I’ve heard a lot of people speak about how ‘unislamic’ muslim countries are. Granted, there are many negatives, sometimes worse than what you’d experience in the States. The positive is there however, for whoever wants to see it.
I remember reading an email of a transcribed lecture in which a shiekh was giving reasons for making hijrah. One reason was the many ‘small’ benefits of being around others of your faith. Just giving salaams is a small act of worship, and one you are much more likely to perform where most of the people around you are muslim. It adds up.
Recently our phone was not working. No idea why. Asked the kids Arabic teacher to call ‘Central’, because even after more than a year of study, ‘ammiyah’ still sounds like jibberish to me. I don’t know what she said, but very next day, we had someone at the apartment to fix the phone. About an hour after the technician left we got a call: ‘Telephone yushagal (working)?’. Me, ‘Na’am’. Then, ‘Alhamdulillah, massalaama.’
Seems like such a small thing, but in what other environment would a telephone company employee thank God that your phone is working? And wish you salaam before hanging up?
Same experience with internet company. DSL went out with no notice. Dh calls the company. The rep says, ‘We’re having some trouble but inshallah it’ll be fixed in an hour.’
I could dwell on the inconvenience of not having internet, but I’d rather remember that he said it would be on when God wills. And it was.
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