Halef and I visited the Al-Farooq Masjid (Mosque) in Atlanta today and took an educational tour with Mohammed Zohbe, a member of the Masjid from Lebanon. Needless to say, it was an awesome experience. Mr. Zohbe explained a LOT of things to us. The Al-Farooq mosque is a place for all Muslims. Shi’a and Sunni are political constructs that don’t seem to mean anything here. A lot of misconceptions completely cleared up.
I didn’t quite believe that Islam was a violent religion (although I am ashamed to say I made fun of the religion during my, er, earlier days of blogging.) Now, after having talked to so many people today, I am certain it’s not. It was an awesome experience. A few pictures:
Outside the Masjid – worshippers and tourists.