Dear Mr. President …I want to be the change I seek in the world

27 Mar

The overall theme of this blog revolves around Islam and Islamophobia within America. This is something that I am very passionate about. However along with this greater understanding, acceptance and tolerance of others I encourage you to…. ” be the change you seek in the world”

So this is where I  ask God to , grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.

I know what my purpose is, ending Islamophobia and creating a peaceful environment free of hate for all people. I know that I can not do this alone but with the help of President Obama I can make this world a better place for us all. Just think is this the image of America you want the world to have ? Is the the nation you would want to raise your children in. Hold that thought and review the video bellow then answer the same question.

How many times have we said ” NEVER AGAIN” then allowed history to repeat itself ? I have reached my breaking point and I am sure most of the nation has as well. The issue is not blatant hatred, but rather  pure ignorance.

President Obama I ask of you to join my mission and to help me end hatred in America. With your help we can organize educational programs for our youth and help put America back on the map as the LAND OF THE FREE !

Start with a simple twitter post to me @danidevaunahrae with the hashtag #iammuslimerican.

Mr. President I want you !

Peace and Blessing to you all !

WORDS HURT

27 Mar

If you have been following allowing with my posts I hope that you have come to terms with the harsh affects that words can have on an individual. I have always been a sensitive person, and because of this I have shaped the way I approach and speak to people, Muslim and non- Muslim. People truly do not see the harsh affects that words can have on a person. Yes we as human should be strong and develop a thick skin, but what about when it is millions of people to one. Everyday the media tell us how we should look, what we should believe in and if we go against society norms we are deemed different. It is so sad but so true. People are frowned upon for being different when we should be celebrating the fact that we are not all robots living in a world doing the same exact thing.. how boring.

As a New Yorker I embrace change and diversity and I encourage you to do the same. This world is a melting pot and the sooner we realize that there are a number of different people in the world the better. With that said I challenge you to look at people as your equal and see them as a person not as a religion or a race but as a HUMAN. And words hurt, so choose your words wisely.Be it family, friends, or strangers: Treat others as you would like to be treated !!!

 

 

There’s a song I like to listen to, that encourages me to filter myself and to consider other peoples feelings before I speak my opinion. Take a listen, it could help you do the same things.

One Nation Under God

27 Mar

When our founding fathers sat down and put pen to paper they were strategic with every word they wrote. ” One nation under God ” … These words helped to define our nation, yet some how I do not feel this is the world they were envisioning. A nation being torn apart by hatred, the same premises on which our nation was found in the first place, because we were persecuted by the British. So why ? Why is it that we have steered so far from a free nation , where people are not able to worship freely, where people are hated because of how they look or what they believe in. Where have we gone wrong.

How do we go from this :

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Steyotypes

27 Mar

In this post 9/11 era there has been a lot of stereotypes circulating about Muslims. It hurts me as an individual when people think that I am something that I am not, but to assume that all 1.5 billion people are one thing just pierces the heart of a whole religion and a way of life. I can not help but feel that American history has a way of repeating itself.

1. It was the Native Americans

2. It was African Americans as  slaves

3. It was the Irish 

3. It was the Jews

4. It was the Japaneses

5. and now it is the Muslims

Now either we as Americans are truly ignorant for not seeing the pattern or we are truly complacent with our life and hating people. Why ? Why? Why? It takes more muscles to frown than smile. It takes more energy to yell than to talk, and a complement generates positive energy while hatred stimulates negative energy. So why do we hate ?

I have hear a number of things about Muslims all of which are not true, and to believe this information without looking at a credible source is blasphemous. A few of the stereotypes I have heard are :

