Mohammed is a very sweet Turkish man who works as a guide in Turkey and used to live in Rotterdam where he grew up. I met him working as a guide on a bus and we started to have a conversation. It was a small bus and all of the passengers were Dutch.
We had visited a mosque and I felt impressed. There was an open and inviting atmosphere all of the passengers felt. Mohammed told us a lot about the Islam. Things we never knew. Such as that the headscarf women wear and why they started doing that. It’s a beautiful story I want to share here with you.
Originally the women did not wear head scarfs. They had earrings and beautiful golden jewellery and in that time of war and starvation, the women were robbed and did not want other people to see their precious golden jewellery anymore. So they started to wear head scarfs, long and black. So not a single soul could see their golden beauties anymore. There are more reasons why women wear such a head scarf. When a young woman has her first period, she “needs” to wear a headscarf to protect herself from the looks of men. From that day on she is a woman.
Mohammed talked about why the women are not allowed to be at the ground floor of the mosque. Men can feel distracted by women, and they want to only concentrate on Allah. The women are behind a curtain at the balcony upstairs when there is a ceremony and not allowed to look at the men. Certain passengers started to muffle and one of them raised his hand.
“So Allah wants this?” he asked with a somewhat sarcastic smile. Mohammed smiled gently and stayed completely comfortable and relaxed.
“Allah wants what is good for us all”. A silence followed up his words. “Allah wants us to be happy. He wants us to be honest and to help people. Allah is all good and Love”.
“Then why are there so many people fighting and why is there so much war?” a passenger asked interested. Mohammed looked at her with understanding.
“People make it into their own personal Beliefs, there are good and there are bad muslims. Just like there are good and bad Catholic’s or other religious people. I don’t say they are right. I feel responsible for me and the way I think, talk and Believe.
We have other things yes, like we pray 5 times per day. Each time we concentrate on Allah. So we can live our Life in a good way. We do the dirty things with our left hand, never with the right hand for that is the hand we reach out with to people. We have different things but we all want the same thing. Peace, understanding, Love, compassion, Helping out etc.”
“How about that specific gesture I see children make when they greet their parents?” I asked. Mohammed smiled at me.
“Happy you ask that” he replied. “Parents teach their children to pay Respect towards older and wise people. It is a gesture of Respect and it is done with Respect and Love.
We talked about 40 minutes while driving and Mohammed told everything about the Islam while we all asked pretty confronting questions. We understood each other. The atmosphere was different, more Loving and more intense. It was a deep and beautiful conversation. Thanks again Mohammed , I will never forget you. You showed us another world. One we believed we knew but did not understand. Now we do way more. All of the passengers felt moved, by his openness and his respectful way of explaining everything we asked for.
I was thinking of Mohammed today and that I promised to write about this in our blog here. I just want to add something here.
Mohammed , you are a great personality and I feel you are honest and dedicated. You made the choice to be a full muslim. You chose to return to your country Turkey. For you felt your roots and wanted to be there. Even while growing up in Rotterdam, a different world and a different country. You have shown us what the Islam means to you. You took us to the mosque and answered all of our questions. Thank you for sharing your Soul Energy with us that day. I cherish that and will never forget it. Just like the other passengers. We all are One, we all want to live in a world peace. When we are open towards each other and listen and respect each other, that same World Peace is within our reach…