A Reflection on Christian-Muslim Relations
The Rev. Dr. David G. Grafton, Associate Professor, Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations and Director of Graduate Studies, shared this email, written 8/29/2010, with his LTSP colleagues.
This last Friday my family and I were, once again, invited to a friend’s house for iftar, the breaking of the fast for Muslims during the month of Ramadan. We had a wonderful evening of food, friendship, and sharing of texts. We were not only seated at the family table and served a delicious meal of home cooked goods, but we found ourselves engaged in a conversation about Moses being “tongue tied” and his speech before Pharaoh in both the Qur’an and Exodus. All the of the teenagers, both veiled and not, were bored with our conversation and watched David Hasselhoff attempting to sing and dance on the television. (Is that really assimilation?) The meal began with a blessing from the Faithah, the first chapter of the Qur’an, and concluded with my prayer from Psalm 104. It was a wonderful evening.
This morning at church I was greeted by the words of Christ: “You will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you” (Lk 14:10). I was struck how my family and I had experienced this Gospel lesson for the 14th Sunday after Pentecost. We received Christ’s teachings and his hospitality in the home and invitation of a Muslim family.
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Prof. Grafton explored Bible and Qur'ān - A Comparative Approach for the 2010 Fall Forum 2010 - watch his keynote lectures.