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Hospitality in the Muslim World
Hospitality is an important, almost a central, part of Islamic culture. Offering kindness and generosity to guests is considered a duty which one owes to God. Therefore, many Muslims believe that to honour and welcome a guest is to honour and welcome God.
Hospitality is expressed in different ways in different cultures, but throughout the Islamic world it is characterised by generosity and self-sacrifice. No matter how little one might have, it is a point of honour to share it with guests.
We asked our contributors to tell us about what hospitality looks like in the Muslim people groups they live among. Food, of course, plays a significant part and we advise our readers that some of these articles may make you very hungry! Even during the month of Ramadan when fasting is the focus the feasting that happens after sunset each day is sumptuous and shared freely.
Hospitality brings people together. It invites us to talk with one another and grow in spiritual understanding both as an individual and as a group. We hope you will enjoy these descriptions of hospitality in different Muslim cultures and be inspired to pray in such a way that reflects that spirit of generous welcome.
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”2 Corinthians 9:6