  • All Muslims are terrorists
  • In Islam women have no rights , that why they have to stay covered
  • The prophet of Islam, Mohammad (PBUH)* was a pervert who did unholy things
  • All Muslims are really rich Arabs who fund Al-Queda
  • Muslims live in the stone ages and they do not know how to adapt to society, i.e their garments
  • Islam is violent
  1. All Muslims are not the enemy and they are for sure not terrorist. A community of 1.5 billion people composed of women and children could not possibly be terrorists. Many Muslims are in fact active members of society, Americans who vote and pay taxes, and whom are affect by acts of terror. We as American Muslims disapprove of terrorists and believe that anyone who would take lives of innocent women and children in the name of Allah,(Astaghfirullah) *is false.
  2. Contrary to what the West may think about how women in Islam are treated, if you were to ask any of those women about their life they would tell you how fulfilling it is and how proud they are to be labeled  Muslim women rather than any other title. Muslims women feel safe and protected, they wear the hijab or headscarf as a choice out of respect to God, you will find the same head coverings in modern day Israel. Women also have just as many rights as a man. They are allowed to chose who they marry, have fun, hang out with friends and do everything anyone else does just with respect and moderation. In Islam a women is covered for her protection, so that the men of the world do not view a woman as an object but so they can see her for her intellect.
  3. Astaghfirullah, of all the insults that I have heard about Muslims this one pains me the most. Just as Christians hold Jesus (PBUS) in the highest regards and model themselves in his image, we do the same with prophet Mohammad( PBUH). He was in no way a pervert, he was the most spiritual, peaceful being Allah has ever created. Yes, he had several wives, however during that era it was customary in almost every monotheistic religion. He did this to spread Islam, not to have relations with several women. Each women was strategically chosen to spread Islam and to fufill duties that he deemed necessary.
  4. I am living proof that all Muslims are 1. Not arab and 2. not rich. I am a normal college student and an American.
  5. The west may not be familiar with some of the practice that Muslims follow. We are not living in the stone ages, we are very modern and do everything that other humans living in the 21th century do, again it is just in moderation and holds true to our values and morals.
  6. Islam means peace, the root word being Salam meaning peace. It is not a religion that encorages violence. There are some exceptions to this rule i.e punishment to thoes who have killed, raped, or stolen, however the fact remains that Islam is a religion of Peace.

This leads me to believe that foreign relations and the media shape or views and encourage us to hate the nations and people in which we have conflict or some sort of negative image towards. It is crazy how much we promote hatred in this world. From a young age we are taught that people who are different should be hated. It starts with bullying from age 5-10, then it emerges to cyber bullying, and finally it evolves to a bipolar society in which everyone is partisan and despises anyone who has conflicting views, lifestyles, or religions. What have we come to as a nation ? Where it is engraved in our memory that one set of people are elite and the others should be discriminated against. How many times does history have to repeat itself? How many times to we have to say why us ? Lets ends that, and lets be renegades of hatred, striving to bring everyone together rather than tearing them apart. It starts here, it starts now, by ending islamophobia and other hatred within our country we can do this.

I encourage you to read this article if you would like further information   http://www.religioustolerance.org/hossain_01.htm

 

*Peace and Blessing be Upon Him

* Allah please forgive me

Brothers and Sisters

27 Mar

One concept about Islam that I truly appreciate is the love we have for one another. This is a character trait that I wish was more prevalent in the American culture. Rather than viewing everyone as an individual in Islam we look out for everyone !!!!! We have the utmost respect for women and children, despite the common misconception. Compared to the way that America objectifies women and allows them to just be “naked”,  excuse my language. In Islam we care about our reputations and how people perceive ourselves, or friends, and our families. We hold ourselves to a higher standard than most because we have to answer to the most high.

I truly appreciate the love and acceptance that I have received from my Muslim brothers and sisters. I know if I ever needed anything all I had to do was make a phone call and there would be someone to help me. This is something that most families don’t even have. I am not speaking on behalf of all Muslims but I know that the ones that I am surrounded by are so faithful and truly love and respect me.

I feel that we as Americans need to stop looking at the world as our world or a nation of one, but rather look at the bigger picture and see that there are people in need regardless of what faith they are, where they are from, what they believe in, or who they love. We are all people and we are all just trying to live life to the fullest. So I challenge you, rather than looking at people and seeing all the things that you don’t like , view people with an open mind and see the things you do like. Lets end the renegade and start the peace process.

Assalam Walaikum

Peace and Blessings to you all ….

Best of Both Worlds

27 Mar

Living in America has afforded me every opportunity I could even fathom. I love this country I live in and I have had the pleasure of experiencing most of the wonders of America from coast to coast. I have also have the pleasure of being a part of the last monotheistic religion in the world and living out my destiny through my faith in God. Although it may not seem so but I feel like the most blessed person in the world, I truly can say I have the best of both worlds. Regardless to what hard times may come I know that I have had the best of this life and I am in debt to Allah for providing me with this life.

My one main goal is to educate multitudes about my two worlds and why I feel so comfortable in my own skin. I have never been more proud and I don’t think anything but the birth of my first child ( inshAllah-If it is will of Alllah) will make me feel more at peace with myself.

