This morning I went to Best Buy to purchase a laptop battery.
While waiting for the salesperson to help me, I noticed an elderly white gentleman with a hearing aid looking at my hijab. When I smiled at him, he started a conversation. It went something like this:
EWG: "Are you a ... are you an Islamic?"
Me: "Am I a Muslim? Yes, I am."
EWG: "Yes, yes, that's it. A Muslim."
EWG: "Me? Oh, no. I am a Protestant."
EWG: "Were you born into that?"
Me: "No. I was born into Judaism."
EWG: "Oh, I was thinking about changing to Judaism. If I was to change, I'd be Jewish."
Me: "Yes, they need it."
Me: "If you're a Protestant and you are considering being Jewish, do you know that Judaism doesn't believe in Jesus?"
Me: "Oh yes, He is the same! Allah is simply the Arab name for God. The Arab Christians call Him Allah, too."
EWG stands there looking totally confused.
Me: "Well, it's a special day for you. You have the opportunity to actually talk to a Muslim to find out what we really believe."
Salesperson returns and conversation ends.
I really need to start carrying dawah pamphlets.