I figured since I always post about the silly, annoying questions people ask me about my ethnicity and/or religion I’d post a positive one:
Yesterday, I was in the break room at work, heating up my lunch, chatting with one of my co-workers. In a non-offensive, non-invasive way she asked me what my ethnic background was. (I know a good number of people at work have been wondering about my ethnic background. They seem confused by the fact that I speak ‘clear English’ and behave in a friendly, approachable manner. I know I seem familiar to them in a way and they can’t figure out why since I ‘look so different’). Anyhow, I told her about my ethnic background then thanked her for asking. I explained that most people just make an assumption and how annoyed I become when they do so. Then she asked me if I converted to Islam. I eventually ended up giving her a synopsis of my conversion story. She seemed surprised that I converted at such a young age. We joked about my becoming Muslim being a form of teenage rebellion- in a good way though. I also explained what the shahadah is and how we take it. (She was wondering if I had to be baptized or something). Our conversation ended on a light note but I made sure to say, “If you have any more questions, feel free to ask them. I really don’t mind.”
Today, she came back to ask me another question. She wanted to know if I changed my name and if changing your name is a religious requirement. Once again, I answered her questions and encouraged her to come back again if she had anymore.
Subhanallah, I wish everyone could be as tactful but yet inquisitive as she is.
That’s all. 🙂
Edit: BTW, check out this article over at Jezebel. What do you think? Is “Hijab Tourism” offensive?