What i love about being Muslim is the fact that i can see a Muslim anywhere, from any country, speaking any language, and tell them Salam Alikom* and get a reply back. There's something about that that is so heart warming. The universal words spoken by all Muslims. words that unite. I know some people though will look at that and think of it as weird, if some random Muslim smiles at them and calls out salams they'll give them the " wth! do i know you" look. now i get that look alot and i could care less. I love the fact that i'm saying salams to another fellow Muslim. I love it even more to say Salams to someone and have them smile back and say salams. come on smile its Sunnah!
well the other day we were doing some shopping in Dearborn and if you know anything about the place you'll know it's overrun with Arabs and many Muslims. you can't exactly go around saying salams to everyone but whats sad is having Muslims give you dirty looks while non-Muslims are the ones smiling at you. Don't get me wrong, i love smiles from everyone but what have i done to the ones showering me with dirty looks.
speaking of smiling, me and my sister where at a mall in Detroit and we kept running into this one old man everywhere we went and every time he smile at us and this wasn't one of those smiles where you just smile, have brief eye contact and go back to what you were doing. no, this man had his full set of teeth, or what was left of them showing and you could see the laugh lines next to his eyes. heck,his eyes were smiling. my sister thought he was the weirdest thing but i loved that he was so happy. i smiled at him just as hard if not harder. old people rock!
* Salam Alikom: Is an arabic greeting meaning Peace be unto you.