O children of Adam, we have provided you with garments to cover your bodies, as well as for luxury. But the best garment is the garment of righteousness. These are some of Allah’s signs, that they may take heed. (Qur’an 7:21)
A garment of Allah’s signs, woven in righteousness!
The Seal of the Prophets warned that in later generations, there would be people “who are dressed, yet naked.” Cast your gaze around the city, and see that the time of the later generations is here.
I am a tailor of garments. Take my garments, if they fit and protect and please you. But wear them in prayer, as good garments are to be brought into prayer.
Now, just so people don’t mistake my intent, let me remind you that I respect traditional Islam’s responses to these stories. In particular, I remind my Western readers not to pre-judge the Muslims on their usage of the book they carry. And we must be cautious in relating to the Islamic subjectivity of embodied piety — and, when tempted to criticise, must always ask ourselves — for what purpose do we wish to criticise? There’s always a political subtext to any critique, so what’s our politics? And if we can’t answer that sensibly, morally, then it is better to hold our tongue.
So you find in this blog cannot be called “proper” Islam, or even “proper” Sufism. Further, it has no colonial intent to affect or challenge Islam’s multiplicity of practices nor its own communal evolution: it is something completely separate without a political agenda other than to lay down what I believe.