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Chan'ad Bahraini

(Scomberomorous maculatus Bahrainius)

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The messenger of Humanity

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Photo source: Montadayat.org

It's the festive season, so here's something to give you the warm fuzzies and make us all want to love one another. The Al Hussaini Society for Islamic Arts organized an amateur art competition under the theme "Jesus Christ The Saviour of Mankind" from Dec 21 - 24, to commemorate his birth. For the closing ceremony a few lectures were given about the significance of Jesus Christ for both Muslims and Christians. Have a look at some of the works from the event at Montadayat.org.

Photo source: Montadayat.org

Yes, in today's political environment it's crucially important to remind ourselves that there we have more things in common with each other than we have differences. And who better to remind us of this than Jesus of Nazareth. Even though we might argue about whether he was a god, a prophet, a regular human being, or just a myth, there is something we can learn from him. It's not important whether we believe in his existence or not, because the wisdom lies in the ideals of Humanity that he left behind (or that has been created about him, if you view it that way).

Maybe his most well-known saying is that of "turning the other cheek" (Matthew 5:38-44 King James Version):

Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.

And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

In these few lines is laid out the most powerful political tool available to us. How different this world would be if we had the moral strength to adopt these wise words. Take note that it doesn't only say "do good to your enemies"; it says "love your enemies". It isn't about outwardly behaving in a certain way, but rather about taking control of your Self; a spiritual struggle.

I'm sure most of you know much more than me about Jesus and his message, but I thought I'd remind myself of this his beautiful advice as I begin to come up with some New Year's resolutions. Anyhows, a Merry Christmas to everyone!

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7 Responses to 'The messenger of Humanity'

Blogger Demon King says:

Very nice post. Enjoyed my visit here. Peace.    

Blogger Desert Island Boy says:

Wow! This is Bahrain AND Islam as I know it!

I thank the artists, the Al Hussaini Society and of course roving reporter Chan'ad for making this a special Christmas!    

Blogger sume says:

This is beautiful, Chan'ad. Thank you very much!    

Anonymous Anonymous says:
12/25/2004 10:30:00 am

Chan'ad, your point that we can learn from the stories of Jesus regardless of our religious feelings toward him rings very true for me. My daugher was born in mid December four years ago. I learned that first Christmas that every child can be a Christ Child, if you choose to see salvation within her. We all have the power to hurt or heal our world.

Wishing you all peace,

terri the american knitter

Anonymous Anonymous says:
12/25/2004 03:45:00 pm

Great post, ese.


Blogger BD says:
12/25/2004 07:49:00 pm


Excellent post. Merry Christmas and the peace of Christ to all, regardless of beliefs.

This post illustrates Bahrain as I have come to know it in two all-too-brief visits. I see so much potential there, for how the Arab world could be, and I wish I could share that with everyone I know over here in the States. (Many of them will be surprised that an event such as this art competition is even possible there.)

As you said, we all have so much more in common than we realize. Wherever I have been in the world, people are people, and we all mostly want the same things in life: peace and happiness.

May we all find it today. And may the day come soon when all the world knows only peace.    

Blogger Bugs says:
12/28/2004 08:25:00 pm

well this shows what Bahrainis really are(Tolerant).    

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