“It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.”   -Gandhi


I found this a moving story. Muslim leaders from around the world made a pilgrimage to Dachau, Auschwitz and other sites of the Jewish Holocaust. They recited prayers for the dead and, according to witnesses, were quite emotional as they relived a small part of the nightmare.

“What can you say? You’re speechless. What you have seen is beyond human imagination…Whether in Europe today or in the Muslim world, my call to humanity: End racism, for G-d’s sake, end anti-Semitism, for G-d’s sake, end Islamophobia for G-d’s sake, end sexism for G-d’s sake… Enough is enough.” – Imam Mohamed Magid, President of the Islamic Society of North America.

What a wonderful example for us all. If every Muslim person would prayerfully consider the Jewish experience that preceded Zionism, and every Jewish person would make a spiritual if not physical pilgrimage to a Palestinian ghetto to understand the slow genocide that is happening there, if every one of us would look at the world even once through the eyes of our “enemy” we might remember what should be the central insight of every religion. We share one human heart.