In Louisiana I shared an apartment with a Shiite Muslim from Iran. He was an Engineering student. People asked me what it was like living with a follower of Islam. Some people even thought I was dumb for doing so. They thought that I was living with "terrorists".
The level of distrust between Christians and Muslims is still there though on the surface people try to look "tolerant". Tolerance is really in the heart.
Let me share my experience. I learned from my Shiite friend that people in Iran are fond of beans and I got to taste how Iranians cook their beans and lamb. I also showed him what Filipinos eat. He liked "laing".
We talk about the latest Hollywood flicks and of course Iranian and Filipino cinema. My friend was surprised that Iranian movies are shown in Manila.
And when we talk about the Holy Quran and the Holy Bible, our discussion is really what is common to both Holy books without putting down the differences.
And I learned why Muslims pray 5 times a day and Islam's precepts. My friend learned why Christians pray the way they do.
And my Muslim friend asked me every Sunday a question I haven't heard from fellow Christians in a very long time, "Have you gone to Church?" To which I reply "Have you said your prayers?' I don't even bother to say that to a fellow Christian!
A bit of holiness in the course of the day. Perhaps God will be kind and show us Paradise. Amen, Inshallah!