I walked past this guy the other day and he was rocking the nicest suit I just said ‘mashaAllah’ kinda out loud and he actually heard me and I guess he was muslim ‘cause he smiled and we had an awkward 4 second eye contact session before he said salaam and I said salaam back and that’s why I try not to go out in public.
It is You Who conferred favors (upon me).
It is You Who did good (to me).
It is You Who treated (me) excellently.
It is You Who favored (me).
It is You Who perfected (Your blessings upon me).
It is You Who provided (me) with sustenance.
It is You Who led (me) to success.
It is You Who gave (me).
It is You Who enriched (me).
It is You Who gave (me) to hold.
It is You Who gave (me) shelter.
It is You Who saved (me).
It is You Who guided (me).
It is You Who protected (me).
It is You Who covered my faults.
It is You Who forgave (me).
It is You Who overlooked my sins.
It is You Who established (me).
It is You Who consolidated (me).
It is You Who helped (me).
It is You Who backed (me) up.
It is You Who aided (me).
It is You Who supported (me).
It is You Who restored (me) to health.
It is You Who granted (me) well-being.
Blessed be You and Exalted be You.
and all thanks be to You enduringly and eternally.
However, it is I, O my God, who confess of my sins;
so, please forgive them for me.
It is I who did wrong.
It is I who had evil intention.
It is I who acted impolitely.
It is I who was inattentive.
It is I who leaned (on something other than You).
It is I who did wrong deliberately.
It is I who promised.
It is I who failed to fulfill it.
It is I who breached.
It is I who confessed.
It is I who testified to Your favors upon and with me,
and I now acknowledge of my sins; so, (please) forgive them. Dua Arafat of Imam Hussain (a)
Life at Frederick’s
I was helping a woman for about 10 minutes today before she decided to tell me she was also Muslim. “Well, how was I supposed to know, why didn’t ya say Salaam?!”
Anyway, we started talking, and she asked if I prayed 5 times a day, and I watched her eyes bug out of her head when I said I did. “How do you pray at work?!”
"I go to the back room. I carry a prayer rug in my purse. My people here know how I roll, even during Ramadan, Alhamdulillah."
But this made me wonder if I live under a rock or on Mars… Why is it that Muslims are afraid to ask for simple things like a ten minute prayer break at work when it’s our right as Americans? Has this whole “Muslims=terrorists” thing really done what it intended to, scare those not involved and compel them to ignore their personal beliefs? I remember some people taking their hijabs off after 9/11… but 12 years later, is it still the case? Are we still having to hide?
About two week ago, another lady commended me on my accent, saying I sounded just like an American. “Oh, yeah, well I was born in Houston so….”
And as soon as she left, I realized what she meant. So hurt and offended, but sad also that she was so clueless. Hijab does not represent an oppressed foreigner, just saying.
I missed Tumblr. I really did.