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Shortly after the Council on American-Ismalic Relations called on Muslim women to “tweet about who they are and how they speak out,” Twitter exploded with the hashtag #CanYouHearUsNow. The hashtag campaign was in response to Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump’s, comments about Ghazala Khan’s, mother of deceased solider Capt. Humayun Khan, silence during her family’s Democratic National Convention speech saying she must not have been “allowed to speak.”
Muslim women and allies of all kinds spoke on who they are and what they stand for. The tweets ranged from messages of support to a discussion about the respectability politics that the hashtag fed into.
The Tempest has gathered what it calls a “celebration” of 40 individuals who “spoke out against Trump’s bigoted speech.”[tweetthis]The Tempest gathers 40 of Twitter’s best #CanYouHearUsNow tweets.[/tweetthis]
The Facebook page Mighty Muslim Women put out a call asking people who were friends with Muslims to talk about their experience with Islam.
“Listen as they share their perspective on today’s rhetoric and what it’s like to be #friendswithmuslims,” the group writes.
There is a growing number of Shiite Muslims in Lebanon who, according to the Associated Press, have “inked themselves with Shiite religious and political symbols as a show of pride in their community since neighboring Syria’s civil war broke out in 2011, fanning hatreds between Shiites, Sunnis and other faiths across the region.”
30-year-old Hamada Bayloun got a large tattoo that spreads across his entire upper back of the most revered saint in Shiite Islam. He says he got it just a few months after the war began, partially in response to attempts to bomb Shiite shrines in Syria and Iraq.
“We can’t respond with car bombs, but (through tattoos) we can show our strength and love for the prophet and his family,” he said, referring to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, who was Ali’s cousin and father-in-law.
“Tattoos are forbidden by Sunni clerics but are generally accepted in Shiite circles. Among the most popular tattoos is “313,” the number of commanders Shiites believe will accompany their last imam, Mahdi, when he returns to save the world from oppression,” the AP article reads.[tweetthis]A growing number of Shiite Muslims in Lebanon are getting inked with religious and Shiite symbols to show their faith in response to the civil war in neighboring Syria.[/tweetthis]
He goes on to explain that, not to be mistaken as a supporter of Trump, he simply wants to thank him for helping the American people see him clearly.
“I am both Muslim and American,” he writes. “I don’t have to choose one or the other. Yet many Americans don’t understand that. It’s only starting to make sense to many of my fellow citizens — and for that growing clarity, I have Trump to thank.
Al-Marayati writes that it’s because of Trump that the real issues of Islamophobia and bigotry have finally found their way to the surface.
“Before, very few believed the type of bigotry and racism we face on a daily basis,” he writes. “Light and air can expose this hatred, which is what Trump has unwittingly provided. He has illustrated that anti-Muslim bias is not a Muslim problem. It’s an American problem that we all have to face head on.”[tweetthis]Muslim Public Affairs Council President Salam Al-Marayati thanks Donald Trump for, unknowingly, shining the spotlight on the Muslim American community.[/tweetthis]
Husna Ibrahim writes in an post for The Huffington Post, about the intersection of her identities as a black, female Muslim. She talks about how people usually associate being Muslim with being Arabs but this is all way before they think of black Muslims.
“There is a false perception that black muslims are a minority in Islam but in reality that is completely false,” Ibrahim writes. “However many black muslims still face discrimination and racism in their own communities. History shows that people of with darker skin are disportionately treated unfairly and discriminated against across many cultures and countries. This is a fact that society needs to face together. The reality of racism is real and the way people who are black are treated needs to be acknowledged and fixed.”
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