Interesting Thoughts on Outreach
Ok, quickie post. Burning Blue Soul has a very interesting entry on dawah
(prosletyzing) and I have to say, I agree with a lot of what he (she?) says. A lot of converts come into Islam and get a HUGE shock when they find out how far most of the community is from the delightful theology they thought they were embracing. I know I did. What happened to the egalitarian, anti-racist, economic and social justice, compassion for your neighbors, kindness to all, mercy for mankind I thought would be the center of Islamic congregations?? What happened to Rumi's love Allah and His creation so well it makes you cry with joy? Instead I found the worst of what had turned me off of church life -- backbiting, lying, petty jealousy and rivalry. Bleh.
Anyway, read Blue Soul's post, it's spot on.