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How would you prevent domestic terrorism?

Hillary Clinton: “Donald has consistently insulted Muslims abroad, Muslims at home, when we need to be cooperating with Muslim nations and with the American Muslim community. They’re on the front lines. They can provide information to us that we might not get anywhere else. They need to have close, working cooperation with law enforcement in these communities, not be alienated and pushed away as some of Donald’s rhetoric, unfortunately, has led to.”


No. It is not an act of embracing Muslim Americans to expect them to essentially work as spies in their own communities because 1) that assumes that Muslims are inherently dangerous and need to be spied on and 2) that Muslims owe it to the State to work with law enforcement agencies that have been proven to discriminate against them, often violently, in exchange for the perception that they are the “good” Muslims. 

As a white woman, I am not expected to spy on white supremacists. As someone who was raised Catholic (even though I’m no longer religious) I’m not expected to spy on Christian religious extremists. And yet we expect people who are Muslim to constantly be on the lookout and interrogating their peers. This is not okay.

I was watching a vid about why trump supporters are voting for him and one of them mentioned that he was only focusing on the “positives” of trump. aka the business side of trump. I felt immediately confused by this bc the muslims, hispanics, lgbtq+ community etc can’t just focus on the “positives” because the negatives will literally change their lives. as a privileged person living in the states, its v easy to just say “but he’ll better the economy!”, okay but he’s raging racist lol.

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Today in Solidarity (4/27/15): Much praise to some unsung heroes of the unrest and uprisings in Baltimore today– the Nation of Islam helped to quell violence in the streets and worked to get the cleared safely. They continue to work with a wide coalition, including clergy, community members, and even gangsters, to keep neighborhoods from burning tonight. Thank you, my courageous brothers. #staywoke #farfromover

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Out gay Imam creates online school for LGBT-friendly Islamic study
An out gay Imam has created an online school which allows users to access information on LGBT-friendly Islamic philosophy.

Daayiee Abdullah, the first openly gay Imam in the United States, has created an online school that teaches LGBT-friendly Islamic studies. 

The MECCA Institute is available to students around the world, and it’s open to Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Classes include “early Islamic history, comparative Quran, Arabic and gender and sexual variance in Islamic texts.”

As well as acceptance and tolerance, the Institute aims to deconstruct ideas of rigid ideologies promoted by fundamentalist groups such as ISIS.

Classes at MECCA are to include early Islamic history, comparative Quran, Arabic and gender and sexual variance in Islamic texts.

The school was set up with a $60,000 grant, which enabled Abdullah to found it.

“Five years from now I want to see 100 new imams who’ve been trained in an inclusive Muslim ideology,” he said.

Incredible. Cannot wait to see what good this brings to the world. 

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Answer to the common question whether Hijabis were forced to wear the Headscarf aka Hijab 

Watch the Hijabi - Frequently Asked Questions video by herdinii

MAINSTREAM MINORITY: ZAYN MALIK'S ROLE AS A MUSLIM SUPERSTAR IS ONLY GOING TO GROW

by Diyana Noory at Noisey

Zayn Malik accepts his award for Outstanding Achievement in Music during The Asian Awards 2015 / Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images


When Zayn Malik left One Direction earlier this year, it changed the way people looked at the world’s biggest boy band: Longtime fans wanted to know the real story and demanded to know why Zayn couldn’t vocalize his problems. They wondered why his bandmates Harry, Louis, Liam, and Niall didn’t seem to react as negatively to the pressures of fame as Zayn did. The fanbase split into groups of people who support only Zayn, people who support all five boys, and people who strictly support “OT4,” or the boys who are still in One Direction. Meanwhile, the media was quick to turn crying fans into a spectacle or make mean-spirited and condescending jokes at Zayn’s expense. Whether laughed off or cried through, the departure was treated as just another insignificant chapter in the ongoing drama of boy bands. However Zayn Malik’s struggle with fame as a British-Pakistani Muslim is unique, and it’s one that’s resonated with me as both a devoted One Direction fan and a member of an Iraqi Muslim family who sees bits of myself reflected in Zayn.

Zayn is the first Muslim artist to reach such wild levels of global popularity, and, as such, his presence in the entertainment industry has set new precedents. Although he has not been particularly vocal about his faith, both people who celebrate his Muslim identity and those who reject it have tried to forge their own image of him as a spokesperson for Islam. His unique identity has inevitably shaped his reception and the discussion around him in ways that have not been the case for his former bandmates.

Asked about his religion in 2012, Zayn shared: “I believe that your religion should be between you and whoever your belief is in. I don’t think you should stick it in people’s faces.” Unfortunately the world has not allowed him to keep any aspect of his life private, and even his limited tweets about religion have attracted scrutiny and hatred, surely encouraging him to stay quiet. Small actions to educate his fanbase on social issues through a “#FreePalestine” tweet and a retweet in support of Peshawar were heavily dissected, with some media outlets suggesting Zayn was interested in these issues because he was more personally connected to them as a Muslim man—as if natural compassion played no role. Despite the hatred he faces for it, Zayn has publicly taken pride in his identity: In his recent Asian Award acceptance speech, he thanked his parents for making him Asian in addition to thanking God. On the Islamophobic comments targeted at him, Zayn stated: “I thought we had moved away from that and we’re living in the 21st century and people could accept people from different religions”.


