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Monday, September 15, 2008

Australia's surfer Imam


Blogger's note: this is actually an old article, but I have never before heard of this very cool Imam from Australia. Surf's up!

Here's a BBC video:

and here's an article about him:

WHEN he's in the line-up off Sydney's popular beaches, Haisam Farache is just another surfer waiting for a wave.

But once he's out of the water he swaps his wetsuit and surfboard for a robe and turban and assumes the role of an imam at Australia's largest mosque.

"For me it relates to how I am as an Australian and a Muslim," he said. "When I go to the beach I feel rejuvenated. I feel like a new person and whatever stresses I have in my life are being washed away with the waves."

The 34-year-old, who began surfing at 11, said his pastime intrigued his students at the Lakemba Mosque. Most laughed, he said, when they discovered he was a surfer, and found it difficult to believe a religious leader had an interest outside teaching Islam.

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