I managed to meet Sheikh Abdul-Hakim Murad and I must say, I have never met anyone who thought out things so well. He has an amazing perspective on everything like the man from the outside of the city who is mentioned a couple times in the Quran (I’ll blog about that reference later).
And just for kicks, I’ll mention something stupid that I almost said. He asked me how the dorms were and I told him that aside from loud, drunk Americans, everything was fine. Then he said that the West to Muslims is like a ship just sailing by. Everyone on the ship is having a great time but the ship itself has no direction. Muslims just stare at the ship, baffled by it as it will eventually sail over the horizon. I almost asked him, seriously, “where does the iceberg fit into that analogy?”
There is not much left to say. It was just like any other private conversation where we spoke about life, the universe, and everything.