بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Of the many things I have come to recycle from my Catholic upbringing, I can say the Beatitudes (Latin for “blessings”) and the Sermon on the Mount resonant with me the most now that I am a Muslim. The Sermon on the Mount is pretty famous, even for Muslims; the Beatitudes, I think, receive far less attention, so I’ve decided to post them. They are worth reflecting upon, regardless of one’s theological orientation.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they shall possess the earth.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice,
for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are they who suffer persecution for the sake of justice,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Peace Itself and Peace to all.