To the niqab girl whom I met in Cagaya De Oro City You were in front of me as we waited in line for hours We smiled first politely and then we began to talk, We Shared different insights in almost everything: Your face veiling practice in Islam fascinated me My headcovering as Christian piqued your curiosity Conversations turned to fashion, extremism, and Filipinos, You saw my face and I saw your beautiful eyes Yet we never asked each other's names or Facebook accounts, We were different yet somehow we mirrored each other; Different religions yet linked by passion to serve God Different ethnicity and language yet tied by nationality.
It's been weeks since the Marawi siege and I think of you Hoping that every niqab girl I see in Iligan is you We were strangers that rainy afternoon of June 2016 Yet I grieve for your loss - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Words are not enough to comfort you sister of the stars but May your Allah guide and protect you in these times May my Jesus cover you with His precious Holy blood, To the niqab girl whom I met in Cagayan De Oro City Perhaps we'll never see each other again in the future but Thank you for letting me see the beauty of cultural diversity And that coexistence is possible if we have open minds And living in harmony is attainable if we open our hearts.
1. May 23, 2017 the island of Mindanao is under Martial Law due to the siege of Maute in Marawi City.
2. I never knew her name but I called her "niqab girl" every time I think of her. Despite the chaos in her hometown, I really hope she's alright...