muslim around the world

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Associating the entire religion of Islam with terrorism or oppression is narrow-minded and wrong. For centuries, Muslims around the world have been responsible for scientific discoveries, works of art, and major technological advancements. There is a great deal of diversity in the way Islam is practiced by the 1.6 billion Muslims around the world, it is a vastly complex and diverse religion. Read more

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Our hearts go out to the families of Nabra Hassanen and the victims of the attack on Finsbury Park Mosque. The Planned Parenthood community is committed to standing with our Muslim colleagues and patients, as well as Muslims around the world facing oppression. We condemn these acts of terror and any attempt to spread intimidation, hate, or violence against people because of their faith.

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Meet Mona Haydar, a Muslim poet rockin’ her hijab in an empowering music video

  • Mona Haydar is a pregnant Syrian poet and she’s rockin’ her hijab.
  • In honor of Muslim Women’s Day, Haydar released her first single and music video “Hijabi” on Monday. 
  • The video featured numerous women — from diverse ethnic backgrounds — donning hijabs and dancing to the beat of her track.
  • The video provides a powerful counter-narrative to how Muslim women are perceived — often as oppressed or terror-prone — in the United States and other Western countries. 
  • Haydar’s lyrics, unapologetic in their delivery, serve as an anthem of resistance for Muslim women around the world. Read more. (3/31/17, 11:45 AM) 
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Here’s how the world is reacting to Trump’s immigration ban on Muslim countries

  • On Jan. 27, Trump signed a wide-reaching executive order banning immigration and travel for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. 
  • And, for the most part, the rest of the world is not happy about it.
  • In the days following the announcement of the new immigration policy, leaders from countries around the world have spoken out against Trump’s “Muslim ban” and its Islamophobic intentions. 
  • The United Nations also condemned the decision in a joint statement with the International Organization for Migration. 
  • The agencies said they hope “the U.S. will continue its strong leadership role and long tradition of protecting those who are fleeing conflict and persecution.” Read more

the CIA just awarded Saudi Prince Muhammad Bin Nayef the George Tenet medal for Saudi Arabia’s “anti-terror efforts” 

i’m not sure if there’s anything more embarrassing and cringeworthy than a country that touts itself as the ultimate harbinger of justice against terrorism awarding the greatest known global financier of extremism and terrorism with an anti-terror award. 

the hilarity of the entire debacle is literally overwhelming. 

Only a few months ago, 28 formerly classified pages of the congressional 9/11 report were finally released to the public, confirming Saudi Arabia’s roles in at least partially financing and coordinating the september attacks–the U.S., saudi arabia’s greatest ally, kept this information secret for 14 years 

Saudi Arabia’s export of murderous anti-shia and anti-minority sect muslim curricula to various mosques and islamic centres around the world is responsible for the surge in propaganda against minority sect muslims, and eventually their violent persecution across the muslim world 

Saudi Arabia’s military intervention in Yemen is responsible for thousands of civilian deaths, the majority of them being children, and the expansion of insurgency 

Public executions, complete removal of due process and an “imprison-then-incapacitate” policy for protestors is Saudi Arabia’s version of keeping the peace. 

The kingdom of Saudi Arabia not only jails its dissidents, but it crucifies them. Sheikh Nimr al Nimr, a shia muslim and pro-democracy activist was crucified in 2016. His nephew, arrested at 17, awaits crucifixion in Saudi jails. 

Ironically, ISIS’ genocidal ideology towards Shia muslims, yezidis, christians and their persecution of non-muslims in general is almost a complete replication of the religiosity preached by state-sanctioned imams in Saudi Arabia. Their philosophical and financial promotion of sunni supremacism and extremism has allowed ISIS to bloom. 

And of course, even years later, it is impossible to forget how the CIA teamed up with Saudi Arabia in training, funding and spawning the modern day Taliban and Osama Bin Laden. 

All of these actions have been supported, protected, and (unsuccessfully) hidden by the United States. 

And as embarrassing and pathetic it is to have a faux-democracy award a financier of terrorism an “anti-terror” award, it would be naive to expect anything less. 

