About two years ago in Leicester, the spouse was walking behind two Muslim girls, elegantly dressed in their black outfit and the hijab (not the burka). They were happily chatting in strong Leicester accent and if you close your eyes you would think they were two white Leicester lasses.
Then he heard this sentence, "Y'know what the f....... d....h.... said ?" The spouse was astounded, two primly dressed Muslim girls talking exactly like Leicester's white working class! So what??
Tonight pickledherring was chatting to me about how shocked Mary ( her mother) was on hearing her daughter's and son's language of frustration and anger. "Where did you two learn to speak all this 'cakap kotor? I was never like this when I was your age." Now, Mary and I were born in the same year and she would be aghast at the language ( Malay, English, Hokkien, Punjabi, Tamil and a little French) I use when I'm coping with selfish, irresponsible, egoistic, arrogant, stupid and insane drivers and motor-cyclists on KL roads. Even the spouse was amazed at his wife's colourful vocabulary. He has stopped saying, "Now, now!" - and now just rolls his eyes upwards and looks into the far distance.
But back to Muslim girls in Britain. There is this lively, brilliant girl from London, Sanum Ghafoor. Her twitter on "....blame the Muslims", in the wake of the massacre in Norway by Anders Breivik (a Christian, blond and blue-eyed Norwegian), gives Muslims a powerful tool on how to tackle Islamophobia - using irony and sarcasm instead of the usual defensive stances and outlandish, irrational rantings at everything non-Islam.
This 19-year old undergraduate is an excellent example of how you can be integrated into a Western environment without losing your religious and cultural identity. Kudos to her wit and courage. Here's a screamingly funny presentation of the life of a Muslim in Britain. She goes for both Muslims and non-Muslims. It's such a refreshing change when a Muslim, and a young woman at that, can laugh at her own fellow Muslims and still manage to expose the ignorance of non-Muslims.
Here's a video on 'You know you're a Muslim when .......'
And another humorous and thoughtful video on 'The Language of War'
Thank God for this brave young Muslim ..... woman.