Saturday’s Snapshot (surat al-sabat): لقطة السبت

In the midst of last week’s National Day celebration, a group of men find a patch of grass to begin their prayers.


Having no religious faith of my own, I am always impressed and a little mystified by devotion, while I am infuriated by zealotry of all sorts. I wish – devoutly – that the former did not so frequently cross the line into the latter.

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3 Responses to Saturday’s Snapshot (surat al-sabat): لقطة السبت

  1. christie December 9, 2012 at 1:57 am #

    Great pictures. Really captures something.

  2. Marie Nicole December 9, 2012 at 3:51 am #

    I’ve always said “I wish I was a fan of something. Anything.” So I totally get where you’re coming from. I recently had a random volunteer come and help me on a project. He answered to a Craigslist ad: “Hi, I’m visiting from Saudi Arabia and I’d love to volunteer.” When I got his email, I sat there and froze. I asked my boss if I could have him come in and help. I was totally stumped as to why some guy from SA would want to volunteer for us… And we sat there for 2 hours talking – talking – talking. Did you know that to have a passport from SA you must (MUST) be a Muslim?


    I was beyond stumped. Sometimes I wish I was devoted to anything other than making sure I always have JIF peanut butter in my cabinet and clean underwear in my drawers.
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    • Deborah Quinn December 12, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

      JIF and underwear seems just about right. Glad you talked with the guy from SA – what kind of volunteering was he doing for your project? That’s very cool. Saudi is really different from here, though (and I’m glad) – the Gulf states are generally much more relaxed about things…

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