dhunki:

alltheblacksheep:

palestiniancaliforniagirl:

this

sounds right

THISSSSS

dhunki:

alltheblacksheep:

palestiniancaliforniagirl:

this

sounds right

THISSSSS

According to FBI data, hate crimes against Muslims might be rising. The rate of anti-Muslim crimes fell from nearly 500 in 2001 to 107 in 2009. But in 2010 (the latest year for which the FBI has data) the total number of hate crimes jumped 50 percent to 160. In light of these recent episodes, CAIR has issued a safety advisory for Islamic centers that includes calling for mosque leadership to remain extra vigilant and requesting that local law enforcement increase patrol at mosques to ensure the safety of the worshipers.
Eight attacks, 11 days. (via Salon)

Please be very careful, everyone.

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Resources and support groups for LGBTQ Muslims

amillionexpectations:

On tumblr:

  • Queer Muslims - A space for queer Muslims to connect, express themselves and share resources. (A real treasure trove of articles, links and book reviews). 
  • I am not Haraam project - a blog for LGBTQ Muslims to celebrate their identities and share their experiences.

Source: the website of the Safra project based in the UK. The full list (which also includes resources not solely targeted at Muslims can be found by clicking here.) However, below is a list of the resources specifically targeted to Muslims.

  • Imaan - UK based
    A social support group for Muslim lesbian, gays, bisexuals, transgender, those questioning their sexuality or gender identity and their friends and supporters.
    Website: http://www.imaan.org.uk/ 
     
  • Safra Project- UK based
    A Resource Project working on issues relating to lesbian, bisexual. trans, queer and questioning women who identify as Muslim religiously and/or culturally.

    E-mail: info@safraproject.org
    Website: http://www.safraproject.org

    Listserve-dealing with issues concerning lesbian, bisexual and transgender women that identify as Muslim religiously or culturally.
     
  • Safra Project Social Group- meets monthly in the UK, check website events notice for dates and venues.
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/safra_project/ 
     
  • Salaam Canada
    ‘Salaam: Queer Muslim community’ is a Muslim Identified Organization dedicated to social justice, peace and human dignity through its work to bring all closer to a world that is free from injustice, including prejudice, discrimination, racism, misogyny, sexism and homophobia.
    http://www.salaamcanada.com/ 
     
  • The Inner Circle
    The Inner Circle strives to reconcile sexuality and faith, and foster friendship through a positive peer group for gay, lesbian, transgendered and other sexually marginalized persons particularly of the Muslim community, as well as persons of other religions or cultures who experience similar or related challenges, and all those who support our aims.
    They provide information through news/events, articles, discussions and life-orientation. They also have experts and qualified voluntary workers to deal with your queries and counseling, assisting individuals in reconciling their faith with their sexuality and dealing with other sexually related issues.http://www.theinnercircle.org.za/ 
     
  • BiMuslims 
    An email discussion group for Muslims who identify as bisexual or who may be questioning their sexual orientation. Anything relevant to the bisexual Muslim community can be discussed on this forum. It is intended to be a safe space for Muslims who are bisexual and who want tomeet other Muslims who are also bisexual.
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BiMuslims 
     
  • Muslim Gay Men
    MuslimGayMen is a group for Muslim gay men and their friends and allies.
    http://www.yahoogroups.com/list/muslimgaymen 
     
  • Partners of LGBT Muslims
    To bring non-Muslim partners (who are in relationships with Muslims) together to discuss issues of common concern.
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PartnersOfLGBTMuslims
  • TransMuslims (need Yahoo sign in)
    An email discussion group for Muslims who identify as transgender, and for those that consider themselves gender variant. This includes anyone that identifies as an MTF (male to female) or an FTM (female to male). Issues of relevance to the Trans Muslim community are welcome on this list, including gender identity, issues of gender socialization in Islam, sex reassignment surgery, and Islam’s views towards transgendered people.
    http://www.groups.yahoo.com/group/TransMuslims
  • Queer Jihad
    A web site devoted to the needs of GLBT Muslims. Website:http://www.well.com/user/queerjhd/
  • Queer Muslims
    Resources for GLBT Muslims. Has information about Islam and Transsexuals.
    http://www.angelfire.com/ca2/queermuslims
Whether they find themselves in the cross-hairs of the NYPD or the FBI, American Muslims are trapped in an inescapable, reductive binary: they are potential informants or possible terrorists. Either way they are targets, be it for cultivation or surveillance. While stop-and-frisk is a visible practice and the NYPD’s Muslim mapping program is covert, the two are kindred exercises in putatively preventive but fundamentally crude profiling. […] And many communities in New York must contend with both stop-and-frisk and surveillance. As an African-American friend who is also Muslim remarked, “It’s like being black twice.”
The Long Roots of the NYPD Spying Program.

