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Indenturedebtor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:11 AM
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Synagogue doubles as mosque during Ramadan
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32881567/ns/us_news-faith /

Synagogue doubles as mosque during Ramadan
Here is a story that shatters the stereotype of Jewish-Muslim conflict

RESTON, Va. - On Friday afternoons, the people coming to pray at this building take off their shoes, unfurl rugs to kneel on and pray in Arabic. The ones that come Friday evenings put on yarmulkes, light candles and pray in Hebrew.

The building is a synagogue on a tree-lined street in suburban Virginia, but for the past few weeks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan it has also been doubling daily as a mosque. Synagogue members suggested their building after hearing the Muslim congregation was looking to rent a place for overflow crowds.

"People look to the Jewish-Muslim relationship as conflict," said All Dulles Area Muslim Society Imam Mohamed Magid, saying it's usually disputes between the two groups in the Middle East that make news. "Here is a story that shatters the stereotype."

Magid, who grew up in Sudan, said he did not meet someone who was Jewish until after he had moved to the U.S. in his 20s, and he never imagined having such a close relationship with a rabbi. But he said the relationship with the Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation has affected him and his members. Beyond being tolerant, the synagogue and its members have been welcoming.

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More at link above :)
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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:13 AM
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1. Nicest story I've seen all day!
Thanks, K and R! :)
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Libertas1776 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:13 AM
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2. If only their brethren,
Edited on Thu Sep-17-09 01:31 AM by Libertas1776
both the Jews and the Muslims, in the Middle East could share such a peaceful sentiment. :pals: Thanks for posting this terrific story :hi:
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Indenturedebtor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:17 AM
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3. I agree... and what's more - may all the religions and peoples of the world do the same n/t
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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:12 AM
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4. that is wonderful - it brings tears to my eyes and makes me hopeful for the future.
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 03:03 AM
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5. k&r; a hopeful and inspiring story!
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exboyfil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 05:33 AM
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6. My little church in Mississippi
rented out for Jewish worship. We were honored to be invited to a Sedar by the Jewish congregation.

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Nihil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:30 AM
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7. K & R for some good news! (n/t)
:toast:
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