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idk if it is just me who feels this, but watching sana and yousef’s lil … crush? (love) story? unfold …. feels so much different than the previous 3 seasons.

there hasn’t been much dialogue at all between them, its very very heavy on eye contact and lingering gazes and smiles and smirks.

and it just feels … pure? and wholesome? there’s been zero physical contact between them whatsoever, yet there’s /something/ there.

and it just looks and feels so … ours? like … how i usually see “love stories” in eastern media, in arab shows/movies and desi shows/movies, where the 2 love interests are standing far apart, having no chance of contact, but still conveying so much. being all coy and shy and sneaking looks and standing in doorways and catching them doing something, and then the both of them being so shy around each other.

it just feels so … different? and … /true to how love stories are portrayed in the east/.

fan-of-all-trades  asked:

Hi! I just want to tell you how huge a fan I am of your books. I'm sure you hear this a lot, but you are an amazing author, and your books and characters are so well written and interesting. I just wanted to ask if you've ever thought about including or will include an Arab/Muslim Shadowhunter family/character in one of your books? I'm an Arab Muslim, and it would be nice to see good Arab Muslims in Western media, considering all of the stereotypes against us. Thank you for reading this message.

Thank you for your kind words! 

In the Last Hours, Cordelia and Alastair’s mother Sona is Persian. Her kids are biracial and were born in what was then Persia. (TLH is set in 1903.) 

The thing is, Shadowhunters have their own religion. They worship Raziel, and as such, they can’t be Muslim or Catholic or belong to other religions the way mundane humans can. However, they do live spread out across a world that contains many different beliefs, and bits of regional culture do bleed over into the lives of the Nephilim. Jem speaks often of beliefs (reincarnation, the Wheel of Life) that are specific to Buddhism. Though Cristina prays to the Angel Raziel literally, there is a lot about her beliefs that is tinged with Catholicism and echoes of the culture she grew up around. So in essence, Cordelia and her family have absorbed some of the surrounding culture and religion, like Jem did when he was growing up in Shanghai. So you won’t be seeing Muslim Shadowhunters quite yet (not in 1903), but you will see Shadowhunters whose lives are tinged with Islam and stories from the Koran. There may also well be Muslim Downworlders!

I hope you will like Cordelia and her family! And if you get a chance to read Magisterium, the female lead character, Tamara, is an Iranian-American Muslim girl.

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German soldier posed as Syrian refugee and 'planned attack' - BBC News
The 28-year-old German has a "xenophobic background" and registered as a Syrian, prosecutors say.

A German soldier who pretended to be a Syrian refugee and was allegedly planning a gun attack has been arrested in southern Germany.

Prosecutors in Frankfurt said the 28-year-old suspect was motivated by a “xenophobic background”.

A student, 22, said to be a co-conspirator, has also been arrested.

The soldier was first detained by Austrian police in February after he tried to retrieve a handgun he had hidden in a toilet at Vienna airport.

He was released but police subsequently discovered the suspect had registered as a Syrian refugee at a shelter in central Germany in December 2015 and later officially requested political asylum in Bavaria, prosecutors said.

No concerns were raised at the time, despite the man speaking no Arabic. German media report that he even received monthly payments and accommodation.

“These findings, and indications of a xenophobic background of the Bundeswehr soldier, suggest that the accused was planning a serious crime endangering state security with the weapon that was earlier deposited at Vienna airport,” the prosecutors’ statement said, according to AFP news agency.

The gun is reported not to have come from the German armed forces.

The man is a lieutenant normally stationed on a base near Strasbourg in north-east France, but he was arrested in Hammelburg in Bavaria, southern Germany, on Wednesday.

Police searched 16 properties in Germany, France and Austria on the same day. Items banned under weapons and explosives laws were found in the student’s home in Offenbach, near Frankfurt. Offenbach is also the soldier’s hometown.

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DC comics should take a look at this and how Ben is trying to defend the Muslim Arab community against how the media views them when writing Talia, Ra’s and Damian. 

