|Muslims Saving Jews|
Jews expelled by Christians from Spain in 1492 found a safe home in the Balkan region of the Muslim Ottoman Empire. They lived there for 450 years, keeping their traditions, Sarajevo in Bosnia had 10,000 Jews.|
Then came World War II and the invading Nazis. Many Jews lost their lives but there were others who survived, thanks to the refuge that Muslims in the Balkans gave them. Jews fleeing to Albania were welcomed into Muslim homes, not as refugees but as guests. Entire villages would protect them.
Albanian Muslims helped Jews because of a code of honour called Besa, derived from Islamic principles, which compelled the Muslim families to place a stranger's needs above all else.
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