A Man Felt Threatened By My Book Written In Arabic

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Source: Huffington Post

By Hajer Sharief Co-founder of Together we build it organisation, member of the United Nations advisory group on Security Council resolution 2250 & advocate for Kofi Annan foundation with Extremely TogetherHajer Sharief Co-founder of Together we build it organisation, member of the United Nations advisory group on Security Council resolution 2250 & advocate for Kofi Annan foundation with Extremely Together

I was sitting in a coffee shop in the UK, reading a book written in Arabic. Then, after some time, I felt a bit stiff. So I put on my coat and went out in front of the coffee shop to get some fresh air. A few minutes later, a man came up to me, who turned out to be a customer that was sitting at the table next to me and said “You left your books on the table.”

My immediate response was to thank him as he might have thought I left and forgot my books behind. But then he said “But the books are in Arabic! You should not leave them on the table like that. You know what this means?!”

Only then, did it hit me that the man was not trying to remind me of my books. He was implying that I shouldn’t have left them on the table, because they are written in Arabic and are thus a security threat!

So I asked him if the problem was not that I left books on the table, but that they are written in Arabic, and he answered, “Yes! Books written in Arabic left on a table, you know what that means! You know this would make people feel concerned!”

1 reply

  1. How IGNORANT and one-track minded can people get?! Thank God he recognized Arabic, at least :).

    I wonder how books in Arabic could be a security threat? The ignorance of people who think this way is more of a security threat than anything else!!!!

    Just like passengers who ‘feel uncomfortable’ when others dress or speak with Islamic/Arabic words or clothes, do? I wish these people would travel outside their ‘world’ and improve their knowledge….

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