thelittlekneesofbees:

There’s a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be interested in signing it:

Investigate alleged discrimination against Muslim family at this Shreveport, LA franchise

Sign Kutibh’s Petition

Subway: Investigate the hate-crime that occurred against a Muslim family at your franchise owned by Rep. John Fleming

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.

See: 

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Muslim-says-restaurant-discriminated-against-him-4083401.php

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/12/john_fleming_muslim_subway.php

http://www.ktbs.com/news/Muslim-man-claims-discrimination-from-local-Subway/-/144844/17616930/-/15balp8/-/index.html

http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/12/04/1283251/gop-congressmans-restaurant-accused-of-turning-away-muslim-couple/?mobile=nc

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

Click here to sign Kutibh’s petition, “Subway: Investigate the hate-crime that occurred against a Muslim family at your franchise owned by Rep. John Fleming”.

You can also check out other popular petitions on Change.org by clicking here.

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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

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YESSSSS

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fuckyeahsouthasia:

mehreenkasana:

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.”
[x]
This is a bold, brave statement. Bravo.

Yes.

fuckyeahsouthasia:

mehreenkasana:

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.”

[x]

This is a bold, brave statement. Bravo.

Yes.

deafmuslimpunx:

partytilfajr:

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.

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Why the Reaction Is Different When the Terrorist Is White

“Hold the victims constant and give the perpetrator the last name Mohammed. Does anyone think for a moment that such an attack wouldn’t still be the most discussed story at Fox News and National Review? …

Attacks like his are disconcerting to some white Americans for a seldom acknowledged reason. Since 9/11, many Americans have conflated terrorism with Muslims; and having done so, they’ve tolerated or supported counterterrorism policies safe in the presumption that people unlike them would bear their brunt. (If Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD sent officers beyond the boundaries of New York City to secretly spy on evangelical Christian students or Israeli students or students who own handguns the national backlash would be swift, brutal, and decisive. The revelation of secret spying on Muslim American students was mostly defended or ignored.)      

In the name of counterterrorism, many Americans have given their assent to indefinite detention, the criminalization of gifts to certain charities, the extrajudicial assassination of American citizens, and a sprawling, opaque homeland security bureaucracy; many have also advocated policies like torture or racial profiling that are not presently part of official anti-terror policy. What if white Americans were as likely as Muslims to be victimized by those policies? “

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peopleinislam:

People in Islam: Muhammad Ali

“This man might be the most famous man in the world. And he is a Muslim.”
-Will Smith

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.

peopleinislam:

People in Islam: Muhammad Ali

“This man might be the most famous man in the world. And he is a Muslim.”

-Will Smith

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.

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Assaulting tolerance in Mali [Al Jazeera]

Once an example of democracy in the region, Malians have grown tired of corruption [AFP]

The nation of Mali, and much of Sahelian West Africa, has long-standing moderate Muslim practices dating back to the ninth century. This broadminded intellectual, spiritual and cultural tradition is being undermined by a new wave of religious colonialism emanating from outside of the region, an especially violent and intolerant form of fundamentalist Islam. The hijacking of a secular separatist movement in northern Mali by outside Islamist groups, and the subsequent loss of human life, restrictions on basic freedoms, and destruction of historical monuments that comprise a UNESCO world heritage site, is the latest and most egregious act of aggression-cum-religion in this embattled country.

Having had elected governments for 20 years, Mali was considered a shining light of democracy in West Africa and a darling of Western donors. This facade came crashing down with a coup d’etat on March 22, launched by a group of young military lieutenants who were frustrated with the government’s inadequate support for the army in its ongoing fight against separatist Tuareg rebels in the North, a group that had become emboldened by a recent infusion of trained Tuareg fighters and heavy arms leaving Libya after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in late 2011.

But the flagging military fight in the North offers only a partial explanation of the Malian coup. Mali’s population had grown weary of democracy’s promises, with multi-party elections yielding limited development gains, and corruption was on rise in recent years. Absent this frustration, the Malian population may have more vigorously resisted a coup that occurred a mere month before the then president, Amadou Toumani Toure, was ready to step down and democratic elections were to be held. 

A deeper loss

Political scientists, and Western donors who have supported governance efforts in Africa, will long debate the depth (or lack thereof) of democracy in Mali and the reasons for its fragility at that moment. Unlike its tenuous tradition of multi-party democracy, Mali now risks losing a much deeper and culturally ingrained custom of moderate Islamic practice and religious tolerance. This would be a loss to the entire Muslim World and the global community.

