#Halloween and Bigotry #islamophobia

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Halloween and Bigotry



Most of us remember the scandal last Halloween, when a couple of guys decided the tragedy surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin would make fun cosplay. 
Blackface and all…

And this year will be no different. People will still decide that ethnic identities make great costumes, that horrible news stories are funny, and that bigotry can be fun.

But are these costumes funny to you? …



Or how about posts such as this one below?



The fact that so many people use Halloween as a time to promote their hate and bigotry is frustrating for me on a personal level, but it goes beyond that. When does the hate stop? When do people begin to wake up and say; yes we have freedom to express ourselves, but this is not okay?















Costumes such as Native American, Sexy Burqa Girl, Jihadist, Or anything with blackface… they are not funny. 







They come from a dark place in someone’s mind. They are not only hurtful to the people they portray(falsely), but at times can spread a hate that incites violence and hate crimes.
Please think about these things when you choose your costumes. 

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Stop #Islamophobia

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Stop Islamophobia

Islamophobia is alive today, as I was reminded again a few days ago when someone told me that the Qur'an only teaches hatred. Chalk that up perhaps to ignorance, but like many people, he expressed at the same time a fear of Muslims that I have noticed in many countries all over the world. I define this as Islamophobia.

Yet I just read an article claiming that Islamophobia does not exist, and another contending that since anti-Islamic crimes have declined after peaking in September 2001 the US cannot be described as Islamophobic.

However, if Islamophobia is defined as a fear or hatred of Islam and Muslims, then it does exist. In fact, some Muslims argue that this term is inadequate to describe the hatred of their faith and the discrimination they experience. They would prefer to call it 'anti-Islamic racism' since it combines a dislike of a particular religion and an active discrimination against the people who belong to that faith.

Jews, who have suffered discrimination, protest Islamophobia

The Runnymede Trust in the 1997 document, "Islamophobia: A Challenge For Us All," identified eight components that define Islamophobia. These are just as relevant today as they were 15 years ago:
1) Islam is seen as a monolithic bloc, static and unresponsive to change.
2) Islam is seen as separate and 'other'. It does not have values in common with other cultures, is not affected by them and does not influence them.
3) Islam is seen as inferior to the West. It is seen as barbaric, irrational, primitive and sexist.
4) Islam is seen as violent, aggressive, threatening, supportive of terrorism and engaged in a 'clash of civilisations.'
5) Islam is seen as a political ideology and is used for political or military advantage.
6) Criticisms made of the West by Islam are rejected out of hand.
7) Hostility towards Islam is used to justify discriminatory practices towards Muslims and exclusion of Muslims from mainstream society.
8) Anti-Muslim hostility is seen as natural or normal.


Islamophobia is a website that describes Islamophobia as "an irrational fear or prejudice towards Islam and Muslims." It includes many articles introducing Islam. Another site documents cases of Islamophobia.

Islamophobia is irrational, not Islam. We tend to fear the unknown or things that we are ignorant of. The list that the Runnymede Trust provides illustrates the appalling ignorance of many people about Islam. One of the most effective ways of combating Islamophobia is through education. It is by far the easiest, since deep-seated prejudices are harder to eradicate.

Some people, unfortunately, prefer to wallow in ignorance. They only know the myths that the media, or at least segments thereof, pedal in order to sell what purports to be news.


Nearly a fifth of Americans believe that Barack Obama is Muslim. This myth was popular during the 2008 election in the US. In this election year it is crucial that this blatant example of Islamophobia be eradicated once and for all. Unfortunately, it will probably be perpetuated by those who can benefit from such ignorance.

Europeans are not immune to Islamophobia either. Many there dread “Eurabia,” the ostensibly imminent Arab/Muslim takeover of the continent, even though its Muslim population is less than 3 per cent.

Islamophobia is not just interpersonal: it is systemic. It is intimately connected with sexism and violence, both of which are endemic in Western societies. That is why it is so difficult to eradicate Islamophobia.


The media are complicit in perpetuating Islamophobia. Many journalists know little about religion in general and Islam in particular. Deadlines are one factor in their ignorance but much more crucial is the relegation of religion to the private sphere in the West. Secularized journalists thus find it especially difficult to understand Islam, a religion that contradicts this relegation, since it emphatically denies the public/private distinction.

