"Religion is the Epitome of Saudia" Top 5 Page for this destination Saudi Arabia Favorite Tip by Manyana

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Favorite thing: Ok, i grew up on this land and i have been blessed to have the chance to look at it as an insider and outsider, having lived in the west and received western education compared to my islamic and arabian upbringing. i got to tell you, it's frustrating to spend the rest of your life comparing and contrasting, and just complaining if things could be better on either side. however, sometimes i find it fascinating to experience all of this and live as a cultural adventurer, taking the risk of break these rules and applying them to a different context.

what i want to say is that there is a very distinctive identity for every culture i have lived in. for Saudia, this distinction resides in Religion. It is the epitome of living in and being Saudi. Locals literally pray for anything they do or have. Even the common use of expressions are religiously embedded. it doesn't have to do with being conservative or liberal, but rather it has become very cultural and an essential part of the Saudi identity. i know the western world might view this lifestyle as religiously conservative but honestly i myself see as part of the package. you put on your coat not because you believe in it, but you just do it. the same thing applies when it comes to religion; you pray a brief line before you go into the toilet, because you grew up like this. and to be a good average citizen in saudi means that you perform the usual five islamic prayers and fast ramadan, that simple! you're not even considered religious if you carry out this practice. Religion is something different from Religiosity.

the joke is, if you want to drink alcohol (which is islamically forbidden and by saudi law), you got to pray, 'in the name of God, i shall drink alcohol', lol.

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  • Written Apr 5, 2007
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