Thought for the day
There are outcasts in every society, including the UK and the West.
In our communities and where we are used to the social norms, we can struggle to relate to others both individually and corporately.
Having read today's entry about the gypsy community in the Middle East, can you relate?
Take a moment to consider when you struggled to relate to someone, whether because of their clothes, upbringing or worldview.
Perhaps you recalled a conversation with a Muslim.
Let's be honest - many Muslims retain a strong cultural and language connection with their ancestral home, often Pakistan.
Culture and language in Pakistan is different to the UK, which can make it hard for us to build deep relationships.
The reality though is that communities of Muslims - and others - bring a rich diversity to where we live, without which we would be the poorer.
Statistically, Muslims also tend to be concentrated in the areas of highest deprivation, so have many needs.
Putting aside our differences and things that may cause us to want to retreat, let's consider how we can build bridges into the Muslim community.
How can we pray and act to bring about transformation where Muslims live, being a channel of the water of life to those that thirst?