I will for the rest of my life be 1. Muslim 2. American, and if I can help others understand who I am it can help crush the stereotypes about Islam and Muslims. I am living breathing prof that we are people just like you with families and friends who like to have a good time and experience the wonders of life, just in moderation.

Al Hamdellah ( The praise is to Allah) That I have experienced the best of both world !

What Is Islam ?

26 Mar

I sometimes wonder if someone in the world has had some of the same questions about Islam then I realize that most of the world probably has some question about Islam at one point in time if not several.

I know from personal experience I have never had a good education if religions, what I learned I learned from my family and friends. This is the main reason I feel that children should get exposure to a number of religions while they are young so they can learn acceptance and tolerance, if we educate our youth to the highest of our abilities as a nation we can flourish and put the world of hatred behind us.

Before I converted I compiled a list of questions ( literraly a three page list) as well as other questions that I have asked over the course of the year, to ask Sheika, Imams, and muslim friends. I found this so helpful and in the end the answers to these questions lead me accepting Islam.

Typically when the word Muslim comes up it is followed by they pray a lot or they believe in Allah or they wear the headscarf. Regardless of what it is the general consensus is the knowledge is limited so its time to answer a few of those questions.

Im going to go over the basics facts about Islam but if anyone would like to know more or speak to me on a one on one basis please do not hesitate to message me or comment on this post… Here goes :

• Islam is the name of the monotheistic religion( meaning belief in one God); Muslim refers to its followers.
• Worldwide, there are 1.5 billion Muslims. Islam is the dominant religion throughout large portions of Asia and Africa, with the largest Muslim populations living in Indonesia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.
• Islam is the second of the three largest monotheistic religions, in addition to Judaism and Christianity. Muslims believe that the Qu’ran is God’s word as revealed to the prophet Muhammad (570-632) through the angel Gabriel.
• There are five basic beliefs of Islam. 1. Belief in one god. (Allah is the Arabic word for god, not believed to be a separate god from the Judeo-Christian version). 2. Belief in prophethood (Muhammad and the ones before him, including Jesus, Abraham, Moses and many more ( Peace be Upon them ) ). 3. Belief in the justice of God. 4. Belief in prayer and trust in Allah . 5. Belief in the Day of Judgment.
• There are five major duties of Muslims. 1. Pray five times a day — morning, noon, afternoon, sunset and evening (salat). 2. Make a pilgrimage to Mecca once in their lifetime ifhysically/financially able (Hajj). 3. Fast during the month of Ramadan (Saum). 4. Give to the Poor (Zakat). 5. and the most important the belief in Allah and Allah alone
• According to Islam, there are five major prophets: Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad is the mess anger who delivered Allahs religion and message to the world ( PBUH).
• Muslims worship God directly. Religious leaders do not have any divine characteristics; people and objects are not “holy.” It is, in fact, sacrilegious to worship anything or anyone outside of Allah.
• Muslims, unlike Christians, do not believe that Jesus was God’s son, although they do believe he was a prophet.
• The Qu’ran contains much of the basic information told in the Bible’s Old Testament and in the Torah as well as additional information.
• Women dress modestly out of reverence for God, not for men. Muslim women are not more submissive than other women. Some argue that Muslim women, in fact, have been treated better than women in other cultures. For example, women in Islam were given the right to vote about 1,400 years ago, centuries before other women.
• Muslims follow the lunar calendar, and thus their holidays move approximately 11 days on the Christian calendar. There are two major holidays in Islam: Eid al Adha is at the end of the pilgrimage to Mecca and Eid al Fitr is at the end of Ramadan.
• Islam is very family-oriented. The primary means of transmitting the religion are through the family. Therefore parents, both mothers and fathers, take on a big responsibility when raising children. This family orientation also translates into a community- oriented way of life that can greatly conflict with Western notions of individuality.

I hope this helped clear up a few things, I will go in depth about stereotypes of Muslims in another post but I encourage you to get a list of questions and contact your local mosque or even post them as a comment and I would be happy to answer any of them. The more I can help people understand Islam the happier I will be. In saying that …..

I beg you do not let a few people shape your view on an entire faith ….knowledge will forever govern ignorance and for those who wish to govern must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives.

As Salam a Lakum…..Peace and Blessing be upon you all.