have faith

May 19, 2009

For the first time, Stella walked in on me praying and she got the shock of her life.
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She said I looked so different in the white telekung (a long white skirt that has to cover your feet completely, and a white veil that goes up to your knees). The only thing people can see is your face, nothing else.
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I guess for non-Muslims to see Muslim women in their telekung, all covered up like a ghost can be a pretty traumatising image. We definitely do not look attractive in it, but that’s really not the point of praying, is it?
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I finished praying (it takes like 2 mins) and she wanted to know more about it, and I told her everything. How you’re supposed to read short chapters from the Quran in your prayers, how you have to kneel on the floor, how you have to sit, how you have to pray in the direction of the Kaabah, and how there are different number of sets of movements in a prayer every time of the day (e.g. 2 sets in the morning, 4 in the afternoon etc).
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Then we started exchanging stories about our religions and the unique events (e.g. Ramadhan fasting month, Christian baptism etc). It was really fun learning about other people’s religions and discovering a lot of similarities and differences.
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We discussed why we have to do certain things and the significance of all the things God asks us to do.
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It’s nice that even with different beliefs and ways of life, people can still live harmoniously. You believe in your God, I believe in mine, and we don’t criticise each other for our different ways. Instead we learn more about each other, and appreciate that every religion is unique and beautiful.
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Faith is something that can’t be forced. Some people don’t believe that there is a force that governs them, but I feel they’re missing out. It feels great knowing that God is behind you, and everytime you feel like you need God, God is always there listening. Whether God wants to grant your wishes is another thing, but everything has a reason; if your prayers have not been answered, it might be very well that what you want isn’t really good for you.
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Even though I make many sins every day of my life, God is all forgiving and somehow still wants to give me many luxuries and good things in life.
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Though I feel like I’m still young and want to experience many things in life, I hope that one day I will be able to encompass everything that a good modern Muslim woman should be.