An American Muslim Preacher Faces His Own Mortality

Source: NPR

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On a recent night in Chicago, a Muslim preacher sits on the floor in the center of an ethnically mixed and mostly young group of men and women. Around him, a drum circle sings praises of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad.

Mint tea is served on gold trays. A man with a hipster beard circulates an incense burner. A musky, wood scent fills the air.

And Usama Canon begins to teach.

“If you find yourself religious but your religiosity has led you to be unkind or to be less then loving or less then patient, then you’re doing something wrong,” he says.

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