Gilroy Methodists meet Muslims

Methodist women in Gilroy recently had the opportunity to hear from Shista Azad and Maha Elgenaidi of Islamic Networks Group (ING) on the meaning and challenges of living as Muslim women in American Society. The gathering, “Creating Interfaith Communities,” gave the Methodists a chance to hear from, and ask questions of, two Muslim women who spoke about their traditions, the meaning of hijab and jihad, and what it’s like to live as a Muslim woman.

Kat Teraji, a columnist for the Gilroy Dispatch writes about what she learned.

We have more in common with our Muslim brothers and sisters than we realize. The most significant thing we brought with us back to Gilroy was the understanding that both Muslims and Christians have in common a desire and a belief in praying and working for peace on earth. “As-Salaam Alay-Kum” (Peace be upon you) is the way a Muslim would greet you or me. The reply would be, “Wa Alay-Kum as-Salaam” (And may peace be upon you, too).

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