I suppose the image speaks for itself.Background image courtesy of Huffington Post, modified by me.
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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
"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"