fighting islamophobia

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” 

To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers; so many caring people in this world.

- Fred Rogers


Quote by Hillary Clinton.

skam and the depiction of Islam : homophobia in islam

there’s a huge problem. a huge one.

in season three, when isak attacked sana on her faith, she reacted aggressively and had every right to do so. I would have done the same thing. she tried to show him how void his argument was.

by pointing out that by the standards of science, being gay was wrong.

sure, it was just a rhetorical device to get him to shut up and she apologized later on.

still, that entire scene felt really, really wrong to me. it didn’t feel like sana, the sana I knew and love. because sana would never, ever, embrace prejudices and hatred of those in pain just to shut up an ignorant white boy.

like… that’s the thing. it didn’t feel like she was playing pretend. it genuinely sounded like she was defending something she believed to be partially and at some level, true. or defendable. something she was ACCUSTOMED to hear. something she was okay with saying out loud.

I fucking hated that, seeing it. it made me upset for weeks, as a gay muslim.

and now, this.

I understand mikael taking his distance. I understand the guys doing the same. honestly, thats realistic.

what I don’t understand is why Julie and her team thought it’d be wise to picture them LAUGHING about even and what happened, in their channel. it makes no sense. they’re sweet, kind boys. it makes literally no sense.

and it gets worse because she felt the need to single out yousef, to depict him as the one not to laugh at even’s pain. as the one who feels compassionate and human enough to show some decency.

yousef. the one that renounced islam.

now, thats demonizing the faith. thats demonizing the boys as muslims. thats making a clear link between Islam and the hatred and oppression of gay people. it’s subtle, sure. but it’s definitely there.

and I’m not okay with that. at all.

yes, a lot of muslims do believe being gay is haram. they won’t talk to me. they say I’m a tool of the western world, sick, wrong and going to jahannam. but guess what ? just like a lot of non muslims, christians or otherwise.

homophobia is not dictated by the qu'raan. the tale of Lut was interpreted as a cautionary tale about what shall befall those who practice it. INTERPRETED. it’s not what it says.

a lot of muslims are gay, bi, trans. we exist. we’re not haram. we’re not a paradox. we have lives in our communities.

and for julie to take it upon herself to depict islam as inherently homophobic like that…. she has no right to do that. it’s not her story, not her community, not something she has had to live with. she’s coming at them from a place of power and it’s very, very wrong.

edit : this post is gaining way too many notes so I’m just gonna specify that I’m obviously talking about a western context of things, from the point of view of someone residing in the west. this is a show written by a white woman and it is very much about islam seen through the lens of europe. I am not attempting to defend the stance that islam in its general and global practice is devoid of homophobia because that’s simply false and that would be an insult to non straight muslims living outside the west and what many of them endure. I am very much aware of it and is not at all trying to erase them or to dismiss it for the sake of fighting the islamophobia I face here.

y'all are so fucking dramatic and fake woke. we barely saw isak and even this season and somehow y'all still find a way to blame it all on them. if anyone is stealing sana’s screentime/season, it’s noora. hell, it’s also william, who is not even on the show anymore. characters post things during breaks all the time, even if it’s not their season. it’s not that deep

Russell Simmons wants to fight Islamophobia with his “Today, I Am A Muslim Too” rally

  • Russell Simmons left his mark on the hip-hop world when he co-founded Def Jam Records, but now the influencer and entrepreneur is leaving behind a legacy as a powerful organizer and activist.
  • On Sunday, Simmons will be on-the-ground in Times Square in New York City between noon and 4 p.m. for the “Today, I Am A Muslim Too” rally to protest President Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim policies
  • The rally is in partnership with Jamaica Muslim Center’s Imam Shamsi Ali, America Rabbi Marc Schneider and on behalf of the nonprofit organization Foundation for Ethnic Understanding
  • New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Muslim activist Linda Sarsour are expected to attend. Read more. (2/18/17, 8:13 AM).

