From a recent USA Today article:
In 2009, Hussein Rashid, a professor of Islamic Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary, noticed rabbis using Twitter to highlight snippets of Torah text to celebrate Shavuot, when Jews say Moses received God’s word at Mount Sinai.
“I saw they were creating a virtual way to pray and study together, and I thought it would be fun to invite a few friends to tweet the Quran for Ramadan. By the next year we had hundreds posting at #Quran and it will be even bigger this year,” he says.
The Quran is the 22-year record of what Muslims believe is Allah’s revelations to the Prophet Mohammed. The goal of using Twitter is to engage Muslims and non-Muslims alike in exploring and discussing the text, Rashid says.
“What verses speak to you when you read the Quran this day? That’s what we’re looking for. The way we engage with scripture is always changing as our lives change. We can ask each other questions. We can explore parallels with other religions,” he adds.
You bet I’ll be joining in on the conversation. Ramadan Kareem to the Muslim community!
So, let me get this straight. You write: “You bet I’ll be joining in on the conversation.” And yet, when the Jewish community organized the “Tweet #Torah to the Top” effort (on which Hussein Rashid’s effort is based) you did not participate.
Why does that seem odd to me.
I’m not sure – are you are implying that my participation in one Twitter study and not another indicates a lack of commitment to my own tradition?