Greetings of peace to those of you who are new to this page (and peace to those who have been here for a while). Every now and then it is important for me to make this kind of post, as there seems to be some questions around who I am, what I stand for, and what I hope to accomplish with this page.
I am the descendant of Christians, both Catholic and Protestant, but I consider my religion to be “humanity.” When it comes time for me to “practice religion” and worship God, I roll with Catholicism. I was baptized in 1985, reared in the Catholic church, and raised by families that revered saints.
With that said, I do not think that any single religion or faith has a monopoly on the truth. I think that it is imperative to recognize that the truth can be found in many, if not all, religious traditions.
Over the years I have learned a great deal about the Islamic tradition, primarily through scholarship and academia, but also through the homes, places of worship, businesses, and communities in which Muslims live and thrive around the world. Islam has helped me to think about our Creator in constructive and fresh ways. It has also helped to guide me in life and provide me with a deeper understanding of humanity itself.
Prophet Muhammad is someone who I have come to greatly admire, so much so that I am one of the few Christians that considers him to be a prophet. My reverence for him, however, does not mean I am interested in converting or that I am on the verge of converting. That is not my calling. That is not why I am here.
Though I do not do it purposely, I challenge conventional wisdom of Christianity and Islam and push the boundaries of what it means to be Christian, Muslim, and human. On a higher level, I believe in spreading knowledge for the sake of compassion, peace, and love.
With this page I hope to liven spirits, build bridges across perceived religious divides, and challenge rigid understandings of the human experience as well as religion itself. Hopefully my ideas and words chip away at ignorance, arrogance, fear, and darkness at large.