Saudi Arabian society puts a huge emphasis religion in daily life. The call to prayers is easily heard over the sounds of daily life on KAUST's campus or in Jeddah city and it is quite common to see even construction workers here taking a short break to pray on a mat of cardboard during these times. Even the language of the conservative Arabs is filled with mentions of God. A typical conversation in Arabic between two friends (let's call them Achmed and Abdul) would sound something like this if translated literally to English:
Achmed: "God's peace be upon you, Abdul!"
Abdul: "And God's peace also be upon you."
Achmed: "How are you doing?"
Abdul: "Praise God, I complain only to him... when is your wife coming to KAUST?"
Abdul: "Tomorrow, if it is God's will."
Achmed: "Praise God"
Abdul: "I have a meeting soon, go in peace."
Achmed: "Go in peace."
Widowed in Saudi Arabia - Update
4 weeks ago