UPDATE ON GAZA

205 palestinians have been killed

1530 palestinians have been injured

612 homes have been destroyed

565 homes are partially destroyed

13,550 homes have been damaged

79 schools have been damaged

3 hospitals and 5 health care buildings damaged

3 mosques destroyed, 64 mosques partially destroyed

over 20,000 people have been displaced

600,000 people have been effected by the destruction of electricity, water, and waste water infrastructures


and… one israeli death.

And the only thing on this list that American media has covered is the one Israeli death…

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Artist Thania Petersen to visitors:

“Don’t come and try to help us, because it’s patronizing. Actually, I think you can learn from us.”

noasaurus  asked:

Hey just in case you're curious what an actual Jewish person thinks; Muslims and Jews aren't natural enemies. The actions of a tiny fraction of Muslims don't represent core concepts of Islam any more than the actions of some Christians represent core concepts of Christianity. Is there antisemitism in the Muslim community and on the Left in general? Certainly, but that doesn't represent the views of every single Muslim. I'm tired of gentiles using us as a means to attack vulnerable people

I’m tired of apologists like yourself using “not all Muslims” to excuse a hugely disproportionate problem with Islam. You act as if it’s only a tiny percentage of Muslims who hold these views yet you ignore the fact the top 16 countries with the highest rates of antisemitic views are all Muslim countries, you ignore Muslims are more than twice as likely to harbor antisemitic views than any other religion, you ignore the fact 16 Muslim countries strictly forbid Jews from entering, you completely ignore the fact more Muslims than any other religion deny and mock the Holocaust, you ignore the fact that violent crimes against Jews across Europe are mostly committed by young Muslims

You ignore the fact more than a thousand Jews were killed in anti-Jewish rioting in Muslim countries which has led to mass exodus of almost a million Jews from Arab countries, you completely ignore research has found that 47 percent of Muslims in the UK stated that they hold “unfavorable” views of Jews compared with 7 percent of the population as a whole; that 28 per cent of Muslims in France hold unfavorable views of Jews compared with 13 per cent of the population generally; and that 44 percent of Muslims in Germany hold such views compared with 20 percent of the population generally, you completely ignore the fact antisemitism is spread all over Arabic news and media, it’s being taught all throughout mosques and it’s ingrained in Muslim families and history, you completely ignore the fact that right now every single neighbor of Israel is a Muslim country who are all hellbent on destroying Israel and killing every last Jew. These are entire nations, not just a small minority ffs.

You may have a case by saying a fraction of Muslims are actually butchering and hunting Jews but how the fuck can you sit there and say that only a tiny fraction of Muslims hold these views so we should never talk about it and if we do, then it’s an attack on “vulnerable people”. Are you kidding me? The evidence is right there, what the fuck is wrong with you? You do realize there’s more Muslims in the world than just the ones who go to your university and who tells you how awesome Islam is, right? Muslims and Jews aren’t natural enemies? Have you ever read a history book? What kind of Jew are you? You don’t even know your own history? You don’t even know what’s happening in Israel? Or are you just choosing to ignore it along with everything else because it shows Islam isn’t quite as peaceful as your Muslim friend tells you? Well, it seems like somebody needs a history lesson. 

Muhammad traveled to Medina in 622 to attract followers to his new faith. When the Jews of Medina refused to convert and rejected Muhammad, two of the major Jewish tribes were expelled and in 627, Muhammad’s followers killed between 600 and 900 of the men, and divided the surviving Jewish women and children amongst themselves. The Muslim attitude toward Jews is reflected in various verses throughout the Quran. "They [the Children of Israel] were consigned to humiliation and wretchedness. They brought the wrath of God upon themselves, and this because they used to deny God’s signs and kill His Prophets unjustly and because they disobeyed and were transgressors" (Sura 2:61). According to the Quran, the Jews try to introduce corruption (5:64), have always been disobedient (5:78), and are enemies of Allah, the Prophet and the angels (2:97­98).

