I am grateful for chivalry.
Last night, I attended an iftar event at Taleef Collective. I love coming to Taleef's events. Taleef Collective is a safe, nonjudgmental space where Muslims, recent converts, or people looking to explore Islam can find community.
From the minute I entered the Taleef common area to when I am greeted at the front door as I checked in for the event, I am welcomed with the utmost hospitality. I felt like a VIP guest. You wouldn't know that it was a free event for the community. The ambience was truly special. I felt like I walked into a scene of a romantic movie- complete with a dim light courtyard with bistro lights and tables laden with white tablecloths and water bottles. Everyone was then treated to a delicious plate of soul food- fried chicken, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and greens.
Last night, I felt extra special. As I was getting ready to leave, the security guard wanted to walk me, my mom, and my youngest son to our car. Since it was dark, he wanted to escort us with his flash light so that we could see. I told him that we weren't parked far. He asked us where we lived and he then shared that he was a Jiujitsu master who teaches kids martial arts and self defense in Oakland. He high five'd my son and told us that he would be in our town's community center to teach a workshop.
This brief interaction with Grand Master Anton Muhammad was the cherry on top to a perfect evening. It's so rare to see chivalry these days. I felt good coming to the event and I felt even better leaving.