What to do… when your heart wants the person your brain tells you not to?
Some of you know I have been on a spiritual crusade to learn more about the various beliefs people hold. The journey thus far has been very interesting as friends have shared with me their personal faith and beliefs, approved resulting is some thought-provoking discussions.
Tthe opportunity was presented to further my research into Islam, sale and I spent the afternoon at the Canadian Islamic Centre having a very open discussion with one of their staff. She was happy to share Muslim beliefs and culture with me, cost answered all my questions happily and honestly, and even invited me to watch asr (afternoon) prayer. And at the end of the day we called each other “friend”.
Canada (and many other developed countries) are home to a vast array of religions, cultures and nationalities. As this will likely only continue to grow, we have two choices: to allow our lack of knowledge to breed miscommunication and further animosity, or to learn about one another with an open heart. I certainly have a better understanding of many Muslim norms and will no longer shake my head when I see a woman wearing hijab.
This quote from Paulo Coelho sums up my thoughts on spirituality and religion: