For the last month I was overseas, traveling in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. In those travels I learned a great deal about hardship and struggles. I learned that the some of a group of people can be bad, but it isn’t right to blame the whole group. I learned that family is very important in life and it is best to keep good relations with them.
Trust and Giving
My first destination was to Arabia, a large expanse of land with tall mountains, vast deserts, no rivers and no vegetation. Why is Arabia my destination? In Arabia lies two very important cities to the religion of Islam, of which I am apart of, Makkah, the birthplace of the religion, and Al-Madinah, the city from which it spread. I’ll go over those another day, but in these two cities are many people from all over the world and the cities are full of local merchants. Like all cities, there is poverty, but unlike many cities, there is very little crime. Both cities are completely Muslim and the people abide by the morals of being a Muslim, which means no stealing from others and causing no harm to others and such. So the trust between strangers in the city is very high. For example, when a shop owner wants to close his shop, he will just put a cloth on his goods, place his trust in God, and leave. No one will steal, because they understand the consequences of stealing, not what the government will do, but of the punishment awaiting them for stealing. Also in these cities, people give to people who don’t have. It is believed that if you have money, then you should give money, and that is what people do, they give. We went to a Baskin Robbins in Makkah, and we got ice cream, and my dad asked the man working where the currency exchange office was, the man said it was closed, and he would exchange our money with his shop money. My father didn’t have the American money with him, it was in our hotel, we planned on exchanging later, and he told the man that. So this guy, who works at an ice cream shop, probably doesn’t make a lot, pulled out his wallet and was willing to give us money if we needed. We didn’t take it, but that shows how he would give without hesitating. In Al-Madinah, we had only American dollars and we asked a local food vendor if he could exchange our money so we could buy his food, and he didn’t have enough Riyals to exchange so he gave us food for free and said just comeback later when you have Riyals. That shows how much he trusted the people and how he was more concerned with feeding people than taking money. I learned a lot from these two people, I learned that money is not everything, and if you have it, then you should give. That doesn’t mean give everything you have, take care of yourself and family, but also give some to someone who needs it.
I hope this is a reminder to everyone reading, myself included, that we are people, and people are humans, humans take care of other humans. Don’t only think about yourself, think about the guy sitting next to you, or across the street. If you have enough of something, give a little so someone else has something to. These two cities have people who are incredibly trustworthy, but around the world, not so much, so why don’t you be the trustworthy person in your area. If someone puts there trust in you, become worthy of their trust, don’t let them down. If, for example, someone asks you to hold on to some money, don’t give in to human greed, overcome it with human trust.
This was just part one of my learning, I will post more about my learning on my trip.