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From Chapter Leader: It grieves me that so much terrorism has had its roots in the Middle East and has made Westerners more and more suspicious of Muslims and less accepting of Islam. I don’t know where I was when I wrote this, but in a notepad I have of Euphrates notes is the sentence, “When we withhold love, we are in pain.” Well there’s a lot of pain in the Middle East. Sami Awad says with total clarity that love for “the other” is the only way forward. Rather than bitterness and retaliation, one’s love has to be pure enough and strong enough to dissolve another’s hatred and mistrust. I know I want to work for peace and understanding between my own community and the Middle East.

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