Arab Proverb “If you eat alone you die alone.”
I woke up this morning feeling uneasy about events around the world, especially in the Middle East, shooting, bombing and associations; violence is everywhere. A whole nation is being beheaded in front of our eyes in Aleppo and there is nothing we can do. So I asked myself the persisting question in life that is spewed and popularized these days: Do Arabs have a propensity for violence?
So, as a devoted follower of Ayatollah Google, I searched for the truth and asked Google for help. Typing ‘Arab violence” in its magic box, I got more than 62 million hits in less than one second, .44 of a second to be exact. We have roughly over 300 million Arabs, close to the same number of Americans. However, in reality Americans have far more violence and more crimes, besides most crimes committed in the Arab world are due to wars and political conflicts. But, in the age of the internet and social media, truth is an elusive thing. It is personal, everything you hear or see is an opinion; fact or fake. With the development of the internet and social media, we may have reached what has been dubbed as the Post-Truth-Society.
Notes from America
Holidiversity: Ramadan dinner with the inspection team
Thursday of this week, it is for the first time and for a long time Christians and Muslims across the globe will have one thing in common, celebrating the birth of their consecutive prophets. Molad Elnabi (birth of the prophet ) is celebrated by Muslims at the same day as Christmas for Christians. With all the turmoil around the world and poisonous relationships between the two biggest monolithic religion, it is a welcoming news.
This religious coincidence wasn’t the first time Muslims and Christians celebrate their holidays together. A few years ago Christmas came during Muslims celebrate of the holy month of Ramadan. As a Muslim American who has been married to an American woman for 20 years, I wanted to celebrate Ramadan and Christmas at the same time. Wow, I thought to myself, what an occasion: our two religious celebrations combined into one magic evening in my house, an evening of transformation that would symbolize our great, diverse life in America. A Ramadan-Christmas dinner would bring a real meaning to our two rich cultures. Continue reading Holidiversity: Ramadan dinner with the inspection team