We are talking about weary and burdened human beings. They make up the ‘ordinary people’ of the Muslim world. Beneath a veneer of conformity to a major world faith, ordinary Muslims express deep needs in their daily living.
The world of popular Islam is, at first sight, a strange one for Western onlookers. It is a world constantly in flux, full of all kinds of ‘being’ and ‘powers.’ It is a world that knows processes of change from one state to another.
Ordinary Muslims, among others, see their lives as finding context in a far more complex, active environment. Perhaps, for some Western Christians, a look at popular Islam may awaken a deeper appreciation of the worlds and realities of the Old and New Testaments.
It is my prayer that Western Christians will empathize better with their Muslim neighbours and fellow-travelers. In our growing sensitivity towards such ordinary people, may new doors open for powerful, compassionate witness and for encouraging them to come to the Jesus who will give them rest.