Friday, October 17, 2008

Sometimes it takes so little

The text below is an excerpt of American Muslima Writer's latest post. I found it to be perfect.. enjoy.
The next time I ran into a Jewish person I was then Muslim, wore hijab, and knew a bit more about the differences between our faiths. I was riding the local Tucson bus at sunset to a Hotel where the Muslim community had gathered to raise money to build a new Masjid in town. I got on and sat down in the middle of the bus and sitting opposite from me was a young black man around my age of 18. He was dressed in a classy suit mostly white, and on top of his head wore the traditional Jewish cap. Our eyes met and then glanced off quickly.
We both sat there not quite staring at each other because we were the only traditionally religious people apparent on the bus. I'm sure if a nun had been present there would have been a three way stare. I felt I wanted to start up a religious conversation with this guy and from his furtive glances he did too. Yet we both held back afraid of the same thing... causing a religious misunderstanding....in public. I saw many of the other passengers looking between us both waiting for something to happen and a silent tension practically hummed through the bus.
I saw my stop and pressed the cord button, it chimed and we both stood. We were standing face to face and the temptation to talk grew...."Salaam," he said smiling."Shalom," I replied quickly smiling too. He let me off first and as we stepped off in different directions we were both still smiling. Two simple words conveyed a hope for the future where people could indeed understand the other's beliefs and live in Shalom, in Salaam, in Peace.

6 comments:

Dale Kemp said...

Thank you for sharing that. I went and read the entire post

http://americanmuslimawriter.blogspot.com/2008/10/shalom.html

and I feel deep sadness over the hatreds that war creates.

I believe very strongly that we are all children of the same Father in Heaven.

Well, I don't know what more to say. Just that hatred makes me sad...

Hidden Sage said...

I like.

Thanks for sharing.

Dee and Elijah Sue said...

I love this story! Thanks for sharing it with us.

~D

The Pastoral Princess said...

This post warmed my heart!

Diana said...

I agree with all the others! Great story and thank you for sharing it! I will now go finish reading the full post.

American Muslima Writer said...

Hey 3rd! Thanks for linking my story, and thank you commenters for the additional good things said. I'm glad this reached people it noramlly wouldn't have.