Birds of varied feather can be heard singing outside in the trees. A sun descends into twilight as Iftar approaches; a cross - culture, interfaith feast of roast chicken, Persian basmati cherry rice with saffron, kabob koobideh with white onion, cucumber salad, sangak bread, naan and more awaits. Muslims, Buddhists, Christians, Jews, friends and strangers gather to pray together, then break the Ramadan fast with an offering of fresh watermelon juice and sweet dates before gathering to break bread.Read more
Going to Iftar was a great experience. Even as an interfaith event there was such an overabundance of reverence and community. Several religions were represented including the Jews, Christians, Muslims and others who I may not have chanced to meet. It was obvious from the start that some participants had found strength together in sharing about each others faiths. Yet the event to me seemed extremely beneficial for several more reasons. There in recent years has been intensity of growing tensions between religious groups; this event; I felt put emphasis on how each shares so much in common. Because of growing fear and ultimately hatred towards the generalized Muslim or even (foreign) groups, this event was especially helpful in separating facts from lies. My Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, and Christian brothers and sisters need to put bias and an Us Vs. Them relationship behind them. We need to remember and realize that we are neighbors who will grow only if we embrace making surviving relationships of sincerity and well meaning with each other. Participation in this Iftar has begun to do that.
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Also found in: American Bar Association (ABA) International Law, Summer 2015, Vol. 44 No.3
Ahamed A. Syed (email@example.com) is an attorney practicing in Los Angeles. He has previously lived in Saudi Arabia, India and Canada. His international background allows him to appreciate the different legal systems around the world. He is passionate about dispelling the myths around Islam and hopes to promote a greater understanding of the faith.
As the anniversary of the September 11th attacks approach I thought it would be fitting to write about my understandings of Islamic Spirtuality and Islam. The countless examples of violence from Islamic extremism in the past decade, it has forced both Muslims and non-Muslims to deeply question what Islam is and what it teaches. I think that this has actually created a positive benefit for those willing to deeply study the subject from people who truly understand the religion. But more importantly it requires going beyond one's preconceived notions about Islam in order to find the truth. I have decided to share this essay with my family and friends and in attempt to convey my understanding of Islam and Tassuwuf.Read more