Monday, October 17, 2011

Excuse me, I need to ask you a question.

Bright and early Sunday morning I was up and ready to go to the grocery store. I was wondering if my neighbours were also up and perhaps getting ready for Church. Yes no matter how long I've been Muslim my mind always wanders towards this thought. I also thought to myself, well at least I for one, am wearing my Sunday best! (Nines Widosari outfit). With these thoughts in mind, I made my way to the grocery store. As I went through the doors and chose a grocery cart an older man lingered nearby and I wondered if I was in his way. Suddenly he said "Excuse me. I need to ask you a question." Rapid thoughts went through my mind as I contemplated what the question might be...why are you wearing that thing on your head, what country are you from, why are Muslims terrorists etc. I braced myself for the inevitable. Then he went on to say " I'm sent from heaven. Allah, your God wants you to know that you can pray to Him and He will answer your prayers". At this point I wanted to say Allah is not only my God but everyone's God and Allah is the way you say God in Arabic. However he didn't let me get a word in edgewise. Then he said "Allah bless you. And that's all." Flabbergasted I simply said Thank you. Although I had a million questions like Aren't you a Christian? Why would you say Allah to me since Christians would usually not want to say that? I was really surprised he didn't say Jesus loves you and will save you etc. That has got to be the strangest conversation I've ever had related to religion...err not really a conversation as I didn't even get to talk. I know the Lord works in mysterious ways but all I can say is WOW!


  1. Salaams,
    hehe that sounds like a good way to start Sunday.

  2. Surprising but how nice! I am always tired of listening to people in the streets or outside the church saying "Jesus will save you" - Not really original!

  3. lol, some people say the oddest things but looks like in the end it wasn't all bad. Definitely strange though.

    Salam Alaikum

  4. that is quite the story, very refreshing.

    as an agnostic, i am familiar with a number of the flustered expressions you talked about, and am very pleased that you wrote about this.

    it is a shame you could not have a two way conversation though. one sided theological statements are condescending regardless of the quality of the statements made.

  5. Wa Alaikum salaam Simply Me

    Yeah I guess so, sure could have been worse that's for sure.

    Hi, Marie

    It was refreshing although strange.

    Asalaamu Alaikum Muslim Convert

    For sure it wasn't all bad and it was a nice change.

    Hi Erisian

    Yes it was a bit patronizing.

  6. Never go anywhere alone again...a lot of weirdos lurking around