Before making hijrah with our actions we should first make hijrah in our hearts. But what is the hijrah of the heart? Is it an exodus from what trespasses our sensibilities? Or is it to embody a holistic framework for our presence in the world? The latter is more comprehensive and the hijrah we aspire to.
When you see people becoming too greedy, following their own desires, and sticking each to his opinion; then stay at home, keep silent, take what you know and leave what you do not know. Care only about yourself and forget about the common people.
In the last decade we have witnessed unprecedented greed. We have consumed vast stores of the earth’s treasures and yet our desires remain unsatiated. Political parties are at odds, religious strife abounds, and war is on the rise.
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
― Emma Lazarus
Building community is a process. We cannot will it into existence, rather we craft community slowly over time, experience by experience. It’s a dynamic process that can be guided by bylaws but best realized through love.
I see community as a place where people have the time, space, and support to discover their purpose and pursue their potential as a human being. Not a place where people reside but revive, nor a place where people retire but renew.
That’s our narrative, building communities that revive and renew the human being. Building communities that repair and restore the natural world. Building communities that respect diversity and human dignity.