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Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Today we went back to the mosque next door and I found out the man I've been calling a 'Sheikh' this entire time actually should be called 'Sayyid.' By calling him a Sheikh I have completely ignored his direct lineage of the Prophet Mohammed, despite the fact that his black turban can not be worn by mere Sheikhs. That honor, and the Sayyid title, are reserved for those that can trace their exact blood lineage back to the Prophet. In his case, that's 16 generations.