New York Times bestselling author Michael Gruber, a member of "the elite ranks of those who can both chill the blood and challenge the mind" ( The Denver Post ), delivers a taut, multilayered, riveting novel of suspense Somewhere in Pakistan, Sonia Laghari and eight fellow members of a... read more
“Possibly, but we're not dead yet. A lot depends on who these people are. Islam is a very decentralized religion. Anyone can call himself a mujahid, a holy warrior. The movement attracts lots of people, from the sincerely religious to the insane or just bored kids looking for action. In the West, they race cars drunk or knock of convenience stores. Here they become mujahideen. At the edges, they blend into simple bandits, which this part of the world had always been famous for, but I don't get the message that our guys are like that.”Sonia Bailey
“Not at all. I'm perfectly sincere at the moment of prayer in either tradition. Surely you don't think God cares how we worship Him? And a mass, with its ritual motions and responses, is very much the same as salat, in the sense that humanity is one family, whether you call it umma or the Body of Christ, and it's important for us all to the the same thing with our bodies at the same time. Every believing Muslim in this time zone just did what I just did, and as the earth spins around today, so the tide of Fajr will flow with the light of day, and then another prayer at noon, Dhuhr, and then Ashr, Maghib, and Isha, five in all, today and every day. It's a pretty neat feeling, being engulfed in prayer and, despite individual differences between people, to be united in that one thing.”Sonia Bailey
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