There is a feeling of surrealness working in the city of London these past few days. All sorts of things are happening around the city, but at the same time you just sit at your desk following the news on one monitor and doing your work on the other (yep, i have two monitors for my computer).
I have definitely noticed the long probing stares that i get from people in the street and on the trains now. After the first bombs went off on 7/7 i didn't feel a major difference in people's reactions to me. Now, its completely different. People look at you continuously. One passerby after the other is checking you out.
When i got on the train on the way home i saw people look at my face, and then immediately look at the carrier bag i was holding.
But you can't blame them.
One of the themes being pushed hard in the media is that a potential bomber could be any brown looking person - beard or no beard, British born or foreign. As a result non-practising Muslims are starting to feel the heat too. I wonder what the effect of this will be? If they receive a harsh backlash from the widerpublic, will the non-practising Muslims turn back and strengthen their ties with the Muslim community?
Anyway, whatever happens is written. And Allah prevails in His purpose. :)