I've been away for a few days for work, and in my spare time yesterday I stopped by a famous department store frequented by many Kuwaitis. In the men's casual wear department down in the basement, a young girl was working her shift. It was the first time I had ever seen a girl wearing a hijab working at this bastion of supposed hip and cool.
While I was strolling through the racks of funky clothes, or شماطيط as my mother calls them, (who wears this stuff?!) I overheard her colleagues, the other sales staff, asking her how she was coping with fasting, and they teased her in a good-natured way and she snapped back at them with a joke as well. They then asked her to bring some special Ramadan delicacies for them to taste, and one of them even suggested they all get together for "Iftar" on their day off but they would have to rearrange their shifts, which meant they were serious. They just thought it was all so cool!
I smiled wistfully at this innocent scene, and then remembered how the joy of sharing rituals with people of other religions has been banned by the lunatic fundamentalists currently holding a death grip on Kuwaiti society... where even an innocent greeting on non-Islamic religious occasions will send you to hell and eternal damnation, according to them.
How did we reach this sad state of affairs? Wait! Don't answer that!