Introduction to the Qur’an Produced an Amazing Opportunity: Recitation of a Qur’an Verse at a Wedding
Sanjida Cabot tells us about her experience in the course Introduction to the Qur’an and how it led to an invitation to participate in the Bahá’í wedding of two friends, who took the course with her. She adds “It was especially meaningful to the couple that I recited because I am a woman and women are so often not permitted to recite publicly (though this is changing overall). Also I recited without wearing a hijab, which many Muslims believe is required. Thankfully the reading was well received even by the Muslim guests.”
I achieved my goal of study and reflection of the Qur’ánic texts and their interpretations along with elaborate discussion within my local study group. I did not post to the entire course as I had intended but I followed along with the threads and their interesting discussions.
I changed my final project because of the gift of an invitation from my group mates who got married to each other recently. I recited/chanted Qur’ánic verses about marriage and diversity (30:21-22) at their wedding this week. As a former Muslim, I was unfamiliar with some verses of the Qur’án in Arabic. The practice and the public recitation was eye opening, slightly nerve wracking and deeply meaningful to us all. It went well!
To Muslims, the repeated parables/warnings to look at what happened to previous communities and the warning not to reject the coming Messenger might have been true at the time of Muhammad, but as they were revealed after His revelations were begun, it seems to hint more at someone forthcoming. I’m recognizing how difficult it might be for a practicing Muslim to see “around” their personal views/beliefs to begin to consider the possibility of the existence of true progressive revelation. I also see the signs in the Qur’án that the Message was actually quite clear at the time.
I have more continuously melded my past beliefs as a Muslim with my current ones as a Bahá’í. I have numerous Muslim family members local to me and at a distance, and I hope to carry forward what I’ve learned and reflected upon to allow elevated conversation with them and maybe even achieve a teachable moment here or there.