Tuesday, July 19, 2011
As-Salamo Aleikom Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu
"GO HOME!" - This is what me and some of my sisters have heard in Portugal and other parts of this world.
Once we put on the hijab or the niqaab, we automatically belong outside of our own countries, our own cities, our own homes. Because if in Portugal I was to respond to such a statement, I would tell them I would go back to Lisbon. That's my home. I lived there, part of my life is there and I was born in Lisbon. No one can change this - I WAS at home.
This ignorance has to stop. People have to stop thinking that being a Muslim means that we are from another country. Some of us are immigrants, true. But not ALL of us. And there are more and more converts than Muslim immigrants nowadays in western Muslim communities.
Before you come and say "GO HOME!", talk to us first, get to know us. See if we were born in the same country than you before you take hasty conclusions.
I moved to a place where there's a vast number of non-Muslim foreigners, here in Egypt. I wonder if those silly protests in the West telling Muslims to "go home" happened here against non-Muslims... That's something to ponder about. After all, many non-Muslims come on vacation to Egypt. What would they think? I wonder what impact this would have. Maybe it would make things clearer to non-Muslims, how hurtful their words are? Allah knows best.
The only thing that makes us different is a piece of cloth and a different faith, but that DOESN'T take away my birth rights.