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Saudi Ambassador's Holiday Greeting at Xmas

Posted: 12/25/11 08:56 AM ET

RTR6XFL.jpgSomething for those who think Christianity and Islam are deeply divided, a holiday card greeting I received from Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States:

In the name of God, Most Compassionate Most Merciful,

Behold, the angels said:

"O Mary, God giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him:

his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honour in this world and hereafter and of  (the company of) those nearest to God;


-- Aurat Al-i-Imran, Holy Quran
I'm a devout secularist, but it's good in this season to be reminded of the deep ties between cultures which some use to divide.

Happy holidays.

-- Steve Clemons is Washington Editor at Large at The Atlantic, where this post first appeared. Clemons can be followed on Twitter at @SCClemons

 

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