August 1, 2012
A Muslim pluralist was baptized at the spot where Jesus was
baptized, observes lent, commemorates Holocaust and shares
unusual Ramadan experience. No one has ever done this ever before.
“As a part of developing a model for Pluralism in Islam, I am
visiting a Mosque a day of different Muslim denominations since
Ramadan began eleven days ago, and will continue through August 18th or
19th depending on the moon sighting. I was even in Dome
of the rock and the holy Mosque of Aqsa in Jerusalem, had an
interesting faceoff with the Israeli guard. It is a pleasure to
share this with fellow Americans and Muslims. It is everything you
wanted to know about Ramadan and more; its politics, spirituality
and traditions.” Mike Ghouse
If we can learn to respect the otherness of other, and accept the
God given uniqueness of each one of us, then conflicts fade and
Ramadan is about achieving spirituality, Taqwa as it is known as,
and it has many dimensions, one of them is humility, the essence of
which is feeling, talking and acting equal with your employee,
spouse, family and other members of the society, Muslim or not. How
do we measure up?
“Years ago, my
daughter, observed Lent, and we were glad she did, she got out of
the addiction of Dr. Pepper, what a good thing it was! People give
up smoking and this period of 40 days is renewal in every sense,
whether you are Christian or not, you can join in the process of
reflection and purifying and being in tune with fellow beings.”
“As a Muslim it was a joy to be baptized at the Yardenit, where
Jesus was baptized, and it is a joy to observe 40 days of Lent".
Unless you are in other's shoes, you will not see what they see and
you will not experience what they experience.
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