Today was rather interesting for me, mostly because I had to go up to the hospital. Not for anything serious, just an x-ray because I've had hip problems for a few months and the doctor wanted to know what was causing it. It was fairly routine and tremendous fun because I was able to lie on a bed and have a quick nap - after spending two nights up with a poorly partner I think I deserved it!!!
After my x-ray we went back to university because Jonathan needed to see the doctor and it was here that I got a small surprise. A young man walked past me, saw that I was wearing the hijab, and said "Assalamu alaikum" to me! I was so surprised that I completely forgot how to respond and had to make do with just smiling back at him. I felt a little embarrassed as he must have thought I was rude - or that I hadn't heard him - but insha'Allah I will be forgiven. It was very surprising though as it's the first time someone has said that to me outside of the masjid.
I've found that my decision to fuse my Western lifestyle with Islam has brought me a great deal of peace, and now I am able to move forward in life without worrying that I'm "getting it wrong". After all, Allah swt sees what I do and I am sure He will tell me if I am doing something wrong. The great thing is that I can live life to the full without constantly fearing the "haram police" as my friend Nazma calls them!
Something caught my eye this evening which absolutely shocked people. On Channel 4 news I heard that 9-year-old American children are being taught how to fire a gun - honest truth I swear! It sounds ridiculous, but it's true - and it truly is ridiculous. Teaching young children to fire weapons isn't going to bring about any sort of tolerance or understanding! Never mind the fact that these children have nothing to fire their weapons at (I mean, everyone knows the bogey man doesn't exist, right? Right?) or for... it's absolutely ridiculous to think that Americans are so afraid of the unknown that they'd rather teach children to fire guns than sit down and talk to people about the unknown.
Other than that, today was largely uneventful, mostly because I was taking care of Jonathan. He's a little better now, but the doctor has said he's to keep his fluids up and eat mostly bland foods like rice and so forth. Please keep him in your prayers and insha'Allah he will get better.