The comments made by a Brandon Sun reader Aug. 14 regarding the Brandon Sun’s story about the Muslim holy day of Eid Mubarak are somewhat disturbing.
Firstly, the Brandon Sun’s coverage of the Islamic holy day is the first in our history of reading the Brandon Sun. Which seems not to qualify to be defined as receiving much publicity. If anything, it may represent a lack of publicity given the existence of a Muslim community in Brandon, Manitoba and Canada. The one-day coverage of one Islamic holy day hardly compares to the multi-day coverage that Catholics and Protestants (who happen to be in the same religious fold as Catholics) receive with respect to their holy days. Christmas and Easter readily come to mind, which not only receive publicity but are honoured with holiday status by many people and many businesses.
Secondly, Muslims are part of the broad religious category — Judeo-Christian-Islamic faith. Christianity embraces the religious fathers and prophets of Judaism, with the addition of the teachings of the New Testament, which includes the person of Jesus Christ. Islamism embraces the fathers and prophets of Judaism, the New Testament, inclusive of the person and teachings of Jesus Christ, with the addition of the teachings of the Islamic holy book, the Qur’an, which in the Muslim faith represents the teachings of Yahweh, God, Allah as presented to Mohammad.
Thirdly, as the writer states, “we are all Canadians,” which includes all citizens of Canada, independent of faith (among other things). Which suggests that we should be celebrating and publicizing, as the Brandon Sun has done on many occasions, the holy days of other religions that are practised in Brandon. In doing so, we find that our respective faiths have similar teachings oriented to walking the “right path.” We also find that all religions try to remove the evil that invades the hearts of all persons of all faiths.
Rosemarie and Chester
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 21, 2014