Monday, September 22, 2008

The Quran Loves You

How does an imam and a hafiz of the Qur'an, maintain his spiritual life? In an interesting interview in Egypt Today, Sheikh Mohamed Gebril answers the question. Some statements caught my attention particularly:
When I read the Qur’an, God will speak to me directly, and if anyone wants to speak to God then he should read His book – and what an honor it is to read it.
Does he suggest that reading the Qur'an is the best way to speak to God? I think he does mean that. A rather liturgical style of religion.
One must choose the proper time to review and study the Qur’an. One’s mind should not be busy with other matters, as the Qur’an gets jealous and likes to be the focus of attention. If you love the Qur’an then you will be loved back, and if you neglect it then you will be neglected.
The Qur'an loves you? We knew it of course, in Islam God himself is distant, and his book is near. I find it interesting to see how this teacher of Islam idolizes the book, because that is what it seems to be. Just as we sometimes meet Christians who kiss their Bible as if it is God himself.

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