The traditional concept “dhimma” (“writ of protection”) was extended by Muslim conquerors to Christians and Jews in exchange for submission to the Muslims. People subjected to Muslim rule usually had a choice between death and conversion, but Jews and Christians who adhered to the Scriptures were allowed as dhimmis (protected persons). This “protection” did little to insure that Jews and Christians were treated well by the Muslims. On the contrary, an integral aspect of the dhimma was that, being an infidel, he had to openly acknowledge the superiority of the true believer the Muslim and pay Muslims “tributes” (jizya), as a yearly tax, symbolized the inferiority of the Jews and Christians. Muslims also forced Jews to wear yellow badges, setting a precedent that would be followed centuries later in Nazi Germany.

Later the inferior status of Jews and Christians was further reinforced through a series of regulations that governed the behavior of the Jews and Christians. They were forbidden to criticize the Quran, Islam or Muhammad, to proselytize among Muslims or to touch a Muslim woman (the scary part is they still practice this today.) Jews and Christians were excluded from public office and armed service and were forbidden to bear arms. They were not allowed to ride horses or camels, to build synagogues or churches taller than mosques, to construct houses higher than those of Muslims or to drink wine in public. They were not allowed to pray or mourn in loud voices as that might offend the Muslims. Jews and Christians were not allowed to give evidence in court against a Muslim and his oath was unacceptable in an Islamic court. To defend himself, Jews and Christians would have to purchase Muslim witnesses at great expense. This left them with little to no legal recourse when harmed and attacked by a Muslim.

When Jews were perceived as having achieved too comfortable a position in Islamic society, antisemitism would surface with often devastating results: In 1066, Joseph HaNagid, the Jewish vizier of Granada was crucified by an Arab mob that proceeded to raze the Jewish quarter of the city and slaughter its 5000 inhabitants. The riot was incited by Muslim preachers who had angrily objected to what they saw as inordinate Jewish political power. Similarly, in 1465, Arab mobs in Fez slaughtered thousands of Jews leaving only 11 alive, after a Jewish deputy vizier treated a Muslim woman in “an offensive manner.” Other mass murders of Jews in Arab lands occurred in Morocco in the 8th century, where whole communities were wiped out by Muslim ruler Idris I, North Africa in the 12th century, where the Almohads either forcibly converted or decimated several communities, Libya in 1785, where Ali Burzi Pasha murdered hundreds of Jews, Algiers, where Jews were massacred in 1805, 1815 and 1830 and Marrakesh, where more than 300 hundred Jews were murdered between 1864 and 1880. And most recently in the 1940s where more than a thousand Jews were killed in anti-Jewish rioting in Muslim countries which has led to mass exodus of almost a million Jews.

Decrees ordering the destruction of Jewish synagogues were enacted in Egypt and Syria (1014, 1293-4, 1301-2), Iraq (854-859, 1344) and Yemen (1676). Jews were forced to convert to Islam or face death in Yemen (1165 and 1678), Morocco (1275, 1465 and 1790-92) and Baghdad (1333 and 1344). Jews during the 19th century in Muslim countries of North Africa were forced to live in ghettos and Muslim children participated in the degradation of Jews, throwing stones at them and harassing them and Jews were only allowed to work as shoe shiners. The frequency of anti-Jewish violence increased and many Jews were executed on charges of apostasy. Ritual murder accusations against the Jews became commonplace in the Ottoman Empire. The attitude of the Muslims toward the Christians and the Jews is that of a master towards slaves, who he treats with a certain lordly tolerance so long as they keep their place. Any sign of pretension to equality is promptly repressed. 

