not all arabs are muslim

I want you all to know that an Arab Muslim from Tunis proposed the Theory of Evolution near 500 years before Charles Darwin even took his first breath. Don’t let them erase you.


These Muslim travelers were denied Global Entry cards. Now they’re suing the DHS.

  • Muslim travelers are suing the Department of Homeland Security for refusing to release records related to their Global Entry applications.
  • The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against DHS on Tuesday to see if there’s an internal policy within the agency to revoke Global Entry status for Muslim and Arab travelers. 
  • Dozens of individuals — all who have Muslim names or are of Arab origin — have reported problems with their global entry status, Abed Ayoub, ADC’s legal director, said in a phone interview.
  • “Without the information [requested from the FOIA], it’s difficult to gauge what happened, how many people are affected and if there’s a policy in place [in DHS] for Arabs and Muslim-Americans,” Ayoub said. Read more (4/18/17)

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fan-of-all-trades  asked:

Hi! I just want to tell you how huge a fan I am of your books. I'm sure you hear this a lot, but you are an amazing author, and your books and characters are so well written and interesting. I just wanted to ask if you've ever thought about including or will include an Arab/Muslim Shadowhunter family/character in one of your books? I'm an Arab Muslim, and it would be nice to see good Arab Muslims in Western media, considering all of the stereotypes against us. Thank you for reading this message.

Thank you for your kind words! 

In the Last Hours, Cordelia and Alastair’s mother Sona is Persian. Her kids are biracial and were born in what was then Persia. (TLH is set in 1903.) 

The thing is, Shadowhunters have their own religion. They worship Raziel, and as such, they can’t be Muslim or Catholic or belong to other religions the way mundane humans can. However, they do live spread out across a world that contains many different beliefs, and bits of regional culture do bleed over into the lives of the Nephilim. Jem speaks often of beliefs (reincarnation, the Wheel of Life) that are specific to Buddhism. Though Cristina prays to the Angel Raziel literally, there is a lot about her beliefs that is tinged with Catholicism and echoes of the culture she grew up around. So in essence, Cordelia and her family have absorbed some of the surrounding culture and religion, like Jem did when he was growing up in Shanghai. So you won’t be seeing Muslim Shadowhunters, but you will see Shadowhunters whose lives are tinged with Islam and stories from the Koran.

I hope you will like Cordelia and her family! And if you get a chance to read Magisterium, the female lead character, Tamara, is an Iranian-American Muslim girl.


Last month, Nike released a new digital ad targeted to women in the Arab world. It features different women athletes in the Middle East, including figure skater Zahra Lari from the United Arab Emirates; fencer Inès Boubakri from Tunisia and boxer Arifa Bseiso from Jordan.

For me, there was one scene, portrayed by actors, that struck home. As a young woman in a hijab skateboards along a street, stared down by a middle-age woman, the narrator asks, “What will they say about you?”

Commentary: Nike’s New Ad Asks A Question Arab Women Know All Too Well

LGBTQI Muslims on Tumblr

I made this post because of [this] lovely anon. I had a lot of fun talking to you all and thank you to everyone who replied to my msgs and thank you for agreeing to be on this list! I hope you know how amazing and helpful that is for LGBTQAI Muslims who think they are alone. Special thanks to leighcuen & allahmademequeer for sharing the Queer Muslims Masterpost with me xx

LGBTQI Muslims:

