Yokemate of Keyboards
Posts: 4692 from 2009/1/28
From: Delaware, USA
>JazakAllah khayr akhi.
That's a beautiful phrase, Nik.
I made a note of it, and will try to get the pronunciation correct for future use.
Everyone outside of the US must think we are all Islamophobic and wouldn't be interested in a neat turn of phrase in Arabic.
But I have Palestinian and Afghani friends (come to think of it, a few years ago I used to work for a Jewish couple that were friends with one of the Afghanis I know).
People need to understand the complexities introduced by past history before they start judging groups of people.
My chemistry professor in the late nineties was an Iranian and was a kind man with a sharp intellect.
Islam may be the latest of the three major religions to develop, but the cultures behind it are incredibly venerable.
"Never attribute to malice what can more readily explained by incompetence"