Yesterday,late afternoon my dad and I decided to go to Cannon Hill Park. We usually just go to our local parks for a walk but yesterday I fancied going a little further. I have many fond memories in that park and while I was there yesterday I started to reminisce ,playing during summer in the huge(well seemed like it at the time) adventure playground,boat rides,climbing trees,wearing shorts and tee shirts,or sometimes pink frocks with pink plastic sunglasses LOL,taking pictures by flowerbeds and shaking hands with clowns on stilts! The park was almost identical to the one I remember many years ago but there one massive change I coudn't help noticing; the people.
Years ago I would see many non muslim white faces and saw the odd asian family here and there but hardly ever saw a sister with hijaab or a brother with a beard. (There maybe a few but I may have missed them because I was too busy playing!) Yesterday I saw many Muslim families and soooo many hijabi sisters mashaAllah. The park is usually quite busy espcially in summer and really ideal for family days out. I saw many hijabi sisters having picnics with families,taking a walk, one bike riding and there was even a group of hijabi sisters playing badminton. I really loved the atmosphere mashaAllah and glad to have seen so many Muslim sisters and brothers. It was a positive image of Islam in todays age of media stereotype. Ethnically it was a nice mix of ,Indian, bangladeshi,pakistani,arabs,chinese, african and jamacian to name a few. I mean the style of hijabs was so diverse that the team at hijabshigh blog would have had a field day!
I guess the point is that alhamdulillah I think our community is changing and many young sisters have started to embrace the hijaab and brothers the beard.
Yesterday as I watched the people pass by on a warm breezy evening I was proud of my city, different coloured faces,a range of clothing,heard many languages. So diverse.