In Melbourne, an enthusiastic brother proclaimed to his fellow students at an Islamic retreat in the Dandenongs: “Recent Biomedical advances provide more scientific evidence for the Divine Truth of Islam. In a recent edition of the Reader’s Digest, there is an article that describes experiments conducted by American scientists, showing that the medical hadiths of Islam reveals conclusively a knowledge of preventive medicine and immunology far beyond anything known at the time of the revelation. For example, the well known hadith of the fly … ”
Meanwhile, inscribed but unaware, somewhere below the ayat of blue skies, above the ayat of the Atlantic seas, a man recited the Opening (but never Really Opened in his life) as he attempted to blow up a plane with plastic explosives hidden in his underpants. Fortunately the attempt was a failure, his fellow passengers overpowering him.
And then there was Herman U. Ticz, who certainly had Opened, but was now deen-drunk, differentiated and dominated, smoking a strong cuban and feeling the full effects of his large brandy at the Club Along the Edge of Time, an establishment located on the fourth floor above the Tailor’s West End boutique.