On Charlie Hebdo

In light of the events which occurred this January 7th in Paris, it seems that many Muslims have taken the stance of supporting “Je Suis Charlie” as a response to the protocol of freedom of speech and publicly declaring a war on terrorism and all those who stand by it.

But it seems as though people have forgotten that with freedom of speech comes a huge and immaculate responsibility, one which in no way favors you openly expressing your racist, Islamophobic and offensive cartoons.

Though I am deeply saddened and heartbroken about the shooting of 12 innocent people who did not deserve to be killed (the first of them ironically called by the name Ahmed), the unequal and abusive treatment of the French community to a large number of the Muslims residing in it should not be shocking news to anyone.

The country that had millions marching on the street advocating “Freedom of Speech” is the same country that passed a hijab ban law and has witnessed many incidents in which Muslim women who choose to wear a headscarf have been mistreated and have even received physical attacks.

Should 1.6 billion people apologize for the acts of 3 gunmen who aren’t even Muslim to begin with?

This may sadly come as a newsflash to some, but Islam does not in fact condone acts of violence as a solution to racism or hate. Murder is strictly forbidden in Islam, “If anyone slays a person, it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people.” [5:53] and “Even if you stretch forth your hand against me to kill, I will not stretch forth my hand to kill you. Surely, I fear Allah, the Lord of the entire universe.” [5:28].

Terrorism is pointed out as literally one of the highest possible sins in Islam.“Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were transgressors.” [5:32]

The very fact that some poor Muslims are being forced into having this debate in the first place is arguably why shootings like this happen in the first place.

But now the fingers are pointed at whoever spoke up against the acts of terrorism in Paris and consciously ignored/ is still ignoring the daily massacres, genocides, rape crimes, children’s throats literally being slit open with butcher knives in their sleep(warning: graphic image) and innocent souls forced to leave their motherland only to become refugees in countries where they are dehumanized and left homeless.

The fingers are pointed at the so called “Islamist” countries who publicly condemned Charles Hebdo’s shooting of 12 French people but are sitting aside, watching as other fellow Arab countries continue to butcher the oppressed year after year.

So no, as a Muslim I will not defend a newspaper that disrespected me and ridiculed my faith and culture. I will not apologize for the acts of a couple ignorant and uneducated cowards in the name of Islam.

The Near East and South Asia suffered 7,721 attacks and 9,236 deaths. The majority of those occurred in just three countries — Afghanistan , Iraq and Pakistan — which, together, accounted for 85 percent of attacks in these regions and almost 64 percent of attacks worldwide.

U.S. military forces were directly responsible for about 10 to 15 million deaths during the Korean and Vietnam Wars and the two Iraq Wars.

On the FBI’s official website, there exists a chronological list of all terrorist attacks committed on U.S. soil from the year 1980 all the way to 2005.

The ignorant pricks who trended #KillAllMuslims where right: All terrorists are Muslim…except for the 94% that aren’t. tumblr_nhtixkLO3w1qzi1v3o4_250

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a damsel with no distress.

People change.

A thousand painful memories probably crossed your mind at the sight of these two words linked together,remembering those damaging times when you were hurt by someone who you thought’s ultimate intentions were to make you happy.

But what you forgot to consider was yourself. Haven’t you changed? Haven’t you ever marveled at something that once made you sick to your stomach? Haven’t your beliefs and ideologies ever been under renovation,only to come out as completely different than what you, yourself, would’ve sworn by at some point?

But this isn’t about you. This is about my own meandering mind.

Two years ago I thought ‘damsel in distress’ would be the perfect url for my tumblr account. What better way to describe myself than as someone who wants to be swept off her feet by a hero who is going to spin my perplexing world around. He would just magically enter my world (we’d meet accidentally by bumping into each other on the street of course) and suddenly I’d be seeing rainbows and butterflies and I’d be, dare I say it, complete.

But when life forces you to go through all the lows and none of the highs all on your own, everything changes. And when you look back and realize that you, and only you, were the one who dragged yourself up from the times when you were experiencing rock bottom, you start appreciating yourself.

I think there’s a certain point in life when you realize all you ever really had was yourself. And its that point when you have to decide whether you should be your own hero or crumble away into self destruction.

But this one is specifically for all the women out there. Don’t allow the media to make you feel like you need ‘him’ to be complete. Don’t allow the movies to make you feel like you can’t turn your own life around. And no, despite what the two billion songs written about love make you believe, being in love isn’t the best thing that can happen to you.

Don’t wait for someone to rescue you. Be your own hero. This is your own story, your own decisions, your own battles and your own triumphs.

Whatever you accomplish and succeed in doing you were able to do because of your own self. And this is not a cynical “I’ve-been-continuously-heartbroken” view on love, it’s the reality no one wants to face.

Falling in love with yourself doesn’t make you selfish or vain, it makes you indestructible. It makes you independent enough to know you can make it through any situation life drags you in. It makes you the hero you need yourself to be.

I think I have to change my tumblr url now.

 

 

 

out with the intro.

People always complain about me living in my own bubble,how they feel like I’m always away in a zone they’re not invited into.And although I’d like to argue the falsity of that fact,I do admit consistently feeling like I can’t communicate the mess of unfinished thoughts going on in my mind.

This blog is my attempt of me escaping my comfort zone.To the people I care about,this one’s for you to know what truly goes on up there.

So without further adieu,welcome to the bubble.