by OMID SAFI for RELIGION NEWS SERVICE on DECEMBER 17, 2012:
I have waited for a few days before exhaling, hoping that through the pain and the agony would emerge something more compassionate and more sane. Yet there is no exhaling. There are no words to bring any comfort to a wound that opens up from the innermost part of one’s heart.
As with most, I have held my own children and kissed them often, even as I mourn along with those who can no longer hold their own loved ones.
Before I am an American, I am a parent. Before I am a person of faith, I am a parent. I no longer remember what life before my children was like.
Omid Safi is a Professor of Islamic Studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in contemporary Islamic thought and classical Islam, and a Carnegie Scholar. Above is an excerpt from a post from his regular blog “What Would Muhammad Do” for Religion News Service.
frontpage photo of Sandy Hook elementary school children killed on Friday, December 14 at school, from Omid Safi’s blog