The most effective interfaith dialogue is not through lectures, debates, and official statements rather real interfaith dialogue happens when you interact on a personal level with people of differing faiths.
An example: You’re trying to sleep when your mother decides to start blasting Handel’s Messiah while she’s cleaning around the house, you can’t sleep with that much noise, so you have to get up, and ask this Christian woman that started playing Christmas music before Thanksgiving Day and put up the most tacky and gaudy Christmas display in the neighborhood to turn it down so you, a Muslim can get some sleep or just to have some peace and quiet.
Muslim Apple: Asking in the nicest way possible if she could turn it down just a bit as I was trying to sleep.
Mom: Oh, I thought you were already up a long time ago.
Muslim Apple: Yes, but sometimes we sleep after fajr.
Mom: Oh, ok. The volume of the music is noticeably reduced.
Muslim Apple: Now wide awake, so no point in trying to sleep.
In other news:
In DC, Imam Magid and some local Muslim leaders lit candles yesterday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to commemorate Jewish suffering under the Nazis, in a ceremony held just days after Iran had a conference denying the genocide. The event included three survivors of the Holocaust and one whose family fled to Albania and was given protection by the Muslim community.
I need to get on the ADAMS mailing list because I didn’t know about this event, but props to our girl Rahima for attending, she’s pictured in the photo and the video on the Post’s site. Visiting the Holocaust Museum is a really powerful experience, it’s not just about the Jewish people and their suffering in Europe because others also suffered, it’s about humanity its highs and its lows, its best and its worst.
A joint Hajj-Hanukah event brought Muslims and Jews together in Frederick, MD. Imam Yahya Hendi leads the Islamic Society of Frederick.
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