Somewhere in the Mediterranean Was it about Majd again? I’m waiting for you outside. All around me there is distress. All around me I see pain. I cry out, where is it?! Where is the goodness that I seek? A voice answers… “You will see goodness in the land of the living. After night does morning not come? After darkness… light?” We’re going to our new home. [Refugee Centre near Gothenburg] I’ve heard about a group
of people in Gothenburg. They help refugees. If you need help, you can contact them. Here is the number. I hope they can help you. Thank you! May Allah grant you a safe journey. OFFICE CLERK: Number 42. How can I help you?
– Sir, I’m just looking for a job. In China I practiced law.
Now, I’m just looking for any job. Any job could help me. Come on!
[SPEAKING MANDARIN] [CONTINUES IN MANDARIN] No job at all for me?
– No, no. Just any job!
– I… I can do anything! Please sir!
Any job! I understand… but not this time, I’m sorry. Thank you.
Thank you very much. Number 43. Hi.
-Hi. How can I help you? Uh, I’m looking for a job. Okay. And I am a teacher. Okay. These are in Arabic. And they need to be in Swedish.
– Okay. And you need to know that
you will need at least a high school level of Swedish if you want to teach. Okay.
– Thank you. How did it go today? If I ever want to teach again I’ll need to study Swedish first. I don’t know how many years it will take. I’ll go back again tomorrow and
see what kind of job I can get. What about language classes? Language classes. We need the money. Have mercy on us Allah. Thank you Allah. Oh Allah… oh Allah Oh Allah, help us. Thank you for your goodness. Thank you. Hello.
– Hello. Here is my paper. Okay. Yeah, they look to be in order.
– Okay. We’ll keep it here, and we will contact you. Okay.
Thank you. Yeah.
– Bye, Bye. Bye, bye. Have mercy on us Allah. Help us Allah. Have mercy on us Allah. Hey you! You’re not welcome in this country. Go home! Yeah! Long, long way… home. Zena, my child! How did it go today? I don’t know! Did I make a mistake? Should I not have brought her here? We did the right thing. We had to bring her from the war, to where our house won’t be blown up.
She is safe here. Everything will be okay. Do you remember when
you first married my son? We were happy and living peacefully. Obviously, the burden is too heavy for you. And the pressure is too much for you. But, it will be okay. it will be okay. Allah would not bring us all the way
here only to see us crumble now. Nor to make us tired. Allah has a plan. I want to believe you. But with everything we’ve been through… Zena, enough! No, Majd. You have to go!
They’ll come for you if you don’t. But what will I do if anything happens to you?
I couldn’t live with myself, I would die! Don’t worry. I’ll take care of myself.
And of your mom too. That will be 325 kronor. If you need help you can contact them. Hello. Do you speak Arabic? My name is Zena, and I’m looking for work. I was told to call you
if I needed help. No, I haven’t. Okay, I’ll call them as soon as I can. Okay, Thank you. Bye, bye. Hi!
– Hi! Do you speak English?
– A little. Oh, good! We have an interpreter if you need help. I will try to speak English.
– Great! Uh, I have been looking for a job.
But I couldn’t find anything. But someone told me that I can come here. That this is the best option for me.
And they gave me this. Yes. Yes.
These are the introduction benefits. It will enable you to get money
while you are studying Swedish. And also, in the education program,
we have internships. And that will eventually lead to a job. So this is a good program.
We recommend this program. So I can study,
and have money
and get a job. Yes. You have to focus on language first. But after a while, we’ll also start looking at work
opportunities as well. Okay. So, all you need to do is sign this paper, and we start the program. Here?
– Yeah. Thank you!
– Thank you! That looks good, and uh…
– Thank you very much! Good luck to you! Thank you!
– Goodbye. Hi! Welcome!
– Thank you. Hello! Welcome to our class! Please take a seat. Hello.
– Hello. I’m glad to see you! I was worried there wouldn’t
be other women in this class. I’m Deema.
– I’m Zena. I’ve only been here for a few months, but
it’s been frustrating not being able to communicate. My husband has been here for a couple
years already, so I rely a lot on him. How long have you been here?
