|31 Gentle Fire From The
days I like reading bits and pieces of the Qur'an to soak in the eternal rhythm and
You should try doing this as well. The
Quran is not hocus-pocus, believe me. It is The Book of Wisdom.
Once I came across this passage:
And obey Allah and his
And fall into no disputes,
Lest ye lose heart
And your power depart;
And be patient and persevering:
For Allah is with those
Who patiently persevere.
[Surah Anfaal: 46]
I can excuse my comrades in the PSJ
struggle for not heeding this timeless wisdom since some of them honestly think that they
will catch fire if they open the Qur'an. However, I cannot easily exempt the Muslims of
Mindanao from my acerbic pen for not taking heed of this gentle but powerful Qur'anic
The full force of the verse was especially
brought to bear down on my infinitesimal mind recently, when Erap, to risk repeating him,
thickly drawled, "Anyway, theyre all the same Muslims."
This man Erap, I tell you, speaks of
consequential things, with his grandstand Huwag Niyo Akong Subukan! (Try Me
Not!) putting him in the same precarious edge the way Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me
Not) did to Rizal.