Things have gone from bad to worse in Mali since the March coup. Seizing on the power vacuum in the South, Tuareg separatist rebels, led by the secular National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), quickly overran the Malian military and captured the major cities of Kidal, Gao and Timbuktu in the North, culminating in the declaration of an independent state known as Azawad on April 6. In the South, the situation started to look a little better when the putschist regime, led by Captain Amadou Sanogo, agreed to yield power to a transitional government following the squeeze put on them by sanctions imposed by the regional block known as ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States). However, the transitional Malian president, Dioncounda Traore, has been in Paris since he was attacked and beat up by a mob on May 21 that stormed the presidential palace. Now it is even more transparent that it is the military putschists that are incompetently running the southern part of the country.

In the North, the secular MNLA has been ousted by the Islamist Ansar Dine and al-Qaeda Organisation in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Ansar Dine, whose sole stated aim is to impose sharia law in the North of the country, has unleashed a storm of religious intolerance on this once religiously broadminded and moderate Muslim region. Women have been whipped for not wearing the veil, music banned in this deeply lyrical society, the tombs of ancient Muslim saints destroyed, and the famous Timbuktu university and library (containing ancient manuscripts) is under threat.

What the outside world needs to understand is that Islam in Mali has long been tolerant and inflected with local traditions. Religious practices have generally not restricted women from economic and political activity, or social interaction. Until recently, very few Malian women wore veils. Not unlike most world religions which tend to absorb local practices as they spread, Islam in Mali often took on mystical elements, ancestor veneration and certain indigenous animist beliefs. Relations between the 90 per cent Muslim majority and religious minorities (mainly Christian and traditional animist) were also generally amicable. In fact, it was not unusual to find adherents to various faiths in one family or for practitioners of one religion to attend the important religious ceremonies of another, such as marriages, baptisms or funerals. 

Plenty of responsibility

It is not a stretch to suggest that Islam in Mali, and much of West Africa, had a lot to offer the rest of the Muslim world, and the global community more generally, in terms of its indigenous expression, tolerance of other religions, and freedoms accorded to women. Sadly, this rich tradition is being hijacked in the North of Mali by Ansar Dine and AQIM, groups that have significant ties to outside interests and funding. Make no doubt about it, this is not a divinely endorsed action, or the spiritual epiphany of an impoverished population, but externally financed religious colonial aggression designed to supplant and destroy local desires and practices.

In addition to the brutal dismemberment of religious tolerance and local expression in this part of world, this region is on the brink of a major famine due to turmoil created by recent power shifts in the North of Mali. 

We all have a role to play in sorting out this problem. Those foreigners with deep pockets who are financing AQIM and Ansar Dine ought to think carefully about the harm they are inflicting on innocent people in this part of the world, most of whom are Muslim. The Malian people must place increasing pressure on the current putschist military regime in Bamako to completely step aside and allow for the return of freely elected civilian rulers. The international community, including ECOWAS and the UN, must send peacekeepers to northern Mali to stop the killing of innocent people and the destruction of cultural artefacts, to make possible the delivery food aid, and to facilitate a democratic referendum on the future of this region of the country.

William G Moseley is professor and chair of geography at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA. He has worked and conducted research in Mali, on and off, for the past 25 years.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial policy.

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ladyurduja:

Children studying Koran in Java during colonial period.

ladyurduja:

Children studying Koran in Java during colonial period.

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deafmuslimpunx:

alternet-culture:

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.’

check out my website

deafmuslimpunx:

alternet-culture:

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.’

check out my website

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anirishginger:

Terrorism has no religion

locamaniaco:

When America takes 1 million lives in Iraq for oil:

Not Terrorism.

When Serbs rape Muslim women in Kosovo/Bosnia:

Not Terrorism.

When Russians kill 200,000 Chechens in bombings:

Not Terrorism.

When Jews kick out Palestinians and take their land:

Not Terrorism.

When American drones kill entire family in Afghanistan/Pakistan:

Not Terrorism.

When Israel kills 10,000 Lebanese civilians due to 2 missing soldiers:

Not Terrorism.

When Muslims retaliate and show you how you treat us:

“Terrorism?”

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!

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anglophonicblog:

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.

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