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Söndagspredikan: Koranrecitation

Ännu en video hämtad från Sam Harris. Han menar att det inte går att förstå hur människor kan vara religiösa utan att kunna leva sig in i hur det känns för uppläsaren i det här klippet, eller i alla fall känna med den andliga skönheten i uppläsningen. (Klassisk arabiska är verkligen makalöst vackert.) Se hela vägen till slutet, uppläsaren rörs till tårar – och förstå vad det är han gråter över – läs översättningen noggrant. Reflektera sen över detta:

If you cannot feel the haunting beauty of this recitation, if it is inexplicable to you that people can be moved to tears by the mere sound of these verses, then you are not in contact with the data. Indeed, if you don’t understand how someone could be willing to die to defend the legitimacy of such an experience, you are very poorly placed to understand the problem of Islam.

This video has everything: the power of ritual and the power of the crowd; tears of devotion and a lust for vengeance. How many of the people in that mosque are jihadists? I have no idea—perhaps none. But their spiritual aspirations and deepest positive emotions—love, devotion, compassion, bliss, awe—are being focused through the lens of sectarian hatred and humiliation. Read every word of the translation so that you understand what these devout people are weeping over. Their ecstasy is inseparable from the desire to see nonbelievers punished in hellfire. Is this some weird distortion of the true teachings of Islam? No. This is a recitation from the Koran articulating its central message. The video has over 2 million views on YouTube. It was posted by someone who promised his fellow Muslims that they, too, would weep tears of devotion upon seeing it. The reciter is Sheikh Mishary bin Rashid Alafasy of Kuwait. He has as many Twitter followers as Jerry Seinfeld and J.K. Rowling (2 million). In doctrinal terms, this is not the fringe of Islam. It is the center.

Tur att det finns alternativa center. Som till exempel gårdagens dansande sufis.

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