My friend, a devout Christian, texted me on Saturday and asked if we could go for a hike. Luckily, I didn’t have any plans and agreed. We ended up having such a wonderful heart to heart conversation in a peaceful setting amongst the trees and greenery. Comfortable in God’s beautiful creation, we discussed personal issues weighing on our minds. As I listened to her open her heart to me and gave her my opinion and advice, she said, “Hajar, since I’ve met you I noticed something about you…you make things better.” I was caught by surprise and very flattered by the generous compliment. On my way to work the next morning, she gave me a healthy treat and thanked me for my friendship.
As I reflect on the evolution of our friendship, I am amazed by the progress we have made. The first time we met, my friend was kind of distant and reserved. As we interacted more with each other, we found that we had so much in common: we love being surrounded with family, working out, admiring the outdoors, and trying healthy recipes. She noticed that her religion and mine have more in common.
As a Muslim, I was taught that you always do the best you can in your daily life for the sake of God and don’t expect anything in return. Muslims believe that by serving others, we are rewarded by The Almighty by earning good deeds. When I would share things with her or help out in random ways, she would say “I owe you one.” I would explain that her friendship was enough for me.
When I saw her this week, I gave her a heartfelt hug. I had mentioned to her during our hike that amongst my supplications to God, I ask Him to put good people in my path, so I’m very grateful to have her in my life. She’s a kind, genuine, and religious sister! I look forward to many years of sincere friendship ahead.