just for the record, quite a number of my coursemates are muslim[whether they are practicing or not-forgot the indonesian term for this- is another diff story]. even if they are not muslims, their ancestors come from saudi. and all of us(my coursemates and i) have the exactly same schedule except for certain labs.this is how i met rifat from bangladesh and nurulemaan(nur) from pakistan. both are practicing muslims with proper hijab.we go everywhere together.
the fact that nur is half malaysian helped us to bond quickly in the first place.her mother was a scholar at Queen's univ where she met nur's dad and got married. but they do go back to malaysia once in every two years.the deal was i would teach her to speak malay, and she would teach me how to wear the scarf.[haha, of all things,apekah?well, that was the first thing that came into my mind=P]
rifat knows quite a number of muslim seniors as her brother is in third year. when we were in the prayer room for muslims, minar(a third year from yaman) introduced us to marwah from palestine since she is our third year senior in biomedical engineering. when i asked marwah where she came from, she shyly said palestine and i was saying "mashaAllah mashaAllah (terikut gaya perckpn diorg sudah =P), wow, that is amazing.that is just...GREAT.."and minar said with enthusiasm "jihad!"
met a few more muslims(there are many actually, it is just a matter of whether they are friendly or not) during iftar at uni.so ive already tasted "nasi arab" and a kuih from egypt which i forgot its name.its made from corn starch, as told by an african lady who got married at 14!T.T.btw, going to the iftar, it reminds me of my old naive [in a good way] days.when the seniors treat me as if im invaluable.the way the MSA brothers and sisters talked to us is very nostalgic.i can detect them[org2 kuat MSA] just by the way they welcome the guests.
i went to billings bridge by accident today, and met another interesting lady from somalia, who've visited malaysia, and quite suprisingly,she said malaysian food is quite similar to her country's.overhere, most of these people know malaysia pretty well.malaysia boleh,so true.
being with rifat and nur everyday helped me to improve my speaking english very much, as english is their first language.and their slang is very cool!niza is learning urdu from nur.[they speak little arabic].btw, both of them said they never met anyone with the name atiqah before.well, not with a spelling like this:
a necklace from hakimahani =D
Hai manusia, sesungguhnya Kami menciptakan kamu dari seorang laki-laki dan seorang perempuan dan menjadikan kamu berbangsa-bangsa dan bersuku-suku supaya kamu saling kenal mengenal(49:13)
being with them, im in my comfort zone again.uhu.keluar dr kepompong?be friends with the caucasians?the non-muslim-locals?err, not just yet.later inshaAllah.
~terasa mcm composition kanak-kanak darjah 6 untuk english upsr, T.T