Yesterday, as part of a day full of various “events” in a smallish group setting, I heard a female Imam speak. It followed prayers, as last evening was a Muslim holy day.
I couldn’t see her directly, and eventually left the room since I couldn’t understand what she was saying. She appeared to be very young, early twenties I would guess. At first, I was impressed by how clearly she spoke, her crisp tone, and by how assertive she was. Having met her only a couple of hours before, these qualities were quite the opposite of what I would have imagined from her.
As I sat in a neighboring room finding things to occupy myself, her voice boomed throughout the house. It was all very interesting to me. But then I heard the word “America.” Not once, not twice, but several times throughout her monologue.
I couldn’t get it out of my head. What could she possibly be saying about America? It was a holy day. She was invited to pray and to speak. She had met me and knew I was American. I had attended the prayer session, so she knew I was there, and close by as she spoke. What’s the possibility that she was saying something other than Anti-American sentiments?
As you can tell, I am quite bothered by this, possibly more than I should be. I try to devote my life to making peace and bringing people together. Do you have any thoughts on this? Is there something positive she might have been preaching? Am I just being paranoid?