Rumi

“Many prayers are declined because of the rank odor of a corrupt heart rising through the beautiful words. Let the words be wrong, but the meaning right. That flawed utterance is dearer to God.”

– Rumi

Absolutely beautiful.

It reminded me of how a lot of non-Arabic speaking Muslims seem worried about mispronouncing prayers/Arabic words. I don’t think anyone should worry too much about that; the fact that you are praying and doing it for God is what matters, not whether you get the pronunciation right. Similarly, someone could pronounce all the words perfectly, but if they’re a bad person I’m sure the prayer won’t count for much.

This quote reminded me of how amazingly simple God has made Islam. It’s so beautiful in its simplicity. That’s why it really, REALLY bothers me when people try to complicate it/make it difficult/take everything to an extreme. Of course Islam has its challenges: praying 5 times a day, fasting, Hajj – these things are not easy. But they’re simple! The meaning behind them is simple, the message of the Qur’an is simple, and I really think God wants us to be happy in this life, and so has given us a religion that is beautiful and that compliments our common sense and conscience. I realized everything that is seen as “Islamic” and doesn’t make sense to me comes from the Hadith, not the Qur’an, which is why I don’t really trust the Hadith that much.

When I think of the spiritual message of the Qur’an I get very emotional. Peace, justice, compassion, forgiveness, happiness, love – we Muslims could be the happiest and most peaceful people on earth if we listened to what the Qur’an is telling us. Mashallah for this amazing book! It really is a miracle. Think of the way God describes Himself. Think of the Prophet. Where are these qualities in Muslims today?

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