About ten years ago, I met one of my best friends. Yet, at that time, Sept 2001, it seemed like the odds were against our friendship. Why, you might ask? The answer: Sept 11, 2001. How could a Christian and a Muslim become best friends during such a time, a time marked by fear and hatred of the “other?” Well, I feel like it is exactly that fear that brought us together as we have, during the last ten years, invested in each other lives. Instead of fear we have pursued love. This love has brought us together despite our religious differences. I am thankful for my friend Farah, as well as her family, for allowing me to be a part of their lives, for asking questions, and for the many ways they have given to me without expecting anything in return : ) Farah, this post is for you : )
I just went on the most random/out of the blue, road trip of my life! Farah and I decided to travel together last Friday July 29, 2011 to visit her sister Ranim in London, Canada, as well as visit Dearborn, Michigan, the Arab capital of North America : ) In Dearborn, I felt as if I was back in Tunisia. Most of the shops’ signs were written in Arabic, and every where we turned, someone was speaking in Arabic. Also, it just so happened that this weekend also marked the beginning of Ramadan, a month of fasting and seeking God in the Islamic faith. So, I was honored to be spending time with two amazing women who have taught me so much about their faith. We crossed the Canadian/American border together, ate Kibee together, bought some amazing Arab pastries at Shatila Bakery, drank coffee, visited the Islamic Center of America, walked along the water in Detroit, solved the world’s probelms, and just plain had fun! I also learned the art of matching one’s hajib (veil) with one’s clothing, which is not something for the faint of heart ; ) So, again, I am learning what it means to become fully alive by spending time with some amazing women, learning about each other, and sharing our lives with one another! Thank you Farah and Ranim for sharing your lives with me and Ramadan Kareem! Who knows what adventures await us!