That was not the case, and I knew it wouldn’t be when my teacher paused and took a look at the classroom after the opening slide of the presentation was up. She seemed to be thinking carefully as to what she was going to say. Finally she took a deep breath and asked a simple, but striking question, “How many of you have had or have negative thoughts about Islam or Muslims in general?”
Recently, three Muslim teenage girls from India–Aneeqa Khalid, Noma Nazir, and Farah Deeba–started a rock band called Praagaash, which means “from darkness to light.” They were the only female band in the national Battle of the Bands in the Kashmiri capital of Srinagar this past December. The band quickly received a lot of attention, but soon afterwards, their situation took a turn to the worse.
Twenty percent of the U.S. population under the age of 30 is now identifying as religiously unaffiliated- and some of those adults are theists (nones). This fact suggests that faith communities are unable to maintain relationships with their estranged youth communities.
For as long as I can remember I’ve known about the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Young and impressionable, I believed Palestine was the “bad guy” and Israel was the “good guy”, trying to return to reclaim its rightful homeland. As the years have passed, I’ve become aware that history is no one-dimensional, black/white slab, but rather a multidimensional, multicolored prism which changes in appearance depending on the light.
People don’t often think about the fact that there are LGBTQ Muslims, and that their voices even more marginalized by the stereotyping/discrimination towards Muslims based on faith on top of the discrimination towards LGBTQ equality.
re-blogged from Totally Radical Muslims. Think about applying, share and pass on the word! They especially want to hear from youth. CALLING SUBMISSIONS, Volume 2: “Karbala Fired Resistance Stories” the […]
I was born in 1998 in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan when the Taliban controlled the country. My mother and I fled Afghanistan when I was an infant because of how dangerous it […]
I always hear the sentiment ‘why aren’t all the Muslims standing up and saying something’ either when something violent happens that includes a small handful of Muslim extremists – or […]
Since the tragic shootings at the Oak Creek Gurdwara, Muslim organizations have produced statements, made visits, convened conference calls and panels, and reached out to their Sikh neighbors.