5 days ago The Sun published this article titled “Why did Channel 4 have a presenter in a hijab fronting coverage of Muslim terror in Nice?”.
There are several things wrong with this however I made it a rule not to engage in this sort of debacle simply because not only is this sort of offensive jab never ending, this is also real life trolling, and as much as I’d love to antagonise all the trolls I can’t because:
a) I don’t have the time and energy to tirelessly combat and engage in battle with all the trolls for all the causes frankly
b) Rarely does it bring lasting change
and finally, controversially,
c) These people need to be listened to, not shouted back at.
And if you want to understand this last reason, I’m dropping the vlogbrothers video here that explains this concept pretty well.
I’m listening to what you’re saying, dude and while there’s so much wrong with what you’re saying I want to talk about the attitude the world at large and Muslims have towards Muslims talking about ISIS. READ: although I titled the post and started off about the article, the news article came up at a time when I was already thinking about Muslim-Muslim discussion about certain “hot topics” so it seemed pretty apt (and troll-ly incendiary).
This concept of Muslims not being able to talk about ISIS cropped up very early after they left. It was painful, but through the fog of grief I realised that discussions needed to take place because not being able to talk? That’s some pretty dangerous stuff right there.
Apparently just because I am a Muslim I have a higher chance to become a terrorist. Firstly: that means there should be systems involved to help protect me from these organisations (instead of being accusatory in their approach) and secondly: terrorist organisations like ISIS brainwash. That means there’s been a lot of recently converted Muslims who have gone to join their ranks. That is to say it is not Muslim ideology that ISIS followers are converting to, they are converting to ISIS ideology. S E P E R A T E.
What we have been saying tirelessly is that these people are psychologically disturbed, they cannot represent Muslims because…y’know THEY HAVE A WARPED SENSE OF LIFE. LIKE INCREDIBLY WARPED.
And most importantly we share the same goddamn enemy for these three reasons (note: this is NOT an exhaustive list):
- With Islamophobia making it harder to get jobs women in hijab get shouted at for talking about maybe-maybenot Islamist-motivated terrorist attacks (see The Sun article, or don’t), which then discourages Muslim women in hijab from becoming news readers because of Islamophobic media and discourages employers from taking that “risk” and offending rich sponsors with largely conservative (read in this instance: IGNORANT) views
- These terrorist organisations are gunning down Muslims in Muslim countries long before they’d hit France and America and the West at large (I mean the country and culture and history they’ve chosen to hijack is not Western, it’s smack-bang in the middle of Mozlemistan)
- Young Muslims – and Young Non-Muslims are very susceptible to brainwashing through social media because frankly Google has no safety mode in our humble opinions and Twitter is not a person it is a service and so what if terrorists can DM each other and the world at large?
We are all therefore EXPOSED AND VULNERABLE
ALL OF US.
This attitude that Muslims can’t talk about ISIS et al ignores our suffering at the hands of this group, ignores our grieving, our sorrow and our anger.
How will we be unified if we are the ones expected to leave to join them? If we are at once the enemy and the victim?