This is what grace can look like. A friend and Muslim leader shared this video with me today on Facebook, and I predict that it will be popular because of the way it manages to be both playful and reverent.
The traditionally masculine attributes of strength and restraint are brought to the loving acts of devotion: to Allah, to our children and one another. As this Muslim father teaches his infant son, with their whole bodies, how to pray, he does it with the joy and forgiveness that we hope—we pray—God will show to us. When the man brings his own forehead to touch the floor, in the ultimate act of submission to God, he brings his young son’s head down with such control that the child murmurs and laughs. This is what prayer can sound like.