A recent ad for Amazon features a Muslim and Christian man visiting each other, hugging, drinking tea, and conversing at the Christian man’s house. They both stand up to say goodbye with difficulty, holding their knees in pain. Each notices the other’s strained knees and laugh together at their mutual difficulty before parting ways. The next day, they both receive kneepads in the mail from the other, touched by the considerate gesture.
The two then go to their respective places of worship and put on their kneepads before keeling in worship, the Christian on his knees and the Muslim in prostration, both aided in their worship by their friend’s gesture. The men featured in this ad are Gary Bradley and Zubier Mohammad, the former a vicar and the latter a principal of an Islamic school in England.
This display of interfaith love, consideration, and understanding is impactful, especially at a time like this. In the wake of this tumultuous election cycle and an increasingly growing environment of fear, this ad is a heartwarming reminder of our world’s potential if more people lived like these two friends, thoughtful of each other’s needs and respectful of one another’s religions and beliefs.
If there’s anything we need right now it’s interfaith and interracial support, a reaching out to support and defend each other’s right to live in peace and a calling for not just tolerance, but acceptance. Shout out to Amazon for promoting this anti-bigotry and anti-racism message—we need more of that.