Friday, April 9, 2010


Here is another post in my Conversation Ideas series.

Do people know their neighbors well in your culture? How do you meet each other? Is your culture very open towards getting to know neighbors or more private? Is it harder or easier to get to know your neighbors here in the West compared to back home in your country?

Sometimes our relationships with our neighbors can bring conflict and tension. What kinds of situations can cause tensions among neighbors? How are tensions usually handled with your neighbors?

What are some of the advantages of cultivating good relationships with neighbors?

Sometimes we think of neighbors as just the person who lives next door or on my street. A man once asked Isa Al Masih “who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:29). May I share with you a story Isa Al Masih told of how he answered that man’s question? (Luke 10: 30-37) We have a popular saying in the West about “being a good Samaritan”. (You could share a modern version of the Good Samaritan). Do you know a story from the Qur’an that talks about a “good Samaritan?” Have you ever experienced someone doing a helpful deed for you who was not from your religious community? What did you think about that?