Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Inshallah!

I was walking on the Rozengracht on Oudjaarsavond (New Years Eve). In front of an Arab grocer were two perhaps 18 year old Moroccan lads were standing. They were typical motorcycle couriers. When they saw me the stepped towards me, shoulder to shoulder. I was walking hurriedly. One boy asked: "Sir, can I ask you something?". I replied: "Sure". "Inshallah" on of them shouted. "That is very good lad" I said. The other said: "It is good, it is good, but do you know what it means?". I stopped and wagging my finger shouted: "It is the will of God!". They laughed and shouted: "Sir, SIR Thou art a man, a real man!".

What does THAT tell you, hey?

10 comments:

nouille said...
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nouille said...

Here is a German writer who wrote this article for the NY Times. He talks about how there is a new wall going up in Germany. For muslims living in Germany apparently the biggest offence one can commit is to live like a German.

The same goes for any western country, just submit your country name in place of Germany.

http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/12/02/news/islam7.php

Esther said...

I don't get it.. what did they want to ask?

Snouck said...

If I knew what "Inshallah" means. They probably would have called me "queer" or "idiot" if I had not known.

Wiag said...

Probably, but what does that say? Nothing much I guess...

Wiag said...
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Wiag said...

@Nouille:
I read the article, very interesting and uncomforting material.

Ates says, "Turkish men who wish to marry and live by Shariah can do so with far less impediment in Berlin than in Istanbul."

It seems so paradoxical: These restrictive cultures have so much freedom here to fight freedom.

nouille said...

Wiag: It seems so paradoxical: These restrictive cultures have so much freedom here to fight freedom"


That's exactly my point!

Esther said...

nouille, can you repost the link? it's cut off by me.

nouille said...

here you go esther.

http://canadiancoalition.com/forum/messages/11635.shtml

if that doesnt work go to

http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/12/02/news/islam7.php