"This is what we do for each other in the Ummah." These were Khadijah's gracious words after I thanked her for so generously offering to let us stay in her condo in Kuala Lumpur for our first two months. I refer to her and her husband Sulaiman as our hosts. Sulaiman is a second-generation Pakistani American and Khadijah is a second-generation Filipino American convert.
Islam’s ability to bring together people of diverse backgrounds who might not ordinarily interact, I find very compelling, so much so that I wrote a book about it (smile). What's awesome is that Khadijah and I have yet to meet in person. A mutual friend in the US introduced us after hearing that I was traveling to Malaysia. Khadijah’s and Sulaiman’s kindness and trust to let us stay in their condo while they visit the US demonstrate the beauty of sisterhood and brotherhood in the Ummah (Muslim community).
When we first drove up to the condo building, it felt as if we were at a resort. We are very happy with our accommodations, and we love the view of the swimming pool and luscious landscape. May Khadijah, Sulaiman, and their family always be blessed with the most beautiful accommodations in this life and the next.