This is still happening right now. It’s not only history but it’s still very real and very current and people wonder why Islam gets called the primitive religion. Their hatred of Jews, gays and women is brushed off as “not real Muslims” when it’s impossible to make it any clearer that this is real Islam, as it always has been. Sure, many Muslims have been Westernized enough to adopt our laws and values but you’re completely failing to understand these Muslims do not make up the majority. You look at countries such as Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan and almost 100% of their Muslims admit they don’t like Jews. But sure, tell me again there’s no natural tension between Jews and Muslims, keep telling me what a tiny minority antisemitic Muslims are. You’re a fucking disgrace.

there’s a severe lack of arab characters in western media, so let’s think about arab!adam parrish:

- adam humming arabic tunes under his breath when he’s bored
- adam knowing how to read, write, and speak arabic
- adam talking to cabeswater in arabic
- adam muttering arabic swear words under his breath
- (especially around the gangsey)
- (ronan thinks it’s super hot)
- adam knowing how to cook arabic food (!!)
- him feeding said food to ronan
- “parrish, what the hell is this?”
- “it’s stuffed grape leaves”
- meanwhile ronan cannot respond because he is dying over how good adam’s cooking is
- adam singing to ronan in arabic
- adam not really having a religion because of his past abuse, but still acknowledging that at one point in his life he was muslim
- (or christian)
- (whatever floats your boat)
- adam embracing his culture a lot, making sure people know that he’s proud of where he comes from
- adam bringing the gangsey to an arab wedding
- adam parrish smoking hookah
- i just
- arab!adam parrish

You know what struck me the most about Wonder Woman? There was an Arab man. There was an Arab man and he wasnt a refugee/war-zone civilian or a terrorist. There was a smart, funny, intelligent, well-rounded Arab man, capable of emoting and acting like a regular, normal, fully-developed character. I so rarely see Arabs in the media, and when I do theyre either Princess Jasmine or one of the two aforementioned roles. It was so damn nice for me to see another Arab playing a real character without being stereotyped for once. It made me feel some kind of real good.

anonymous asked:

Why is it that you like Damian so much? I mean don't get me wrong he is my favorite, but I would just like to know what your reason was? Sorry if you have already been asked this. Also I really am hating the new teen titans and I'm glad to know there are more out there, my friend loves it… sadly

I know this deserve some long analyzed and specific answer, but if I’m gonna be honest with you, I’m not really good at expressing my feeling in details, so I don’t know how to really explain it without going: “Lol, I just like him because he’s cool”. But I guess I’ll just try to say what I can?

I think one of the reasons I like Damian is that despite wearing the costume of the world’s most famous sidekick, Damian makes it his own, you just can’t look at him and think to yourself: “He’s someone sidekick,” from day one he has been as independent and successful as possible in everything he does without being overshadowed by anyone else and he does it so effortlessly. Basically he is a get-shit-done character, and what I really like about him is that he’s not all-bark-and-no-bite, no he can actually back up what he says which to me is just so refreshing, he’s not a little boy that is inferior to Batman in every way and need his help when he get kidnapped or beat nor is he an ignorant sidekick that doesn’t know what’s going on and just follows Batman’s commands. Damian got so much talents, abilities and wisdom despite being so young and because of his back story and origins, him being so capable is actually not that forced and unbelievable compared to other child superheroes, and he will use all of that talent to achieve his goal, and if there was any time left then he may follow Bruce around the city to make him feel like he’s the boss.

I don’t know if anyone else would agree with me, but personally I have always been a fan of the Underdog-kicks-ass-and-succeed Trope, and in a way you can say that trope apply to Damian because the role of Robin has always been the underdog to Batman, but Damian is his own big character that can’t be contained and seeing him breaking those traditional role is just so satisfying to me and I think he’s an awesome addition to the DC universe and the Batfamily.

And there’s also the endearing parts about him outside of the filed, like being so tiny and feisty at the same time or not talking or acting like a normal modern kid would, or just being so extra. Some of these traits might be annoying to some but when it comes from a little (Tiny) child that takes himself too serious you can’t help but think that it’s a little bit cute.

