Saturday, August 19, 2006

Praising Allah -- en español

From the Orlando Sentinel:

Catherine Garcia enters the mosque barefoot and finds a spot on the floor. She kneels and leans forward. Palms, nose and forehead touch the ground. Her lips move, almost imperceptibly, whispering words in Arabic.

Three years ago, she would have been in a Roman Catholic church, murmuring prayers with her rosary beads. Today, she invokes Allah while reciting portions of the Quran.

Garcia, 33, is among an estimated 70,000 Hispanics nationwide embracing Islam, blending with apparent ease two cultures seemingly at odds.

They are renouncing salsa dancing, roasted pork and Christmas. But they are making their tamales with halal meat, reading the Quran in Spanish and sharing their faith at Hispanic cultural events.

"I am a Latino woman," said Garcia, who was born in Colombia and now lives in east Orange County. "I prefer to read the Quran in Spanish, and I praise God in Spanish. It's the language that I feel."

1 comment:

  1. Just in case the arguments from within the fold aren't convincing enough for the USCCB, here's evidence,0,
    from those who've turned to a flock very much "outside" the fold that what's sought after is "simple" direct catechesis targeted at ADULTS!

    "[Catherine Garcia ,33, from Colombia] attends a Saturday Tafseer class, the meaning of Quran, at the Islamic Society of Central Florida"

    I can't help wondering though whether it isn't the menfolk who're the ones corralling their 'mujeres' into the mosques? Out of sheer desperation with the corrosive influence of Telemundo, Univision et al. My husband, not Catholic, frequently comments on the predominance of busty babes paraded by the Latino broadcasters under contract with our cable carrier - my feeble attempts at promoting an ecumenical understanding of cultural diversity south of the border haven't won him over yet, if ever.

    Sobering thought, none the less, that our culture's failure to establish healthy boundaries for modesty could lead to folks embracing shariah's boundaries instead ... see Rod Dreher at Crunchy Con's who mentions Paul Berman's NYT Magazine appraisal of Sayyid Qutb's contributions to the resurgent Muslim renaissance