Thank you for sharing these thoughts with me, they are refreshing. I know that before I am able to build my home, I will have to go through a process of supplication and purification, and meditating on such things as the Kalimath I'm certain would aid me in that respect.
I'm reminded of some things. First, of what I've learned from my muslim brothers the past few years, such as the real meaning of Jihad. Correct me if I am wrong - but I was taught that it is a means of purifying oneself, discarding sin by fostering ones discipline, and being increasingly dedicated to meditation and prayer in All things.
The concept of Jihad is difficult to explain. There are 2 forms of Jihad, the greater Jihad and the lesser Jihad. What youu are speaking of is part of the greater Jihad. It is the inner battle we all face and need to win. The overcoming of our own tendency to sin. While we do not practice meditation in the usual concept of meditation we strive to see all of our words, thoughts and actions as being prayers.
The lesser Jihad is more visible and while important is the easiest Jihad to fight. That is the act of physical war against those who attack us. We are not to be aggressors and are only permitted to wage war in self defense.
Also, the second letter-word of the hebrew alphabet is "beth" which means "home". It corresponds symbolically to the principle action of Creation, the fabrication of order and light from chaos, the will of god coming from spirit into manifestation. I learned that also in the past couple of years, and it has governed my thinking on building my home since. One's home should always be in dedication to creation itself.
In Arabic the second letter is ba, it carries with it the concept of in or within Such as if I were to say "I speak Arabic" I would say "N'cal b'el Arbeea" meaning I speak in the Arabic. Somehow that concept of in is appropriate thought for ones house. "B'el Dar" in the house.
I wonder, how many letters are in a single script? I can see now how Muslim writers are able to create such lovely organic forms with their words.
Entire sentences or thoughts are often written without separation as if they are just one word. So this can be a considerable number. Plus in the Di'wani form of calligraphy all of the Dipathongs (Pronunciation symbols are shown. these are often mistaken for letters by non-Arabic speakers. The Kalamath is usually written as if it were one word, but it is actually 8 words- B' ism Il Laahi ir Rahman ir Raheem and consists of 17 letters and up to 68 diphthongs, depending on how elaborate the writer feels. If the write is striving for it to be carefully and slowly pronounced with tajweed there will be 68 if the writer is only seeking visual recognition of the words the will be no diphthongs.
At this crossroads I find a great deal of comfort and inspiration - this place where Islam and Lakotah meet, sharing blessings, works of art in a graceful state of continual worship. Surely a blessed place for wandering spirits.
Peace be upon you!
As a Muslim I feel very comfortable among the Lakotah. I see nothing in the Lakotah beliefs that would make them anti-Islamic. While we may have some differences in worship, there is nothing I find about the Lakotah religion I would consider to be sinful. I might feel they have not reached fullness, but I have no reason to disagree with what they do believe and I do know they will allow me to worship as I see correct, without interference or criticism. I can openly live as a Muslim among the Lakotah without fear or intolerance.
wa Salaam Jim Casey