There’s also the biggest and most important part, which is representation. Damian is canonly Arab (Like anyone who has followed me for 5 minutes would now) and believe it or not but I actually didn’t know about Damian ethnicity when I first discovered him (Thanks to how white-washed he is) But when I did discover it? He went from number #36 in my most favorite characters list to number #1. Yes, number #1, the reason for that is because of how big the platform Damian’s character has and how much potential he has to give for Arab-Representation. I don’t think you guys understand the potential Damian has, Damian is BATMAN’S SON, do you understand how important that is? If a day come where Damian is no longer white-washed and has writers and artists involving his culture and identity in his comics and gets DC promoting him as an Arab superhero then Damian might be the most highest-profiled Arab character in Western Media ever (Or maybe second behind Aladdin), and as an Arab Damian myself that would be a dream comes through, and if I’m gonna be honest with you, 99% of the reason I still read comics is because I’m hoping that would come reality someday. But sadly I’m starting to lose hope with everyday that passes, and DC just doesn’t seem to be in the same side as me.

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Arab-American journalist Sulome Anderson posted a photo of herself kissing her Orthodox Jewish boyfriend, Jeremy on Twitter to send a powerful message of peace to Israelis and Palestinians, which quickly went viral, along with the hashtag #JewsandArabsRefusetoBeEnemies; a social media campaign aimed to help heal divisions in the Middle East as the conflict in Gaza continues

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The top five groups when discussing Muslims and Islam - Where do you sit?

Muslim Conservatives 

Muslim Conservatives believe that Islam is perfect and that the Hadith and the Quran as a whole contain no errors. They view liberalism as a Western invention incompatible with their interpretation of the faith. They believe there is a cosmic war going on between the Muslim world and the West. They won’t blow you up any time soon but whether they be Salafist or Wahhabi, they often tend to support violent jihad against the West, including violence against civilians. Few in this group engage with Western media; they are far more active in Arab and Urdu media such as Aqra Channel, Al Jazeera Arabic and the like.

Muslim Moderates

Muslim Moderates also consider Islam to be perfect and the Quran and the Hadith to be inerrant. They like Conservative Muslims still believe punishment is necessary for anyone who questions Muhammad or the Quran, Canada’s a perfect example of moderate Muslims still being advocates for blasphemy law and Sharia law. However, they don’t as often follow the Quran that advocate violent jihad and they try to deny that any link exists between jihad and Islam. They are frequently seen in Western media, especially television, stating that Islam is a religion of peace, that terrorism has nothing to do with Islam, and that terrorist groups are un-Islamic. Their views on human rights cover a broad spectrum, from advocating public killing of gays to welcoming gays as equal citizens and from defending women’s right to wear head scarves to requiring them by law. Many have been educated enough to understand the West is not their enemy, but some justify jihad as a way of addressing grievances against Western imperialism and the West’s support for Israel. In the main, Muslim Moderates argue that terrorist groups such as ISIS, al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram have nothing to do with Islam and that those who speak out against it are motivated by racism, hatred of minorities or bigotry. Some Muslim Moderate organizations have high profiles in Western media, often acting as public-relations firms and lobby groups for Muslim communities. Examples include the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and CAGE in the United Kingdom. Prominent Muslim Moderates often seen on television include Linda Sarsour, Dean Obeidallah, Murtaza Hussain and Mahdi Hassan.

Muslim Reformers

Muslim Reformers either don’t consider the Quran to be perfect and the literal word of Allah or concede that some of its commandments are not applicable in the twenty-first century. They try to rally against extremist interpretations and to create new ones more in keeping with modern liberal values. They accept that there is a link between radical interpretations of Islam and terrorism. Many of them advocate for liberal government and separation of religion and state. Prominent individual Muslim Reformers include Maajid Nawaz, Asra Nomani, and Irshad Manji.

Pseudo-Liberal Apologists 

Pseudo-Liberal Apologists are mainly non-Muslim white liberals, they suck up and agree with Moderate Muslims argument that terrorist groups such as ISIS, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram have nothing to do with Islam and are either a result or a creation of Western imperialism. Pseudo-Liberal Apologists tend to agree that Islam is a peaceful religion and that those who speak out against it are motivated by racism, hatred of minorities or bigotry, or hold a neoconservative imperialist agenda and desire to kill all Muslims and steal resources from Muslim-majority countries… They tend to think that the greatest enemy of world peace is Western capitalism, a view they share with many Moderate and Conservative Muslims. Pseudo-Liberal Apologists tend to receive a lot of media attention; in U.S media, members of this group receive the most attention of any of the six groups. Examples include Glenn Greenwald, Reza Aslan and Chris Stedman. 

