A Muslim In A Buddhist Land

My name is George and I have been a Buddhist for over 20 years now. I am taking my Muslim friend, Ali, who is from Saudi Arabia, to a Buddhist temple tomorrow. One of his goals, aside from attending an important business conference in Taipei, is to attend a special Buddhist ceremony that is only held once a year . Ali is coming from Saudi Arabia via Tokyo where he also visited a traditional Japanese Shinto temple. Although his schedule is quite busy, he still can manage to visit such places. After visiting the temple, he plans to go to a vegetarian restaurant while he is in Taipei for only 2 days. Although Ali is a Muslim, he is interested in other religions. He thinks that churches and temples are an important asset to any nation's culture. His understanding of such this is obvious because he believes God exists in all religions. But when I asked him what was religious in going to a vegetarian restaurant, he said that "it's not that religious to me. But I think it helps with my calorie count. Besides, I'm gaining too much weight!
But, during the Holy Month of Ramadan, I fast
for religious purposes." I offered to take Ali
to go shopping, but he told me that he only wanted to visit religious places only.




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