Day 18: The Saho in Eritrea and Ethiopia

Day 18: The Saho in Eritrea and Ethiopia

We are traveling on the border of Ethiopia and Eritrea. The conflict between these two countries began two decades ago and a state of war lasted for years. But peace has come recently. We reach a small village where we are received by a local believer. He offers us...
Lailat Al-Qadr – Night of Power

Lailat Al-Qadr – Night of Power

Lailat Al-Qadr (the Night of Power, Night of Destiny, or Night of Decree) is the holiest night of Ramadan. It is the night when Mohammed is thought to have begun receiving the Quran. The exact night is disputed, so Muslims hold special observances for the last ten...
Day 17: Mourning in Morocco

Day 17: Mourning in Morocco

The reputation for hospitality in Moroccan culture can be an overwhelming pressure for families. At difficult times, such as when a family member dies, it can be especially heavy. When I lived in Morocco, my neighbor’s mother died. I knocked on her door and handed her...
Day 16: The Kaka’i of Iran and Iraq

Day 16: The Kaka’i of Iran and Iraq

The Kaka’i call themselves ahl al haqq, which means “people of truth”. They are a Kurdish people group, living mainly in Iraq and Iran, with over 5 million members who speak Kurdish, Arabic and Farsi. Kaka’i men are identified by their large mustaches, which they wear...
Day 15: Muslims in Chicago, USA

Day 15: Muslims in Chicago, USA

More than a half-million Muslims from around the world live in the Chicago area, in the US. DuPage County, in the western suburbs, has one of the highest Muslim populations in the country, with a population that is about 6 percent Muslim (that’s about 60,000 people)....