Faith and Continuity

Suleimani Aqeeq Ring

Suleimani Aqeeq Ring

In Islam we differentiate between Muslims (those who submit to the will of Allah) and Momins (those who believe). Believers have attained a higher state of faith than those who submit. One of the five signs of a believer is that they wear a ring on their right hand, typically a carnelian, and this is mine.

My maternal grandmother bought this in Iraq as a gift for my father, her son-in-law. My brother inherited our father’s utterly gorgeous Omega watch, and I got the ring. That’s pretty much all he had, and as all my grandparents were poor as church mice the gift is probably as much as my grandmother could afford.

I also inherited my father’s mannerisms, but alas not his elegant fingers; the ring has been widened twice since I have owned it.

This is my symbol, of the things I believe, who I am and where I came from.

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3 thoughts on “Faith and Continuity

  1. Sorry that I’ve taken a while to respond to this Ali. Thank you for the explanation of your faith. My symbols are so different to your ring that gives such a deep link to family. Ironic as it may seem – trains link me back to my family in the recent time. My Paternal Grandfather was a driver with the North British Railway and the LNER and that has become very much a part of who I am.

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