I was raised Muslim. I have issues with the religion, I’m not practicing but there is no doubt that my blood is as Islamic as it gets… you can take a look at my family tree, if you know what I mean.
And for years now, I’ve been observing Islamophobia— passively. I’m not a hijabi, I can conceal my religious heritage. And while I’ve never denied being a Muslim, I sure have conveniently left it out of conversations.
Villifying ‘Muslims’, as you know, condemns all Muslims regardless of where they fall on the spectrum of extremism to laissez faire. These past few days, have just been a little too much for me. The movie, Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s article, the protests…
is it an Islamic Awakening, or is the AntiChrist coming?
Either way, many of us kids who grew up with a pretty significant amount of Islamic influence know that
Islam is a religion, but religion is culture.
& what type of Judeo-Christian supremacy is this, that even the right to our Islamic culture is questioned and degraded? That Muslims are nothing better than raging lunatics; a people who are irrational and needing to be saved.
For years I have criticized and blasted my father’s religion for its inadequacies, but now it’s time to address the rest of the worlds':
The West, you are an orientalist. You don’t know any better than to export and impose your own ideology. You believe your God is better, you believe your ‘religions’ don’t oppress. You believe you are wealthy and better off because your God is better, or that you were the ‘chosen’.
And finally, you think we’re inherently inferior or we would know better… than to end up like this:
Ms. Hirsi Ali, thank you for what you have been through, and thank you for talking about it. (Read her Newsweek Article here)
But fuck you, for turning around and making it worse for every single Muslim Female in the world. Because you are now the footnote to every Anti-Islamic publication. Because now some white guy really believes Muslims, and all 1500+ years of their ancestors, are NOT innocent.
Hirsi Ali says, “Islam is a cult”
Well, it’s a cult of more than 1 billion strong. By attacking their core beliefs, you hope to “free” them? Of course, if you attack the Sacred Prophet of more than 20% of the earth’s population, some nutcase is going to want to kill you.
Hirsi Ali, you’re no better than the Western Orientalist.
And what Ayaan Hirsi Ali does is ask to destroy a culture she believes perpetuates violence and oppression. But is that a solution?
Do you set fire to a house and start from scratch, when it needs remodeling?
Becoming an anti-Islamic apostate may have eased Hirsi Ali’s conscience, as may her provocative writing, but she is not an activist.
In fact, there aren’t that many Islamic activists that have helped the cause, because even the ones that try – end up being outshined by something bloodier and more BEARD-AND-TURBAN-ESQUE.
Now, I have my own belief system, and my own challenges that I deal with in terms of religion and faith. But this is about discrimination, and the system of justification that exists for it. Even from the most liberal people, I have heard–‘Muslims don’t help their cause with how they handle their situation’
But this goes back to inherent ethocentrism. I am not arguing the Taliban and Al Qaeda aren’t violent terrorist organizations, but for history there is always context. Islamic fundamentalists don’t just pop up, as if they were dropped randomly from the sky. Just as juvenile gangs don’t develop in Los Angeles because the wind brought them there.
While the media’s disregard for context and love of episodic storytelling is infamous, at this point– I believe, in the 21st century we are witnessing for the first time, the media as the sole producer of a prejudice.
Islamophobia is not the product of Osama or Saddam, it is the child of the media. Their irresponsibility has now raised a monster, and created a lot of rage.
And I just wonder, how long we’ll be blaming pictures of dead BEARD-AND-TURBAN Muslims?
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