Peace be upon you

Teyba, my friend (and Arefa’s sister) who has been visiting from Sydney, told me a great story today from her recent visit to Westfield Shopping Centre at West Lakes. She was walking through the centre and heard someone calling out ‘Salaam Alaikum’, a very common Arabic greeting meaning ‘Peace be upon you’, kind of like hello. Teyba looked around but couldn’t see anyone she thought would be Muslim, and the person repeated the greeting – it turned out to be the shopping centre’s Santa Claus, in the middle of the centre, doing his thing with kids and parents, but with a free moment it seems and seeing her in her scarf. She was so thrilled, and said it made her day. What a fine, inclusive and friendly thing to have happened! Just the ticket at this time of year and of history… good old Father Christmas!

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3 Responses to Peace be upon you

  1. Kathy says:

    I absolutely love this, unexpected things can happen, even in shopping centres.

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