If you’ve ever visited an arabic country you know what I’m talking about when I say Syrian pick-up lines. And you know how I feel when I say they get your blood boiling! The cat-calls, the whistles, the jeers, the leers.
Now, in order to avoid such confrontations I usually walk with my headphones blaring or, when that fails me, I put on my frown and do this little i-don’t-have-time-for-you, military-style walk. It usually gets the point across: Do Not Bother.
And the guys have noticed. The same old pick-up lines just ain’t working no more. So they had their secret gathering and came up with this revolutionary new way to get a girl to look your way: make her laugh. Be innovative man! Enough with the same old: “Bsst Bssssst! Ya helwi??” or “Tal al amar!” You gotta modify, improvise, innovate!! We are, after all, in the 21st century. Times have changed.
The other day though, I couldn’t help it: I burst out laughing. I mean seriously!! It was Ramadan. I guess he was just reminding himself: lower your gaze and all.
As I walk by “Wa ma al-hayat al-dunia ila mata3w al-jorur. AstaghfurAllah, astaghfurAllah!!” (translates: And what is the life of this world, but goods and chattels of deception?** Forgive me God, forgive me!”)
*57: 20 The Holy Quran
**Many of the attractive vanities of this world are but nets set by the Evil One to decieve men. The only thing real and lasting is the Good Life in the Light of Allah. The Holy Quran. Translated by Abduallah Yusuf ‘Ali.