Dafidi and Abdul: Beyond Friends
Dafidi and Abdul met in high school and they developed a strong friendship almost immediately. Though one is Jewish and the other Arab, they did not let their ethnic differences to get in the way. They attended Boston College where they both played basketball; with Dafidi leading BC to the national playoffs. Then, Abdul was stricken with renal failure and discovered that he needed a kidney transplant. Dafidi was tested and he was a perfect match with Abdul. He offered to donate a kidney after the championship game. But, just prior to the big game, Abdul took a turn for the worse, and Dafidi had to make a decision: forsake his friend, or forgo the championship and save his friend.
The decision was easy for Dafidi. He calmly declared, "There are things in life that are more important than basketball."
Dafidi was dressed for the championship game, but no one really expected him to play, having donated a kidney only one week earlier. A technical foul was called against Louisville with the score tied and only two seconds to go and Dafidi was called to take the shot. Would Dafidi save the day and the game?
According to religious scholar Thomas Henshaw, "This book is really about the expression of God's love through the friendship between Dafidi and Abdul."
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