The world stood still . . . and everyone’s eyes were glued to the nearest television witnessing the devastation of two planes crashing into the World Trade Center, another into the Pentagon, and a derailed plane in Shanksville Pennsylvania.
I was only 8 years old and I can remember going home from school early that day. I’d never seen my mom so worried. The kind of fear that was on her face was a first for me and it was something I couldn’t fully comprehend at that age.
On this day, it’s common for those of Islamic faith to come to mind. Muslims in America quickly became an unwelcome reminder of the terrorist attacks that were etched into everyone’s memory. The “fear” of terrorism continues to scar people all over the world, and in the U.S. loving thy neighbor has become a little more challenging towards our Muslim neighbors, co-workers, and fellow students.
Today marks the 17th anniversary of 366 courageous New York firefighters and police officers among the nearly 3,000 victims who lost their lives. Though we acknowledge each life with deep sorrow, it’s been nearly two decades since this tragic event in history and it’s time we face 9/11 with a sense of courage like the heroes that lost their lives 17 years ago. Today offers the opportunity to exercise biblical principles to love all of our neighbors, even those practicing another faith. As we’re called to love our neighbors, today should be a day that marks a Christian’s heart with a sense of intentionality towards those of Islamic faith.
We can do this by learning about their culture, asking about their family, or as Samy Tanagho would say … just say hello with a smile!
Samy is an attorney by profession and Egyptian by heritage. Knowing the Islamic culture, he passionately shares the Gospel with Muslims across America. In fact, an interview with Samy would enlighten listeners, direct them in truth, and bring biblical healing to deep wounds. If you haven’t heard his 1:00 program, Glad News for Muslims, contact Leah@ambaa.com today and audition for this message to be shared with your community.
It’s during the hard times and days of remembrance like today, that I’m thankful for God’s unwavering love. And I’m grateful for people like Samy Tanagho, who are committed to reminding us of this love our Heavenly Father has for us so that we can project that same love to others around us.