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Originally Published in the Tulsa World

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This might surprise some but Thanksgiving always has been a very special day to me, not only as an American but also as a Muslim. While many religions rightfully emphasize that one should be thankful to God for the many bounties that we are given, Islam goes one step further.

The Prophet Muhammad has said, “He who is not thankful to people is not thankful to God.” This is a constant reminder to Muslims to count the blessings that God has bestowed upon us, including providing us a place in a nation where our rights and freedoms are respected and protected, and to remember those who are less fortunate than we are.

On Thanksgiving, Muslims across the U.S. donated and volunteered in charities such as Humanity First USA, providing aid to victims of disasters in the Philippines and Syrian refugees. This is the true spirit of the holiday season, one which I hope all my fellow Americans will be part of.

 

About the author

Yameen Khalil
Yameen Khalil

Yameen Khalil is currently a supervising physician in primary care working for the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) in Oklahoma, U.S. Prior to working in the VA he has done research in medical genetics and anesthesia. He currently serves as Vice Chair for the Muslim Writers Guild of America, in charge of author recruitment and editing for opinion editorials.

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