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Peace and mercy upon you

March 27, 2012

When one Muslim sees another Muslim, the standard greeting between the two is:

(السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته)

which is translated as:
“Peace be unto you and so may the mercy of Allah and His blessings”. It is the full version of the Islamic greeting.
I have been going to pick up and drop off my daughter since September. I see the same group of male Muslims standing and chatting with one another.  They see me but never say anything but that changed last Friday.
Last Friday I attended a “Tea Time with the Principal”  at my daughter’s school to discuss how to help her with her homework. They gave great suggestions with reading.  There were a group of about 10 or so parents.  A couple moms with their young children.  Two Bangladeshi couples, both husband and wife. Me. The Principal and the Reading Specialist from the school.
So as we are all waiting for the presentation to begin, one of the Bangladeshi men looks at the names on the sign-in sheet and sees my name.  After he see it this is what happens:
Him: Are you Bangladeshi?
Me: Yes.
Him: He greets me with the standard Islamic greeting of:
 “Peace be unto you and so may the mercy of Allah and His blessings”.
Me: And peace and mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you.
And that was the end of our conversation.  Afterwards it bothered me so much that upon hearing I’m from the same country as this gentleman, then he will greet him with the Islamic greeting.
I get offended easily lately and I need to stop.
Really I do. Its bad.
  1. March 27, 2012 2:27 am

    It sounds like a wonderul greeting to recieve. I’m not going to pretend I know anything about Islam, but a lot of Christians practice the same exclusive attitude, despite the teachings we’re supposed to be following. It’s become a culture of “us” and “them” and we forget to show some love to everyone, even when they don’t show it back.

  2. March 27, 2012 12:56 pm

    which is true and sad at the same time. we are more alike than different if only people will realize this and just talk and get to know each other. so pleased to meet you.

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