By Danny Majed
Unis Middle School
Christianity and Islam are two of the most popular religions in the world, but their followers don’t always get along. Why do people have discrimination against each other due to this?
Terry Jones, a Christian pastor from Florida who came to Dearborn to publicly burn a Qu’ran in the heart of Arab America — he is just making a fool of himself. He hadn’t even read the Qu’ran when he burned it. He talks shamefully about Muslims when he doesn’t know a thing about Islam. Why does he do this? Now, in exchange, some people in Dearborn make fun of Christianity.
But one thing that really stands out in my mind is that these two religions aren’t always at odds. Some followers of each religion respect and care for people from the other religion.
We went to the Islamic Center of America and spoke with its spiritual leader, Imam Sayyed Hassan Al-Qazwini. There is a church that is right next to the Center. On holy days, the leaders of the two religious houses visit each other and respect each other. They even let the people who come to pray use each other’s parking spaces. In my opinion, they are like brothers. They have a very strong relationship even though they have two different religions.
I have a Christian neighbor that my family was very close to before they moved away. Whatever the family needed, we were there for them and they did the same for us. One of my very close childhood friends is Christian. Most of my teachers are Christian. I am Muslim, like most of the students at Unis. The teachers don’t show us disrespect or discrimination due to our race, and we don’t show them disrespect or discrimination due to their race.
That’s the way all people should behave towards each other, no matter what their religion.