USA/KSA: Love Your Neighbor Dinner

 

Thanksgiving may now be past but that does not mean it is too late to love your neighbor.  In fact, it is never too late to love your neighbor.  How about this?  American Bedu challenges YOU to take time out to love your Muslim or Christian neighbor.  Don’t have a Muslim or a Christian neighbor?  Then reach out to them where they are.  I’m confident you would not be disappointed.

If you are Muslim, an event can be organized through a local Mosque or Islamic Center inviting non-Muslims to come and break bread together.  Christians in turn can organize the event through their church or if in an area such as Saudi Arabia where churches are prohibited, simply have a group of expatriates reach out to the many Muslims around them.  A dinner can be held at a home, community center, church or mosque or in Saudi Arabia at a local hotel restaurant.

There is too wide a chasm between many Muslims and non-Muslims.  In most cases this chasm is caused by ignorance, fear and/or extremism.  We really have more similarities than differences.

The two videos which I have included with this post touch the tip of the iceberg on the similarities and blessings that can be received when we reach out for one another rather than against!

This one ranks among my favorites:

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20 Responses

  1. Wow, I loved the second video in particular. It was very inspiring and much of it is probably true across religious/cultural boundaries 😀

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

  2. Great post and videos! Loving our neighbors is a fantastic idea!

  3. Loveeddd the 2nd video too !!
    Thanks Carol :))

  4. Yes; the second video is my favorite as well and I think it speaks volumes!

  5. What a wonderful, wonderful idea. Appropriate, especially for this time year—a way the US and being American should be-tolerant.

  6. If you go back to say 50 years ago, or even 40, before it became important for some reason to view islam as ‘THE’ enemy in place of ‘communism’, at that time no one thought of having a problem with a person that happens to be a Muslim.
    Egypt, my homeland, before the ‘Israeli’ era, all religions lived as neighbors, in total harmony. The Egyptian Jews even refused to go Israel and hence the famous “Navon scandal”.
    All of us are humans, heavenly religions all teach the same manners of decency and goodness. We should forget to hate for a while…

  7. Actually you may see that in Ramadan in Egypt, i dont know about KSA…

  8. What about your neighbors that aren’t Muslim or Christian?

    I didn’t catch where that dinner was held. Was it at a mosque or did they bring their culture to the church with the gender segregation? When it’s time to have it at a church will they still segregate? If it was at a church did they make sure that all the food was halal or did they have name tags on the dishes that were brought so a Muslim would know which dishes were ‘safe’?

    I’ve seen that video about the Land Called Paradise before. I’m sure that it is very disturbing to the Muslims of the ‘East’ to see how corrupt Muslims are in the ‘West’. I mean there is MUSIC, confessions and even some uncovered hair.

  9. Lynn, there is music and uncovered hair in the east as well.

  10. I like inivting friends and neibors for dinner.
    But we do not do thanksgiving.
    I loved the second video. A happy video!

  11. The Creator in “The Revelation of Arès” asks that we establish a fraternal link within the family of Abraham.

    We should love all our neighbours, even the atheists. :-)) Can you imagine how this would change the world?

  12. Very entertaining the second video. There is ample music ALL over the islamic countries in the middle east @ Lynn. Numerous musicians too. Even in KSA. Just today a man pulled his car by the sea and sat there playing his ‘aanoon’ a lovely string music instruement you put on a table and use finger of both hands to make music with.

  13. The dinner was held in a church and in respect of the culture of some of the Muslim participants had segregation. I’m not sure on the halal aspect but would imagine having halal food was taken into account too.

  14. HI Carol,

    Amazing idea. A step to bring closer all humanity.
    Its not something unusual in Malaysia, Singapore.

    Here, u will see a large numbers of non-muslims I see in Iftar in Masjids. Here a lot of communal harmony. I have never ever seen any kind of communal disharmony since I came here 3 years back. No one shout at any other human being.

    Masjids are also wide open and full of light. But, I heard that Masjids are so dark that people always think like terrorists training centre 🙂

    See this video abt Singapore and Malaysia Masjids which are compared with Arab Masjids – Narrated by a Saudian (also translation in English)

  15. Mistake: But, I heard that Masjids in Saudis are so dark that people always think like terrorists training centre 🙂

  16. A lovely and friendly interaction between Muslims and non Muslims. So nice to see:

  17. @ Lynn.. interesting question, but natural for someone who has not lived in the middle east. This region everyone is quite religiously affiliated. It is where all three religions stemmed from ( Judaism, Christianity, Islam). You would not find anyone who is not one of those three. Religions is also mentioned in everyone’s id card.

  18. @ Azad Ali
    i really enjoyed the speech you posted… an intelligent and hear to heart message

  19. ‘You would not find anyone who is not one of those three.’

    Really? not one? How could that be? Could it be because you are forced to put something on your ID card and only those 3 choices are allowed?

    I know that there is music all over the Islamic world but i also know that it is considered haram.

  20. Loved your second video on this post. Always nice to see the perspective of Islam from those living in the West. Very similar to us here.
    Let our similarities bind us not our differences depart us.

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