The expansion of such methods to other demographics is not only assured but well under way, with leaked documents confirming NYPD spying on progressive and antiwar groups. […] The NYPD’s wager is that American Muslims are incapable of effective civic mobilization and that few other Americans will care about their plight. Therein lies the silver lining.

Read this.

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junkalicious:

mynationalistpony:

Right now you’re probably asking, What is this shit and why has it got to fucking stop? Possibly, Who is this nutcase? Or, just how do they get that cream stuff in Oreos? But anyway. My Pseudonym is Buttercup Dew, and I consider this my most important post. I implore you to read it in…

Hey OP, I’m the original artist for that picture! While I don’t like you using my art both without credit and for hate speech, let’s play a little game. FOR EVERY NEW LITTLE POST YOU MAKE, I WILL DRAW MORE MULTICULTURAL AND DIFFERENT SHAPED PONIES. Hijabi!Fluttershy is here to stay, and I will perpetuate her drawn like this for as long as I enjoy MLP. I won’t allow people like you to shit up this fandom any more than it already has been.

and this is why junk is great everybody

The ethos of my faith urges that unless I am perfect in my moral conduct, I have no right whatsoever to point my finger at anyone for anything. Whatever is done is left between the individual and their conscience. Hell, no one ever told me to demand for someone’s nikah-nama when they’re sitting together. It doesn’t concern me or you or anyone else. Sometimes I am ashamed to be from the same faith when I see people like you dictating immaculate morality for others. Furthermore I am mortified as a Pakistani when I see wardens of rectitude making dangerous spectacles of common citizens simply to boost hits on their show or to become shining role models for people of equally disappointing, mediocre thinking.
My open letter to Maya Khan calling her out on her invasive moral policing as she chased a young couple in a park for “sinning”. This got published in Express Tribune. Looks like people are angry. Good. (via mehreenkasana)
Introduction: The Ideal and Contextual Realities of Muslim Women by Freda Hussain

mehreenkasana:

Such a sensitive subject [Muslim Women] could not fail to attract the attention of Western academics as well as Muslim women themselves. Some books in the area of Muslim women studies were written from the modernisation theory or Marxist point of view. They emphasised some aspects at the cost of others and were thus inadequate in assessing the contextual realities relevant to the situation of Muslim women. Many of these studies used the Western ideal of womanhood as a yardstick for studying Muslim women. They sympathized with the plight of Muslim women, and considered that once they became “modernized” or Westernized, their lives would be free from problems.

Their viewpoint was based on ethnocentric assumption that Muslim women wanted to become Westernized and hence had to gain freedom from all retrogressive forces in Muslim societies, including (according to them) Islam. Such a thesis was further reinforced by data which focused mainly on Westernized Muslim women from the upper strata of Muslim societies. A major fact that was ignored was that this sample was not representative of Muslim women, as these women formed an insignificant minority in Muslim societies. Westernized Muslim women did not represent aspirations of the majority of Muslim women. On the contrary, they were often alienated from their own societies.

On the other hand, a number of studies and viewpoints emanating from Muslim societies and religious authorities posited an Islamic role for Muslim women in those societies. These were, however, representative of feudalistic and not Islamic thinking for they consistently sought to place women under the control of men. They were powerful and effective in their influence on the role of women because they reflected the feudalistic state in which all contemporary Muslim societies find themselves. As there are no Islamic societies to be found in the world today, various distorted  interpretations of Islam have manifested themselves in Muslim societies. Such interpretations have been imposed on women and over the centuries have resulted in the institutionalisation of a pseudo-Islam.

These factors have been the cause of considerable concern for me. The ideal Islamic society had to be uncovered from its historical wrappings while empirical research was necessary to bring out the contextual realities within which Muslim women exist.

Your humble blogger is reading Freda’s compilation of research on Muslim women of the world straight from my very own college library. Got to say she’s commenced her thoughts on an objective, rational and compassionate note. Given above are a few excerpts as I read. More to come.

mehreenkasana:

thefuror:

zikrayat:

farhaaan:

This is Rachid Nekkaz, the French businessman who announced he will pay all fines for women who are charged with wearing the niqab — not just in France but “in whatever country in the world that bans women from doing so”. 
The niqab is a filmy cloth attached to the headscarf that covers all but the eyes. Any woman found to be wearing the niqab in France in public can be fined upto €150 ($200) and ordered to attend ‘re-education classes’. Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Austria, the Netherlands and Switzerland all have — or are planning — similar legislation.
The businessman has already paid fines for women in both France and Belgium where wearing the piece of cloth is outlawed. He said: 

I’m in favour of a law to convict a husband who forces a women to wear the niqab and who forces her to stay at home. But I’m also for a law that lets these women move freely in the streets, because freedom of movement, just like any freedom, is the most fundamental thing in a democracy. 

