Today when discussing questions about Islam with our host family, they said if they could describe Islam in one word, it would be peace. There are so many teachings in the Quran similar to the teachings of Buddha, Rumi, Jesus, and Ghandi. Beautiful principles of compassion, peace, and love. I strongly encourage all of you with preconceptions of Islam to consider a more openminded approach when talking about the thread within us all. We share so many different customs, languages, and ideas and we can learn a lot from one another.