Living in a Western country AND being Muslim might be the hardest struggle of our lives. Not a day goes by without having our patience tested by a highly prejudiced person. Welcome to the West.
My daily life is a struggle, I have to run around the city from university campus to campus. You can imagine how tired and frustrated this makes me. On one of these days, the 11th of September 2009, I was standing at a bus stop, holding a pile of books, waiting for the bus to arrive.
Suddenly a woman and her two teenage children stared at me. Then the woman started pointing at me and talking in Portuguese. I didn't know what was wrong, I could not understand a word she was saying. Until a gentleman approached them and said, "No, she did not bomb the twin towers."
I felt shocked when I realized what she was saying. My tongue was in a knot, I did not know what to say. This lady had assumed I was a terrorist because of my abaya and hijab. I tried but could not hold my tears. I started crying.
The man had a lengthy argument with her and admonished her in front of everyone. What hurt me the most was that the people present knew what the argument was about, yet only this "Christian" man had the heart to come to my rescue.
When I think about it, I feel that it is a shame a parent like this will go on to train her children to have the same prejudiced views that she so strongly believes in.
We may have been insulted for being Muslims, but truly, patience is a virtue. We should remember Allah and glorify Him when something like this happens to us, as Allah commands to us:
فَاصْبِرْ عَلَى مَا يَقُولُونَ وَسَبِّحْ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّكَ
"So be patient about anything they may say and hymn your Lord's praise." [Holy Quran, 20:130]
Welcome to the West!