On January 9, 2017, I visited the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco. It was a nice cool day. The average temperature in Morocco in January on any given day hovers around 13 degrees Celsius. With an average low of 7 degrees and a high of 18 degrees Celsius. The Mosque was beautiful!
But there was one thing that happened on that day that I will never forget. After the tour of the Mosque, I had some time to walk around the Mosque outside and take photos. While I was wandering around admiring the art and detail of the building, I noticed a women all by herself staring out to the sea. I looked at her for a couple of seconds, I thought to my myself “she’s probably thinking about her life and enjoying the view”. I quickly took a photo of her (I plan on framing the photo and hanging it up). I made my way to the fence where she was standing because I wanted to check out the view of the sea as well. When I got closer to her, I noticed she was crying out loud. I immediately felt sorry for her. Here she is staring out to the sea and crying loudly. I took a step back and kept my distance from her. As much as I wanted to leave her alone and give her space, I had the urge to console her. But how could I ? I had a feeling she didn’t know how to speak English and I for sure didn’t know how to speak Arabic. But I just wanted to let her know somehow that things were going to be ok. I had to think and think fast to come up with a solution. I knew if I left Casablanca without reaching out to this women I would regret it. I finally came up with an idea, I reached into my side bag and pulled out a tissue. My plan was to walk over to her and give her a tissue and give her a sign of “don’t worry, everything will be ok”. So I made my way over to her with my tissue in hand. When I walk up to her, she immediately turned her head to the side and looked at me. Her eyes were full of pain and sorrow. It made me want to cry. I lifted my hand and handed her the tissue. She looked at me with gratitude and she smiled. She placed her hand on my shoulder and said something in Arabic. I also placed my hand on her shoulder and in English I said “everything is going to alright”. I left the Mosque that afternoon feeling satisfied knowing that I somewhat helped her out and made her feel loved. I wish her all the best in her life.
I want my readers to realize that everyone in this world goes through something in their lives and everyone in this world needs help and needs a sign of comfort, kindness and love. No matter where in the world you are from and what nationality you are, we all need kindness. We should be there for each other, for family, friends and even strangers!
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