From a Salaam to a Dua

Assalamu alaikum, everyone

I’m back after a long long time but I really wanted to share this thing that struck me recently and I couldn’t think of a better time to start posting again.

So I have many of these amazing anecdotes about my life after conversion (more coming insha Allah) and though I haven’t shared them all, I always revisit the memories to extract the beauty, love, boost of imaan, and positivity I felt at the time.

Today I was reminded of this thing that happened to me thanks to our amazing faith. And subhan Allah I realized there is so much richness in these reflections, like a gold mine that never runs out of gold. Its not something that I normall reminiscence about.

To give a background, I recently read a lovely status by Abu Eesa on facebook and I just couldn’t stop appreciating the impact of a sunnah as simple as smiling genuinely. This triggered the memory of something that happened in my own life.

Some two years ago, when I was working at a company, I had tasked myself with emulating the sunnah of saying salaam to any Muslim woman I’d come across while traveling. Now for an introverted reserved person like me, that’s a cause of major social anxiety. I am not talkative and small talks are a kryptonite.

But to be honest I loved the idea of greeting other Muslims so much I wanted to make this a part of my life. When you’re a revert out and about in the world, you feel this inexplicable desire to connect with others of your faith. As if saying, hey me too!

Alas, I could count the actual times I said salaam over a period of almost a year on my fingers. It was rewarding but stressful and I wasn’t at a place where I was completely confident of myself.

One instance actually took an adrenaline rush of running at full speed to board a train to finally say salaam to a girl that would be on the same train. I was gathering the courage for DAYS. Not to mention that was weird, creepy and what not. Me cooling down from all the huffing and puffing just to

Not to mention it was weird, creepy and what not. Me in the middle of all huffing and puffing saying Salaam. WEIRD. I am sure I must’ve scared her.

But I did get a sweet salaam in return and consequent days of knowing nods and smiles every time we spotted each other. Score!

However, the reason for this whole post is another incident on the metro. This time I wasn’t dead from running. I was actually standing comfortably by a door, minding my own business when this Muslim lady walked in at a stop to stand right next to me. I was feeling unusually relaxed.

I blurted out a quick salaam and she turned in surprise with a wa alaikum salaam and questioning eyes. She asked me if I knew her because I am guessing it isn’t common to say salaam to strangers where I come from. I told her I was just saying salaam.

We had a common destination and I went on my way towards another mode of transport I was supposed to take. Yeah , we are hardcore travelers in Mumbai even if its the same city. So there she was right ahead of me on her way to the station.

She was relieved to see me and immediately asked where she could find the ticket counter being new to the whole public transport thing. I directed her and her response made me very happy at the time but I didn’t think about it much. Until now.

“Thank you! Please tell me your name, I’ll make dua for you.”

To be honest, this incident doesn’t figure in all the anecdotes I fall back on when I get low and can do with a dose of reminder and imaan. But after reading the post that triggered the memory I just couldn’t help appreciating the beauty and mercy of it all.

A simple salaam attracted a chain of events where I was put in the position to help a confused worried stranger. I know this isn’t big deal. There were tens of people there who could have directed her and no one would’ve given a second thought to it. Heck, even I didn’t.

But the fact that she told me she would make dua for me is something I have only now come to see the beauty of. This is not just about the positivity but the doors (in my case, the door of a potential dua) that are opened to us when we follow simple sunnahs.

May Allah enable us to implement the sunnah such that it becomes a natural part of our lives. Ameen.