March 1st, 2010
12:00 PM ET

The Olympics and interfaith work

Eboo Patel
On Faith

I've been watching the Olympics with great interest the past couple of weeks. I love seeing athletes from all over the world wrapped in the flags of their countries and the songs of their nations – proud of the particularly of where they come from.

And as I watched last night, I got to thinking that these people are engaging in something profoundly common – excellence at athletics.
At the bottom of the ski run, they high five. On the podium, they hug even while their different flags are raised.

It reminds me that the Qur'an teaches us to vie with one another in doing good works.


Filed under: Eboo Patel • Olympics • Religion
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  1. Denise Barlow

    The thing I love about the Olympics is the fact many nations can gather together and celebrate each others triumps. Those athletes all have one thing in common.....bringing each culture together in peace and friendly competition. It is simply amazing how they do it. If we follow these simple examples world wide the world would be so much more at peace. Also, take an example from the situations in Haiti and Chile. Rescue teams, organizations and peoples from every country come together to help each other. Now that's incredible!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:08 pm |
  2. robert

    If only the Olympics could create world peace.1

    March 1, 2010 at 1:37 pm |