By Amir Sulaiman
Juz’ 2 of the Qur’an comprises the chapter of Al-Baqarah (The Cow) verses 142 to 252. In these verses, Allah makes it obligatory upon every able bodied Muslim to abstain from food, drink and sexual relations from sun up to sun down. It is also in these verses that the word “Qur’an” appears for the first time and the only time that “Ramadan” is cited. In this juz’, Allah establishes rules and regulations and sets out warnings to the believers. It is in this spirit that Amir Sulaiman reflects.
Amir Sulaiman is a poet, recording artist, Harvard Fellow, actor, screen writer and producer born in Rochester, New York. His poems cross subjects of love, tragedy as well as what it means to reconcile humanity with the unprecedented trials of modernity. He has performed his works across the United States as well as many other countries, including England, Belgium, Senegal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Australia, Iran and the Netherlands, and continues to tour world-wide.