On Saturday January 28, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf spoke at Blessed Sacrament Church at 152 West 71st Street, New York City on the topic of multifaith solidarity, moderation, and shared values among all religions. Father Duffell, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church, set the stage with reflections on the recent executive order from President Trump banning nationals from several Muslims-majority countries from entering the United States.
“We are all individual images of God. Human beings are a tapestry of individual fragments comprising a mirror in which God seeks to see His image reflected… As reflections of God, we have a duty to exhibit God’s mercy and compassion toward one another.” – Imam Feisal
Imam Feisal urged the congregants to shift from an earth-centric perspective of reality to a God-centric one. According to the shared Islamic, Christian, and Jewish perspective, each human being has been created in the image of God, which the Imam defined as a puff of God’s breath according to the Quranic verse that describes the creation of Adam. We are all puffs of God’s breath. As the Imam put it, “Human beings are a tapestry of individual fragments comprising a mirror in which God seeks to see His image reflected. As reflections of God we have a duty to exhibit God’s mercy and compassion toward one another. Thus does God see each human as a reflection of Him in ‘the other.’ When we see through God’s eyes, we see other human beings as reflections of God. When we do not see from God’s perspective, but from an egocentric human perspective, we see separation and difference instead of one human community.” Continue Reading