September 7, 2015

In the Muslim Holy Book, Qur’an, 2:25, G-d (Allah) promises the believers a Garden of Paradise and He says that when they eat fruit from this Garden they will remark that this is similar to what we were fed with before. This tells us that whatever measure of Paradise we expect to experience in the Hereafter, we can expect some measure of that same thing here.

Also in the Qur’an, G-d says that He will remove any lurking sense of injury. 7:43 “Lurking” implies somethings hiding waiting to strike out at you and I can see a clear analogy in this and in how our subconscious mind works. Some translators translate this phrase “lurking sense of injury” as “rancor.” i.e. He will remove the “rancor” from your hearts.

Rancor too is a really bad thing– mentally, physically, and emotionally and this can be seen in all of its many synonyms: malevolence, vitriol, spite, vindictiveness, malice, maliciousness, ill will, acrimony, animosity, animus, bitterness, antagonism, hostility, bile, hate, hatred, venom.

If we focus though on just two of those meanings-vitriol and venom–I think you’ll get my point. An archaic meaning of Vitriol is sulfuric acid and that can’t be a good thing in the heart and we know that venom is a poison that is secreted which means it hides (secret) but is released into the system until it kills the organism. You can’t be successful in anything with rancor in your heart. You can’t have a healthy relationship with your country, your employer, your spouse or your family.

There is a story in Islamic traditional that as a child the heart of the Prophet Muhammad, while he was in a near sleep state, was removed from his body by two angels, cleansed and then replaced. Regardless to how we interpret this, we have to acknowledge the benefit of a pure heart.

A September 7, 2015 Associated Press article points to the meteoric political rise of Donald Trump and attributes it to a deep seated anger and frustration in his supporters. The fact that there are so many people feeling this anger I see as a case of the “chickens coming home to roost.” I point out in my book, “Yes, I Am Your Brother: Understanding the Indigenous African American Muslim that the belief that the evil that men create returns to their own door exists in most cultures. African Americans have lived for generations with anger and frustration because of their lack of power and now we see a significant group of white Americans responding to their increasing loss of power. In fact politics being an art of slogans, sound bites and code words, I can easily see Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again,” being translated, in their minds as, “Put White America Back in Power Again.”

So, I’m not mad at Donald. Keep saying how you truly feel about things and let it all out. It’s good for the soul. I feel a little sorry for his supporters though because carrying that burden of anger in their hearts, must be like they’re experiencing a little hell. I’m blessed and thankful though to be in a little bit of heaven. I don’t have any rancor in my heart and I see a great future.