Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Abraham Joshua Heschel

Abraham Joshua Heschel (2nd from right) in the Selma
Civil Rights March, with Martin Luther King, Jr. and others.

"For many of us the march from Selma to Montgomery was both protest and prayer. Legs are not lips, and walking is not kneeling. And yet our legs uttered songs. Even without words, our march was worship. I felt my legs were praying."

"Well-adjusted people think that faith is an answer to all human problems. In truth, however, faith is a challenge to all human persons. To have faith is to be in labour."

"We are commanded to love our neighbor: this must mean that we can."

"One hundred years ago, the emancipation was proclaimed. It is time for the white man to strive for self-emancipation, to set himself free of bigotry. The greatest sin is that of indifference. Equality is a good thing ... what is lacking is a sense of the monstrosity of inequality."

"Some are guilty, but all are responsible."

"There are three ways in which a man expresses his deep sorrow: the man on the lowest level cries; the man on the next level is silent; the man on the highest level knows how to turn his sorrow into a song."

Abraham Joshua Heschel

1 comment:

Irving said...

Wonderful, thank you so much :)

May Allah grant that our legs become songs in His service. Amin.

Ya Haqq!

PS I learn so much from you blog :)