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Dakar Mosque Lit up for Christmas in Senegal
Fort Wayne News Sentinel ^ | 12/24/12 | Krista Larson

Posted on 12/27/2012 7:10:45 AM PST by marshmallow

DAKAR, Senegal — After prayers at the mosque, Ibrahim Lo is off to do some last-minute Christmas shopping. Soon he is eyeing the rows of dolls wrapped in plastic bags on a wooden table as he searches for gifts for his four children.

A bouquet of inflatable Santa toys tied to a nearby tree bobs in the air at this outdoor market in the seaside capital as he makes his picks.

It looks a lot like Christmas in Senegal, where 95 percent of the 12.8 million residents are Muslim. Even the Grande Mosquee, a mosque that dominates the city's skyline, is aglow in holiday lights.

"When they go to school, the children learn about Santa," says Lo, wearing a flowing olive green robe known as a boubou. "We are born into the Senegalese tradition of cohabitation between Muslims and Christians. What is essential is the respect between people."

Senegal, a moderate country along Africa's western coast, has long been a place where Christians and Muslims have coexisted peacefully. Most Christians here are Catholic and live in the south of country and in the capital.

Hadim Thiam, 30, normally sells shoes but during December he's expanded to an elaborate spread of tinsel, cans of spray snow and fireworks.

"It's not linked to God. It's for the children," says Jean Mouss, 55, a Christian out shopping for holiday decorations at Thiam's stand. "We wish Muslims a Merry Christmas and invite them into our homes for the holiday."

Signs of Christmas are prevalent in this tropical seaside capital.

Green and flocked plastic trees of every size are sold on street corners alongside Nescafe carts and vendors splitting open coconuts. "My First Christmas" baby sleepers are folded neatly on the top of the piles of second-hand clothing for sale on the streets. There are.....

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1 posted on 12/27/2012 7:10:47 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Nice hopeful story finally. This would happen more often without the Wahabi money from Saudi Arabia.


2 posted on 12/27/2012 7:16:12 AM PST by winner3000
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To: marshmallow

This is the sort of thing that will prevent Islam from taking over, the gradual westernization of these people.


3 posted on 12/27/2012 7:48:15 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: marshmallow

I’m glad they’re not killing Christians there, but it just shows that ‘Santa’ is not Christmas. If they celebrated St. Nicholas, they might have a different attitude.


4 posted on 12/27/2012 7:51:33 AM PST by Amberdawn
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To: marshmallow

My new neighbor family is Muslim.
They put out Luminaria candles w/ the rest of the street. And brought over a Christmas gift for my wife and me. I was touched by his acts.


5 posted on 12/27/2012 7:52:24 AM PST by Vinnie (A)
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To: marshmallow

The headline raised hopes that the story dashed. “Lit up” has a different meaning to a Marine.


6 posted on 12/27/2012 8:30:44 AM PST by Always A Marine
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To: Amberdawn

Why would they even do that?


7 posted on 12/27/2012 8:57:21 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: Vinnie

Perhaps you should just say that your neighbors are decent people instead of referring to their religion.


8 posted on 12/27/2012 8:58:52 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: Always A Marine

That’s keeping the Christmas spirit?


9 posted on 12/27/2012 8:59:48 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: stuartcr

I’m not sure what you’re asking, but many muslims have no problem celebrating “Santa” as he’s a secular symbol, unlike St. Nicholas which is denominational.


10 posted on 12/27/2012 10:10:57 AM PST by Amberdawn
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To: Amberdawn

Why would Muslims even consider celebrating St Nicholas?


11 posted on 12/27/2012 10:25:13 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: stuartcr

They wouldn’t - that’s my point.


12 posted on 12/27/2012 10:42:37 AM PST by Amberdawn
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To: Amberdawn

Mine too


13 posted on 12/27/2012 12:29:30 PM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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