My wife was recently offered a car pool with by a Muslim woman. Her daughter attends the same school as ours. his was an educated, middle class, the model of a modern moderate Muslim. Not a stereotyped extremist in any shape or form.
She began asking questions about my wife’s religion, given that she has Muslim ancestry. It seems her intention was to make da’wah, Islamic proselytising, to enjoin my wife to worship the One True God in regular prayer, to act with the knowledge that all things derive from that one Allah’s will.
She asked some questions of my wife. Unfortunately, my wife answered the interrogation truthfully – thought not intentionally provocatively, I believe.
The Muslim woman became so full of anger that she expelled my wife from her car, half way along the journey.
Whenever my family deal with Muslims, even no matter how sophisticated: we get the same response. The hate response. I’m sure the woman felt bad about her actions later – it was very strange behaviour from one school mum to another – not the way mums relate to each other at this school. If they feel aggressive to each other, they are subtle about it.
But, consistently, instinctively, they respond to us, smelling foreign blood. And can’t help the hate reaction.