Suburban Understanding 1
our neighbors in Islam

Islam means submission
To the will of God

Islam calls, many times a
Day, the faithful
Community to prayer

Islamic life means
Welcoming the stranger
Keeping a home that reaches
Out to friends in
Welcome and in need

And jihad

It is better
Understood as the war
Within one’s heart

The struggle with our lesser
Selves to make our
Lives a divinely cleaned
Container, open ultimately

To be filled with the
Presence and the will
Of God


How do I know this

By silencing the noise the
Distractions in my heart
To learn instead to listen

I learn by listening
And if I have it wrong

I’ll hear better
Next time