|Perhaps because I didn't have a mother; it had always been primally important for me to find the feminine in God and think of Allah as a loving mother( I can see the Mullahs fainting now). |
I used to enviously watch the nuns in my convent, bow in front of Mary.
But the Islam which came to me then--- was garbed in an exclusively masculine robe--it took a lot of years of reading to peel off its patriarchal layers and discover the mysteries and symbols of the divine in Sufi poems.
The Divine Feminine has always been present in Islam. This may be surprising to many people who see Islam as a patriarchal religion.
Maybe the reason for this misconception is the very nature of the feminine in Islam.
The Divine Feminine in Islam manifests metaphysically and in the inner expression of the religion. The Divine Feminine is not so much a secret within Islam as She is the compassionate Heart of Islam that enables us to know Divinity. Her centrality demonstrates her necessary and life-giving role in Islam.
Sufism, or as some would define it 'mystical Islam' has always honored the Divine Feminine. Of course, Allah has both masculine and feminine qualities, but to the Sufi, Allah has always been the Beloved and the Sufi has always been the Lover. The Qur'an, referring to the final Day, perhaps divulges a portion of this teaching: 'And there is manifest to them of God what they had not expected to see.'