Saturday, January 31, 2009

Let All Associate In this Great Human Garden

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Tonight I had a really wonderful experience. I had the bounty of being invited by a friend of mine to a party where most of the guests were members of the local Sunni Muslim community.

At first, I knew only two people out of dozens. We broke the ice with the usual conversation starters "what do you do for a living?" "where do you live?" but before long we were happily chatting away like old friends.

We discussed the vision of nature in Islam, how to help a family who just arrived from Somalia (they need winter coats), what the best ingredients are in Persian cookies (rosewater!), how to avoid stress at work, and courtship and engagement and the secret of a happy marriage (spent a long time on that one!). My new found friends are warm and generous and inviting and humorous!

The evening brought to mind a favorite song of mine, the words are based on the writings of 'Abdul Baha':
Let all associate, therefore, in this great human garden even as flowers grow and blend together side by side.
Love ye all religions and all races with a love that is true and sincere and show that love through deeds.


(The song is available for listening here )


At 8:03 PM, Blogger Kuhfuss said...

What a great opportunity to visit with a community few of us know and many of us misunderstand. Too often we misjudge that our differences exceed our commonalities. I hope that you, our President, and all of us can bridge this cultural gap.


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