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In a recent BBC report on homosexual Muslims in the UK, one interviewee described an experience she had at a gay pride rally. She says, “‘There was an occasion at gay pride once where one of the marchers turned around and quite crudely said, ‘we didn’t know pride was allowing suicide bombers on the march’ –– it was really shocking to hear it from a fellow gay marcher.” The intersection of an affirmative declaration of gay and Muslim identifications runs into the ascriptive identification of all Muslims as terrorists.Hussein Rashid, The Name Game: Understanding Tensions in Identity and Muslim Homosexuality, in Muslim LGBT Inclusion Project (via ace-muslim)
I’m just going to be honest here. The amount of broad brush painting by high profile people, celebrities, politicians etc, about Islamophobia, is very scary.
I mean, I get that this is a terrifying time. I get that here are insane people in the world who are hijacking my religion and committing the vilest sins and crimes and somehow have been deluded into thinking they’re justified. I get that they have a lot of media attention and they seem to think that they represent every muslim.
But I can’t help but feel like, quite often, the people who have the loudest voices against them, aren’t the people who are fully informed, or are as aware of my religion as they should be. I often feel like the people who are Islamophobic are not at all integrated in society, they don’t live diversely, because how else can they paint these pictures of fanaticism everywhere they look. We aren’t like that.
One thing I feel like we forget is that it’s not just non-muslims who are in danger. It’s not just Shias and Kurds who are being targeted within the religion. It’s not just those of us who don’t wear hijabs, or have had a western education. Everyone, to some degree, faces a threat from these people, regardless of their religion.
I’m a muslim. And I can tell you know that if someone from Boko Haram, Al Quaeda, ISIS or whoever, saw me, they wouldn’t give a shit. They wouldn’t look at me and see a kindred spirit because I’m brown, or because I can say prayers in Arabic. They’d shoot me. Maybe something else. But I’d die or wish I was dead.
Islamophobia doesn’t make sense because muslims are afraid too. And I can tell you that it’s not my religion that’s scary. It’s the freaks who’ve hijacked it.
And honestly, I’m also very afraid of the people who might look at me and think I’m one of those freaks.