A nod’s as good as a wink to a blind man…

Sometimes old memories pop into your head out of the blue, and they’ve been so deeply buried that remembering them is almost like experiencing them again for the first time.   Banana Anne recently posted on her experience as a new hijabi, and one bizarre incident that happened to me nearly ten years ago came to mind.

While living in Pakistan, I was doing some freelance writing here and there.  One interview for a news magazine found Owlie, my co-journalist, and I taking an interview with a very elderly, very respectable Muslim doctor who was also a director for the same magazine.  When I say elderly I mean over seventy.  We were both wearing hijab as well as jilbab, and the interview was interesting but uneventful until in the middle of a sentence, he looked at up at us and said:

“You know, a naked girl on the beach in Cannes has nothing on you.”

I would imagine we both looked pretty blank at that point.

“Your beauty,” he said leaning forward earnestly in his chair, “It is in your mystery!”

He nodded, and smiled in a grandfatherly way, and then went on with the interview as if nothing happened at all.


The End.


Abez is a 50% white, 50% Pakistani, and 100% Muslim. She is also chronically ill and terminally awesome. She is the ever-lovin Momma of: - Khalid, a special little boy with autism - Iman, a special little girl with especially big hair -Musfira, an especially devious baby Spoiler, Abez is also Zeba Khan on Muslimmatters.org.

  1. Stranded

    HAHAHAHA what a moment that must have been….

    akwaaaaaaaaaaard 🙂

    You know I started Hijab this week. I will post about it later. Inshallah.

  2. Abez

    Baji, I bet more people would have read the article then :p

    Stranded: MashaAllah! May Allah make it easy for you and increase you in Iman and spiritual bulletproofness!

    Thanaya: This was The Voice, I don’t know if it’s still printed, it’s been a long time!

  3. Owl

    How sad is it I don’t even have a visual of the moment. I just remember the line, but can’t put a face to who said it. Was it Mr Ghani?

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