I Thought Was Different From Myself

1020 Words Sep 21st, 2016 5 Pages
This assignment asks me to interview someone that I thought was different from myself. Looking to a newly made friend. Soliciting a buddy named Farik if I could ask him a few questions about being a Muslim and for him to try and explain some of the principles of Islam. Farik agreed. We met in my home during the day, when my abode is the most tranquil and calm. Now remember he is just dong me a favor and is not an Islamic scholar in any shape or form. Having been raised Roman Catholic and being deployed a few times to the Middle East, I still felt like I did not have a firm grasp of what a Muslim or what Islam is really about. As in other faith traditions, Muslim scholars have developed varied positions and responses to the numerous questions and issues that have been raised and discussed over the past 1400 years in the various lands where Islam is practiced. These perspectives and resulting practices differ partly because of the diversity within the Muslim community in geography, ethnicity, culture, and age. One of my recent favorite additions to this semester has been the introduction or pushing of the 13 “Principles for How We Treat Each Other.” These principles provide a rich framework for dialogue with classmates about how we build community through our communication behaviors. They also align beautifully with what I see as one of our most challenging core competencies at Valencia, which is Value, which asks that we identify, express, and commit to our values.…
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