muslim-community

anonymous asked:

A report just got released on the NYPD, about their completely racist treatment of the local Muslim community. Guess what? In addition to wildly disproportionate and unauthorized investigations targeting that community, “in 100 percent of the cases reviewed by the inspector general, the department also didn’t adequately explain why it was extending investigations that hadn’t turned up evidence of unlawful activity.” One hundred percent, Literally every time. Fuck the NYPD.

Also, harassing Muslims for no literally makes us less safe, both by throwing away police resources on this bullshit, and by showing anyone who might feel that they are unfairly treated or at war with American In General that they are fucking 100% correct to feel this way.

Now that that 24-hour news cycle has moved on to other shiny objects, and now that we know that visibility in mainstream media does not equate to change, how do we as a community move forward? How do we turn this feeling of being at the precipice of change into a reality? I’d like to see queer Muslims build a movement that isn’t reactionary or centered around acceptance from the mainstream. I’d like to see us build with other marginalized communities around issues we collectively face: the queer Latinx community, for example, around immigration and worker’s rights; with Black Lives Matter around police brutality; with growing movements demanding the release of unfairly detained Muslims. I’d like to see self-reflexivity in our organizing. I’d like to see us take on anti-blackness in our own spaces, to ensure the inclusion of minority sects in our organizing.

I would also like to see us challenge homophobia in mainstream Muslim communities — a homophobia that cannot be extricated from the misogyny and racism that also affects our lives. Can we build with women’s mosque movements and Muslim anti-racist organizations to hold accountable the Muslim leaders, imams and scholars who issued statements after Orlando, who went to vigils and who said that they stood by their LGBTQ siblings and who also said that Omar Mateen didn’t represent Islam? How do we ensure that the words of these leaders translate into actions? How can we make sure that they offer support not just for the dead, but also for the living queers in their congregations? We want active support, affirmation and love, not just toleration, not just empty claims of being “progressive” because we’re not turned away. Because tolerance is not enough in the homophobic world that we live in: silence is not enough.

My friend is a Black Hajibi IG makeup artists and she’s been calling out these Hajabis out on their anti blackness.

“I call bullshit. All these “hijabie IG pages” are full of shit. And I’ll say it over and over again. It’s always the light skinned pretty hijabi that gets posted over and over again. With an exception of a few “dark skin” hijabies as If we don’t slay or we aren’t out here killing it! Girl bye! I approached her nicely and she got so defensive, for what? Cause she knew I was speaking the truth? How are you claiming to be a “public figure” but then all you post are girls who look exactly the same with different Outfits?! I’m unfollowing all of these hijabie IG pages And when a page that celebrates all hijabies including hijabies with melanin gets created, y'all can tag me In it! #Done #melaninhijabies ✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿👸🏽👸🏾👸🏿”

Side Note: There is a huge anti blackness discrimination, and anti black narratives within the fashion/makeup Hajib community. There all so many of these big light skinned/white Hajibi women with huge IG accounts, and only a few black Hajibis with big accounts but not as big as these other girls. Which is a whole other topic that does go back to anti blackness, and ideal beauty standards. When followers or people in community call them out on posting pics of only white or light skinned non melanin women, their excuse is “preferences”. Or what this particular girl said, “I choose people by cultures.” But what about African Cultures? Black Cultures? And the fact this girl also said “I post pics on diverse women, so why are you focusing on skin color. I don’t choose people based on skin color.” But sweetie I beg to differ, yes you did. You chose white/ light skinned non melanin women. Choosing a group of one race or one certain features is problematic when your saying your representing or featuring All Muslim Hajibis. And the fact that you call that diverse is laughable. I just can’t with these girls. But I feel like this is the same rebuttals, or discussions you get throughout the larger Muslim community. Where they all say anti blackness doesn’t exist, and racism doesn’t exist within the community. Y'all keep continuing this nonsense Black Muslims gonna really be done with the community. And looks like my friend, and so many other black Muslim women are done supporting these Hajibi communities. ✊🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿 Cudo’s for calling them out on their anti blackness, and sticking to your values.

anonymous asked:

Selam Malek, I'm a Bosnian Muslim, so.... I'm white. and I am not accepted within the Muslim community here b/c apparently I'm not Muslim enough. Whats your opinion on Bosnian Muslims?

Walaikumasalaam, ok so I don’t know any Bosnian Muslims that well but those I have met are all very nice and Masha'Allah beautiful. I don’t understand why people discriminate literally over anything and everything that isn’t similar to themselves. I’m sorry you go through this. I wish I could fix it for you.

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

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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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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.

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.

#NothingToDoWithIslam

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.

Â'ishah (radiAllâh ‘anhâ) narrated:

“Once, when I saw the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم in a good mood, I said to him: “Oh Messenger of Allâh! Supplicate to Allâh for me!” So, he said: “Oh Allâh! Forgive ‘Â'ishah’s past and future sins, what she has hidden, as well as what she has made apparent.” So, I began smiling, to the point that my head fell into my lap out of joy. The Messenger of Allâh صلى الله عليه وسلم said to me: “Does my supplication make you happy?” I replied: “And how can your supplication not make me happy?” He then said: “By Allâh, it is the supplication that I make for my Ummah in every prayer.” 

[Reported in 'Sahih Mawarid adh- Dhaman’ (1875), and it is in 'as- Silsilah as-Sahihah’ (2254)]

This Canadian synagogue opened its doors for the Muslim community

Two days after the attacks in Paris, the ‘masjid al-salaam‘ mosque in Canada was burned down by strangers, making a damage cost of 56 000 euros and leaving the Muslim community without a mosque to pray in. But while the acid of hate tries to burn its way through hearts, love (always) overcomes the bitterness. (Read more)

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Explanation:   

 “Whoever defends his brother’s honor in his absence…” meaning: In the state of his brother’s absence. If he happens to attend a gathering and his Muslim brother is being mentioned with sin or being degraded, then he defends him as he would defend his own honor, because his brother’s honor is like his own. 

Therefore he defends his brother’s honor, by censuring the backbiters and preventing them from persisting as it relates to the honor of his Muslim brother. He does not resign and stay quiet, leaving them to backbite. This is the Muslim’s obligation, and it is not permitted for him to stay quiet and keep the peace, for he will be sinning due to that and he will be a sharer and partner to them regarding the sin, (that is) because he saw an evil (taking place) and he did not change it, whilst having the ability to do so. How much more then, if he participated with them in the act, and he began backbiting with them? This is even worse.

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[Extracted from Sharh Buloogh al-Maram of Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan, pg. 291- 29. Translated by Naasirud-Deen Bin William Ferron]