The good folks at Perspektif Magazine in Germany recently asked me an important question. For all my Turkish speaking friends, here is my response, with an attached English translation.
Perspektif magazine: “A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” says Goethe. What are your suggestions that one should do every day, in order to keep the sense for beauty Allah has placed in our souls, alive?
Dawud Wharnsby: People should spend time outdoors each day in natural environments ~ observing as many signs of God’s creation as possible. Hear the songs of birds and voices of people…study the sights of dawn or sunset…inhale the fragrant scents of fruits, foliage or flowers…taste the joy of smiling at others…feel the sun, the rain, the snow or the wind. Losing touch with our earth we risk being scattered like dry leaves ~ divided from each other, uprooted in faith and withered in divine balance.