Wearing Hijab in Mecca

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.

– Dara

Our brother Dara, writing from Mecca in answer to a question on wearing hijab, from his Yahoo discussion group, The Sufi Notes.

Ya Haqq!

10 Responses to Wearing Hijab in Mecca

  1. Koonj says:

    Thank you for sharing that. It was beautiful.

  2. saly says:

    Dara has put it very well, indeed. Thank you Irving!

  3. April Girl says:

    Salaam Irving : ) Thank you for your comment! I hope that field is discovered by people in this life! The sooner the better! And thank you for sharing this inspirational story with us!

  4. Maliha says:

    wow…thats amazing Mashaallah. Thanks for sharing ya darvish.

  5. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Sisters:
    Thank you for the kind words. Indeed, our brother Dara has a keen eye for the truth of life. May Allah bless him, and all who love and struggle in His name.

    Ya Haqq!

  6. shaharazed says:


    Masha’Allah, that was deep! There’s a lot to that.

    Thanks, Irving and insha’Allah have a nice Ramadan to you and all.

  7. Danya says:

    Masha’Allah… eye opening..

  8. yasmine says:

    What a beautiful and concise answer to a question that usually spirals out of control and generates far too much disagreement! Thank you, Irving, for sharing this with us – and thank Dara on our behalf for answering the question so well mashaAllah.

  9. Aafke says:

    This was very beautiful. Very touching.

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