We accompanied our Muslim friends to an afternoon event. When it was 4 PM Ameena said it was time for prayer. She wanted to excuse herself to another location to pray.
There were some other Muslims attending, so Ameena mentioned to them that it was 4 PM and there would be prayer in the other location. They were not interested.
She said to me, “I get so disappointed. Sometimes I think I’m the only one here who prays.” I said, “Ameena, I pray.” “But you’re a Christian and it’s not the same. Well, I suppose I’ll go pray alone.” I said, “May I pray with you?” “What? You want to pray with me?” “Yes. I’d like to.” She paused then said, “Okay. Come on! Let’s go pray.”
I followed her and watched her do her ceremonial washing. She then began to pray. When she would stand, I’d stand. When she’d kneel, I’d kneel. When she’d bow down, I’d bow down. She prayed aloud in Arabic while I prayed quietly in the Spirit.
A few minutes later she said, “Okay. We’re done. Now we can join the others.” I said, “Ameena, would you mind if I sang a song? It’s a short song, but it’s also a prayer.” “You want to sing a prayer? Sure! Go ahead and sing.”
I sang, “I love You Lord, and I lift my voice to worship You, oh my soul rejoice.
Take joy my King in what You hear. May it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear.”
She smiled, “That was nice.”
A few weeks later we saw Ameena and her husband at a barbecue. She asked if we’d come and sit with them. She said, “I want to talk to you about your religion.”
- Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. Colossians 3:23
- Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8
- I Love You, Lord by Petra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1IDrMj9CBQ