Anti-semitism and Christophobia exist as well in Western societies. The former is attacked more often than any other group in the US, but this does not mean that Islamophobia is "a gross exaggeration that has been peddled by Muslim political leaders with an agenda," as one website puts it. 

All hate crimes must stop, not just the one perpetrated against the group one belongs to. Islamophobia must be eradicated. The fight against every form of religious phobia is part of that process of eradication. 

We must support each other so that one day every form of religious phobia will be gone.
 Isha'Allah.

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Man charged with spitting at Muslim woman as she walked through Bristol’s Cabot Circus

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Man charged with spitting at Muslim woman as she walked through Bristol’s Cabot Circus




Police have charged a 26-year-old man with spitting at a Muslim woman as she walked through Cabot Circus.
As previously reported, Hasina Khan was on her way to work when she was allegedly attacked at about 9am on July 21. Ms Khan said she had was spat on and verbally abused by a stranger who approached her as she walked through the shopping centre.
Avon and Somerset police arrested Jack Hughes, of Upton Road, Southville. He has now been charged with racially- or religiously-aggravated common assault and is due to appear before Bristol magistrates on November 13.
Any witnesses to the incident who have not yet come forward should call PC Hannah King on 101, quoting crime reference number 74214/14.
A Muslim woman was left shocked and in tears when she was verbally abused and spat at by a stranger ranting about the Middle East.
Hasina Khan, who was born in Bristol, was on her way to work when she was attacked by a man in Cabot Circus at about 9am on Monday. Saliva ended up on her hijab and her left hand.
The 36-year-old, who lives in Horfield, said: “I’ve experienced hostility and racism many times, from being called Paki in the street to having alcohol thrown at me.
“I remember during the 1990 Iraq invasion being pushed by a boy at school followed by ‘haha we are bombing you’, to more recent years when the world turned to topple Libya and I experienced yet again a rise in racism. In fact, every time there is aggression towards Muslims outside of the UK, I experience aggression from within the UK.
“However, nothing could prepare me for what happened on Monday. Because of Israel’s bombardment of the mainly-Muslim population of Gaza, was I again being targeted?
“I had just past Pret A Manger and a man came charging towards me with such aggression I thought he was going to punch me in the face. He was ranting and he spat in my face. I felt it fall onto my left hand.
“I was in shock at what was happening. I asked him what his problem was, but he continued to rant and said something along the lines of ‘your people are killing’ and something about ‘Middle East’ and ‘killing Christians’. He spat at me again. It was terrifying. I thought he was going to attack me at any second.
“Then my defence mechanism just kicked in and I started to shout at him. What a coward – he then started to back away. He tried to say something else, but I continued to shout at him until he left Cabot Circus. I’ve read so many reports that hate crime towards Muslim women is increasing in the UK, but nothing really prepares you for what to do if it happens and how humiliating, terrifying and dirty it makes you feel.
“I hope he is caught so he cannot terrorise and traumatise other women.”
The attacker was white, with short-brown hair and a short beard, a dark-green T-shirt with a white pattern or writing on the front, and he had two silver necklaces with silver coin-shaped pendants.
When Hasina arrived at work near Temple Meads she found her hijab covered in spit. She washed it off, but was later told by police saliva can be used for DNA, so wants to warn others in case something similar happens to them. She said she hoped the city council, police and Muslim community could work together as much as possible to reduce religious and racial hate crimes.
Hasina was disappointed a call was turned down for a minute’s silence for the people of Palestine to be held at a Bristol City Council meeting this week.
Giving advice to other Muslim women, Hasina said: “Perhaps Muslim women should carry a spare scarf so they can have a clean one, should they be attacked. I would also suggest, if possible, Muslim women do not travel alone, even in the daylight, as these cowardly men seem to prey on what they perceive to be vulnerable looking young women.”
When she arrived at work, her colleagues rallied around her.
Heather Hatch said: “Thankfully, Hasina was not physically injured but mentally she was shocked, upset, shaking and tearful from the unprovoked attack.”
Carolyn Parker added: “When I saw Hasina rinsing clothing on Monday morning, I had assumed spilt coffee or similar, so was shocked when I realised that she was shaking and very upset. Asking if she was OK, I was even more shocked at her response which included expletives that I had never heard her utter before. When she told me that no one had tried to help, or even asked afterwards whether she was ok, I was truly sickened by the public’s lack of action towards her.”
Another colleague, Leanne Fletcher said: “I am so shocked by what happened to Hasina and can only imagine how terrified she would of felt when this man assaulted her in Cabot circus on her way to work. I can only hope that this will not make her afraid to walk around the city she was born in. This was a disgusting act and a violation to her.”
Avon and Somerset police spokesman Martin Dunscombe said: “Officers are investigating these allegations and taking them very seriously. We know there were other people in Cabot Circus at the time and we would appeal for anyone who witnessed what happened, or has any information that might help the investigation, to contact us on 101, quoting 74214/14.”
Victims of hate crimes can call Tell MAMA on 08004561226.
For an earlier attack on a Muslim woman in Bristol, see “Muslim girl spat at and racially abused in Bristol city centre – and no one came to help”, Bristol Post, 17 July 2014
Update:  See “Muslim spitting incident: police release CCTV images of suspect”, Bristol Post, 28 July 2014
Update 2:  “Muslim woman who was spat on in Bristol speaks out”, BBC News, 30 July 2014
Update 3:  See “Arrest over racial spitting incident in Cabot Circus, Bristol”, Bristol Post, 31 July 2014
Bristol spitting suspect CCTV images

