Social inferenceWhen I got admitted to college, I found it very difficult to share a room with anybody of Arab origin. I a well built belief that Muslims are terrorists and are merciless people. I can remember praying to my God severally after watching how many innocent lives were lost on September 11th. By then, I was not old enough to understand what terrorism was but I could not withstand the pain of losing so many lives then some people claimed responsibility. This really disturbed my peace and wherever I walked in felt scared. Sometimes, I could dream of being attacked by the Al-Qaeda insurgents and I would scream to my top voice. These scared me more. I felt really hurt. In addition to this, I also heard my people talk badly of the people from the Arab countries. By then I had heard so little about Islam as a religion. All I knew about it was that they are the enemies to Christians and they are very unique from their dressing styles and religious practices.
My judgment was very subjective and in my young mind, I thought that Arabs are evil beings who are after the blood of Christians. In fact based on my lifestyles at home, it rarely crossed my mind that one day the Arabs will be part of me. It was very hard to change my mind that Arabs can be fruitful to me in any way. However, with the college population, I had to get used to them. Some of my classmates are Muslims and we do share a lot. Secondly, I got touched by a Muslim speaker in college who gave an excellent inspirational talk. To my astonishment, I found myself clapping severally for the gentleman and asking to allow me to work with him. It was a good a nice talk that left permanent marks in my life.
I have to admit that accepting these Muslims into my life has been a difficult decision for me to make. The few we have in classed noted that I had some negative attitude to them and were very cautious not to fall in my group especially when an assignment is given. However, I have been moved by my love for inspirational message from one of their own. I am nowadays not very choosy the way I used to be before. As a staunch Christian, I had to employ whatever am taught. I also had to come to my senses and accept the dynamism of culture. I understand that that is how societies are and we must live side by side. I also understand that these Muslims are human beings just like me who were created by the same creator. The greatest contributors to my total change in perception are the inspirational books that I dedicate my good time to. I can summarize this great achievement to main aspects of culture: religion and education.
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