Eboo Patel: Dilemma of religious diversity

Eboo Patel: Dilemma of religious diversityExcerpt: Just when I was worried that my son was becoming a Catholic, we got invited to a party celebrating Diwali — the festival of lights that signifies victory of good over evil — at our secular Hindu neighbor’s house. Zayd was uncharacteristically quiet for most of it, but when the food arrived, he looked over at his friend — the neighbor’s child — and said: “Karthik, you need to say Shukrun Lillah before you eat.”

I was one proud papa witnessing that moment. “He remembers a Muslim prayer of gratitude,” I thought to myself.

My pride was interrupted by Zayd’s rising voice. He was insisting that Karthik say Shukrun Lillah. Karthik’s parents shot my wife and me a look that to me said, “We thought you weren’t those kind of Muslims.” My wife shot me a look that said, “You’re the religion guy — handle this.”

I blurted out: “Karthik doesn’t have to say Shukrun Lillah, love. We say Shukrun Lillah for Karthik. I want you to go back to your plate and close your eyes and think of your food and Karthik and everything and everybody you love and say Shukrun Lillah — you’re thanking God for all of it. How does that sound?”

Zayd, remarkably, thought it sounded good. My wife gave me a “not bad” look.

via Dilemma of religious diversity – USATODAY.com.

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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