Although Islam is a religion and not a race, that doesn’t mean Islam isn’t a racialized code word used by bigots and white supremacists. Additionally, when we (especially Americans) think of Muslims, please remember they are people who are differently abled, Lgbtq, trans and they are people who come in all shades, from those with dark skin tones and 4C type hair, to those with lighter skin and straight hair. Don’t let anti-Blackness or subconscious colorism play a role in who is welcome as we fight Islamophobia and Trump’s Muslim ban. 

She has experienced this before. Bullying, Islamophobia, fighting with loved ones etc. The kind of reaction that she is giving is so similar to how Isak reacted in season 3. Building walls around her, giving rude replies, not finding peace while praying just like how Isak lost his sleep.
My only hope is that Isak notices that Sana is behaving the same way that he did not too long ago and reaches out to her. My heart constricted with sadness throughout this clip.
The only fucking good thing about this clip was that VILDE LOOKED FUCKING GUILTY. Serves her right.

anonymous asked:

Hey Andrew, you're doing good stuff. I'm a Jewish person who wants to make a quick comment re your latest ep. Making allusions to Muslim and Jewish people hating each other is possibly the least helpful thing you could say/joke about. This is the case even if you're just talking about zionists. It enforces stereotypes and increases tensions between us, even when Israel isn't being discussed. I have done a lot of work fighting islamophobia within my community so I wanted to let you know.

Word word word, thanks. I literally don’t remember what I said, but I’m 100% sure you are right.

teasdays  asked:

hey bud, do you have any posts abt how we canadians can pressure our gov to keep that promise to accept folks denied entry to the states, or respond in other ways to negate the harms posited by trump's presidency? Or other ways to get involved in canada (esp montreal if uve got anything?) to act against the rise in xenophobia both here and there, in policies or elsewhere :/ Thanks!

Fight against Islamophobia in Canada:

Rallies against islamophobia & white supremacy in Canada: From January 30th to February 5th, 2017.

Contact politicians:

Contact your Member of Parliament (MP) here

Contact Justin Trudeau here.

Here are 3 sample scripts you can use to draft a letter/talk to your MP on this topic.

Hope this helps. :)

The Girl Squad, Pins, and Trump

The contents of this shot is very deliberate. Focussing on the trump pincushion and the pictures of her and the girls next to each other it shows the social awareness of the show in global context. Trump’s and the world’s growing islamophobia is clearly referenced and this therefore further heightens Sana’s suffering/loneliness because of the utter feeling of isolation and helplessness within the global context. Sana’s world is falling and apart and crashing around her personally but this references the massive problem worldwide.

And … that’s a lot. We, the audience, and Sana are meant to be receiving the message the world seems utterly against her right now.

Secondly, with the girls’ photos being so close to the pincushion and then a pin being taken away, which determines less conflict being inflicted on Trump cushion, that is, the fight against islamophobia, racism, and xenophobia. This tells us that right now, the girl squad is not helping the islamophobia and racism Sana is dealing with and that these issues are incredibly entwined. The girl squad are not fighting against these problems, they are worsening them.

Honestly, my heart goes out to Sana.


I get a lot of messages about how pointing out oppressive power dynamics and posting about all of the isms is “spreading negativity,“ so let me make this very clear: pointing out oppression and educating others on instances and circumstances of oppression and how oppressive dynamics influence daily lives is absolutely not “”“spreading hate. ”“”“

It is making people aware of the bigotry that already exists so that they can better identify it and fight it.

I’ve stated this before, but apparently it needs repeating: supporting Jews and supporting Muslims is not something that is mutually exclusive. Picking and choosing only one community to protect enables oppression of the other. The right thing to do is to fight both antisemitism and islamophobia. Don’t let anyone convince you that Jews and Muslims must be enemies. The world has more than enough room for both of us. 


“That one tiny gesture that might not have changed anything, but might have.”

