Saturday, 4 April 2009

Don't Tell Me How I Feel

Today in German class, I was asked to write about something I feel strongly about, so I thought I will share it with you.When I walk around in Germany, I feel really bad because of the looks I get from people. I am just a 17 year old girl who wants to travel, see the world, get to know people from different countries, religions and traditions, work and achieve something that will make me proud of myself. The looks just hurt and sting. Some times I want to hide but I know I have no reason to hide. The piece of cloth that I am wearing on my head is like a mark of a criminal in the Western world. I can't help thinking where is the democracy everyone is talking about?? You know what the weird part about it is, they keep talking about us using the word oppressed, DON'T TELL ME HOW I FEEL, because you don't know.

Listen to "Free" by Sami Yusuf about this issue.



5 comments:

sunnymuslimah said...

Salaam aleikum sister,

I couldn't help and read your story it seems so much like mine. I am busy with my blog this is not done yet. But I would like you to read my little story about oppression on my blog http://sunnymuslimah.wordpress.com/thougths/oppressed/.

wasalaam,

your sister in faith

caribbean muslimah

Taleb_Eldean said...

ma sha Allah... I came across this by accident while searching for pictures of oppression through google.

Be strong. The Muslim is a strong person with a good sense of morals, decency, right/wrong instinct, and understanding.

Remember... there ARE STILL MANY MUSLIMS out here who are sticking to the truth and holding STRONG to the DEEN. Alhamdulillah.

May Allah, Al-Hafeeth, Al-Haafith... protect and preserve you... and our brothers and sisters who hold strong to the truth.

Aameen.

Anonymous said...

dear Arab girl I am not a muslim but know the sting of the word oppressed. I am a latter Day Saint (mormon) I am ridiculed for the street and temple clothes I choose to wear just because I choose not to wear revealing clothes and not ordain my body with austentatious jewelry but keep my life in accordance with our teachings I like you have been pointed at and made to feel that I am doing something wrong. You go girl. I can attest to the fact that staying true to your beliefs is worth it.

Anonymous said...

Hello, I'm writing from Japan and I'm a japanese girl. I was always imagining the same pic that you posted here. What is wrong with wearing this head-cover? (I'm sorry I don't know the exact Arabic word for this.) I saw a lot of nuns wearing something very alike in the West. I think when people harshly deny the other group of people, it means they are actually alike at some points but don't want to admit because it is the crucial point of "belief"...anyway, thanks for sharing this.

Anonymous said...

Hello, I am Roman Catholic so I was offended at first from seeing the picture, until I read your post. I am very sorry that people give you the looks they do and I sure hope it is not because they think you are a criminal; although sadly that is what most people think. It really troubles me when people generalize and say that all Muslims are terrorists and that all Muslim men are abusive. People believe that all nuns choose to be nuns while they believe that Muslim women are "oppressed" to stay in their religion, and that is not always the case. Thank you for being an exemplar Muslim and thank you for speaking out against the injustices that many people experience, especially religious people. I too share in this because I do have to dress modestly and I am very often laughed at and ridiculed for waiting until marriage to have sex and not participating in what is considered "cool" in American society such as drugs and licentiousness. However, we most both realize that there is much human error in all religions and must pray for the Muslim women and children who are abused, the Muslim men who are wrongly accused of being oppressive, and for the victims of sex abuse in the Catholic church and for all victims to any person who commits crimes and justifies them with a religion that they have twisted, changing it from its true beautiful form.