 He is pictured above with Kenza Drider, the longshot “freedom candidate” for French presidency, after accompanying her to a police tribunal in Paris where she appeared for violating France’s niqab ban. Drider told The Associated Press in an interview: 

When a woman wants to maintain her freedom, she must be bold. I have the ambition today to serve all women who are the object of stigmatization or social, economic or political discrimination. It is important that we show that we are here, we are French citizens and that we, as well, can bring solutions to French citizens.

Nekkaz put up a €2m ($2.5m) property to fund his campaign. 
Photo credit: Getty

Ball so hard motherfuckers wanna fine me

I applaud this man. Forever. This guy knows: if you have money to spare, use it for good things. 

Look at all that swag he’s got on while walking with her. I approve.

mehreenkasana:

thefuror:

zikrayat:

farhaaan:

This is Rachid Nekkaz, the French businessman who announced he will pay all fines for women who are charged with wearing the niqab — not just in France but “in whatever country in the world that bans women from doing so”. 

The niqab is a filmy cloth attached to the headscarf that covers all but the eyes. Any woman found to be wearing the niqab in France in public can be fined upto €150 ($200) and ordered to attend ‘re-education classes’. Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Austria, the Netherlands and Switzerland all have — or are planning — similar legislation.

The businessman has already paid fines for women in both France and Belgium where wearing the piece of cloth is outlawed. He said

I’m in favour of a law to convict a husband who forces a women to wear the niqab and who forces her to stay at home. But I’m also for a law that lets these women move freely in the streets, because freedom of movement, just like any freedom, is the most fundamental thing in a democracy. 

 He is pictured above with Kenza Drider, the longshot “freedom candidate” for French presidency, after accompanying her to a police tribunal in Paris where she appeared for violating France’s niqab ban. Drider told The Associated Press in an interview

When a woman wants to maintain her freedom, she must be bold. I have the ambition today to serve all women who are the object of stigmatization or social, economic or political discrimination. It is important that we show that we are here, we are French citizens and that we, as well, can bring solutions to French citizens.

Nekkaz put up a €2m ($2.5m) property to fund his campaign. 

Photo credit: Getty

Ball so hard motherfuckers wanna fine me

I applaud this man. Forever. This guy knows: if you have money to spare, use it for good things. 

Look at all that swag he’s got on while walking with her. I approve.

mehreenkasana:

As Editor of Bikyamasr.com, I am disappointed that I did not catch and hold this piece. The “Islamic cleric bans women from touching cucumbers, bananas for sexual resemblance,” article should not have run when it did. Arguably, it should not have been run at all. We should not have published about an “unnamed sheikh” in an unnamed European country unless we were able to garner more information on the issue, both on the sheikh himself and the news website the information was gathered from, independently.

We realize that as a growing news organization with a growing reputation and readership, we have an increased responsibility to not only verify our own material at the highest levels, but further investigate the quotes and articles of other news organizations before referencing their work.

This is our error. We apologize for the poor judgment on the matter. It is inexcusable. While the exact quote reported by Assawsana.com may well have been exactly what it was reported to be by that website, without a name and location behind this person and comment, it is difficult to find the information credible.

I saw many people on my dashboard bashing Islam for no good reason because of this hoax. It’s time to grow up and confirm before concluding, kids.

mehreenkasana:

androphilia:

