Pastor Shares How Insulting A Muslim Classmate Led Him To A "Blessed" 52-Year Friendship
"We can live and embrace one another if we teach our children to be friends and not enemies."
In a touching tribute, Singaporean pastor Leslie Quahe shared how an insensitive comment about a Muslim classmate led to a five decade-long friendship
"When I was 10 I ignorantly called my classmate a 'black boy'," he wrote
After being "chastised" by their teacher for name-calling, he took out his frustration on the boy, Iqbal, and punched him during recess.
The parents of both students were called into the principal's office for a chat, during which Quahe's father apologised profusely on his behalf.
According to the pastor, his father implied that he would punish the boy by saying that he would make him "pay" for his unwarranted indiscretion.
However, his classmate's mother had a different idea.
"In lieu of pain", she asked if she could take Quahe home every day to have lunch, do homework, and play with her son.
Five decades later, the man recalls his time spent at Iqbal's family home with nothing but fondness.
"I spent many memorable and happy days with them," he said.
Quahe recounts that he was even welcome to sit in on the family's religious lessons studying the Quran.
"Ever since then we have been blessed with a lifelong friendship spanning 52 years now. To this day, I a pastor, am welcomed in this home as family," he added.
Quahe dedicated the post to the victims of the Christchurch and Sri Lanka terrorist attacks, adding that, "We can live and embrace one another if we teach our children to be friends and not enemies."
In response to the heartwarming story, netizens expressed their agreement with the pastor's message about embracing diversity in friendships
What an inspiring story about a beautiful friendship <3
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