We’ve been traveling through Florida for the past week–from Sanibel Island where Ambassador Ahmed spoke to a crowd of 400 people, to Fort Myers to Palm Beach where Ambassador ahmed spoke again to The World Affairs Council, finally all the way down to Miami. We leave tomorrow early for Georgia.
In Ft. Myers we met Iman al Darsani who you will see in the video below and in Palm Beach we spent some time with Reverend Bob Norris, also in the video, from the Royal Poincianna Chapel.
Reverend Norris sent Ambassador Ahmed a warm message as we left for Miami. Below is the text of the message. We’ll post many more videos and thoughts as we continue to travel throughout the South.
My extended thought as you leave Palm Beach;
Practicing the presence of God (Allah) means that we choose to honor Allah (God) above all others and do only what pleases our Holy Lord. Richard Baxter, the seventeenth-century Puritan theologian, advises us: “Spend your time in nothing which you know must be repented of; in nothing on which you might not claim the blessings of God; in nothing which you could not review with a quiet conscience on your dying bed; in nothing which you might not be safely and properly doing if guests surprise you in the act.”
It is only logical that one cannot draw close to a holy God unless one is willing to live as a holy person. An important key to intimacy with God (Allah) which we who revere Allah (God) often overlook is that of standing beside and together serving one another. One must breathe out to breathe in – exhale before inhaling. One must learn how to give away what is in one’s hand and empty it in order to ever receive and hold something in return.
It is only when I love you, my neighbor, as myself, that I can love the Lord God (Allah) with my heart, soul, mind and strength (Matthew 22:37, 39). And the added benefit of serving you is that in the act, through you I also draw close to OUR Father in Heaven.
You will be in my prayers as you continue to carry and incarnate the best of illustrations of that which you speak across the United States.
God’s best to you dear Akbar and friends,