Muslims Lean Democrat, Upset With Obama | OnIslam.net
By OnIslam & News Agencies
Monday, November 28, 2011
IOWA – Though they remain leaning Democrat,  American Muslims are mulling to whom they would vote in next year’s  presidential elections following their disappointment in incumbent  president Barack Obama over his rejection of UN recognition of  Palestinian statehood.
“If I was going to vote, I would vote for  Ron Paul,” Sehiha Kraina, who lives with her husband and young daughter  in Iowa City, told Press-Citizen, referring to the Republican  presidential candidate.
Obama, America’s first black president, enjoyed a strong Muslim support during his first months in office.
He  had an 85 percent job approval rating from the Muslim-American  population within his first 100 days of office, according to a Gallup  poll.
In 2009, Obama delivered a speech to the Muslim world from Cairo, calling for a new beginning between the US and Muslims.
But  the US president began to lose Muslim support over his failure to  pressure Israel to halt settlement building in the occupied Palestinian  lands to help solve the decades-long conflict.
Obama further disappointed Muslims worldwide over threatening to veto a Palestinian bid to win UN statehood recognition.
The veto threat has prompted some American Muslims to change their political inclinations from Democrats to the Republicans.
“It kind of broke my heart,” said Ruba Omar, 26, a Palestinian who has lived in Iowa City for four years.
Omar says that she feels betrayed by the Obama administration.
Now, 76 percent of S Muslims approve Obama’s performance, a rating that is higher than what he receives from the public overall.
Though there are no official figures, the United States is believed to be home to nearly seven million Muslims.
Although  the Muslim population in the US may be small, the voting power of this  group could become significant in a close election.
Republican Devotion
Muslims say that the backlash against their minority weighs on to whom they would cast ballot.
“Anti-Muslim attitude has not been something they are comfortable with,” said Dana.
Before 9/11 and the administration of George W. Bush, many Muslim-Americans were Republican voters.
“The  way Muslims were treated changed the way they vote,” said Dana,  referring to the generally negative feelings toward Muslims after 9/11.
Shams Ghoneim, a native Egyptian and the coordinator for the Iowa chapter of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, agrees.
“It has been 10 years of ongoing unawareness,” Ghoneim said.
A Pew Research Center survey in 2011 found that 19 percent of Muslim voters were Independent or had no party preference.
The poll also found that the 70 percent affiliated with the Democratic Party or were Democratic leaning.
Despite  Muslims’ disappointment in the Obama administration, most of the  Republican presidential contenders don’t offer much solace.
Tex.  Gov. Rick Perry has charged that Obama’s actions have been too lenient  on Palestinian groups that he considers extremist, and he accuses the US  leader of abandoning Israel.
Two other Republican hopefuls, Mitt  Romney and Michelle Bachmann, took equally strong stances against  Obama’s foreign policy on the Palestinian statehood bid.
But analysts believe that this is unlikely to change Muslims’ devotion to a Republican candidate.
“Muslims  are unique in that the more religious they are, the more Democratic  they tend to vote,” said Brian Gaines, a political science professor  specializing in voting behavior and elections at the University of  Illinois.







Worth reading.

mehreenkasana:

androphilia:

Muslims Lean Democrat, Upset With Obama | OnIslam.net

By OnIslam & News Agencies

Monday, November 28, 2011

IOWA – Though they remain leaning Democrat, American Muslims are mulling to whom they would vote in next year’s presidential elections following their disappointment in incumbent president Barack Obama over his rejection of UN recognition of Palestinian statehood.

“If I was going to vote, I would vote for Ron Paul,” Sehiha Kraina, who lives with her husband and young daughter in Iowa City, told Press-Citizen, referring to the Republican presidential candidate.

Obama, America’s first black president, enjoyed a strong Muslim support during his first months in office.

He had an 85 percent job approval rating from the Muslim-American population within his first 100 days of office, according to a Gallup poll.

In 2009, Obama delivered a speech to the Muslim world from Cairo, calling for a new beginning between the US and Muslims.

But the US president began to lose Muslim support over his failure to pressure Israel to halt settlement building in the occupied Palestinian lands to help solve the decades-long conflict.

Obama further disappointed Muslims worldwide over threatening to veto a Palestinian bid to win UN statehood recognition.

The veto threat has prompted some American Muslims to change their political inclinations from Democrats to the Republicans.

“It kind of broke my heart,” said Ruba Omar, 26, a Palestinian who has lived in Iowa City for four years.

Omar says that she feels betrayed by the Obama administration.

Now, 76 percent of S Muslims approve Obama’s performance, a rating that is higher than what he receives from the public overall.

Though there are no official figures, the United States is believed to be home to nearly seven million Muslims.

Although the Muslim population in the US may be small, the voting power of this group could become significant in a close election.

Republican Devotion

Muslims say that the backlash against their minority weighs on to whom they would cast ballot.

“Anti-Muslim attitude has not been something they are comfortable with,” said Dana.

Before 9/11 and the administration of George W. Bush, many Muslim-Americans were Republican voters.

“The way Muslims were treated changed the way they vote,” said Dana, referring to the generally negative feelings toward Muslims after 9/11.

Shams Ghoneim, a native Egyptian and the coordinator for the Iowa chapter of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, agrees.

“It has been 10 years of ongoing unawareness,” Ghoneim said.

A Pew Research Center survey in 2011 found that 19 percent of Muslim voters were Independent or had no party preference.

The poll also found that the 70 percent affiliated with the Democratic Party or were Democratic leaning.

Despite Muslims’ disappointment in the Obama administration, most of the Republican presidential contenders don’t offer much solace.

Tex. Gov. Rick Perry has charged that Obama’s actions have been too lenient on Palestinian groups that he considers extremist, and he accuses the US leader of abandoning Israel.

Two other Republican hopefuls, Mitt Romney and Michelle Bachmann, took equally strong stances against Obama’s foreign policy on the Palestinian statehood bid.

But analysts believe that this is unlikely to change Muslims’ devotion to a Republican candidate.

“Muslims are unique in that the more religious they are, the more Democratic they tend to vote,” said Brian Gaines, a political science professor specializing in voting behavior and elections at the University of Illinois.

Worth reading.