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Difference and acceptance

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Submitted by Frank Oddersborg (Denmark), Feb 10, 2006 at 19:16

The question about charity shows ONE of the differences between western and Moslems cultures. In the west we have beggars (at least we had some in the middle age) the nobles and the church could give charity but wasn't forced to do so. If a charity was given, the beggars should show some kind of gratitude if they would like some more.

Moslems have to pay Zakat which is a tax to the poor. It's the poor right to have this Zakat and they doesn't have to show gratitude.
So don't expect a Moslem to show any gratitude for any foreign aid given – its not one of THEIR values.

If we are to coexist, we must educate Moslems to better understanding of the western culture and they pretty much have to learn about everything that has happened in the west the last 1300 years – its not done easily.

But a way forth could be that Moslems accepted that we are different in the west and our values are just as good as theirs. Won't you agree?
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