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#Islamophobia in the U.S. #USA #Islam

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Islamophobia in the U.S.




ter·ror·ism
ˈterəˌrizəm/ter·ror·ism
noun
the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.


Why did I start with the definition of terrorism? The answer lies in the issue at hand. The issue is Islamophobia. Do you know what it is? Do you understand how prevalent it has become? As of today, the hate crimes against Muslims continues to rise. Yet, we don’t see this in the media. What we see in the media is scary men in mask, removing heads. We see bloody images of foreign men, in our google image search.



We’ve been told to fear these people. We’ve been told that they are different. We’ve been told they want us all dead or to convert. We’ve all been fed lies. 

So the question becomes, do you want to know the truth?




The truth is always complicated. And, I’m sure we can all admit that, depending on who’s telling it, can be biased. So let’s start with facts. Let’s talk about what cannot be disputed.






The west continually enters the Middle Eastern countries at will, for ambiguous political reasons. The west bombs and sends troops into these countries at will and no one blinks an eye. They set up base camps and take control and the people stand behind them. No one questions why we are going into these countries constantly. Why are we constantly creating trained groups that we in turn label terrorist? Why doesn’t this stop the people in their tracks and make them wonder what is the real agenda?
Enter the media. If you keep feeding the people the same propaganda, before long they will readily take it, without question. Just keep posting videos of scary men in masks, and strange religious practices, and misquoted statements. Continue to flush the internet with out of context religious texts. This is the way the media works. There is an agenda. Why? To keep you afraid.



Belgian Islamophobia









If you are afraid of Muslims, you will never wonder why your government is attacking them constantly. If you are afraid of Muslims, you will never question where your tax dollars are going to in these military practices. You will not care about the people losing not only their homes, their land, and their livelihood, but their lives, as well. Because these are scary terrorist. They want us all dead.






But what does it mean to be terrorist? Think about it. The moment a person steps up and uses whatever means he has at his/her exposal to fight back, he/she is labeled a terrorist. What about the ones they are fighting? If someone kicked in your front door and murdered half your family, would you take it? If your children were afraid of going outside because they fear the sky, how would you feel? Still like drones?








US Predator Drone strikes kill 80 innocent civilians in Yemen










 If your daughter was getting married and her whole wedding party was murdered in a drone attack, but the ones responsible apologized, would you forgive them? Or if this was your daily life, would you fight back? Would you consider the ones doing these things terrorists? And, yet, it’s the victims being called terrorist.

