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A most interesting post, good luck with your entry!
By: John on November 17, 2014
Well, THAT was a story about Islam which didn't tick me off! Well done! And good luck!
By: Al Penwasser on November 17, 2014
As you know I cancelled my trip there. I was going with a group of Catholics (I am not Catholic) and with the war now on their borders, I just felt we would be too obvious. I do not think all Muslims are terriorists, but when going into a country with war on its border, I felt anonymity was a better venue.
By: Tabor on November 17, 2014
This story is as close as I'll ever get to seeing them--good luck!!
By: fishducky on November 17, 2014
One of the differences between "Allah" and God is that you are not allowed to use the name of god unless you are muslim, as in you can get into a ton of trouble over there if anyone catches you using it (think extremism). This sounds like a wonderful experience, but I don't know if I'd feel safe traveling to Turkey these days.
By: Michael Offutt on November 17, 2014
i loved it. i loved the openness you gave to this experience, their beliefs, their tradition. and the respect.
By: TexWisGirl on November 17, 2014
What an uplifting and amazing experience. I really do applaud your determination to explore and experience what is for you and many of us so foreign and other worldly. It is difficult in the best of times not to fall victim to fear and prejudice -- and at the moment these are not the best of time...
By: The Broad on November 17, 2014
I suspect the whirling of the dervishes makes about as much sense as the rites of any other religion. You may be able to tell that I am irreligious.
By: Catalyst on November 17, 2014
Very well written, Stephen. I feel like I was in that group, absorbing the experience along with you. Good luck with the contest.
By: Hilary on November 17, 2014
Your ability to take your readers along for the ride, allowing us to see through your eyes and share in the experience is a marvel on to itself. All the best in the upcoming competition. A quick question why did you use the deprecated word Moslem? I thought it wasn't acceptable anymore.
By: Daniel LaFrance on November 17, 2014
That would certainly be some sight to see. The devil is in the details to the difference between Allah and God, and not just as a matter of speech, neither. In all fairness, it is the same with all of the different denominations in the Christian community, but our Heavenly Father makes sure that everyone, who reaches their own age of accountability, is able to recognize what is actually absolutely true or not before their time as a part of this world comes to an end. Whether or not they want to accept it is left to them, however. For it would not fulfill His purposes to force anyone to spend all of eternity with Him in His Kingdom of Heaven as an heir to all that is His in glory against their will.
By: Jerry E. Beuterbaugh on November 17, 2014
I wish you lots of luck in your entry. I think this is a fascinating story and well worth having it read by lots of people. I admire your open mind as so many as closed these days.
By: Kathe W. on November 17, 2014
I had been accused of being one when I was a child by my parents as I tore through the house. Good to know they are real and I enjoyed learning about them.
By: Akansas Patti on November 17, 2014
Best of luck in getting this piece published. It always amazes me how religions can be so disagreeable and fight over faith.
By: red on November 17, 2014
Excellent story! Good luck!
By: mimi on November 17, 2014
You know how to paint a picture, whether you have a paintbrush or a pen in your hand. This was excellent! Good luck with the contest.
By: Pixel Peeper on November 17, 2014
Best of luck in your contest quest. I think this story certainly fits the bill. You have so many travel experiences, I would think you could submit many stories for publication. Not necessarily that one about Mrs. C and the speckled pony. I liked reading about jewelry shopping in India, and Mrs. C's earrings.
By: Val on November 17, 2014
I've never heard of the whirling dervishes but it sounds kinda freaky. Your ending though is beautiful!
By: Marcia @ Menopausal Mother on November 17, 2014
We have lots of these performing in Egypt. They have beautifully decorated skirts and can take them over their heads to whirl them over tables full of guests. I prefer the performance value rather than the religious significance.
By: Lexa Cain on November 17, 2014
You've captured a vibrant moment and share the electricity of waiting and then witnessing. In the Dervishes you find a glimpse of the universality of spiritual quest.
By: Tom Cochrun on November 17, 2014
A magical account of a magical experience. Good luck in the contest!
By: tom sightings on November 18, 2014
This is a great write and read. I love that you were open to the moment and saw it as it was presented. Loved it.
By: Oma Linda on November 18, 2014
Let us know how it goes, Stephen. Best!
By: Michael Manning on November 19, 2014
You've got MY vote.
By: Mitchell is Moving on November 24, 2014
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