In the week leading up to this episode there had been a shooting in Krogers, there had been pipe bombs mailed to people, and a shooting in Pittsburg. Which the Imam sums up nicely as…what the hell is wrong with us?
In the interest of working locally and working outward, as they often encourage on this show, Imam Azhar challenges the listeners and viewers with the simple question of “How many of you know your eight neighbors?”
That is to say the four on the right of you and the four to the left of you. B.C. says at best he knows two to the right and one to the left. Which, of course, isn’t close to eight.
The Imam goes on to say that it wasn’t until a hurricane hit his neighborhood when he was living in Florida that he got to know he neighbors, and at that point it was out of a necessity to survive.
He reminds us that it is our duty, not as Muslims or Christians or Jews or Atheists, but as humans to look out and care for those around us.
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