Early on I’ve been taught to Love thy neighbor as thyself. Being taught to be open and loving towards others is something truly necessary. It's sometimes it’s easier said than done. I understand that people all over the world continue to be hated and persecuted because of their religion, language, culture, etc. I am sure we all at some point have felt hurt by others because of their ignorance or intolerance towards us. Or we have been on the opposite end and our actions have hurt someone else. Despite all of this however, it has not deterred me to try to find the good in everything. I know that I was born with this innate nature for traveling and more importantly very curious and intrigued with the world around me.
I've never been to a mosque and knew nothing more about Islam than what my friends would share with me. I've come to know that Muslims believe in being generous, loving and devoted people to their God. I had been curiously engaged to learn more about the religions, in particular Ramada.
I found an organization called : Meet the Middle East, a non-profit organization, who fosters relationship with the US and the Middle East. They were inviting non-Muslims in the community to break the fast. I quickly sent a texts to one of my friend’s Moath, who is now back home in Saudi Arabia, what I should do or expect. He simply said, “Enjoy it and be observant”.
We broke the fast around 8:30 pm that night, by tradition with plentiful dates. The men and women praying invited an atmosphere of peace and reverence. It was also a lovely sight to see children join in prayer with their fathers. I admired them for their dedication to their faith in God. A thought occurred to me as I was observing their prayer. I began to think about my own personal relationship to God. It was a testament to me that there are good people, who love God. Their example strengthened my own testimony of Christ, God and the gospel. It made me reflect on my own prayers. My prayers could be a little longer, and they could be more sincere.
A friend that attended the dinner with me was impressed by a woman and her husband that night. The woman she spoke to held a Ph.D. and had written several books. Her husband was also one of the men in charge of a local mosque in Denver. We met many accomplished individuals and devoted loving husband and wives.
There was a special spirit that was felt there that night.
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, one of basic principles to our belief is this: If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things
This however is an open invitation to anyone , to strive as people to be more loving and kind neighbors to one another. As I've been taught "When you are in services of your fellow beings you are in the service of God".