Catholic Culture, Phil Lawler:
At an interfaith conference some years ago, I struck up a conversation with a prominent Muslim cleric. He was probably amused by my awkward attempt to greet him properly, using one of the few phrases of Arabic that I know. In any event he was friendly, we spoke frequently over the next few days, and when the conference came to an end we sat together at the final dinner.
Over the meal the imam—whose name, sadly, I cannot now recall—asked me about my background. (Perhaps he wondered where I had learned to speak Arabic so badly?) When he heard that my wife’s father was Egyptian, he was intrigued, and followed up by asking whether my father-in-law was a Muslim. When I answered in the affirmative, he grew serious. I do not remember his words exactly, but I can give at least a close approximation: Read the rest here.