Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Dates are really tasty. The dried dates have almost a buttery texture and a rich, sweet taste. People in the Gulf eat them every day; fresh ones in the summer and dried ones in winter. Everywhere we went, good people would give us dates to take home. We had to purchase two extra pieces of luggage to bring all the dried dates home (about 8 to 10 kilos). I'm surprised we made it through customs with them, but we are not sure our luggage went through customs. It was lost when we went through. ( That's a whole other story for another day.) If you ever have a chance to visit a Gulf family, you will probably be offered dates. They are great, just to let you know.
If you are interested in making friends with Muslims, read the Qaran. They are always willing to discuss what's in it, and when they find out you are reading it, they will want to spend time trying to convert you to Islam. Bingo!! Another great opportunity to talk about Jesus the Messiah. He is in the Qaran. And don't be intimidated by the Qaran, or reading it. It will strengthen your faith, not make it weak. If you want to read about Mary, Jesus, and the dates, read Sura 19 (Maryam) starting with Aya 16. Enjoy!
Till next time,