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Rays of Light: Islamic Meditation

The practice of mindfulness is explored from corporate boardrooms to magazine covers in the grocery store check-out line. While many people equate mindfulness with Buddhism, contemplative practices are present within many World Religions. As we look to the Holy Qur'an, we see a call to rest in the present moment. In Chapter Yunus(Jonah), verses 62-63, we read, "There will certainly be no fear for the close servants of God, nor will they grieve. They are those who are faithful and are mindful of God." Fear is generally associated with future events, while grief is related to the past. The practice of dhikr, remembering God, is central to the spiritual life in the Islamic tradition. By invoking the name of God, we come to rest in the present moment. In the Qur'anic chapter Ar-Ra'd (The Thunder), verses 28-29, we read that "-truly it is in the remembrance of God that hearts find peace those who believe and do righteous deeds: joy awaits these, and their final homecoming will be excellent." The peace described relates to our time on earth as well as the afterlife. Below you will find music, guided meditations, and lectures that call us to remember God so that we can find peace in this life and the next.

May the blessings of God rest upon you,

May God's peace abide with you,

May God's presence illuminate your hearts,

Now and forevermore.

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Imam Shane Atkinson spent twenty years caring for patients as a Board Certified Orthotic and Prosthetic Practitioner. In 2011 he was awarded an Ijaza (Masters level traditional degree) to teach Islamic theology, law, and spirituality. He entered the Clinical Pastoral Education program at UNC Medical Center in 2015 as the first Muslim in their Chaplains Department. He completed a rigorous four units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), and now teaches in UNC’s CPE program as well as serving on their Professional Advisory Group. Since 2015, Shane has served as Associate Imam at As Salaam Islamic Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was named the recipient of the 2019 Muhammad Ali Spiritual Leadership Full-Tuition Scholarship to support his graduate studies in the Master of Divinity program at the Chicago Theological Seminary.

Contact: satkinson2@elon.edu

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