I got a call this morning from my colleague. She was busy with something else and wanted me to consult someone on some sort of investment he had in mind. I told the security man to let him in. In walks this short guy, with long hair to his back, fuzzy beard, a big-ass red head wear (ghutra) with no black top to keep it in place (uqal,) since it was invented after the prophet walked the earth, and short, dirty clothes (thoub.)
He took a seat, and after the prolonged hellos and how-are-you's, he went on to explain that he was interested in getting people's money and investing it. "Well, how?" I asked. He explained with very primal terms what he intended. I walked out and brought him back some standard conditions and consultation papers about Investment Banks since they were the only vehicle that can legally act as he explained. He looks at them and says"why is everything around here in english? I went to the Imam university.. I never learned English."
I go back to explaining different investment types, and he interrupts "You keep on saying end of the year, end of the year... Which one do you mean? Arabic or english?" Gregorian calender you caveman!! I explained that we use the satanic calendar, so he was like " what are we now, 7-7 ?" I was like "more like 9-aug." Very well. He finished explaining his bogus investment plans and asked "are you busy? I see you always looking at the door?" Honestly, I was nervous. I cant hold a straight face anymore. It's like avoiding mentioning a white elephant sitting in the living room.
He finished his session, and said "Can I ask you a personal question?" I thought he was going to ask about my Saudi Surname or something of that sort. I said Fine. He was like, its personal, wont you feel offended? I was wondering what he was up to. He was like "Are you sunni?" I was Shocked! I managed to squeak a yes.. He was like "yeah.. you look like one. Are there any rafitha
around here?" Rafitha is a racist slang term used by wahhabis to label Shi'ites. It means rejects- rejecting true islam.
I was still shocked... I tried to say something... all I could manage was... We dont have this sort of stuff around here.... We are all one in front of God.
He said "No we're not!".... Gave me his back, and left.