Saturday, 25 May 2013
How depressing to hear Abdul Haqq Baker, the Chairman of the Brixton Mosque, explain on the Today programme that he had found in Islam things that he failed to find in his Catholic upbringing, such as fasting and daily prayer.
The answer to Islam is our own tradition of structured daily prayer, the setting aside of one day in seven, fasting, almsgiving, pilgrimage, the global community of faith as the primary focus of personal allegiance and locus of personal identity, the lesser outward and the greater inward struggle, the need for a comprehensive and coherent critique both of capitalism and of Marxism, the coherence between faith and reason, and a consequent integrated view of art and science.
The answer to the challenge of the Sunna is Sacred Tradition. The answer to the challenge of the Imamate is the Petrine Office. The answer to the challenge of Sufism is our own tradition of mysticism and monasticism.
Liberal Catholics will be the last to see the point.