A Message to our Muslim Neighbours

رسالة لجيراننا المسلمين

یک پیام به همسایگان مسلمان ما

ہمارے مسلم پڑوسیوں کے لئے ایک پیغام

    by Alan Simons

Some years ago, Frank Luntz, the US-based political and business pollster stated in reference to Jews: “We have developed some very destructive communication habits that have seriously undermined our efforts and the causes we believe in. Our words lose their resonance and our style and tone offend… We push people away when we should pull them in.”

Religious hate is hate, irrespective of one’s religion. Sunni or Shia, Traditionalist or Secular. Regardless of what country you live in,  Frank Luntz’s words can apply to both Jews and Muslims. Antisemitism and Islamophobia are the curses of the earth that only the extremists prosper on.

The following video is further proof that moving aside politics, ordinary Jews and Muslims can share a common belief.

According to a hadith, Prophet Muhammed said, “Charity is a proof of faith” and “The best charity is that which is given in Ramadan.” 

In Judaism Tzedakah is the “Hebrew word for the acts that we call charity The word tzedakah is derived from the Hebrew root Tzadei-Dalet-Qof, meaning righteousness, justice or fairness.”

Ramadan Kareem. Kul ‘am wa enta bi-khair!

Through charity, may the future of your children’s lives find peace, happiness and a feeling of belonging amongst you.

Through charity may your children and ours share a common belief in living as neighbours in peace as Renee Rachel Black, a Jew and Sadiq Patel, a Muslim both have done.

Shalom!

>>>Click here to watch this video<<<

Video credit source: BBC Breakfast Television. No copyright infringement intended.

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