craving: dancing in the rain
As Salam Alikom (Peace be with you) my dear sisters and hola to all my non-Muslim readers.
I think some people have grown up with a lot of doubts about other races. I'm not saying your racist, but you just wonder. You never feel comfortable with something you don't know about. I was the majority in Texas, being Mexican/American. I really never got a chance to be around other races. But, I felt it when we moved to Germany. Boy did I ever. I didn't get looked at like my husband did. Even if I covered it wasn't the same stare he got. It was awful. Being Muslim and ARAB. Nothing was on his side.
I remember when I was little, I grew up in a small town with a Air Force base (dad retired there) we lived on the border of Mexico and the base had pilots from all around the world, come and train. They mostly came from Saudi Arabia and Iran. Talking about scared. I was so terrified of them, I would run to my parents and hide when they would bend down to talk to me. I was little and just wondered who they were. They were different. That said, it's kinda strange, cause Hispanics (not all) are darker skinned people. So, it must of been the accents? Or....... hearing stories about the Arabs and middle eastern people. LOL ugh huh. ... that was it. I was little, but you would be shocked to know how smart tiny ones are. They absorb everything they here and keep it with them for life. I kept it with me until I started getting educated.
I had a stero type of the Arabs from then on. The media wasn't on their side and the government, forget about it. I forgot about them all the years I was growing up, until I started getting interested in Islam. I met some of the most amazing Arabs at the Mosque (Masjid) They were kind like no other race I've ever met. Going over their homes and hanging out with some of the most wonderful Arab women. My view changed quickly. Then reverting to Islam and after a while marrying my husband, which he is Arab. My heart was his.
We moved to Germany and I have to tell y'all. I was in love all over again. I meet Arab women who I will never forget. Arabs are the most hospitable people on earth. Their manners are off the charts. They will never tell you no. They are there for you always. When I had my baby, I got visits from so many women. My in laws and people brought big trays and boxes of chocolate - flowers and gifts. Our house was so filled, we didn't have room. LOL I was amazed at the manners. Even though I knew, from my in laws and husband. This was just a different situation. I can't wait to emulate their manners when going back to visit Texas.
My husband has the most amazing friends. Since we don't mix , I hear stories from my husband, about his friends. I felt like I knew them. I mean to tell ya. Never in my life have I seen a bond like this.
Bottom line. Arabs are people and have feelings. Get to know them. Like in every culture, we have good and bad. I honestly believe there is more good than bad. I'm an optimist, shoot me. LOL
" [Muslim], "An Arab is no better than a non-Arab. In return, a non-Arab is no better than an Arab. A red raced man was not better than a black one except in piety. Mankind are all Adam's children and Adam was created out of clay." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim, on the authority of Abu Musa] Meaning that the Muslims, whether they are of Chinese, African, European or Asian origin, are one Ummah and they cannot be separated from each other.
final whisper: you stole my heart... you Arab...