I traveled to Cairo last month with AFAR Experiences, and we visited the beautiful Sultan Hassan Mosque to meet with Imam Moez Masoud. The mosque, built in the mid-1300s, sits placidly in the midst of buzzing, honking Cairo, a peaceful oasis for those seeking God in the chaos of cell phones and taxis.
One of my favorite experiences with Afar in Cairo was a visit to the Sultan Hassan Mosque. We gathered on the red carpeted floor inside the centuries old walls to hear an new kind of imam speak about Islam.
His name is Moez Masoud, and his is a modern, social media enabled, Cambridge-educated perspective on Islam. He spoke informally with us about Islam's core tenants and the link between Judiasm, Christianity, and Islam in perfect English. The knowledge, enthusiasm, and peacefulness with which he spoke were inspiring.
His Islam seems untouched by conflict and cultural practices that still factor prominently in Islam throughout much of the Arab world. This picture seemed to capture the exciting combination of this modern imam and the history and traditions of Islam itself.
For more information about Moez Masoud, you can visit his website at http://moezmasoud.com or follow him on Twitter @moezmasoud.
Meeting imam Moez Masoud was not just a trip highlight but maybe a life highlight. His talk brimmed with intelligence, compassion, and peace, and was as settling as it was enlightening. It's easy to see why he has so many followers.