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For those of you who are unaware, Qandeel Baloch is a Pakistani woman who was very big on social media and was often critiqued for posting “racy” or “inappropriate” content that was disapproved of by the South Asian (but mainly Pakistani) community. She was murdered by her brother because he thought she was bringing dishonour to her family, although people believe there might be another side to the story since photos of her were released with a mufti (Islamic scholar). There are actually people justifying this “honour killing” because they believe murdering somebody is justified as long as it’s to restore honour to the family. This absolutely appalling and despicable mentality runs rampant in South Asian communities and it needs to be addressed. Women’s lives are not yours to take, control or assign worth to. Unsurprisingly there are Pakistani men who support this murder because they too view women as property and objects they own and can choose to dispose of when they feel like it. To these men, and all men- women are not your possessions. You do not have the right to us, to our lives. It is a sad day when this needs to be said but the fact is, South Asian communities hold this disgusting mentality that it is justified to fucking kill someone if you think they are behaving inappropriately. Our lives BELONG TO US. I am so tired and sick of these communities that are brainwashed and fed the same sick attitudes and beliefs. I am really fucking tired of people using religion and the idea of retribution from God to control and police women’s behaviour. It is absolutely a Muslim problem and it is absolutely a Hindu problem, and above all- it is a South Asian problem. Policing and controlling women’s behaviour to what men believe is appropriate is a very large problem in our communities and we need to acknowledge that the way these men do it is using religious beliefs that come with Islam and Hinduism.

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“I’m so sick of the antiblackness that drowns Black muslims in this one Ummah violently forced on us by brown & white passing Muslims.

Yall need to acknowledge you are the white ppl in our community. You treat us no better than how actual white ppl treat us outside of Islam. Forever finding ways to derail our voices or worse, silence us.

“Its not that deep. Its just a HT.” — says privileged assholes occupying spaces that BLACK MUSLIMS WERE FORCED TO CREATE CAUSE YALL DGAF ABOUT REPRESENTING US!

The sheer nerve.”-Riya Jama

These are types the micro-aggressions we experience throughout a community that is saturated by anti-blackness, and a narrative surrounding an Arab, white passing, non black standard. I’m tired of their eerily similar response to anti blackness, their privilege, and the oppression that black Muslims experience in the community. 

The same lackluster response as white people: “ I have black Muslim friends,” “ You are the most racist people,” aka reverse racism, “ Your making to much of a big deal,” “ Guys it’s wrong not to include us. Remember where your brothers and sisters,” aka shaming via the religion to allow them to be oppressive, and my very favorite, “There is no racism in the community because Prophet Muhammed PBUH said not to be. He said we’re equal.” aka I can’t be racist bc we’re all Muslims. There is no race we are the Ummah(Muslim Community), and the most gross response, “ What about Bilal? He was such a good Muslim man, and was important to the prophet, and to Islam,” aka see we have this token black man who use to be our slave, but then we freed him and treat him equally. You should be happy you have him.   

 These response are so insulting, and reeks of anti-blackness and privilege that I can’t even digest it. This Palestine man, and all the brown, Arab, and white passing Arabs that are supporting his theft and racist privileged tweets are the epitome of the communities response to anti blackness. I’m not surprised he stole it. I’m not even surprised at their comments. What I’m actually surprised about is Black Muslims who are surprised or shocked by this. What did we expect? 

 I’m tired of people acting like their not oppressors, that Arab supremacy isn’t a thing, and more then anything I wish black Muslims would take a step back and realize that we’re fine on our own.  Contrary to what they try to feed you they are not tied to our religion in way that without them then our faith, and relationship with Allah(God) can’t exist. That they must be the center of our faith. Sounds very familiar to what white supremacy does doesn’t it? 

 #BlackOutEid was for us to celebrate our melanin and faith in a community that rarely acknowledges our existence unless it’s taking from us. It was a moment to show more representation of Black Muslims, and celebrate despite a racist community, and global anti blackness that blackness is beautiful. Regardless of the community that caters and creates spaces for them they tried to take this space we created for us. 

#BlackOutEid is not for you

#BlackMovements are not yours to use.

#BlackMuslimsExist stop the erasure.

When someone has cancer or diabetes, we don’t say to them, “Just trust Allah”. So why do we say that to those with mental illnesses? Trusting Allah and having faith in His plans is imperative to the life of all Muslims - sick or not. However, Allah ﷻ specifically told us to trust Him and ‘tie your camel’. With mental illnesses, this means treatment is important.

Those with mental illnesses do not need to 'just trust Allah’, they need treatment. Let’s, as the Muslim community, make that more accessible.

References to same-sex love are “very, very common” in the Islamic poetic tradition according to Hamza Zafar, a professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at the University of Washington.

That tradition, which is still widely revered in the Muslim world, is not just one of artistic expression but of religious devotion—one in which same-sex relationships are believed to have uniquely mirrored the love between God and humankind.
Dear society,

I am a Muslim, hijabi, woman and I have been oppressed.

Not by my religion. By you.
You, who silenced my mind in favor of how I choose to cover my body.
You, who tattooed “Terrorist” in big letters on my forehead.
You, who turns a blind eye when my people are being oppressed but highlights it when my people happen to be the ones doing the oppressing.
“Muslim women are forced to cover up,” you say. “They are beaten by they’re fathers and husbands,” you say. “They promote terrorism and violence.”

Then there’s the Muslim community, who expects us to be perfect.
“Hijabis shouldn’t be trying to look pretty, it defeats the purpose.”
“Did you see that hijabi smoking?”
“If you’re not gonna wear the hijab perfectly, you might as well take it off.”

You push and pull us in every direction.
But when we try to defend ourselves, you only speak louder.

“If violence is wrong in America, violence is wrong abroad. If it is wrong to be violent defending black women and black children and black babies and black men, then it is wrong for America to draft us, and make us violent abroad in defense of her. And if it is right for America to draft us, and teach us how to be violent in defense of her, then it is right for you and me to do whatever is necessary to defend our own people right here in this country.” ~ Malcolm X


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