by Daniel Mabsout
Sunday, August 19th, 2012
The feast has come back , and we can all repeat after the great Arab poet : “ In What Conditions O You Feast Have You Returned ?” The conditions are those that you see and hear, the enemies of Man are tightening their grip over their victims, and are infiltrating and attacking through every leak. They are intent on pursuing their endeavor to the end and the whole of humanity is their target , that they are attacking here and not there is just circumstantial, they will attack here and there and nothing will stop them and it is a fool who thinks that he can reach a compromise with them.
For those who are caught within this Intense Evil, where is the Feast and where is true religion? Is it in merely fasting and feasting ? Is it in literally performing pilgrimage ? Or is it in relating to what is happening to man and the ground , in seeing how humanity is being threatened in every respect , in its livelihood and existence, in its relation to God and to the other , in its relation to its own self ? It is the human element in every person that it is being targeted through these wars launched against nations and populations everywhere.
The story says that when Hajj was due Imam Ja’afar al Sadek decided to head to Mekka with his loyal friend Ibn Abi Yakteen who was to follow him so that both meet at the Ka’ba .Ibn Abi Yakteen never made it to Mekka ; he met –on his way- a poor widow with children who had nothing to eat, he gave her all the money he had and was forced to return home. Once back home from Hajj where people came to greet him the Imam was asked about his Holy trip to which he answered : Too much Noise and hardly any pilgrims . The only ones who performed Hajj were myself, my camel and Ibn Abi Yakteen who never made it to Mekka .
They are attacking Syria and they are attacking Lebanon , and attacking Sudan and Somalia and Iraq and Libya by launching all kinds of wars soft and non soft , religious and sectarian and ethnic hoping by this to have all humanity surrender to them . The great Arab poet- whom we mentioned above- asked the Feast whether it carried any news for him beside the monotonous repetition of a Holy Event –in the most negative circumstances that the poet had ever been through . The Feast had no good news for our poet and he knew that what was required from him- in order to feast- was to act upon these negative circumstances, and change these negative circumstances.
It is acting that was required -not just any acting but discriminated enlightened acting, it is relating that is required and it is here and now and everywhere that God is and is to be worshipped and not just literally fasting and feasting -and it is this kind of acting that will change the circumstance and boost the event for how would one feast over defeat and negativity with God living somewhere else? This is how our great Arab poet wanted to feast and this is how every hero would like to feast by relating to the circumstance and acting on it .. This enlightened acting on the circumstance is not restricted to a religion or a belief or an ideology, it is required of all people with faith who feel concerned by the human condition , let all reach for their weapons and meet at the battlefield where the real Feast is waiting . Happy Fitr to all!