Editor: Being a Muslim, I always questioned myself on why Thanksgiving seemed so familiar but it was not until recently that I could link the spirit of giving during Thanksgiving to the gratitude we try to express to God through our actions everyday. In Islam, gratitude is an ongoing process, portrayed in every prayer and every small act of kindness.
Thanksgiving is that one day where we get together with the spirit of giving back to our community by helping those less fortunate than us regardless of color,race and religion. The Holy Prophet Muhammad(peace and blessings be upon him) said, “One who is not grateful to others is not grateful to God.” As community life is a big part of the Islamic religion and custom, being grateful to those around us is synonymous with being thankful to our Creater. So as we get together for Thanksgiving this year let us be thankful for all that has been bestowed upon us and for all those people that have a positive impact on our lives.
Rameen Khalid, Ashburn