Stranger

Oh stranger,

you and I.

We shall write.

 

Our stories shall tell of a time you handed out sweets under the dome of a mosque.

 

Our stories shall speak about the man who lowers his gaze as he passes by a woman unrelated to him.

 

Our stories shall speak about my shoulders touching yours as we stand in prayer.

 

Our stories shall speak about the stranger who bends down to talk to a little girl. Do you love cats? She asks.

 

Our stories shall speak about greetings of peace given to one another as we pass by.

 

Our stories shall speak about the strangers bringing the hands of the cleaners to their foreheads as a morning greeting.

 

Our stories shall speak about catching each other’s eyes and smiling.

 

Our stories shall speak about waking up in the middle of the night and praying for one another in secret.

 

Our stories shall speak about sharing food as we sit opposite each other.

 

Our stories shall speak of the needy man who thanked Allah before thanking the stranger who handed him a loaf of bread.  

 

Our stories shall speak of the tears in our eyes as we cry for each other’s pain.

 

Oh stranger,

you and I.

 

We are created by the same Maker.

 

We are fashioned by The Most Merciful.

 

We stare at the same moon.

 

We rise to the same sun.

 

Our Creator is The Provider of Peace (Al Salam).

 

The Guardian of Faith (Al Mu’min).

 

The Sustainer (Al Razzaaq).

 

The Kind (Al Latif).

 

The Generous (Al Kareem).

 

The Protector (Al Hafidh).

 

The Nourisher (Al Muqit).  

 

The Watchful (Al Raqeeb).

 

The Answerer (Al Mujib).

 

The Loving  (Al Wadood).

 

The All Knowing (Al Aleem).

 

Oh stranger,

I may not know your name.

But I know the Creator who destined your path and mine is One and the same.  

 

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