Being Muslim: a balanced individual

Talking about religion gets people hyper, vocal, holier than thou and abusive. I believe faith is about calmness and keeping hope, moderate activism and creating and encouraging balance and harmony. after countless passionate discussions, on exhaustive religious differences , i still felt empty after winning every argument. Something changed since 2007, few meetings over a  year with baba (the first person who recognized my “weirdness” and asked me to write) since i found writing allow more explicit  and decontextualized interaction, than speech, which depends on a spontaneous, shared situation which i abhorred briefly, his non judgmental interactions made me see and feel things differently.  Funny how with him i never discussed religion but he still made me grow, i find writing about religion and other combative issues alot easier now.

– Human rights! And responsibilities

Most western (i.e Western culture , Western civilization or European civilization) theories are extremist about their ideology,  they focus on the self centered need  /rights of citizens but doesn’t address “responsibility” to other community and world at large. words like Moderation , Regularity , Rest , BALANCE , Activity are lost in the ideology of speed, fast lane, look busy, Now an abundance of “rights” and scarce encouragement of “responsibilities” generates imbalance, inequalities and unrest.

civil and military “Responsibilities” are the foundation of all human “rights”; without responsibilities, there will automatically be no rights.

From an Islamic perspective, there are six essential elements to generating a culture of recognition of rights and responsibilities:

• Awareness of the need to appreciate others
• Acknowledgement of others needs over your own needs
• Appreciation of self first, then others
• Acceptance of your role as a giver
• Action of recognition that leads to constant ethical acts which become habits
• Accountability whereby each individual asks this simple question: What have I done to deserve to be a citizen of this country and how am I contributing to the well-being of others?

Deepak Chopra: the personal and collective growth guru. just reiterates the above on finding balance along with his hindu/buddhist teachings: Amazing stuff!

1. Know that the world “out there” reflects your reality “in here.” The people
you react to most strongly, whether with love or hate, are projections of your
inner world.

2. Shed the burden of judgment – you will feel much lighter. Judgment imposes
right and wrong on situations that just are.

3. Don’t contaminate your body with toxins, either through food , drink, or
toxic emotions. Your body is more than a life-support system.

4. Replace fear-motivated behavior with love-motivated behavior. Fear is the
product of memory, which dwells in the past.

5. Understand that the physical world is just a mirror of a deeper intelligence.
Intelligence is the invisible organizer of all matter and energy, and since a
portion of this intelligence resides in you, you share in the organizing power
of the cosmos.

Adapted from Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, by Deepak Chopra
(Three Rivers Press, 1998).

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