LAUREN BOOTH

“I had been saying ‘Dear Allah’ instead of ‘Dear God”

Lauren Booth

Lauren Booth

Name : Sarah Booth
Birth : July 22, 1967 in Islington, London, England
Education : Copthall Girls School, London
Spouse : Craig Darby
Children : Alexandra Booth, Holly Booth
Parent :Tony Booth (father), Pamela Smith (mother)
Occupation : Journalist, broadcaster, columnist, human right activist, a patron of Cageprisoners ( June 2011)
Previous faith : Judaism, Catholicism
Revert : Mid-September, 2010
Reason : “My own path to Islam began with an awakening to the gap between what had been drip-fed to me about all Muslim life – and the reality. I began to wonder about the calmness exuded by so many of the “sisters” and “brothers”… And on my visit to Iran this September (2010, ed.), the washing, kneeling, chanting recitations of the prayers at the mosques I visited reminded me of the west’s view of an entirely different religion; one that is known for eschewing violence and embracing peace and love through quiet meditation. A religion trendy with movie stars such as Richard Gere, and one that would have been much easier to admit to following in public – Buddhism. Indeed, the bending, kneeling and submission of Muslim prayers resound with words of peace and contentment. Each one begins, “Bismillahir rahmanir Rahim” – “In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate” – and ends with the phrase “Assalamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh” – Peace be upon you all and God’s mercy and blessing… Almost unnoticed to me, when praying for the last year or so, I had been saying “Dear Allah” instead of “Dear God”. They both mean the same thing, of course, but for the convert to Islam the very alien nature of the language of the holy prayers and the holy book can be a stumbling block. I had skipped that hurdle without noticing. Then came the pull: a sort of emotional ebb and flow that responds to the company of other Muslims with a heightened feeling of openness and warmth. Well, that’s how it was for me, anyway…”

Reuters, Wikipedia, The Guardian

Islamia/The Brunei Times
Friday, 25 November 2011

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