A Meeting with Matthew

Assalaamu-Alaykum – Peace be Upon you

Our excellent decorator and friend Matthew paid us a visit last night.  As usual, we got chatting and over a glass of ginger beer and the BBC News, and discussed topics ranging from the Maldives, Matthew’s new baby, racism and many more.

One thing which sticks in my mind though, is one story he told me about one of his friends who works with him.

He said that when he told his friend one day that they were going to do a job in Savile Town, his friend surprised him by coming out with a racist slur.  This shocked our Matthew a lot, who immediately told him that if he didn’t feel up to it, he was free to leave.

Anyway, the friend stayed and went to do the job with Matthew.

And what a turnaround! Matthew says that once his friend encountered the hospitality of the Asian people living in Savile Town, his point of view completely changed and now he looks forward to jobs in Savile Town!

Both Matthew and I agreed that this was a classic case of unfounded prejudices caused by ignorance.  An example of what happens when people make judgements without first having done the proper research.

So it is a lesson for all of us: black and white, red and yellow, Muslim and non-Muslim – that yes, Allah or God, did create us differently, but if we look past that, then we’ll find that underneath we’re all the same – human.

I end with this Ayah (verse/sign) from the Holy Qur’an:

O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.


May Allah give us all the Taufiq (Divine aid) to respect and honour one another as is our right.

And Allah knows best.

Ma’as-salaam – With Peace

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3 Responses to “A Meeting with Matthew”

  1. Mathew’s ace! Met him yesterday briefly my granny was shocked with all the gujjy lingo he knows and the way he constructs his sentances so well with the inshaA’s and mashaA’s.

  2. Yeah he’s brilliant!!
    Really nice guy, and really sweet.
    I asked his permission before I did the post and he said no problem – some of his Gujarati’s better than mine!!

  3. you dont know anyway lol
    depends if we talking proper guji here or just baharach / surat etc dialect???

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