HOUSTON – Forty days without chocolate, caffeine, booze and everything else that landed on your Lent list. It’s an annual ritual for a lot of Christians, and now another religious group is looking to join in on the action. Muslims are lining up to give up some their favorite things for Lent too.
One Muslim-American man is taking to social media to spread the word of solidarity with a simple hashtag.
"It's Muslims, the number four Lent," Bassell Riche said. "I'm giving up chips."
But there’s a deeper meaning behind this social strategy. After all, it’s no secret there’s been a great deal of tension involving Muslims here in the states. Bassel Riche believes this is a chance to show how multi-cultures can multi-task together.
"Hopefully that will penetrate in a way and cause them to reach out,” Riche said.
Well, so far, the response from #MUSLIMS4LENT has been pretty positive.
"People sending me private messages or posting on our Facebook group,” Riche said. “Christians coming in, Priests coming in saying you guys are doing great. This is wonderful."
Here’s hoping that this movement will encourage folks to give the hate.
"Why are we spending so much time talking about the 0.1% of our differences when we're 99.9% the same,” Riche asked.