What would everyone think?

17/12/2011 § Leave a comment


I am Russian, in the past year I have declared that I am also a Buddhist, and I have just marked my 15th year of residing in NZ.

And recently I’ve had a resurgence of almost saying ‘Insha’Allah’ after I say something I’m planing for to happen in the future. I’ve probably picked it up in some conversation and then reinforced by daily listening of bbc world service.
I wonder what it would be like if I didn’t stop myself. What if I took to using the expression daily?
I like to be respectful, how appropriate would it be?
How would my atheist friend react?
How would my Bangladeshi friend who renounced Islam 2 years ago feel?
How would my somewhat Christian friends feel?
When I go back to Russia, with the deep set ignorance through lack of exposure combined with the war in mainly Islamic Chechnya (with drafting), would anyone not think I’m crazy if they understood what I was saying?

You see, I like reading I Ching (it involves throwing coins to pinpoint which two chapters out of 50 you are to read) it teaches one to go with the flow, not to struggle against the course that one’s life takes as it is unpredictable and the only predictable element is change. It sometimes uses “God” as interchangeable with “cosmos” and “sage” – forces which will show the way if one holds the correct attitude and is receptive.
I am learning. And I remember to think of the idea of insha’Allah – “God willing” (as BBC translates it).
I suppose as I do not know if it holds any other meanings in its few smooth short sounds I will hold off on making it a habit.

****update:
Wikipedia offers the following: “The phrase translates into English as “God willing” or “If it is God’s will”, sometimes spoken as DV; the Latin abbreviation for Deo volente or simply “God willing”. ” – could “Deo volente” be an option?
Read the rest of the Wikipedia article here.

******One more curiosity:
“Inshallah Surfboards” designed by Australian Phillip George following a visit to the region. Click on any of the images to visit the site “arabianbusiness.com”.
“…in an effort to create a lesser divide between East and West. As an artist, he decorates the boards with Islamic motifs and iconography from the historic mosques he visited. His boards are currently exhibited at the Casula Powerhouse arts centre in an exhibition called Borderlands, with all boards facing to Mecca.”

One of many designs.


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