Fear and courage: Ramadan, Islam, and the inner struggle

Fear and courage: Ramadan, Islam, and the inner struggle

When we see the stranger and look on his ways with fear
When our suspicion grows and hatred comes close to hand
Let us know that these others are not the enemy
The enemy is much closer, much more insidious
Much harder to eradicate
Its name is fear
And knowing this can be its undoing
Let us journey toward understanding
Toward compassion
Toward justice
Toward love
 

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Ramadan: Practice makes Progress

What we do can change how we think. We might imagine that the only way to change our actions is to change how we think and feel. But it’s been proven true that the reverse is also true. For example, smiling can make you feel happier, a confident pose can make you feel more confident, and generous acts can make you more generous... as Aristotle put it, “We are what we repeatedly do.”

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