It’s a muslim country! Don’t go there..
Surely, if you come from a catholic country. It’s very reasonable that most people would give negative criticism about Muslim communities as such because of the fact of history of conflicts between the two religions and the rising hyped of bad media. People will be alarmed.
For me, traveling to a new place is for purposely just for adventure and pure pleasure. It had always been my drive to experience something new but the people around me trying to say things like “No, don’t go there! It’s not safe!” Makes me wonder and try not to pursue my plans.
I do listen to them, my friends, relatives, officemates especially the parents. Coming from an Asian culture, listening to your elders qualifies as a sign of respect.
Eventhough, I have fears of following my intuition. When it’s about time to do what I have to do. I would go and take a jump.
I packed my bags, booked a flight and just fly for the first time to a muslim country.
I was surprised at the airport I already felt safe, I’m welcomed. My uber driver is a muslim, he took me to my hotel without any problems of kidnapping and raping me.
I even met a Pakistani friend who is a muslim and solo traveler as well. We ate and traveled together I guess you can call that “Improptu Joined Travel” in which never in my life, I would go easily with a stranger. I honestly, don’t know him.
I freely, went with him to visit the mosque and even had to wear scarf and be all covered up, just to pay respect to Allah. Their almighty one!
Had I not traveled to a muslim country. I wouldn’t be more open-minded and aware that we are all human. We eat, sleep, work and care for our own families. We are all the same. We are equal.
I just don’t get it. Why we even consider them as enemies, competitors, being indifferent because of faith?
I do blame the media. I really do! It’s not right. This would be a long story to cover or make judgements.
I hope someday I could write something more about this and visit other muslim countries.
I think their religion deserves more attention of positivity despite of the circumstances their facing now, in between wars and in the media.
Thank you for reading,
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