Friday, July 16, 2010

A moment of sisterhood

I was at the grocery store today and passed by a mother and daughter both wearing hijab. Even though we have never seen each other before, we greeted each other with a smile and the Islamic greeting "As-salaamu alaykum." The same thing happened yesterday at the gym--I saw another girl running on a treadmill while wearing hijab, and on my way out of the gym I passed her and greeted her--and she smiled to return the greeting as well.

We Muslim women can greet each other even though we don't know each other because we know that we are all Muslims, and admit it to the world by our choice of clothing. Even though we speak different languages, come from different countries, and our lives only overlap for that brief moment, we can still share a moment of sisterhood fostered by a simple greeting: peace be upon you.

Isn't it beautiful how we are connected, and how the connection can manifest even though we don't know each other?


Khadijah C. said...

Assalam Alaikum,

I can understand and feel that bonding when I received salam~

They never fail to keep me smiling! =D

taiyyaba said...

there are so many times when i will be with a non-muslim friend and i will see a muslim sister, and we will say salam and hug like we've known each other forever, and then just walk away. my friend is always left confused :). i think it's so beautiful, mashallah!

Umm Aaminah said...

A'salaamu alaikum. I so looove those moments. :-) When I went overseas I (naievely) thought that it would be a salaam-fest. Boy was I wrong! lol


Amy said...

Sometimes I don't feel that sisterhood as much in Seattle as I did back in Raleigh, but it's one of those things you have to push yourself and not rely on from others, if you don't see it, I think.

And the town I live in is nice, even if other parts of the larger Seattle area aren't.

Hajar said...

"Isn't it beautiful how we are connected, and how the connection can manifest even though we don't know each other?"

Masha'Allah, this is very true! Over here we normally exchange salams in official meetings, however it does feel tremendously pleasant when it's uttered on other days/occasions. :)