A Cry For Help! Book!
Why was the book written?
I wrote on these issues from even March 2003 in my columns Between Us Only! in The Oman Daily Observer!
My Second Arab Management Book published in August 2009 was even titled A Cry For Help!
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A few days back, I was at this social gathering party and next to me was seated this Omani Elderly Man. He was eating by his hands .. whilst I was using a fork and knife.!
As normal, the fork being on my left hand he raised a strong comment to me for using the fork and knife – specifically telling me that the food you are putting in your mouth is – HARAAM FOOD!
That is not Halal Food Kosher .. Illegal Forbidden!
I do not even know the person – but his outlooks and focus was it was okay to invade my space and privacy as he felt it right in doing so! Being so forward and confronting! So patronising!
Even if in a way he could be right but there are better ways and styles to communicate your ideas .. to a person that you hardly know!
My upbringing culture and heritage of respecting people older to me kicked in .. and to ‘make peace’ – I decided to use only the fork with my Right Hand!
That was still not enough to him by his continued stare – which was very embarrassing to me!
Because I was now using a sharp pointed tool to put food in my mouth.
My host who was seated next to me tried to intervene and calm things .. but the person was not to be calmed down!
I was tempted to put him in his place but resisted the temptation. He wanted me to be like him – to use my hands to eat the food!
There were many Omanis there too who were using their hands to eat the food like him – with exception of a few like me using fork and knife to eat the food!
I have no issues to use my hands – but usually in Social places I tend to use fork and knife!
He still made some illogical unkempt untoward words – which I had just ignored him – turning to my host in talking!
There are so many elements now especially the so-called New Born Muslims who are increasingly intolerant critical and extreme in outlooks and focuses – which are not wanted or good things in the Society now!
I believe always in being tolerant and live and let live!
We see now increasing criticisms of Christmas and the related functions – things that were not there before!
Book Writing? QED!
Allah Protect and Preserve us all Ameen! Amen!