Trying to find that book for believers (and non-believers) both literary in style but Islamic in character and that deals with the challenge of Modernity?
Announcing the arrival of my first published book of poetry entitled, ‘The Poetry of ModWestMuse‘.
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What is the challenge of the Qur’an?
Well, traditionally – that is to say – qur’anically, the challenge was literary or perhaps one of orality, because the culture the Qur’an came into was a time where the poets were esteemed and would hold sparring verbal competitions like modern day spoken word slams and rap battles; spontaneity and immediacy was the order of the day.
However, putting the spontaneity aside to make things easier for the challengers, the Qur’an itself says, a number of times with slight differences of emphases each time, the following:
Ten Surah Challenge: ‘Or do they say, “He invented it”? Say, “Then bring ten surahs like it that have been invented and call upon [for assistance] whomever you can besides Allah, if you should be truthful.”‘ (Qur’an 11:13)
Often the ‘truth’ in what someone says (with mouth)
Is unheard (by ears),
When we see (with eyes)
The speaker is not of our own kind (with our minds, closed).
By Arif uz Zaman
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This was written over ten years ago, prior to September 11th. I was surprised to read (years later) how its import is as relevant now as then – if not more so.
This is dedicated specifically to the Western citizen (who is the protagonist) and more generally to the Citizens of the world.
How I wonder at it all.
At the end of the Millennium,
How bravely the champion of time stands out
From the rubble that is the world, and rises from the West.
His face swept by the winds of struggles and the people watching,
The survivors, liberated by the world’s hero,
Cheering and waving the banners.
How I wonder at the sheer strength and courage.
An Introduction to Approaching a Tradition
When reading Western literature as a Muslim born to the West how should I respond? Surely one would respond to literature in the same way whether it were Western, Eastern, Northern or Southern. No?
Well actually, Western literature has a special significance (as opposed to most of the other ‘types’ indicated above). This is due to how Continue reading