There’s a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be interested in signing it:Sign Kutibh’s Petition
Started by: Kutibh, Burlington, Vermont
For a family to be denied service and be forcibly locked out of a restaurant in the 21st century because of their faith is not only unacceptable, but harmful to the fabric of our society and a flagrant hate-crime.
“Mohammad Husain and his wife were looking for a bite to eat and a nice place to relax when they stopped in last month at a Shreveport, La. Subway owned by Rep. John Fleming (R-LA). But that visit soon turned turbulent, Husain told TPM recently, when he found himself locked out of the Subway franchise and his wife locked inside with an employee telling them they were not welcome there because they were Muslim.” - TPM
It is unacceptable to see this type of discrimination committed against two innocent Americans trying to have a typical family meal at a Subway. Even more inexcusable is Subway’s unwillingness to investigate the hate-crime. The Shreveport Police Department also has yet to return calls to investigate the situation even after Mohammad Husain had called 911 after his wife was locked inside the restaurant. Instead, he was patted down and searched by the officer as if he was a suspected terrorist. We demand that both Subway and the Shreveport Police Department as well as Rep. John Fleming who own’s this Subway franchise investigate the incident and issue respective reprimands to the employees involved.
1. Please sign the petition to send a message that this is unacceptable behavior from their employees, and to demand that an investigation be started
2. File a Complaint with Subway by calling 800-888-4848
3. Demand the Shreveport Police Department begin an investigation by calling (318) 673-7300
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"To speak of Islamophobia as sentiment is a euphemism. Islamophobia is first and foremost state racism."
“Islamophobia: when the Whites lose their Triple A rating” by “Houria Bouteldja (via kawrage)
Bouteldja is pretty insightful here (emphasis is mine):
Such racism has no purpose other than to maintain a population in a subaltern state. The term “Muslim” is itself problematic. I am a Muslim, although 25 years ago – when I was already a Muslim – I wasn’t considered one. At that time I was considered a “beurette” or a second-generation immigrant. Self-identifying as a Muslim is not a problem; it’s even a source of pride. However, the fact that I am automatically considered a Muslim bothers me. After all, non-Muslims are not identified above all by their religion. It is a way of defining citizens according to categories and classifications put in place by public policy and debate. A whole population is automatically classified as Muslim without differentiating the practicing, agnostic or atheists among them. We are placed in the Muslim category regardless of our subjectivity.
Make sure you also read her piece on Western feminism
Sunni protesters in Lahore, Pakistan show their support for the persecuted Shia minority. Urdu sign says: “We severely condemn the murders of our Shia brothers.”
This is a bold, brave statement. Bravo.
There is a famous story of The Prophet, in which he used to walk this certain route, everyday. This old woman, would throw garbage on him, every day. We’re not talking newspapers or plastic spoons, we’re talking like, animal parts and really gross stuff like that. The Prophet would just keep walking, and ignore it.
Then, one day, there was no trash being thrown on him. He went up to her house, to find out what had happened to her. It turns out she was sick, and when he found out, he took care of her. He would clean her house, feed her, pray for her, and make sure she was looked after, until she felt better.
She was so impressed by The Prophet’s actions, that she accepted Islam.
So take a lesson from The Prophet and reach out to someone who most people say you shouldn’t.
I’ve always loved this story. A strong reminder how empathy toward others can be very powerful.
People in Islam: Muhammad Ali
“This man might be the most famous man in the world. And he is a Muslim.”
Arguably one of the world’s most famous Muslims, Muhammad Ali has been for the longest time, the face of Islam in America. Born in 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky to a Christian family, Muhammad converted first to the Nation of Islam in the mid 1960s and then to Sunni Islam in the mid 1970s, Muhammad Ali quickly became the face of Muslim-Americans as one of the highest profile reverts in modern American history he would speak on television about Islam and give Americans the first sight of a faith they had largely been ignorant about, and to give them an insight to the clash of concepts of how women were treated with both the western ideal and the Islamic ideal.
He speaks still to this day about what Islam is and isn’t, most recently during a Tribute to Heroes fundraiser alongside actor Will Smith. Brother Muhammad Ali has been an inspiration to Muslim Americans for generations and insha’Allah, he will have many more years to worship and give dawah to millions of Americans who still look up to the kid from Kentucky who changed America in so many ways.
Sabina England is a self-described ‘deaf punk Muslim playwright’ who has found community and feminism in the Muslim punk movement tacqwacores, which started in reality as a reaction to a 2003 novel of the same name. Read about her upcoming film and the tacqwacores in general in Sara Yasin’s piece ‘Muslim Feminist Punk: Helping Destroy Stereotypes of Gender, Religion and Race.’
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When America takes 1 million lives in Iraq for oil:
When Serbs rape Muslim women in Kosovo/Bosnia:
When Russians kill 200,000 Chechens in bombings:
When Jews kick out Palestinians and take their land:
When American drones kill entire family in Afghanistan/Pakistan:
When Israel kills 10,000 Lebanese civilians due to 2 missing soldiers:
When Muslims retaliate and show you how you treat us:
It seems like the word “Terrorism” is only reserved for Muslims.
Spread this message and let the world know…
Muslims are not terrorists! Terrorism has no religion!
In which a reporter travels to “Muslim Bosnia” (said for dramatic effect).
Has a guide named “Elvis,” discovers a bunch of totally average white teenagers who drink, party, listen to rock and roll and attend prayers one day on the weekend. A few religious extremists in the rural north who suffer from paranoia.
Just like America.
Rinse and repeat.