Genuine Critics of Islam 

Genuine Critics of Islam are mainly progressives, some of them atheists, who think that there is a connection between some interpretations of the religion and bad or violent behavior. They share many agreements with Muslim Reformers. Some tend to think that Islam in the twenty-first century represents a special case, and some do not. They are acutely aware of extremist groups in the Muslim world and around the globe and see a clear link between violence and some interpretations of the fundamentals of Islam. They view Islam itself as a major reason human rights are poorly upheld in most majority-Muslim countries. Most are also very critical of Christianity but are likely to argue that the Enlightenment has had a “buffering” effect on Christianity that Islam has yet to undergo, leaving Islam in need of enlightenment or reformation. They tend to differentiate between Islam as a set of ideas and interpretations and Muslims as people. Often, they mostly rely on statistics to resist making generalizations about Muslims as a whole. Prominent examples include Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Bill Maher, Salman Rushdie, Ali A. Rizvi, Aki Muthali, Sarah Haider and many others. 

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4/10/2017: Queen Rania launched the second annual edition of Amman Design Week in an event held under her patronage at the Ras El Ain Hangar in downtown Amman.

An initiative of Her Majesty, ADW 2017 will open its doors to the public from October 6 to 14, and will present a comprehensive program of exhibitions, workshops, talks, tours, and events under the theme ‘Design Moves Life Moves Design.’ A number of princesses were also in attendance, in addition to several public and private sector leaders, Jordanian and Arab media figures, and design enthusiasts. 

Queen Rania toured the Hangar Exhibition and viewed the works of more than 100 regional and international designers hailing from the UAE, Palestine, Lebanon, Morocco, Iraq, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, India, Germany, France, and the US. The nearby Crafts District will feature several demonstration booths, pop-up shops, cultural activities, and food options.

Featuring a prominent educational element, ADW 2017 will present its first-ever Student Exhibition, showcasing the works of student members of ADW’s year-round mentorship program. This year’s program also comprises a diverse selection of workshops and panel discussions, which aim to highlight design’s unseen impact on our daily lives. (Source: Petra)

Drawing on the event’s theme of ‘motion’, ADW 2017 will extend beyond the Ras El Ain area, with activities held at more than 50 sites around the city, including galleries, shops, institutes, universities and other public spaces.

This year’s edition of ADW focuses large efforts on increasing the event’s reach among members of the public through programs that target schools in governorates, as well as field visits and mobile experiments.

Speaking at the event, Beiruti said that the program for ADW 2017 builds on the success experienced during the event’s pilot in 2016. “After focusing last year on raising awareness on the ever-presence of design in our lives, this year’s program tackles the power of design to move the world around us,” she added.

“Design is a movement that seeks to beautify while also serving as a medium for positive change,” Beiruti explained. “It empowers people to take control, make an impact, and rise up to challenge the status quo.”

In turn, Seikaly highlighted that this year’s edition of ADW reinforces the focus on the key pillars of the event, such as empowering local designers, education, social transformation, and paying tribute to Jordan’s cultural heritage.

“This personifies the year’s theme of movement, as we are endeavoring to contribute towards creating a potent and sustainable design movement in Jordan among current and future generations,” she added.

For his part, Ahmad Humeid, the curator of this year’s Hangar Exhibition, stated that the Hangar Exhibition is one of the key landmarks of ADW, offering a snapshot of the state of Amman’s design landscape and the remarkable potential possessed by local and regional designers.

“The exhibition will challenge our understanding of design and its ability to push the boundaries of physical reality and the elements of material, scale, form and function,” he said.