To the Islamophobic few,
Why do you hate us so, so much?
How can you hate someone the way YOU hate them purely because of their religion?
You hate me, you hate my community who have faith in common. You hate us because we follow the way of the Qur’an and the teachings of our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him). You hate how we pray five times a day. You hate how we try to make the Holy Pilgrimage to Makkah, if we have the means. You hate how we bear witness to “there is no god but God and Muhammad (PBUH) is the Messenger of God”. You hate how we pay charity, annually, at the very least, if we can afford it. You hate how we fast for a month, if we are capable of doing so, to put ourselves in the shoes of those less fortunate than us and to obey our Lord. Is that what you hate the most? That we practise our faith? Those are the basic tenets of our faith and it’s fair to say probably not the only things you hate about us.
Your hate is unjustifiable and will NEVER be justified.
Do you hate me for the hijab I wear? Do you hate my father for going to the mosque once (at the very least, on Fridays) every week? Do you hate the boys and girls you see for attending Arabic classes to learn how to read the Qur’an? Do you hate the youth for making the choice in the name of their faith to wait to have sex until after marriage? Do you hate the elderly who insist on performing Hajj even when they are fairly frail?
If you answer yes to any of the above, your hate is still unjustified and NEVER will be justified.
It angers me. It upsets me. It infuriates me. It distresses me. What does, you ask? That hate you have festering in your heart and mind. It’s a plague on your body. It’s an injustice to the humanity you were born with. It’s oppression towards the one billion+ who are doing NOTHING to hurt you but can only benefit you. You slander the Muslims as if they have no feelings. Guess what? We have feelings. We also have tolerance. We have a deep understanding of our faith and what is expected of our treatment of others, be they Muslim or non-Muslim. It is why I, as a Muslim, will never oppress one who is a Muslim or non-Muslim. It is why I will always be tolerant of others, no matter what religion they follow. It is why I never hate anyone simply based on their religion or race, as you so easily do. As an individual, I have nothing but love and respect for my fellow human beings. It is only when you disrespect me or you disrespect another unjustly that I will question you and your intentions. My faith grounds me. Islam teaches me NOT to treat others (yes, Muslim or non-Muslim) unjustly or unfairly even if I dislike them for any reason (be it they stole my pen, they called me a name, I thought they were silly, whatever reason you can think of).
Always be just, always be fair- that’s what my religion teaches me. So, I will be considerate when it comes to you. Blame your hate on the disgraceful propaganda in the media, your niggling jealousy of all Muslims, your lack of education, your bad experience with a Muslim or any other reason you think justifies your hate for Muslims. Keep that excuse in mind and thus remember:
It STILL doesn’t justify your hate towards us Muslims.
You know what can justify your hate towards anyone of any religion? NOTHING.
That’s the truth. In black and white. Clear as day. Nothing justifies your hating on me or anyone else because of their faith.
I am a human being just like you. I bleed red, you bleed red. I have a beating heart in my body (all praise be to God), you have a beating heart in your body (all praise be to God) and we have so much more in common that makes us both human. You can hurt, I can hurt. You can feel, I can feel. When you hate, it hurts, it stirs up hatred and it makes me angry. Most of all, it makes me pity you so. Do you have nothing better to do than to preach hate about a people for whatever reason you had? Why don’t you look for a job (if you’re unemployed)? Why don’t you learn a language (if you know nothing beneficial about other cultures)? Why don’t you help out in your local community?
Do something beneficial for the rest of humanity. Standing on the street, in a classroom, in the tube, wherever, preaching hate against an entire community will not get you anywhere but most likely, in prison. You’re not benefiting England nor are you benefiting the rest of your humanity. Talk to more people.
Open your mind and leave the hate behind. Humanity is not all bad. Don’t be the worst of it. If you have questions about my faith or anyone else’s, approach me or approach them but don’t be rude about it. Learn some respect. Have your manners in place. You can learn an immeasurable amount from other people, whether they share your beliefs or not. Don’t let your close-mindedness close your potential off to the rest of humanity. Leave it in the past and learn to love the people you once hated. They are your fellow humans and have done nothing to hurt you. Don’t paint everyone with the same brush and give every human a chance, regardless of their religion. Stop being so hateful and come back to humanity. Pick up your shreds of humanity, stitch them back together and learn to leave the days of referring to your hated group(s) as inhumane when it was you, was you who was once inhumane because hate was all you knew.
Leave the hate behind and return, return to humanity. Transcend labels to serve humanity for the greater good. Help others and be someone not of spite and evil, but love and value,
From an angry, upset, infuriated, distressed but most importantly, hopeful and approachable Muslim.
Note: I originally posted this piece on my blog on 16th March 2015 however accidentally deleted it when the WordPress app was on Portuguese on my phone Alhmdhulillah, I managed to find it after nearly losing hope (it wasn’t on my hard drive- internal nor external, USBs or cloud!) so here you go. A note to other writers, content creators, etc., really, always back up your material!!! 🙂