In Gothenburg I mean. Are you here with your husband? No. With my sister and mother-in-law. Welcome everyone! My name is Helena. I’m your new Swedish teacher. It is going to be really nice getting to know you all. A, O, U, Å, E, I, Y, Ä, Ö Now, repeat after me.Three months laterHello, can I help you? I have a sore throat. A sore throat.
You want sore throat tablets. You can find them here. These are sore throat tablets. Take one every…
– No, uhm… Not that. The pain is in my nose.
– Your nose! You have a cold. Then you need these. No, no! Not those. It’s, a headache? Tree?
– Tree! Allergy! You have hayfever!
– Yes. You need this kind here.
Just take one every morning. Aha! Yes! You scared me! Hello!
– Hello! Are you Noor’s mother? No, she is my sister. Aha! I’m Lisa and Emma’s mother. Aha! Hello! My name is Maria.
– My name is Zena. My name is Deema. How old is Noor? Eight. She is in First Grade.
She is eight years old. Aha, so she is in the First Grade.
– Yes, she is in the First Grade. My kids are a bit older then. They are in Fourth Grade. Ahh! Yes. Where are you from? From Syria. Aha! Syria! How do you like it here? Good. Very nice. Yes. I work with the children’s club up there, in case Noor would like to join us. So you must take her there when you have time. Thank you!
That’s very kind of you. I hope we meet again. See you!
– Hope to meet you again. Goodbye!
– Goodbye! “When will we buy food?” “After school” So, now you can begin. When will we go home? We will go at 4PM. And then just sign the paper, and uh… We’re good to go.
So take the pen, and uh… Here? Yeah, yeah, right there. Yeah! It looks good! So… Thank you.
– Yeah, good luck! People are talking Wafiya. People are always talking. They are saying that… Zena left her husband behind in Syria. And why is that?! Every day she leaves the house… Even though she doesn’t have a job. She goes to Swedish class! I couldn’t have asked for a better daughter
were she to be my own flesh and blood. You must be careful my daughter. People will look at you and question you. You must try extra hard. Understand? Why can’t people just mind their own business?! Why do they care so much about what
I do and what I am going to do? We need to go now. Bye!
– Bye, see you tomorrow. She looks better. She’ll be okay. But she has to take the tablets for a week, and, take it easy. No climbing trees! Okay? Promise me? Okay. High five? Okay, you can go now. Bye. Zena! What’s wrong? How do I not even know how to call an ambulance? Even if I did… would they be able to understand me? You made the right decision. You called someone who
knew what to do. Noor is okay. Praise be to Allah. I don’t want to lose Noor too. I’m so tired of it all. I wish we could go home. When Majd’s father died I felt that life lost all of its beauty. Then, all my days turned dark. At that time, I met a friend. She read to me from the psalms of the prophet David. The Lord is my salvation,
whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life,
of whom shall I be afraid? One thing have I desired of the Lord,
that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the
Lord all the days of my life. In the day of trouble he will keep
me safe in his dwelling. He will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path
because of mine enemies. Wait on the Lord: Be of good courage, and he
shall strengthen thine heart: Wait, I say, on the Lord. MAJD: “You will see goodness
in the land of the living. After night does morning not come? After darkness… light?” Hello.
– Hello. How is Zena today? I’m worried about her. She hasn’t said a word for the last two days. What’s been going on with her? She has fought so hard to get us here. Making sure we are safe. And the thing she was holding on to… it is gone. Majd! Majd! Majd! Majd! Why aren’t you here? Zena. Whom are you searching for? The one you are seeking is gone. But if you search for me, you will find me. The one you are seeking is gone. But if you search for me, you will find me. [DEEMA] I’m glad I could convince
you to come out today! Your mother-in-law told me
how you have been unwell. I’m really happy that we can
spend time together today too. When I’m together with you, I feel hope.
I feel that everything will be okay. I had a dream last night.
– Oh? What was it about? I was running along the beach
searching for my husband. But I couldn’t find him.
Then a voice appeared in the distance. He asked me, “Who are you looking for? The one you are seeking is gone.
But if you search for me, you will find me.” Moments earlier I had been in such agony.
