Have you ever???

As'salamu alaykum :)

Today was interesting. I had a prenatal appointment that sort of went like this:

Sonographer: Hi there (insert pleasant small talk here)
Me: (silent, non-verbalized thought) Save the small talk and show me my baby.
Sonographer: Is it just your husband that is muslim or are you muslim too?
Me: Alhamdulillah I am muslim.
Sonographer: Oh, so you converted for him after marriage?
Me: No, I converted for ME before we met.
Sonographer: Oh.

I did not ask her a single question in return. I am slightly annoyed with myself for satisfying her curiosity. I am a hijabi; my husband was not with me.......

5 Birds Chirpin':

Miss Muslimah said...

Assalamu alaikum

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

iMuslimah said...

Wa alaykum salaam Miss Muslimah! Also, I must bestow my congrats, you are my first comment!

Hijabi Apprentice said...

Asalaamu Alaikum,

Mabrook on your pregnancy! And yes once people find out I'm American, that is the line of questioning that follows. This has happened with non-Muslims and Muslims alike though.

It's some times irritating, like the time when my Dr. just assumed my born Muslim husband made me cover etc, but sometime people are really just curious and ignorant so I use it as a dawah opportunity.

ma'a salaamah,


Mona said...

Grrr. That would irk me too. I'm born muslim,and Alhamdullilah I happend to start wearing hijab a couple weeks before meeting my husband and when it was all set up and people found out everyone just assumed he said I have to wear it. Congratulations on your pregnancy!

curious george said...

hee hee
Your experience reminds me of the sonographer I had when I was pregnant with my third child.
I'm muslim and born in Canada, and I do not cover my head. I am married to Egyptian man which was immediately a cause of concern for the sonographer who started detailing her tramatic experience of living in the saudi arabia and then proceeded to advise me to reconsider ever visiting middle eastern countries, including Egypt, due to the oppression, wife beating, lack of women's rights, double standards, etc. I allowed her to distract me from focusing on the special nature of the occasion, which was to listen and observe the baby in my tummy. I'm still burned about the whole experience -- she took a positive moment and made it negative.

I just love how the sonographer ended your conversation with 'oh' because obviously you challenged her sterotype about women who wear hijab. And about western woman who revert/convert.