RT: @charliehuman: “Lazy fundamentalist Christians vow to download full text of Koran and then delete it”

Oh, I could go on about how Jesus’ message of love didn’t involve the need to burn other religion’s books or how I’d rather be known for what I stand for rather that who I stand against.  Or, as Rick Warren says “I believe in the separation of church and hate.”  Instead, I thought I’d join Tall Skinny Kiwi to remember September 11 to BLOG A KORAN and help create some understanding with our Muslim neighbors.

This has been something that’s been an area of interest for me for a while.  I often let a Muslim brother of mine guest blog for me.  So my entry for Blog a Koran is a look back at some of his guest blogs:

Intro to Al-Fitr – the feast breaking the fast of Ramadan.  Except we had to celebrate it behind bars (which was a unique view of the occasion).

A Muslim take on Community – “The question that initiated this line of thought was whether or not we (by “we” I mean the Muslims here at Indiana State Prison) are a “community” in the way it is defined along Islamic terms and is this definition harmonious to the general understanding of community (and what is the general understanding of community). And depending on the answer to that question, what is our responsibility to either maintain or achieve community.”

-Hey, You Hate Us!1! part one and part two – “Several of us had a conversation along these lines the other day: the idea that Muslims overseas have a hatred for America and the American way of life, and therefore want to destroy us. This is a commonly used “bogey man” tactic that is played out by certain talking heads in the media.”

Taqwa – “You mentioned that while Christians focus in on the aspect of God’s love, that some tend to forget or negate the very real aspect of God’s wrath. And God’s wrath is not something that is very pretty.  This holds true for Muslims as well. Often, especially non-Muslims looking at Islamic beliefs will focus in on the concept of taqwa – which is the fear of Allah.”

Me and my Muslim brother are both on spiritual journeys.  We don’t always agree and, frankly, love the conversation brought about by disagreeing.  What we are not is so threatened by each other’s story that we’re moved to negate or destroy the other.  We seek to learn from each other and begin with a posture of listening and respecting one another.  It’s how friendships are formed.