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I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger.
What does it mean that He alone is worthy?
What can we bring to such a love as this?
To be love’s army, practiced, disciplined,
Our shoulders pressed against the walls,
Braving sore muscles and shattered nerves,
Olympic athletes of love, scientists and engineers of love,
Focused on banding together for good,
Our fingers trained and sure,
Our warrior hearts as bright and firm as gold.
Greater in Distinction
Look how We have favored [in provision] some of them over others. But the Hereafter is greater in degrees [of difference] and greater in distinction. [Quran, 17:21]
Degrees above . . .
There’s a stab in these words, for those of us who are degrees below.
The willow, perplexed,
Lowers her limbs and waters the sea,
Begging for pearls.