As I stood outside the souq in Musquat, Oman, I felt the air around me reverberate with the sound of the call to prayer. And like a circadian rhythm, the entire city shifted. Shops closed, the streets quieted, and I realized that there are many things I can learn from the rhythms and rituals of my Muslim siblings, sisters, and brothers.
Prior to this trip I had only know Islam to be whatever the media portrayed it as. I was stuck in an intellectual tug of war between NPR and FOX News. But now, with my feet on the ground and my eyes wide open, I was able to see these people as real people, this faith tradition as faithful, and peace as our common practice and goal.
- What has impacted your opinion on other faith traditions?
- What intellectual tug-of-wars are you stuck between?