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 for God through our actions every day.
In Islam, gratitude is an ongoing process, portrayed in every prayer and every small act of kindness, but 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 race, religion or color. 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 Creator.
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, Lansdowne