  1. afghanalgorithm
  2. forever-untill-theend
  3. middleeasternlesbian
  4. swagyoulater
  5. biculturalist  
  6. malumelon
  7. 40secondstovenus  
  8. reasonsaresimple
  9. a-view-so-cruel
  10. gayjasmine
  11.  darkmixedpale
  12. i-dare-to-dream
  13. 2am-hurricanes
  14. yasmine69soliman
  15. myheartisstrongerthanever
  16. @spaceprism
  17. croissanted
  18. allahmademequeer
  19. academiqueer (recently converted to Islam)
  20. theunbreakablexvx
  21. princessmiakitten
  22. life-is-my-playstation
  23. immortal-euphoria
  24. polysymorous 
  25. zahhaked
  26. postrhythmicarabesque
  27. @shiroshakar
  28. erythrophyll 
  29. hippiehijabi
  30. mohammad-hegazy
  31. tagyo
  32. ishtar-siduri
  33. xrgxsmic
  34. priorincantatems
  35. r-radishspirit
  36. oshondavalwa
  37. yourunlikelyhero
  38. photoloverex
  39. howgayami
  40. @thisfitna
  41. aesorybur
  42. qalbee
  43. chirikli
  44. schakira
  45. allhalethespark
  46. kickingsigns
  47. themindislimitless
  48. whatamievensaying
  49. bows-n-beanies
  50. saddned
  51. xochilpilli
  52. whimslcott
  53. takemetoheaven77
  54. courtney-lamonte
  55. maskrosprins (Transgender)
  56. oualidali
  57. jank-homme
  58. tradeyouforchaai
  59. queerhijabi
  60. arosemorose (converted to Islam)
  61. hordanian
  62. thatalainlesbo
  63. angelslustdevils
  64. vanillasweets
  65. for-cryingg-out-loud
  66. elleandsaphina (blog run by an adorable couple. One is Muslim)
  67. haramdaddy
  68. twelvewhispersandbooks
  69. samwinchestrash
  70. unconventionalmuslim
  71. not-your-average-lesbian
  72. voguedemigod
  73. angrymeninist
  74. pierre-anthon 
  75. dragonsandmisandry
  76. frostd-snow
  77. eats-basics-for-breakfast
  78. @racistpikachu
  79. @novennber
  80. negelirelden
  81. if4rted
  82. croatsandbosniansandserbsohmy
  83. flowerofstone
  84. dis-clarity 
  85. justimagine-4 
  86. @tapeddreams
  87. @h-o-t-and-bothered (trans revert)
  88. @muslimlesbians
  89. @absentzindagi
  90. rosestem
  91. deadconscious
  92. @emmaizwaf
  93. @whxt-a-life
  94. @queerlysad
  95. couragemurieleustace
  96. thegamesthatplayedus
  97. whowantsbongripsandcoffee
  98. @livelifesimple9188
  99. @redsurvivor
  100. @queerlypalestinian
  101. @glxxmyplvme
  102. ausernameisuseless
  103. @psychicghostninja
  104. @otsuchigumo
  105. @rainbowsonmyway
  106. @chatta77
  107. @blushingvoid
  108. @deitygaze
  109. @5ullen
  110. @ssarahteaandbooks
  111. @minamina0013
  112. @downworllders
  113. @myeongwol
  114. @ciyaalsuuqad
  116. @rteou666
  118. @minalesca
  119. @raz-the-dreamer
  120. @splashofcolorinaseaofgray
  121. @imitationknife
  123. @danny–phandom
  124. @amalkeyf
  127. @mangostans
  128. @petite–girl
  129. @pakistans
  130. wolfwithpostivevibes
  131. @iimr-spockii
  132. @amalkeyf
  133. @desert-lesbian
  134. @iamzahraa-inari
  135. @hijabikathy
  136. @tinyfigner
  137. @batgrrrl
  138. @rnanon
  139. lukegaroways
  140. @really-bruh
  141. @drami
  142. tobearaconteur
  143. @pakgaystani
  144. @lamarea
  145. @firetomypride
  146. @enrevant-desailes
  147. @deathhcattforcutie
  148. @dsm-v
  149. @toabetterlife
  150. @jurassicbird
  151. @punkiepandaxoxo
  152. @ace-deuce-bi

and of course there’s me, arabiandyke. if you are an LGBTQIA Muslim/ah and would like to be added to this list please msg me xx

Blogs for LGBTQI Muslims:

  1. queerabs (Run by two Muslim Lesbians)
  2. trans-muslims
  3. youknow-youreaqueermuslim-when
  4. queermuslims
  5. @tawseet-al-sharq (Supports & promotes LGBTQI/Arab Artist, send your art to him!)
  6. arablgbtq (Support all arab lgbts from all faiths)
  7. saudilgbt 
  8. queersoflevant 
  9. @lgbtqafghans

