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Monday, June 19, 2006

The Muslims we don't see on TV


S ANLIURFA, TURKEY — An incident occurred during our tour of Turkey with a group of 15 Mississippians on a trip sponsored by the Institute for Interfaith Dialog that I feel I must relate to others.

While we were at the village of Harran, where Abraham lived for a time (Genesis 11:31), we were served an Arab coffee called mirra. The batch from which my husband, Bob, and one other member of the group were served must have been contaminated with bacteria.

By the time we returned to Urfa, as this city is more commonly called, Bob was very ill.


The Imam said that he had to be gone for 30 minutes, but would check on us again. This time, he asked my permission to go into the room with Bob. He looked at him and bowed his head again and prayed. Crying, I now realized that he and I were praying to the same God for the same thing. I have never been so moved spiritually.

These are not the Muslims we see on television.


After meeting all the wonderful people in Turkey, I want to help others to understand that the terrorists of 9-11 identified themselves as Muslims, but they do not represent Islam any more than many people who call themselves Christians the teachings of Jesus.

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  • At 6:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I couldn't help being move by what happened to your husband,Bob, and the Imam who prayed over him. Yes, you are right that people like the Imam are not showed on our TV and I wish they would. Not all Muslims are terriorists!

  • At 7:45 PM, Anonymous Leslie Eisenman ummsakina bint Curt Eiseman al amrikee said…

    Brother, truly, you see things and you know Allah is so great. JazakAllah Khair for posting this,some would say i discovered it on "accident' but we know everything is the will of ALAAH, subhanna wa ta'ala. This short article made tears come to my eyes, for truly ISLAM is pure beauty. I have also, wanted to pray for ppl i saw struggling, and was recently told i can and now, inhaAllah I see how i can. and allah knows best.

  • At 12:53 AM, Blogger Omar Barsawad said…

    I am glad you are showing a side of Islam that's very rarely portrayed these days, in the major medias!

  • At 6:21 AM, Blogger Chris said…

    Yes, these are the things even we as Christians in the U.S. need to see. Thanks for sharing. Nice blog.

  • At 9:16 PM, Anonymous Abu Sahajj said…

    Asalaamu alaikum,

    Mirra is sooo goood!


  • At 1:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Its prohibited to kill people (means any kind of terror forbidden) in ISLAM
    as much as known theory of JESUS : Who throw stones to you respond with bread.
    How come people may hurt eachothers feeling by such a blasphemy literature addressed to the belief which is pointing out to the same GOD ? Incredible pictures shown on your site about the belief and holly Prophet of billion people. You can not see those in the real civilizations.


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