Twitter is full of a lot of things; trolls, youtubers, dog memes, trump drawing things, alt right nazis, good comedic timing and celebs. But sometimes you can just happen chance on a really kick ass artist.
To keep it short and sweet, Akshay B. Varaham is a 19 year old Hindu/Muslim who is currently attending LCAD. Their art is bright, alluring and captivating. Akshay’s art makes me wonder why some major art studios don’t explore stories within cultures like in South East Asia. There’s some really beautiful folklore and religious tales that is clearly illustrated by Akshay that could not only make for better stories, but for more diverse representation.
The last illustration in this features is of their webcomic; PUU. It’s a romance involving two Muslim men who are gay, living in India. If you’re enamored with flowers, then you need to check it out asap.
In Baghdad, a Muslim woman, holding a copy of the Quran, stands in solidarity with a Christian woman, holding a copy of the Bible, to show solidarity with the dwindling number of Iraqi Christians and their right to live freely and peacefully side-by-side with the Muslims in their community. A powerful image.
You know how the only stock images we ever see of Muslim women online, in blogs, and in advertisements are the same stereotypical depiction? They are usually hidden behind veils, wearing black clothes, not really doing much besides being… stereotypically Muslim. The images we’re used to seeing of Muslim women elicit a negative feeling and do nothing to truly represent how we look, feel, sound, and act.
One of the images that Muslim scholars have used is that of the incapacitated lung. Until the status of women in the Muslim world is made proper and until they are given full participation in society and empowered and fully educated and entitled to use that education and given that dynamic place in life that was there in the community of the companions, Muslim societies will be unable to compete. This is the incapacitated lung. Women make up 50% of society, sometimes they make up more than the 50% of society. It’s very important that they be as enlightened, and that they be as empowered to do good in the society as anyone else.
In the Muslim world it’s not the case that the men are liberated or empowered either. [W]e have the problem that the society in general does not have rights they they should have. Women are an important part of the picture. Women make men, and I don’t mean that they produce children. I mean in the sociology of the human societies we know… are societies in which women make the men.
Crisis mode meant that certain issues were privileged over others. This point was most clearly evident in moments when people raised critiques of sexism or homophobia within our movement. These critiques were met with an official movement logic that contended that the issue of sexism was secondary to the fact that “our people are dying back home.” Alternatively, it positioned discussion of homophobia as entirely irrelevant or outside the boundaries of acceptability. In this movement - as in many racial justice and national liberation solidarity movements - the official movement logic also subordinated critiques of sexism and homophobia in reaction to racism.
Not only were gender and sexuality barely discussed, but the official movement discourse insisted that discussing these internal issues in public could actually endanger the goals activists were fighting for. Many members of this movement shared the belief that U.S. Orientalist representations of Arabs and Muslims, specifically images of hyperoppressed Arab and Muslim women and Arab Muslim sexual savagery, were among the most common images Americans saw - especially form the news media and Hollywood. In their analysis, Orientalist representations were a key reason so many Americans supported U.S. military interventions in the Middle Eat and why many Americans, particularly liberals, expressed profound empathy for Arab and Muslim women - perceived to be victims of their culture and religion - but little concern over the impact of U.S. policies on Arab and Muslim communities.
In response, many activists feared that discussing sexism and compulsory heterosexuality within Arab communities would reinforce Orientalism. Activists advocated an anti-Orientalist politics that reinforced the relegation of gender and sexuality to the margins. Activists feared that speaking out about sexism and homophobia could reinforce stereotypes of Arabs and strengthen the very violence they were fighting to eliminate. The tacit belief was that activists who publicly critiqued sexism or homophobia within Arab and Arab American communities were no better than traitors to their people. Th result - of yet another binary structure - was that attempts to develop feminist or queer critiques were often confined between two extremes: untenable silence, on the one hand, and the reification of Orientalist representations, on the other.
- Nadine Naber, “Decolonizing Culture: Beyond Orientalist and Anti-Orientalist Feminism,” in Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence, and Belonging (2010)
عَنْ ثَوْبَانَ مولى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم، قَالَ: “كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم إِذَا انْصَرَفَ مِنْ صَلاَتِهِ اسْتَغْفَرَ ثَلاَثًا وَقَالَ “ اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ السَّلاَمُ وَمِنْكَ السَّلاَمُ تَبَارَكْتَ ذَا الْجَلاَلِ وَالإِكْرَامِ " . قَالَ الْوَلِيدُ فَقُلْتُ لِلأَوْزَاعِيِّ كَيْفَ الاِسْتِغْفَارُ قَالَ تَقُولُ أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّهَ أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّهَ . “ صحيح مسلم
Thauban reported: When the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) finished his prayer. He begged forgiveness three times and said: O Allah! Thou art Peace, and peace comes from Thee; Blessed art Thou, O Possessor of Glory and Honour. Walid reported: I said to Auza'i: How is the seeking of forgiveness? He replied: You should say: I beg forgiveness from Allah, I beg forgiveness from Allah." Sahih Muslim 591 In-book reference : Book 5, Hadith 171 USC-MSA web (English) reference : Book 4, Hadith 1226
So someone who is a muslim told me Linda sarsour one of the women who started the women's march wants sharia law and is super anti women rights in the Middle East. They sent me sources like breitbart and their conservative junk so I was wondering if you or any of your followers know anything? Because i don't trust those sources at all.
