting whatever she needed to live done without delay and without outsourcing as much as she could – interacting with the “ordinary”.

Faith is simple and upon her death, what people have said and continue to say about her and her state when she passed away, tells me that simplicity, goes a long way at the end of it all.




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