Our sports cars, holidays and pension plans, all the status symbols of the modern manner of living, seem tasteless and without meaning. The reason is understood intuitively by many, but few know how to respond. We have lost contact with the mystery that lies within ourselves; we have forgotten what we are… Science cannot tell us how to live. ‘The blank space in the modern heart,’ said scientist Julian Huxley, ‘is a God-shaped blank. And life without the transcendent is not only desultory and without meaning, it is miserable, as the Quran tells us. We can only become robots, anaesthetized by television, drink, and our leisure preoccupations if we fail to hear the insistent inquiry of the Quran: ‘Where, then, are you going’.
Islam: Religion of Life
| Abdul Wadod Shalabi, edited by Abdal Hakim Murad