Salaam and Greetings of Peace:
Today I walked by a mall in Jeddah where the Filipino and Western women walk around without Hijab and it was not a big deal. And I walked by the crowds in the Haram and women wear Hijab and again it was not a big deal.
Then I walked by a Chadian homeless woman who made a little home next to a garbage bin where she collects cardboard and aluminum cans for recycling to make a few rials, where she made ablution with a little bottle of water and covered herself with modest fabrics to pray. Her kids loved her and kissed her all over when she prayed and that was a big deal.
The big deal is to be all these fancy things we read and write and talk about, while having nothing, while being a nobody.
Our brother Dara, writing from Mecca in answer to a question on wearing hijab, from his Yahoo discussion group, The Sufi Notes.