A comprehensive 2019 demographic study of 232 countries and territories reported that 24.4% of the global population, or 1.9 billion people, are Muslims.
I especially looked forward to my friend Toni’s responses to this interview. She is a Sunni Muslim, and I have heard so much negativity flung at this faith out of ignorance and fear I hope this little interview leads some to think Muslims are not the “other” not to be tolerated.
1. How long have you practiced this form of spirituality?Almost 10 years
2. What about it fulfills your spiritual needs? Pausing a busy day to pray for 5 minutes, 5 times a day is like a mini meditation each time and a way to connect with myself and my Creator.
i 3. What challenges (if any) does being a (fill in the blank) pose in everyday life? Iwear hijab which can be a hardship during the summer months. It also points you out to people as a Muslim which can be difficult at times. I have been yelled at by strangers on more than one occasion which is jarring and upsetting for myself and my children.
4. Are there any misconceptions people have about your belief system you’d like to clear up?There are many misconceptions about Islam especially regarding the treatment of women. Islam is similar to the other Abrahamic religions (Christianity and Judaism) in belief and culture as they are all from the same tradition.
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