http://semsam.blogspot.com/search/label/drones

http://semsam.blogspot.com/2013/04/ban-killer-robots-before-its-too-late.html

Do I believe there are Muslims who are terrorist? Yes. Do I believe they make up a large percent? No. I no more believe that Isis represents Islam than I believe Wesboro Baptist represents Christianity.
So why make the people afraid? Because of money. In every agenda linked to the government, the basis is money and power. In every war, there has been a patsy. Someone to justify all the horrible things that will be done. 
In WW2, we saw the Japanese in America being treated like criminals and slaves. We saw them locked in cages and prisons, while the majority of people didn’t blink an eye. They lost everything, including their dignity, but no one cared. Why? Because of fear. And fear has a long history of being used in the west.
With a history built on slavery and genocide, you’d think the people would learn. People were told to fear Native Americans. They were told to fear African-Americans, Irish settlers, and anyone too different.
It’s kind of ironic that the land of the free is really nothing more than the land of the afraid.
I recently wrote a blog titled religion of peace. It demonstrated how Christianity is not always so Christian. It shown the light on how not all Buddhist behave so serenely. Basically, it showed us that in every religion, there are some bad extreme people.

I could show many links and images that point out the horrible things being done by people of other religions. I could show you screenshots of the things people have said to me online for no other reason than I am Muslim, but instead, I’d like to share the things you don’t see. The good things. We don’t see enough of the positive side.
In these images, you will see Muslims helping others. You will see them shoveling snow and cleaning the streets. You will them helping the elderly and the homeless. I hope to show everyone what it really means to be Muslim









Deadly US #drone strike violated civilian protections promised by #Obama #yemen

 http://shar.es/1mTMwX

U.S. drone strikes stirring outrage in #Yemen #USA

 http://shar.es/1mTMz6



Peace and Blessing


Aicha

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VIDEO: Wendell Phillips's extraordinary #Yemen quest

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VIDEO: Wendell Phillips's extraordinary quest


Wendell Phillips is often described as America's Lawrence of Arabia.
In 1949 he put together the largest archaeological expedition to Yemen, hoping to find the ancient cities of Timna and Marib - legendary home of the Queen of Sheba.
What Phillips discovered and his trail blazing adventures are the subject of a new exhibition, Unearthing Arabia, at the Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington.
The BBC's Jane O'Brien went to see how a dashing young explorer made history on one of the last frontiers of archaeology.








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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El #Sisi interviewed by Charlie Rose #USA

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi interviewed by 
Charlie Rose




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A powerful call Azan #islam #muslim #islamophobia

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A powerful call Azan







Anyone who's ever visited a predominitely Muslim country has probably heard the call to prayer. Most recently, in the news, there was a couple who sued over the call to prayer. They didn't want the Azan to interrupt their vacation, regardless that they were guests in a foreign country. Wether you love it or hate it, your opinion is molded by the influences of your life. But, what if you could hear it for the first time without bias? Without prejudice? Without any knowledge of what it meant?



What if you were an innocent 3 year old American child? The world still holding all it's mystery and goodness, you're still able to feel hope and faith without fear. What must it be like to hear the Azan in that state? Surely it must be wonderous. 
Luckily we have the chance to see that happen. In a video, popular on youtube, you can see her face. Stunned she looks around, trying to understand what she's hearing and where it's coming from, as she asked her father to explain. Her face hold so much emotion and fascination. She isn't offended. She isn't indifferent. She is enthralled by what she hears. At one moment she stops with a look on her tiny little face that is indescribable. Searching, both inside and out, for what it is she's hearing and feeling. It's pure. 
To watch it now, I can feel the amazement. And maybe, this little 3 year old girl can teach us all something. To forget the things we've been conditioned to think. To stop and listen. To feel. 


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Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar,
(God is the greatest, God is the greatest)

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar
(God is the greatest, God is the greatest)

Ash-hadu an' la ilaha ill Allah,
(I bear witness that there is no God but Allah)

Ash-hadu an' la ilaha ill Allah,
(I bear witness that there is no God but Allah)

Ash-hadu ana Muhammadan Rasoolallah,
(I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah)

Ash-hadu ana Muhammadan Rasoolallah,
(I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah)

Hayya 'alas-Salah,
(Rush to prayer)

Hayya 'alas-Salah,
(Rush to prayer)

Hayya 'alal Falah,
(Rush to success)

Hayya 'alal Falah,
(Rush to success)

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar,
(God is the greatest, God is the greatest)

La illaha ill Allah
(There is no God but Allah)


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