Telling Stories: Worship
Issue 100 January 2013
At emel, we believe that faith can penetrate every single aspect of our life; that every moment, every second, has the potential to earn the blessings of God, and an opportunity to connect with the Divine.
At emel, we believe that faith can penetrate every single aspect of our life; that every moment, every second, has the potential to earn the blessings of God, and an opportunity to connect with the Divine. That said, we do not forget the central ibadah—the central elements of worship. The sacred months of Ramadan and Hajj afford us special opportunities to examine the transformative power of the five pillars of Islam, and importance of a life centred on the Divine. During these sacred months, emel gives special focus to the traditions of these months.
Our focus during Ramadan on the discipline necessary to fast, on the connectivity with God, on the Qur’an—first revealed during this sacred month, open up a month that afford us an opportunity to focus on our relationship with ourselves, the Divine, our society, as well as the Qur’an. We have had special features which reflect on the intense relationship with the word of God that our daily prayers can give us, but in addition demonstrate how the Qur’an should be the guidebook for everyday life for those that are struggling and striving to surrender unto the Divine.
In our Hajj issues, we have covered elements such as ‘The Making of the Kiswah’—the beautiful cloth that covers the Ka’ba, art drawing on the power and beauty of the Ka’ba, and reflections on the gatherings and the journeys that hajjis through the centuries have made, including Evelyn Cobbold, Malcolm X, and other notable hajjis, from a different time, who have come back and written their travel journeys.