That Mighty Deep by Joseph Ziad Khoury

Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.
— Rumi

About Islamic Artists of Orlando

Islam is many things. To the blind, it is a light. To the lost, it is a guide. To the uninspired, a muse. Perhaps most celebrated by its followers is Islam’s plasticity of interpretation. It emphasizes individual experiences and personal connections with God by providing diverse practices of prayer, allowing its followers to discover novel and unique ways to deepen their relationships with Allah. While supporting this individual spirituality, Islam is also known to sponsor strength in community. It expounds tolerance with an ultimate goal of communal peace.

This is our image of Islam, one which we share with many other followers of the religion. Unfortunately, this is not the version of Islam many are used to hearing. In the East, extremist branches of fundamentalist Islam have been systematically misappropriating Islamic doctrines to justify malignant...