Revisiting this poem in the present context. On one level, yes, it’s about men’s responsibility to take the fight against rape culture into spaces where it doesn’t already exist, which was important before the election and remains important now. But this is also a poem grappling with the concept of “allyship,” and how if that word is ever going to mean anything real, it needs to be critical, proactive, and preemptive. Thinking about how that applies, right now, to the fights against Islamophobia, anti-immigrant violence, anti-LGBTQ violence, and so much more too. (video via @buttonpoetry)

A Non-Muslim Guide to Standing up to Islamophobia

You have most likely heard some type of comments regarding Muslims and Islam. Whether you know a Muslim or not, felt compelled to respond, but simply did not know what to say, you are not alone. I applaud you for taking the opportunity to find out how you can help fight Islamophobia and encourage peace in the world. This guide will help you to be an ally to the Islamic community and the basic principles can apply to the defense of all groups and help to eradicate stereotypes and discrimination.


First things first, respond with patience. While it is tempting to respond to negative statements quickly and with equal or greater negativity, don’t! You will simply be adding fuel to an already kindled fire. Instead, fight fire with water. As humans, we tend to fear the unknown. Often, hatred stems from ignorance, so be prepared to provide some information!

If the statement is vague, ask for clarification or specifics so you can better address the situation. This makes the person think about their statement and the real reason for it. Encourage dialogue and if you do not know the answer, just admit it and offer to find the answer. Text or call someone who does know the answer, or perform a Google search. While generic searches may not give you the complete answer or unbiased information, it is at least a starting point for a conversation. This can also give you an opportunity to point out errors in information.

When someone states another person should “go back where they came from,” ask if they know where that person is from. If the answer is no, suggest they may have been born here or remind the person that unless they are First Nation people, they came from immigrants too. For many, their family has been in the United States for so many generations, they have removed themselves from their immigrant ancestors.


You could go one further and ask what their issue is with either that person in particular or with immigration. Once again, remind them that outside of First Nation people, the United States was founded by people seeking freedom from tyranny and oppression. This should help put things back into perspective for many people. For some, it will not and they will be hell bent on fighting immigration.

Sometimes people are mad about immigrants “taking” jobs from U.S. citizens or jobs being moved to foreign countries. Reminding them that people living legally in the U.S. are entitled to finding a job and that job movement is the fault of the company, not its employees — this can help shift the anger to the right place.

Yes, terrorism is a problem, and phrases like “Radical Islamic Terrorists” will not help prevent people from automatically thinking of Muslims when something horrific happens.  However, terrorism is not limited to one race or nationality. Groups like the Ku Klux Klan came from a collection of like-minded individuals seeking change or resistance to change. This group evolved into a group of people with extreme ideas and actions resulting in a terrorist group.

According to, even the group’s first grand wizard, Nathan Bedford Forrest, tried to break up the group due to their extremity. Extremists come from every background, but do not define the group. Just because the Ku Klux Klan was founded in the southern United States by White military veterans, does not mean all southern White military veterans are part of the Klan or have the same ideals.


Stories of violence and harsh laws are found in the Old Testament of the Bible. The word infidel means a disbeliever and applies to anyone that does not believe, not just disbelievers of Islam. This term is not only in the Quran. The word infidel appears in the Bible in Deuteronomy 13:6 and 1 Timothy 5:8 as well as in other verses. Honestly, the beliefs of Jews, Muslims and Christians are far more similar than they are different. We share laws, prophets and the belief in God. Encouraging people to read reputable information about religious texts will help dispel false rumors.

While there are some cultures that mandate a woman to cover her body, it is not strictly a religious ruling. Islam is not alone in saying women can cover. Orthodox Jewish women adhere to the rulings found in Ketuboth 72 requiring head covering and the Bible commands women to cover their hair in 1 Corinthians 11:4-16. Many other religions and cultures observe head covering as well as some form of modest dressing. Honestly, what is wrong with covering one’s body to preserve it for their spouse and God? Would it be too bold to say many people complaining about overdressing also complain about miniskirts?

It can be very aggravating to deal with people making negative and harsh comments about Muslims, especially when there is no truth or basis for those comments. You probably will not be able to reach everyone or change everyone’s minds about Islam and Muslims, but at least you can plant a seed of information that may bloom later. Advocating and educating these people will help put an end to the senseless violence and aggression associated with Islamophobia.