The mind behind the Islamic peace walks, which are now taking place in cities around the world, is a man named Aadil Faraj. Aadil is humble, fiercely honest, and doesn’t like taking credit for having organized one of the largest international Islamic movements of recent memory. We chatted with him this morning over email.
Broadside: How did the idea for the peace walks come about?
AF: I guess, like most ideas, I don’t remember where it came from. It was just there. It just seemed like the obvious thing to do, like it was going to be done regardless, which probably explains why it was so easy to get it started, and is also why I don’t like taking credit.
Broadside: What are you hoping these walks will accomplish? What are you hoping is going to change?
AF: I mean, they’re called PEACE walks. I think the goal is fairly obvious. There is this unbelievable tension right now between Muslims and the rest of the world, and that tension is spilling over into so many areas of life. I read your article yesterday where you said we were innocent, that Muslims were innocent and shouldn’t be held accountable for Hand of Peace, but the fact is that nobody is innocent. We’ve all harbored hatred and grudges and contempt. We’ve all added fuel to this fire. Now it’s up to us to do something about it. I’m not sure what we should do, exactly, so we’re going to walk and hope that somehow that does something. Peace walks are always this act of ridiculous hope.
Broadside: Do you think it’s going to work?
AF: I honestly have no idea.