Life is a series of choices. Every step is a choice, an option, a decision. We try our best to make these choices based on what we know. What we pick may not be based on what is right and what is wrong, but what we believe in our minds and hearts. Whatever we do decide, we have to compromise. It is always one or the other.

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Erasing the Social Class Lines

RL000657Many of the expatriates in Kuwait, are in the lower income segment of Kuwaiti society. What this means is they can not afford many of the luxuries we (Kuwaiti citizens) entertain ourselves with. We see them everyday, everywhere, and it is not easy not noticing the difference between a relaxed well-dressed Arab, and a tired foreign low income worker.

There is one place where these social classes disappear, and that is currently at the mosque. We all stand in lines, before God and pray, together. We are equals in front of God. I was sitting pondering this today and thought, “Who are we to not see others as equals, when to God we are all equal?”

To my left, was a man, from an African country. He was dressed in rags, and seemed a little dirty, probably from working out in the sun during the day. On my right, was another man, who was also from an African country. He too, was dressed in what seemed to be an old, somewhat torn, colored (signifying home casual attire) Dishdasha. I, on the other hand was wearing a clean white Dishdasha, had also applied some musk and incense oils before leaving to the Masjid.

Socially, the difference is obvious, but I didn’t think of it that way, at least I don’t anymore. It took some time to get used to. It was always an us-them sort of thinking. It was easy to think of the foreign workers as less, especially in our society. Growing up and seeing how servants are treated, how supermarket workers are sometimes scolded, you grow to think that that is the norm.

I learned to change that within myself. It took time, but it is changing still. I had always thought and considered that these men around me, were probably better people than I am. For all I know, they could be working really hard, and yet, be doing such great things, maybe not on a grand scale but still, great things nonetheless. They could be supporting a huge family, taking care of a stray pet, donating money, putting smiles on other’s faces.

Usually it is only what we see that we think about. There is a whole world out there, one which we do not really see but exists in people’s lives that means much more to the current world we live in that we take for granted. 

18 Responses to “Erasing the Social Class Lines”

  1. G |

    You are right, but you know that the companies that are bringing them here to work are not fair. They are stealing money from these poor people and nobody is saying or doing anything. They wrote of about what happened last month, but it seems that it is not enough. I swear there is not even one person in kuwait who can live a damn month with only 20KD. How unfair is it? They should get at least 60KD which is also not much but they can survive.

  2. Shaymaa |

    The least we could do is offer our support, provide comfort and treat people with respect.

    Little things like remembering them in Gargai3an. There are maids that go around with the kids, give them something special and just look at their faces. Makes a difference.

  3. outkasty |

    ya bakhat’hoom, I’ve always had this thought that they are better than us 3ind Allah

  4. MiYaFuSHi |

    This way of thinking is what our religion emphasizes, however is put aside with people concentrating on who’s wearing what, and talking to who etc, and forgetting the basis of our religion.
    Wish more people would think like you.

  5. Amethyst |

    It all comes down to how judgemental one is. You can’t look at a person and decide that you are superior or inferior.. or anything at all. It’s not easy at all to train your mind to remove these prejudices, but it works. I love how you wrote about that.

    … And about equality and all, I am yet to convince you with the Feminist theory ;)

  6. Grey |

    God bless you Nasser . Dont want to elaborate on the treatment sometimes we get . Its all in the part and parcel of life.

  7. Ruby Woo |

    Ambay I swear to god that I was thinking about the exact same thing yesterday only I was in the International Clinic and all around me were people from different classes nationalities.. and, well you know the rest!

  8. eshda3wa |

    mako shay yfareg bain one nationality or the other except ela3mal elsal7a

    my mom always told me elghani ohwa ghani elakhlaaq
    not the money

  9. pg |

    thats deep
    its one of the things i love most about mosques
    brings us all together

  10. pearls |

    mashallah nasser, that’s so great of you. I always try my best to put my differences aside and change myself and how I feel towards others. And what better time than this time

    we’re so very blessed to have those co-op workers push our shopping carts to the car. The other day when it was soooooooooo humid during the day and I bought so much stuff from the co-op I couldn’t push the trolley to the car on my own. I couldn’t stop thinking how much we’re blessed to have someone help us out

  11. Navy Girl |

    yeah i have to agree on this one .. we need to seriously look at people as people not look at their family name or nationality or how much money they have in their bank account .. ahm shy ela5laaaaaaaaaaag :D

  12. ??? |

    my parents have always taught me that everyone was equal. my freinds would be appalled when they saw that we eat with the maid on the same table and that we joke with the cashier in the coop. they would always tell me ambaih may9eer tsawoon chithee tra entaw kwaityeen.

    it got to me in my preteens . i was about 11 or 12 and was trying to blend in with my other ‘cool’ freinds. so i went and discussed it with my mom and told her how we were better than these people, that we paid these people and employed them. i still remember that day very well, it was noon on a friday. she opened the TV and they were airing the friday prayers live from Mecca. she pointed at the people eli y6ofoon around the ka3ba and said if God doesnt discriminate oo mo msaweelich lane ebro7ich eb baita, who are you to say otherwise??

    i saw her point instantaneously. and ive been living with that belief ever since :)

    this is a great post. im so glad more people are thinking like this, especially in our society :)

  13. Laialy_q8 |

    very deep my friend, i wish there were more people who see it like you do

  14. F. |

    If more people thought that way…this would be a better place.

  15. Elaine |

    Contradictive situation happened in my country. Expatriates here is mostly in higher social and economy level than local citizen.

  16. iRise |

    That’s whats so great about Islam.

  17. Desert-Roses |

    I wonder how you think when you write, how u seem? and how u talk when u talk? and how u seem? ^_^

    I always have these moments…especially when I see an asian (Frasha) praying eb 5shoo3 more than how I pray

    and I Wonder, I have all of this but to god she is better than me….

  18. Vixen |

    That is so sweet : ) wish there were more people like you Naser.

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