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Religion, Meetups, and Alcohol #685
I received this as an email from someone who prefers to be anonymous:
Pleasure meeting you! You're an absolute rockstar and inspiration.
As a practicing Muslim, living in accordance with my religion is priority
I also feel you appreciate developers trying to level-up their career, market, and work for themselves to generate wealth. Part of marketing is meeting people, which meetups are great for!
Unfortunately for whatever reason, 99% of meetups offer alcohol, which is forbidden in Islam to even be around.
If I may ask you two questions:
I'm shy to publicly ask this question, so anonymity's dearly appreciated. Thank you for the value you continue to provide. ❤
Here's your answer: https://www.briefs.fm/3-minutes-with-kent/110
One thing that I would add is that if you do talk with them about this you could reference React Rally's reasons for not providing alcohol and suggest that it's about inclusion. It's also a way that they could save money on the meetup and maybe do other even cooler things with that money (like fly speakers in or do prize giveaways).
Here's what React Rally has said in previous emails to attendees about this subject: