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Can Muslims Co-Exist with Non-Muslims in Peace?

Humankind was created from one male and female. But generations that followed divided themselves into many tribes, races, and nations. Men are also of many colors and they speak quite a lot of languages. Islam is basically and essentially pluralistic in nature. This can be understood from the fact that Muslims are permitted to eat food of the Jews and Christians. A Muslim bridegroom can marry a Christian or Jew bride without conversion to Islam. The Islamic state guarded not only the lives, but also the honor of non-Muslims. It guaranteed the protection of their religious beliefs and rituals and the maintenance of their personal laws, institutions, and endowments. Islam is a religion of mercy, tolerance, and moderation. It teaches its followers to be moderate in dealing with others and in interaction with members of other faiths. The practices of Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) and his Companions indicate that non-Muslims were treated in the most respectful and amicable of ways. Islam teaches moderation and rejects all sorts of extremism. It allows Muslims to have a good relationship with non-Muslims to a certain limit.

"Serve God, and join not any partners with Him; and do good- to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, those in need, neighbors who are near, neighbors who are strangers, the companion by your side, the wayfarer (ye meet), and what your right hands possess: For God loveth not the arrogant, the vainglorious. " [The Qurân Ch: 4 Nisa’, V: 36]

Early On a Sunday Morning

On Where Pianos Roam

I've always believed in the old adage, "The more you give, the more you get".  At least, this has always held true in my life.  I also believe in the benefit of random acts of kindness.  This might mean letting another car through during a traffic jam or going out of your way to help someone even if he or she may not ever know about it. The challlenge I face is that I am often so busy that it's easy to get caught up in your own world and forget about your connectedness with the rest of  humanity--the proverbial "Big Picture", I suppose.  So, I try a little bit every week and constantly remind myself to be kind and generous.  I might complement someone's hair or clothing if I really like it, or I might tip a little more at a restaurant even if my server forgot something.   If I could brighten up someone else's day even just a little bit, then why not?  Life is far too brief to spread malice into the lives of others. I was thinking lately that it has been a while since I participated in a fundraiser to help a cause.  A month ago some one told me about a fundraiser for a local Nashville family that is trying to raise the $19,000 they need to adopt a special needs child in China.  Her name is Abbi Mai, and she's quite adorable.  .  .  . The fundraiser, which took place yesterday, was a Zumbathon.  "Zumba" is a type of aerobics that incorporates Latin dance.  It is extremely high-energy and a ton of fun.  Before yesterday morning, I had never done it before.  I joined a few friends and donated some money to participate.  Here are some photos .  .  . [caption id="attachment_1470" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Me and the girls at the Zumbathon!!"][/caption] My friends I went with were all so beautiful that I couldn't help but get a close-up .  .  . I had such a blast doing this.  I only meant to do it for an hour, but I went on for two overall.  My body is aching this morning, but it was all so worth it and so much fun. Unfortunately, the Zumbathon, for whatever reason, was not very well attended, but this family is still accepting donations at the official website: They will be accepting donations through paypal through September at the very least, and so feel free to give even if it's just a little bit.  Anything will help. Have a great week folks. Be kind and be generous. -gordo

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