*(I'm not here to start a flame war just posting my opinion k, k.)
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Yussra MT Ebrahim
“What would you do,” a girl asks me at lunch, “if I pulled this off your head?”
Her fingers are bent and slowly approaching my maroon headscarf, which is covering my small forehead all the way down to my eyebrows. Not my best look. I’m horrified, but perhaps that’s exactly the reaction she’s looking for. It doesn’t help that this is not the first time she’s asked me this particular question. She only recently discovered that I’m not a nun.
I try to sound composed as I respond with, “Um. Please don’t.” She retreats to her tray, bored. I’m relieved by how quickly the situation has been diffused. The middle school cafeteria is not known for its civil discourse. At least I learned something new today.
Note to self: watch
I know you don't like Assad, and from your experiences I can understand why, but in my opinion he's the only one who can keep the country together and he does have a strong support from a large majority of his people. Whatever happens after the war is entirely up to the Syrian people and nobody else. I hope this madness will stop soon and the sooner the better. Here's a good source to keep up with what's happening in Syria and elsewhere in the ME: Al Masdar News.
Hope things are fine with you too, and keep fighting for what you believe in and stand for. Take care
Yes, I despise Assad, because I believe he is an agent of genocide. I remember last time you were saying you didn't believe Assad was really barrel bombing his own people, because it would be political suicide for him, but there's no such thing as political suicide when one is a dictator. Having said that, you keep up with the news much more than I do, and you know to avoid the manipulative mainstream sources. I, on the other hand, tend to avoid global news altogether, because it makes me feel helplessly sad. That's why I have chosen to fight local. By working on the problems that surround me, I can be more confident that I understand the issues at hand and am not inadvertently supporting something terrible. Lately, I have been doing a lot of writing and speaking about Islamophobia. It's the first step to peace. The people around me give me hope.
You as well! Thank you very much for being so engaged.
Anyway, it's probably a good idea for you to concentrate your fight on a local level. Islamophobia is nothing new in the Western world, but it has certainly intensified ever since 9/11. Again, thanks to the MSM, some people do actually think that every single Muslim is a potential terrorist threat, so you have quite some work to do. Wishing you the best of luck, Yussra, and hope to see you here another time
well if that's your whole point, why not just wear something less prejudiced and less related to religion?
for example, a nice parka?
"know that practices there defy Islamic teachings a million times over"
1.) i wasn't just referring to afghanistan, but basically to any country calling itself "islamic" (especially saudi-barbaria)
2.) yknow i think it is funny that exactly those would probably say the very same thing ("it defies islamic teaching") about your approach...
1) That's a rude term for an entire nation of peoples, but yes, the corrupt Saudi Arabian government also unfortunately enforces the veil, despite the fact that doing so is against our faith.
2) I don't care what an uniformed minority of Muslims have to say about "my" approach, as it's not mine, but rather the mainstream Islamic view, following the actual teachings of the faith.
what i meant to say was, islam is a theme "emotionally charged".
so - even if i do not agree with your points at all, and even if i don't believe you are speaking for all muslim women here - on the one hand i applaud the proud way in which you stay to your position here.
on the other hand: just having a certain religion, is certainly nothing to be proud of.
i think that is just as bullshit, as being proud of being born a certain race.
1) that's why i say: "make saudi arabia arabia again"
2) question: what exactly does "being a muslim" mean to you?
Well thank you! But to compare pride in religion to pride in race is a bit extreme. You don't get to choose your race, but you do get to choose your beliefs! Saying someone shouldn't be proud to be Muslim is like saying someone shouldn't be proud to be vegetarian, or an equal rights activist! Of course I take pride in the views I hold! Integrity is important to me.
Good question! Being Muslim means submitting to God, which means living a life of internal and external peace. The term Islam is Arabic for "submission," and is derived from the word salam, which means peace. A Muslim is literally "one who submits serenely to God." A life of submission is a life lived in harmony with the universe. Major themes in Islam include peace, nature, and fighting oppression by standing up for and assisting the disadvantaged. Thank you for reading!
"to compare pride in religion to pride in race is a bit extreme"
if one takes pride in belonging to a race, it inherently means that person has also adopted some racist ideology, or else the whole thing wouldn't make any sense.
religion is ideology, too.
"you don't get to choose your race, but you do get to choose your beliefs"
you sure about that?
most of us are literally born into an environment that is – to what extent, might be left undecided here – influenced by religion, and the only true free choice i can spot here, would be the choice to reject it.. (which btw i think would be a very tough to make, especially in islamic countries)
"being muslim means [...] living a life of internal and external peace"
well if that is such an obvious thing, then how do you explain that the overwhelming majority of, for example, all religiously motivated terrorists is muslim?
don't you think you make it a bit easy for yourself if you just say, that has nothing to do with "true" islam whatsoever?
(which btw, remember! those folks would probably say about your attitude, too?)
"a life of submission is a life lived in harmony with the universe"