(Send me a message for sources). 

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Today is the 1st celebration of #MuslimWomensDay ! A day to celebrate the diverse, strong, Beautiful, fierce and unapologetic Muslim women around the world ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻✊️

Happy Day my Dear Sistas, keep the faith ! May we all continue to learn and strive to become better Muslims, Inshaallah ✨ May God bless us and protect us all 🙏🏾

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In Saudi Arabia, children are indoctrinated at a young age to hate Shia Muslims, minority sect muslims and non-muslims. The state religion is implemented by state-sponsored preachers that ensure a distorted version of reality is delivered to each student. This culture of hatred is aligned with Saudi foreign interests, which include funding extremists around the world that kill Shia Muslims, minority sect muslims and non-muslims alike. This curriculum is then exported to countries abroad, where it is preached and delivered by teachers. Textbooks from Saudi Arabia are found globally, from Syria, to Pakistan, to Canada, the U.S., and U.K. Saudi Arabia funds the building of mosques and Islamic centres in western and non-western countries to promote their ideology. The result of this indoctrination is the creation of fringe terrorists groups dedicated to the decimation of Shias, and other minority sects, and of course non-Muslims. 

Despite this public knowledge, countries like the U.S., U.K., Canada, France, Spain, Pakistan and a litany of others are allies with Saudi Arabia and protect and further its foreign interests. 

erinlyndalmartin  asked:

I'd love to see a post on writing Muslim characters. What sociocultural traits might they have that you wouldn't know if you weren't Muslim? I know there are many varieties of Muslim and I know not to make my character a terrorist, but I could use some help with the nuances. Thank you.

While this is a subject we all care about here at FYWH, this is something that falls outside our personal experiences in any way that would even scratch the surface of this topic. I hate to pass the buck, but … let’s get you started on some good starting places. 

[To any of our Muslim followers: See note at end.]

The Writing With Color blog has a lot of resources for you to start with your research. Here’s a list of just some of their resources for Muslim characters/Islam, and you can find more through the search function of the blog. 

It’s good that you recognize that “Muslim” is not a monolithic designation and that Islam has a rich and complex belief set and history. I hope you are able to find a more specific country/culture/generation to hone in on. Once you do that, you should be able to find plenty of reliable texts for the more factual knowledge and history you’ll need. 

To help combat religious illiteracy of all types, including about Islam, Harvard University has launched the Religious Literacy Project; other free resources are listed in this article (check out book rec slide show at the end of the article; more below). 

If contemporary society is your focus, Al-Jazeera has tons of stories, profiles, news, videos, etc… that can help round out your knowledge of the Middle East and the Muslim experience around the world. [They produce content on many topics, not just those relating to the Middle East or Islam, fyi.] 

Nothing will help more than finding a Muslim beta reader, too. Or just someone you can discuss things with as they come up in your writing. I haven’t gone through to see any specifics, but we’ve got links from our tags for beta/prepub help. Like this. This tumblr, tho on hiatus for new content. And help for giving and receiving criticism.

You might want to keep an eye on this project, too: Dinner With Your Muslim Neighbor. There’s one video that’s been made and featured on NBC News, but another is in the works. Real people getting together and getting to know one another.

Here’s a list of not-YA novels that shows just a bit of the breadth of how Muslims live (and have lived in the past) around the globe – though it is one person’s choice of books, just be aware. And here are some YA novels

(Not So) Final Note: I’d be happy to collate suggestions from our Muslim followers, too, for a follow-up post. Resources, experiences with cultural ignorance, good websites, etc … 

– mod Aliya 

A child plays while Muslim women perform an evening prayer called Tarawih, the night before the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque in Putrajaya, Malaysia, May 26, 2017. Muslims around the world celebrate the holy month of Ramadan by praying during the nighttime and abstaining from eating, drinking, and sexual acts daily between sunrise and sunset. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, and it is believed that the Koran’s first verse was revealed during its last 10 nights. (Photo: Fazry Ismail/EPA)