Making It Up as I Go Along

(Published by Herbert Anderson, Editor of Reflective Practice) By 2006, and especially after 9/11, I had given hundreds of speeches about Islam, at small and large venues. I was fatigued.  A good speaker has to know what’s going on in the world. But my steady diet of world news had stalled my spiritual journey. I felt that my religion was just a thin coat I could easily shed. I was a talking-head, and whatever I knew about the virtues of being a Muslim was coming out of my mouth and bypassing my heart.  But without my heart in the game, I being my lesser self, impatient, short tempered, and unhappy. To be the best person I could be, somehow I would have to pierce the thick crust that had grown over my heart. Islam is the religion of my parents and grandparents.  But as the next generatio

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