Friday, November 29, 2002

kullu am wa antum bi-khair

Next Friday is a holiday here in the Philippines: Eid ul-Fitr, which occurs after the end of the month of Ramadhan. Eid is celebrated after the sighting of the new crescent on the previous evening. I think it's great that some non-Christian holidays are being observed here - after all, while versions of Christianity dominate the religious landscape of the archipelago, that faith is by no means the only one observed. Especially during the current political climate where acts of terrorism make people prone to condemning Muslims as a whole, observances like this create opportunities to show that certainly not every follower of Islam is responsible for (nor countenances) the horrible things that occur.

But having said that, I feel it is the responsibility of the Muslim moderates to let their radical brethren aware that they do not support the bloodletting.

Life is too short and precious.

That, and I fear for the kind of world that my daughter will inherit and dwell in.


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