Sunday, January 29, 2012

My Final New Year in the USA

It has been too long since I've written a post and since then, a lot has happened...

Finals for Fall 2011 passed by and Alhamdulillah, I did well. Far better than I expected.

Then it was time for my winter break.

And this time...guess where we headed?

Rock City-Orlando-Bahamas-Miami-New Orleans-Memphis-St Louis

Yup, that's right. The twelve of us took 2 vans and drove from Madison all the way, all through those places.

And it was wonderful, Alhamdulillah. I've never felt so blessed. Of course, my life is blessed in so many ways and this is just one of them.

It was an awesome adventure. I went with a good group of people. And amazingly, nothing went wrong this time. The chemistry between all of us was really good and everything went as planned except...

When we were driving through Alabama, we were pulled over.By cops, of course.

When they opened the door, the officer said asked one of my friends, "What school do you go to?"

"SUNNY at Buffalo, NY".

"I've never heard of that university before. Where is that?"

At that moment I was like, "Stupid cop." Of course, that was only in my head.

Then, we were harassed with so many questions....

"What country are you from?"

"What's the capital?"

"What's the national bird?"

"We don't have a national bird, we have a national flower", I answered, trying hard to hide my agitation.

One my friends who was the co-driver had just woken up and so he was naturally groggy.

The other office said, "What's wrong? You can't speak?"

They continued on with their questions etc. They didn't give us a ticket (Thank God!) but by the end of the interrogation, he tried to butter the situation by shaking our hands and ending the 'conversation' with a smile.

What an a**

When I told this to my employer, she said "Aaah, I was worried when you mentioned that you passed by the South. It's a different world down there".

Oh yeah it freakin is.

She apologized for their behavior. Everyone's (my American friends and co-workers) faced changed when I told them about that experience. When I told my sisters, they laughed.

Why was their such a different response?

Probably because Muslims expect that that would happen. I mean so far, I have not received such racist remarks. But then again I knew that this was bound to happen. I think my American friends were probably very ashamed of their behavior and thus, their angered expression. When I told my Muslim friends they say, "Well at least you didn't get a ticket."

The different privilege that people have influence their way of adapting situations like that.

After reading how cartoonists can draw discriminating and disrespectful things of the Prophet SAW and how they can justify that burning the Quran is freedom of speech, getting pulled over by cops and being harassed to me, seems to be the least troubling thing.

Funny how the world works.

Well, aside from that HAHAHAHHAHAHA i had an awesome time.

HERE ARE THE PICTURES FOR YOU TO SEEEE:



(Georgia--credits to Aiman)



(In front of Hogwarts)



(Always wanted to be a princess_credits to Aiman)



(Miami_credits to Adam)



(New Orleans_credits to Adam)



(Graceland, Elvis)



(Cigar Shop in Miami)