When I was about 9, I was once going to buy bread for lunch. I had 6 older brothers. They kept passing the buck until it came my turn when I was about 4.
I refused to pass the buck to my younger brothers. I was a bad child who didn’t keep the family tradition!
It’s very unsafe for children to go out in Saudi Arabia, especially at noon, when the streets are empty. It’s women who produce children and protect them but in the holy lands of Saudi Arabia, there are no women rights.
One day, I was going to buy bread when my eyes fell on a torn-out booklet thrown in a pile of trash. It was a colorful, illustrated book and I loved books so I picked it up.
It told a weird story of a strange guy named Issa. He was such a nice guy, I fell in his love head over heels but the authorities..
The authorities crucified him!
While on the cross, he asked God to forgive his tormentors as they didn’t know what they were doing. I also remember his heartwrenching cry “My Lord! Why have you abandoned me?” and God immediately answered and took his pain away (assisted suicide).
When his disciples once woke him up before the ship drowned, he scolded the winds and waters first then he rebuked his disciples for their lack of faith.
What an amazing teacher, I thought. He never mocked them. He never punished them. This guy was amazing.
When he came walking on water, he scared his disciples but when they cried, he comforted them.
What a nice, funny guy!
And when Peter showed interest in also walking on water, he didn’t challenge him. He encouraged him and when Peter started drowning, he didn’t mock him, he helped him. So much better than my elder brothers!
How could a child not love him?
Now I know it was the Gospel.
Next day, I read the verse 61:14 of Quran in school, which concluded by stating that God helped Jesus’s followers and they prevailed. I also read verse 41:34, which says,
“The evil and good are not equal. Payback by kindness then your enemy will become a friend.”
Jesus taught me the secret to overcoming the world!
In fact, I already used to obey that command but Jesus wanted to show me why I was doing the right thing and to also learn Quran.
My brothers used to mock me and despise me for doing every dirty job without arguments or complaints. So Jesus decided to meet me in a pile of trash to tell me “It’s OK to do the dirty jobs and help your mom who also loves you”.
And he gave me the power to bring about the change in my family.