Posts you can refer to:

Queer Muslim Masterpost

NOTE: This post was created on April 24, 2015. Last update was in March 19, 2017

come on julie, pull through and deliver the goods. my door is open. i’m all ears, have been since 16th december 2016.

tell me about even and islam.

his past with it. his current, present stance on it. would he like to revisit it and go back to it now, with sana/the balloon squad? what are his thoughts about islam right now? where does he place himself alongside it? is he at peace? does he feel shame and like his last attempts to connect with islam are invalid? does he want someone to talk to about it with in the form of long deep discussions? does he have questions? is he still curious? what does he remember? the drawings and the sketches? “not all muslims are terrorists”? learning the qur'aan in arabic? what are his thoughts on converting? would he ever? would he never? what did islam mean to him then? what does islam mean to him now? if he was to hear the qur'aan be recited in front of him, or see someone pray salah in front of him, or mention Allah or ramadhan or the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) or mention about a masjid … what would his reaction be? a smile showing a feeling of familiarity, or eyes wide in an overwhelming feeling of appreciation?

there’s so … many … questions i have.

and i’m ready. pen and paper in my hand ready to note it all down and analyse the hell out of it. i /need/ answers.

A very personal piece, be strong all my fellow muslims and family!! it was a contribution for donations by the lovely @hankgreen on twitter, thank you again!!

anonymous asked:

I wish more people would acknowledge Cher as the first person of ME descent to win an oscar for best leading actress

This could be because either 1) people don’t know that Cher is Armenian 2) people don’t consider Armenians to be middle eastern because of a racist & islamophobic stereotype that middle easterns are all Muslim and all Arab which leads to the erasure of religious and ethnic minorities in the Middle East. But yes, I agree with you.

And it’s great that she’s the first middle eastern because not only does she represent middle easterns, but minorities in the Middle East both in religion and in ethnicity, which are a persecuted people (persecution of MENA Christians & Armenian genocide). Just like with Mahershala Ali and Asghar Farhadi representing not just Islam, but minority sects that get persecuted. I guess what I’m trying to say is that it’s nice to see people who are minorities even within their race (cher by being a non Arab & non Muslim middle eastern) to be so successful.


I just had an extremely important conversation with an Iraqi colleague whom I respect, and I want all my friends in America to know.

She said: “You know, we thought for all these years that you Americans really hate us Arabs and don’t want us in your country. And now, thanks to your President Trump…”

And I waited, thinking I knew what she was going to say. She continued: “Now we know we were wrong. That you do care about us and you do want us there.”

I almost cried, and told her how happy I was to hear this. I imagine my friends are feeling a lot of frustration about how to fight back, feeling like one march or protest after another feels great but won’t actually change things (and you can certainly imagine my frustration at not even being able to do that). But all you people at home need to know that the Arab and Muslim world is watching and they are not only seeing the hatred and bigotry of our president and his supporters. They are also seeing on the news these images of tens and thousands of Americans demonstrating, saying “refugees welcome” and chanting “USA!” when the Syrian lady makes it through the airport and so on. They are also seeing the America that we love, the America that comes out to the streets for what’s good and decent.

So… just a kind word of encouragement from Iraq. Even if there’s no concrete resolution in sight, your message matters so much. Please keep making me proud.

—  The text of an image attached to a tweet by jshieber. The tweet said, “This is from an American friend of mine working with the UN in Iraq.”

i know y’all want even for s4, but with all the anti-muslim and anti-arab shit going down at the moment (especially now that trump is in office), i honestly can hardly think of a better time to have sana as the main character

