Posts Tagged ‘Hate Speech’

Online Religious Intolerance Experiences

November 5, 2010

Have you had one?

I have been a victim of online religious intolerance in more than one occasion. Since then, I have reduced my interaction with the world on the Web, especially on Websites where one can have and share dialogues with people of other faiths and backgrounds. One of those incidents that had nearly got me into a state of complete depression was a conversation on a blog owned by an American Islamophobe called Daniel Pipes, who thinks that all Muslims are brown.

Racial Profiling in America

The Islamophobes on his blog did not believe that I was a Muslim woman who enjoys her life and is proud to follow Islam. They addressed me as a woman who is smothered by Sharia and they accused me of lying when I wrote that I am a young woman who finished her higher studies and that I got a job. They could not believe that a Muslim woman can choose to study and work. More than that was said and accusations against me and Islam were more appreciated than the facts that I presented to them. It was useless to argue. It continued for days and my mental state was getting worse. Later I decided to leave the online world.

But, my love for my religion and my sense for duty to protect it grew and I believed that the efforts of a few can do a great change. No matter what happens, I will use this blog as a window for the rest of the world so people with open minds can settle down and ponder.

Blindness is an enemy to mankind. Let their be light in our lives.

Regarding 9/11 & Eid Al-Fitr Coincidence

August 31, 2010

Ibnat al-Hidayah has cleared everything up regarding Eid Al-Fitr which is a festival celebrated to break the 30-day fast during Ramadan, and she also clarified the misconceptions held by some in that we build Masjids only on holy sites.

Of course, I am not excited that Eid Al-Fitr coincides with the 9/11 anniversary this year. And, I really do see the importance of expanding one’s knowledge regarding others’ faith at such a time.

I only have one thing to say regarding this matter:

Al-Qaeda, damn on you.

Muslim Population Venn Diagram

August 30, 2010

I found this Venn diagram (click it to go to the source):

Muslim Population Venn Diagram

Really, why do they hate us?

Islamophobia Watch

August 27, 2010

These are daily shocking news.

Warning: Not so good reads. May get you depressed.

Spending Time Attacking Muslims

August 22, 2010

There are waves of blogs and Websites, as well as forums, dedicated to attacking Islam and its followers. I do not like to search for them, I mean I am not of that type who searches for the hate speech to feel the pity. I, sometimes, do stumble upon some when surfing the Internet.

And what I try to not to read, but I end up reading, is simply very heinous to the mind.

I just have understood the easiness of the principle of attack. It seems that attack is easier than defense, or to the matter it is preferable to searching for the truth.

What a waste of their time.

What are They Afraid of?

August 21, 2010

Open Google and read the blogs.

Have you noticed that anything related somehow to Islam always has to come on the first page?

Of course, they are not always good reads.

What are they writing about?

About their fear? Fear of what? Fear of Muslims walking around, or fear of Muslims multiplying in number?

Are their fears real? Must they be afraid?

Am I a beast in disguise?

I just keep on wondering …

A Difficult Time for Muslims

August 18, 2010

There are so much things I want to write about right now, but I do not know where to start and what to say.

I am very sad. Although I am an ordinary Muslim woman living a happy normal life, I still feel sad. I am feeling sad for what is happening in this world. I have not thought in my childhood that one day I will be hated just because I am Muslim.

Being a Muslim, I am shocked to read about what non-Muslims think, or rather, believe about us and about Islam. Just reading what they have in mind makes you think they are living in isolation, or more correctly they are living in their own world. I do not know. How do they learn about us? Where do they get their information? Are they really researching about Islam, or are they just depending on the propaganda in the media to get their information about other people?

To my dismay, some still attack Muslims when the latter present them with the truth and offer correct information about Islam. Are we speaking in a vacuum? Why not listen to the Muslims? Yes. There are bad Muslims, but what do other Muslims have to do with those evildoers?

Evildoers, of every religious, political, and racial background, have been known since the beginning of humanity. Only Muslims, today, are all portrayed as evil!

Muslims are facing hate and racism worldwide, even on the Internet. You wake up in the morning with a happy face, open the laptop, check the news, and then you wear a sad face, close the laptop and stare into the space.

What have I done to be hated?

Dealing with Hate Speech Online

July 24, 2010

It is not easy to deal with hate speech over the Internet. On WordPress.com, it is really unfruitful to send reports about abusive content on some blogs because they will not be suspended. According to WordPress:

Please be aware that WordPress.com has a vast audience spread across many cultures, countries and backgrounds with varying values. We do take all views and reports seriously, but you must understand that reporting a blog will not always result in it being removed. The right to free speech and opinion is always respected, and we will not remove content simply because you may find it offensive or disturbing. If a blog is publishing offensive content with which you do not agree, we recommend starting a blog and speak your own mind on the subject. You will be granted the same rights.

If your role as a Muslim, in case of a hate speech against Islam, is only limited to either badmouthing the offender, or spamming their pages, or starting an online protest or a flaming campaign, then you are just adding more hay to the fire.

WordPress.com has given you a brilliant tactic, which unfortunately most Muslims do not bother to utilize, and that is to counter-defend. It is very easy to open a blog to defend your religion, clarify and provide evidence, and use it as a source for non-Muslims to come to know about Muslims.

Invite your friends and family to have a role in promoting online support for Islam against the waves of hate!