Yes, I am a Muslim

I am a Muslim and my religion urges me to think, think and then think. That’s why many versus in the Quran and many sayings by the prophet, Peace be upon him, are open for interpretation and many issues are left for people to figure out on their own.

I am a  Muslim and I am aware that sometime Quranic verses are misinterpreted, and fake sayings are attributed to the Prophet, hence the many misunderstandings of Islam. I’m also aware that many Muslims do not represent Islam because they do not practice Islam the way it should be practiced.

I’m a Muslim and it bothers me when I go to a non-Muslim country and people look at me not as a human being with a certain attire choice but like a Hijab walking around with something fishy inside it. On the other hand, it restores my faith in humanity when people look at me with respect and even smile as if to say: “You’re different, and it’s cool, and I want to know more about what makes you different”

I am a Muslim and I don’t look down on people, and I don’t think that I’m better than others.

I’m a Muslim and when I say I do what I do for God that means that I do it for the advancement of the human race, to make the world a better place or to be a better person in the eye of God.

I’m a Muslim and when I say I believe in Allah that’s not a name like Zeus or Ra’, It’s an Arabic word that means the one and only God. The God worshipped by Moses, Jesus and all the prophets, peace be upon them.

I’m a Muslim and I am a human being who makes mistakes, who has her ups and downs, and I have the right to be treated as such or discriminated against because of the action of a minority that do not represent me or represent Islam.

8 responses

  1. Hi Olia.

    I would like to say I am sorry for all the times you have not been treated with respect for being a Muslim.

    Here in Australia I have personally found that this form of racism can work both ways…where I likewise have been treated less then respectfully by Muslims – fortunately though it is rare.

    Regarding the Hijab – again here in Australia we have a freedom of choice regarding what we wear and therefore I am all for any to wear it if it is their choice and they are no forced to do so by others.

    Within the framework of dialogue I have had with many Muslims here in Australia – it would seem the Hijab is more of a cultural garment – than what is actually prescribed within your sacred writings.

    Again I am sorry to hear that you have not been treated with the decency and respect that all should be treated with, for all of humanity are made in the image of God and therefore should be treated with that respect which that deserves.

  2. Thanks for your comment Craig.

    It’s true, respect should be mutual and I assure you that those Muslims who didn’t treat you respectfully only represent themselves, and I apologize for that

  3. I’m not going to deny Muslims have it worse than people of other religions in the West, but wearing anything that conspicuously broadcasts your religious beliefs has been a problem for as long as I’ve been around. I can recall the Jewish boys getting harassed in school if they wore their little beanies (sorry, I don’t know what they are called not trying to be an ass) and that was back in the 1970s. I’ve seen Christians who wear crosses get harassed by other not-so-religious “Christians”. I even saw with my own eyes my sister-in-law who is very religious get yelled at by a gay man who thought all Christians were out to get him or something, just because he overheard her talking about the Bible in a restaurant. Glad to hear at least some people have gone out of their way to be nice to you, though 🙂

  4. “I’m a Muslim and when I say I do what I do for God that means that I do it for the advancement of the human race, to make the world a better place or to be a better person in the eye of God.”

    i like this line, good words said Ola, thats really amazing

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  6. well maybe when people stop saying I am a Muslim, Christian, Jew, Buddhist, Hindu.. etc everyone will live in peace and respect. But unfortunately everyone wants to be special and we end up with a world full of labels and discrimination. You want to be respected and treated equally drop the Muslim label and live like the rest of the 7 billion people on earth…………

    • And you think that’s not what I want? You don’t think I want people to see beyond the scarf I wear on my head? But that’s not gonna happen unless we get Islamophobia out of the way

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