Today is the birthday of the Prophet Muhammed and I observe the #Mawlid by reciting the imagined conversations between the Saudi writer and poet Hamza Al Kashgari and the prophet Mohammed.
Conversation 1: "On Your birthday, I will say that I love the revolutionary in you, who has always inspired me. But I do not like the halo. I do not pray to you"
Conversation 2: "On Your birthday, I see you wherever I look. I have loved certain aspects of you, hated others, and have not understood many"
|Hamza's tweets (conversation) in Arabic|
I recite these words from dawn to dusk because my prophet would have never allowed the deportation and ultimately the arrest and the imprisonment of Hamza without a fair trial for almost two- year. I will recite these word of wisdom from dawn to dusk because my prophet would have embraced Hamza as a critical thinker and a friend and not more than that!
My prophet would have never incited hatred against another brother. My prophet would have never called upon shedding Hamza’s blood. On the contrary, he would have cried out in the face of extremists who rallied to kill and blasted them “Have you cut [Hamza’s] heart open to find out [about blasphemy]"
Conversation 3: "On Your birthday, I will not kneel down before you and I will not kiss your hand. Instead, I will shake it as equals do, and I will smile at you while you smile at me. I will speak to you as a friend and not more than that"