So I’ve looked this up and… These claims seem spurious and based on what a “liberal Muslim” should look like.
The claims that she “minimises” Saudia Arabian treatment of women comes from a single tweet where she said that women there got paid maternity leave. Pointing out a way that SA does something well is not a way of approving of anything negative they do.
She didn’t do the Charlie Hebdo support thing which people say makes her an extremist. I didn’t stand with Charlie Hebdo either, while I felt for the victims the movement seemed mostly about bashing Islam and forcing Muslim people into respectability politics, where they either agree and are “good Muslims” and if they disagree they are “bad Muslims”. They didn’t bother to look at her criticisms, choosing to believe that she was saying that she supports terrorism, rather than seeing that she just didn’t support the way the Charlie Hedbo thing was managed.
She refused to say “I am Charlie Hebdo” Stu therefore anything she had to say wasn’t relevant to some.
They say she minimises honor killings, yet all I have seen her say about this was against a film called Honor Diaries, and there was NOTHING negative said about the victims, she simply said that the producers and creators were islamaphobic. Which is true. She said that they didn’t need islamaphobes hijacking issues for them.
Regardless of where you stand on Ayaan Hirsi Ali, she is very vocally anti-Islam and, while she definitely has her reasons, there are other women who feel that Ali looks over other women and contributes to the problems they face.
The “she wants sharia law” claims are absurd. The people levying them don’t even know what sharia law is. It’s mostly property, marriage and inheritance law. Yes, some places have ridiculous versions of sharia law, yes some places will dole out lashings. But that’s not… That’s like saying “law is bad because is some countries law is used to murder gay people”.
Sharia Law is not inherently bad and it’s incredibly different from place to place. It’s not a terrifying boogeyman.
Now, the ONE criticism I could find that had some merit was that she is antisemitic. But it’s very, very hard to find anything because it’s all right wing media spruking the same nonsense over and over. She supports a more free and independent Palestine, which is not abnormal. The only thing I could find that was assuredly antisemitic was “zionism is creepy” which seems to overlook why Jewish people would want a safe homeland.
But any of the things about her having ties to Hamas is because she has some family who were in them. As far as I can tell she has never actively supported violence committed.
She also was a part of banning pro life “feminists” from the march, which many people are like “how DARE you silence these women” as though those women weren’t actively looking to control the bodily autonomy of anyone with a uterus.
From the research I have done, all the criticisms are REALLY badly sourced like, they literally show tweets of her lamenting that people don’t know what sharia law is and espousing some benefits as “evidence that she wants people to be forced into sharia law”.
99% if it is that she doesn’t fit the “progressive mold”, she’s proud to be religious, she’s defensive of her right to be and she won’t tolerate things that she sees as a threat to that without saying anything.
A feminist is not meant to be Muslim. She can probably be Christian but definitely not Muslim, it’s cultural image is at odds with the narrative constructed by western supremacists, who believe that we are just simply more advanced in every way.
Be critical of her if you want, hell… Be critical of EVERYONE. Buy a LOT of this criticism is simply because she has the audacity to be Muslim and proud.
Also, if anyone feels I am out of my lane here let me know. I tried to tread carefully and I recognise that many of these issues have a deep complexity that I myself will NEVER have to experience.
Welcome to Muslim-Sensitivity Training. It is important for us to understand why the Muslims feel the way they do, and why we can never show an image of Mohammad.
No, Muslims can't show an image of Mohammad.
Veronica, you're not being very sensitive.
Yeah, Veronica. Maybe you think this is funny, but the rest of us don't.
Let's all look at why Muslims are upset. First of all, in the Muslim religion, you're not allowed to have what?
Sex. Good. There's no sex until marriage in the Muslim world. Now, this would be fine except that in the Muslim religion you also can't... Anybody?
Jack off. Okay, jacking it is strictly forbidden in the Muslim religion. And what do we know about the places Muslims live? They live in?
Good, sand. Now put yourself in the shoes of a Muslim. It's Friday night, but you can't have sex, and you can't jack off. There's sand in your eyes and probably in the crack of your ass, and then some cartoon comes along from a country where people are getting laid, and mocks your prophet. Well you know what? I'd be pretty pissed off too!