Ramadan Reflection #12
Sometimes I walk out into this space, and I’m in awe. A year ago, one of my teachers came to Cairo, and I remember the contagious amount of excitement he had when he walked into Al-Azhar with me.
It wasn’t about the politics for him.
It wasn’t about the weakening of scholarship.
It was about one thing,
A rich history that created luminaries.
That’s all he could think about.
He didn’t need anyone to tell him that Al-Azhar isn’t the same that it used to be (I always yawn at this statement because no one can name a single place that is.)
Today I walked around the masjid as I usually do and was gifted some glimpses into the past, glimpses of what once produced some of the greatest scholars in our history.
I walked the same paths and sat in the same areas that they sat, and it made me think about how I need not lament on what was, but rather how I can use the opportunities in front of me to become greater than they were.
What sets us apart from those that came before us?
A lot of what they did was with purpose.
They took their time to become great, and they didn’t rush the process. When they fell, they relied upon the Divine to lift them back up. They surrounded themselves with blessed people, and they always had guides.
This Ramadan I want the Ummah to look back at our rich past. Not as a means of feeling sad about what once was, but as inspiration for a beautiful future.
A future where we create again, where we succeed again, where we worship again.
An inspired future that gives life to the world.
That spreads joy and happiness.
That spreads light where there is darkness.
𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘜𝘮𝘮𝘢𝘩 𝘰𝘧 𝘔𝘶𝘩𝘢𝘮𝘮𝘢𝘥 𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦, 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘔𝘶𝘴𝘭𝘪𝘮 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘩𝘦𝘯𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘵𝘰 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦.
And just like my teacher was excited when he walked into Al-Azhar for the first time…
I wake up every day excited, knowing that I have a family of believers out there that at any given moment is making the world a better place…
And worshipping our Lord while doing so.
Now that’s exciting!