By Youssef Didi
By Youssef Didi
Rabat – This statement is a call for a friendly discussion of an issue seen as a difference that, but when understood, can raise an awareness of how Muslims and our friends, the non Muslim Americans, arrive through different spiritual paths to a common point: the cathartic flow of human feelings and tranquility of the spirit. Muslims look for the tranquility of the spirit through prayer which is considered a duty; it is an order from God.
It is stable in the sense that no one will one day add to it or change any of its characteristics. Those who pray frequently, respecting the rules and time of the five prayers and with a full submission of the “am” to God, always find the peacefulness they seek. Prayer and the Quran are the main sources from which a Muslim achieves the sought-after peace of mind and heart. In fact, prayer for us is not a technique, but a ceremony, a duty that always has to be practiced with a respect to the rules that can be better mastered with time, but without additions; it is God’s command.
On the other hand, other people seek the same tranquility and peace in different ways, with different techniques. Meditations, for example, seem to be a means through which some people reach their serenity. As I learned from my German friend who is a psychiatrist, it is an act of separating the “I” from the “am” for the sake of peace and relaxation that last a long time and create a new soul, a new “am.” The “I” becomes free from the person, from the thoughts, dreams, free from all the characteristics that make the human being. All that remains is the “I” which is that empty container of the “am.” Thus, tranquility of the spirit is gained through meditation.
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