But his words were comforting. Who do you think it was? I think it was Isa-al-Masih. Really? Why? Because of what he said to you.
Those are the same words that
he speaks in the Injil. (New Testament) You’ve read the Injil? How come? Once I saw him in a dream, and he was taking
me in a long trip with him to learn more about him. The Injil is one of the sacred books from Allah. It seemed like the most natural
place to learn more about him. What was your dream about? I found myself on the outside
of a walled garden. I walked around and around, looking
for a way in, but there was none. Then Isa-al-Masih appeared, and he
opened a door where there had been none. He invited me to enter. What happened then? I woke up. I’d always been faithful in following the
teachings of the Quran and the Hadith, but somehow it never seemed to be enough.
I knew there was a barrier between myself and Allah. It was the walled garden. Isa-al-Masih showed me the door,
and offered me a way to draw near to him, and to get to know him better and be close to him. If it is Isa-al-Masih that I saw in
my dream, then what should I do? Allah is clearly saying something to you. You should pray and ask
him to reveal what it is. Follow the path that I lead you on. My path is straight and difficult; thin as the edge of a knife. But I will be with you, and I will not let anyone stand against you, nor hurt you. You will see my goodness while you yet live. Be strong, and wait on me. …and then I woke up. I’ve heard those words before!
Would you like to see? The prophet David wrote this: “Teach me your way, Lord. Lead me in a
straight path because of my oppressors. Do not turn me over to the desire of
my foes; for false witnesses rise up against
me spouting malicious accusations. I remain confident of this: I will see the
goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and
take heart and wait for the Lord.” Zena, are you okay? Yes. There’s a group that I meet together with often.
They’re like us. People who have fled their homes.
And people to whom Isa-al-Masih has revealed himself. We come together, eat food,
and we study the Heavenly Books. Would you like to join us? In-shaa-Allah (God willing)
– In-shaa-Allah (God willing) Help yourself! Good job! Well done! It was so beautiful to be with other Syrians! To eat together. We drank and sang together! It’s good to see joy in your face again. It has been too long. Maybe next time you and Noor can come also? In shaa Allah. Can anyone tell me what celebration we are
preparing for next week? Eid-al-Adha I think! Do you know what it means? Yes it is about the prophet… Abraham It’s when Allah told the prophet
Abraham to sacrifice his son… sacrifice his son. I think the idea is taken from… from the sacrifice that Abraham made. The idea is taken from there. Al adha Eid. It is the sacrifice of something. And did he sacrifice his son? No. Allah sent a sheep… to be sacrificed instead. God tested his faith and obedience. Very good. All this is right
and written in the Bible. We read in the Bible when Allah
asked Abraham to sacrifice the most precious thing to him, his son. He climbed the mountain to sacrifice him there. But before He did that, as the prophet raised his knife to kill his son, Allah stopped him and said ‘No!’ to him. God said, “I was testing how obedient you are. And now I know that you obey me.” So, indeed this is where the idea is from. The lamb that Abraham sacrificed represents the
lamb that John the baptist was talking about. If we read the books after the book of Genesis, those books tell about when
Allah chose a lamb to sacrifice. The lamb must be without any spot or blemish; perfect, without sin. But there is no lamb or
any other animal sacrifice that can repair and restore
our relationship with God. The sacrifice must be perfect. There is no man who is perfect. And no animal can redeem mankind. But it must be a person; a perfect person… with no blemish and no spot. And it must be Allah himself who takes away the sin, and to restore our relationship with him. We thank Allah that He let
Abraham find the sheep. It represents Isa who would come
and bear the sin of the world. And He reconciled us to the Father. Do you mean the prophet Isa?!
– Yes the prophet Isa! Follow the path that I lead you on. My path is straight and difficult; thin as the edge of a knife. But I will be with you. And I will not let anyone stand
against you nor hurt you. You will see my goodness
while you yet live. Be strong and wait on me. “My heart says of you: Seek his face! Your face, Lord, I will seek.” I will follow you my Lord. Lord… teach me your ways. After darkness comes light. Bless you, my daughter and don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people now know that you
are a woman of noble character. I am your guardian-redeemer. I am Isa-al-Masih,
and I will redeem you.