Tbh the Muslim community is way too Arab-centric, Muslims worldwide expect Muslims as a whole even the non Arab ones to be aware of what is happening in Syria, Palestine, iraq etc… (Basically what we consider to be ‘Arab issues’, though it goes without saying Arabs aren’t the only ethnic group actually living in those countries) but Arab Muslims aren’t expected to know (or really I guess care) about the issues of non Arab Muslim majority countries like Nigeria for example (which just like Arab-majority, Muslim majority countries has had to deal with extremist groups of its own, namely Boko Haram) or Muslim majority South Asia and the non Arab ‘Muslim south asian’ fight for Kashmiri independence, or EVEN Muslim-majority Iran and the constant dehumanisation of its Shia and Persian-majority population. There’s also Burma (Myanmar) in east Asia where the Rohingya Muslim minority population of the country are experiencing what Rohingya themselves have described as a genocide at the hand of the many Buddhist extremist groups who also live there but I have yet to see anyone who cares about 'Muslim Arab issues’ also care about all those other non Arab 'Muslim issues’ I’ve just mentioned…. All I’m basically trying to say to all the Muslims who follow me (specially the Arab ones) is to please also take an interest in the struggles of other Muslim communities, As Arabs we’re not the only Muslims and actually (or should that be ironically) we’re a minority when you take into account all the non Muslim Arabs that exist and the fact not everyone in North Africa and the middle east even ARE Arabs (many are imazighen in North Africa’s case and in the middle east’s case many are actually Kurdish, Turkish, Persian, Pashtun, Azeri etc….) and obviously I don’t expect every Muslim to know everything about the struggles the people of every Muslim majority country face that’s near impossible but really it is fair that as Muslim Arabs we also bother to AT LEAST have a common (even if basic) understanding of the struggle of other Muslims the same way so many non Arab Muslims have bothered to learn a little about all of our 'Arab Muslim’ issues.

@stealingmyplaceinthesun yeah, i see where you’re coming from but imo talia was too white also :// considering ra’s is arab and she’s arab too, they should have made her darker. like,, she barely even looks arab if at all??? this sort of arab erasure from media and tv always gets on my nerves cuz it’s building up such a stigma against arabs and arab muslims that only terrorists are dark; all the “good guys” have light skin, don’t act talk look or speak arab(ic), and if they’re “muslim” they should deny their religion and live like westerners (mainly white christians) do ://///////////

and as for accents i wish wish wish they would just give damian an arabic accent already!! thickening his “s” and “sh” sounds, the hard “q”, emphasis on his “ah” sounds, his “p”’s changing to “b”, the whole thing!! arabic accents should not be solely reserved for “too-strict-parents” and terrorists; anyone who is arabic first language has them, not just “bad guys” >://

sorry if this sounds aggressive, i don’t mean it aggressively towards you!! ❤ i’m just really tired of having my culture and religion bastardized by white, racist pigs who stereotype and antagonize arabs, muslims, and anyone from the middle east who look and act different

White Muslim converts I speak to: Muh Ummah, there is only one race the Islamic race, Europe will become a Caliphate, Shariah law will be imposed.

Arab Muslims I speak to: All our trash fled to Europe, pls kill them instead of sending them back.

Person: wow, you’re Muslim? Say something in Arabic.

Me: بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ ﴿١﴾ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّـهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ ﴿٢﴾ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ ﴿٣﴾ مَالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ ﴿٤﴾ إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ ﴿٥﴾ اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ ﴿٦﴾ صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا الضَّالِّينَ ﴿٧﴾ـ

mini lesson for the day:

  • Not all Arabs are Muslim
  • Not all Muslims are Arabs
  • Arab is an ethnicity not a race
    • Aka they’re not all from one continent or country
    • Literally Arabs can be dark skinned, brown, light skinned, blonde, brunette, whatever have you seen Arabs
  • Afghanistan, Turkey and Iran are not Arab countries/regions
  • Islam is a religion not a race

anonymous asked:

I've seen complaints about how TVD/TO treat POC since I got into the fandom. With TVD, for a long time any black person other than Bonnie was killed and people felt Caroline/Elena were treated differently and given all these love interests while Bonnie just sacrificed herself for them. I was surprised they let Vincent live at first because they tend to kill all the POC.

Yep. Those writers do have a history of doing that for sure and we can’t just ignore it. The problem, too, is that TO’s writers are not the only ones who fall into that. A LOT of writers do. You know all that talk about Hollywood’s activism? Yeah, while it’s cool and shit, Hollywood has been a major contributor in creating a cultural consciousness surrounding minorities and people of color that Otherizes and sometimes even erases their experiences.