REFLECTING ON GETTING THE WRONG KIND OF ATTENTION BECAUSE YOU SOUGHT ATTENTION (SEE ALSO: BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR)
I slowed down the car as I realized what had slipped my tongue. In my zeal to insult that elderly gentleman’s ways, I had tried to present myself as more modern. And more Muslim. Ever try to get the best of both worlds? Well, I had just tried. God knew if I succeeded.
My ego had driven me to defend myself in a way I had never defended myself before. And all I had done was shove myself, perhaps unwittingly, closer to God. If Islam asked for a hold over society, and this society was Westernized, why would it matter if the Islam was Westernized?
I figured someone in the Party had probably thought through all this before.
I turned on the radio and drove home faster. I had to get home. Home was safer than these roads. They were, after all, just like Western highways. But I didn’t think that made a difference anymore.
PHilosophical fUNDamntalist reflECTIONS
The idol of your self is the mother of all idols.
The material idol is only a snake;
while this inner idol is a dragon.
It is easy to break an idol,
but to regard the self as easy to subdue is a mistake.
hizb fazilat. unsettling secularists everywhere.