Sunday, July 10, 2005

Solace

Today I was called a "London bomber," to my face. I have to admit, I am pretty upset about this. I have this notion that Toronto is somehow a more tolerant place than other random towns or cities. About the London bombing event, a fellow blogger writes: "I feel humiliated before the non-Muslim public – and before my non-Muslim friends." I must respectfully disagree. I am not humiliated. The cowards that committed this act of terror aren't members of my family, I don't know them, and I have nothing to do with them or their beliefs. I didn't commit any crimes. Although I am against the horrible event that took place last week, I adamantly refuse to apologize for something I had no hand in doing. You know, people aren't as ignorant as we think. I mean, I'm pretty sure the man who called me a London bomber knew I didn't have anything to do with it. He only wanted to insult me. "Whosoever follows My guidance, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve." (Qur'an 2:38)

26 comments:

brotherhood said...

wat a dork! calling u such names :mad:
..this time i'm first to comment :D

The Hunky One said...

As Salaamu Alaikum Asmaa,

Are you doing ok?.....

Actually, I'm not that worried, you're one tough cookie. Good thing for his sake you did not have your bouncy ball with you at that time :P

take care



p.s. Yippie I'm 2nd to post!!!
(you ppl never heard of the saying:
1st is to detest & 2nd is the best)

Elizabeth said...

This makes me sad and angry. People who blame one race of people for the ills of the world don't get it--that we're all responsible for what happened. We are all contributing to this problem, willingly or unwillingly, by living in a society that tolerates hate and injustice. You are no more at fault than I am--a white Christian woman. Know that I am angry for you, and had I been standing next to you I would have given that guy an earful.

I've been enjoying your blog for about a week, maybe longer. I like your writing. I've got your blog in my "favorites" setting!

Squeeky said...

Assalaamu Alaikum :D

What in the world ... I cannot believe that man had the nerve to put his frustration upon you. And you're right, why would we apologize for acts that weren't committed by us? I hate how people just generalize us that way. But I agree with "the hunky one", you do seem like a tough cookie and masha'Allah ... with the faith we have put in Allah Swt ... things like this should not bother us, insha'Allah

*muah*!

brotherhood said...

i ate tuna sandwich today

ابدلرحیم said...

Wohw that's definatley shoking upon shocking that that happened...IN TORONTO! Jeesh. HOw terrible. URGGHHH damn terrorists make it hard for the rest of us. I'm not ashamed because of it because i know what kind of a Muslim I am and I know that most people in the West are educated enough to know that a few do not represent a billion. Jeesh Toronto, can you believe it, well obviously you can. If your feeling down, just bouce a ball :-).
Khuda Hafiz

Asmaa said...

Oh, guess what guys...someone on a bike yelled "Saddam Hussein" at me today. I need to start carrying pepper spray.

Bushra said...

that guy was a jerk. People like that make me so angry. and you're right, its not ignorance.

Takumi Nakashima said...

This happened in Canada? I'm surprised. I went to Halifax, NS shortly after 9-11 and I felt relieved. There wasn't anyone to ridicule my religious beliefs and in Canada, there isn't such thing as Native Canadian (Native American), African Canadian (African American), Arab Canadian (Arab American) etc....

Ameera said...

Well, given the ignorance about the actual Muslims faith in the hearts and minds of the majority of westerners, I'd expect this kind of thing...

A woman e-mailed BBC and said she'd taken a subway train the day after the blasts in London. She felt very sorry for a young Muslim, sitting terrified in the train, clutching his backback - everyone was staring at him with expressions of the deepest mistrust and loath.

Al-Jazeera, the english website run by the tv channel, had this story about an American who took the challenge of becoming "Muslim for 30 days". It's quite an interesting piece of news but I can't find it anymore on their website, or I'd provide the URL for everyone.

destiny overture said...

Ameera, the show that you're referring to is called '30 days'

Its made by the same guy who made 'Supersize Me' (Morgan Spurlock)
The premise of the show is simply put someone in another's shoes for 30 days. It runs on FX, I did not see the show but I saw Morgan's interview.

The person who agreed to be a Muslim had to live, dress, do everything a Muslim did for 30 days.

The interesting part was that guy had never ever been stopped at the airport in his life. However, the 1st day he wore a 'Muslim garb' (I assume this means the arabic attire) He was stopped & questioned at the airport!

http://www.suntimes.com/output/entertainment/cst-ftr-30days15.html


Asmaa: Your last name is Hussein too so maybe the guy on the bike was shouting "Sannam Hussein, Sannam Hussein!!" meaning ' loved/my dear Hussein' & you heard wrong?! ;)

brotherhood said...

i jus thought of something.. how can u be a london bomber when ur not in london :o how stupid :p

Humaid said...

This is truly disheartening. There are tons of bigots out here like that. I've come across some on the subway, and out on the street too.. but not recently. I guess they wait in anticipation of such events to expose their true hatred against us.

I do hope you carry a cellphone. What I've found is that when these hatemongers see that they can yell obscenities and get away with it one or two times, the next time they take it a step further. Which is why I think you should relay these incidents to any prominent Muslim civil rights group (e.g. CAIR-CAN), which can document this case and report on them.

I think this bigotry and ignorance - instead of causing us to retreat or feel ashamed - actually strengthens our resolve to be better Muslims; something the haters are baffled by.
God knows best.

Ameera said...

Destiny Overture, I know about the show from the Al-Jazeera report. Also, to clarify, the "Muslim garb" was a Pakistani 'shalwar' and 'kameez'... he had also grown a beard. He was stopped at the airport, and he was also the source of "terror" for a woman seated next to him on the airplane! She was so scared that she couldn't knit... she thought she was sitting next to a "terrorist".

Safiyyah said...

Just a point of clarification: I haven't apologized for anything, and I don't feel apologies are needed. All I've done is expressed my feelings.
I'm sorry to hear about these incidents, Asmaa. May Allaah (SWT) make it easy for you.
Take care,
Safiyyah

Hajera said...

Ironically, the man who called you a "London bomber" was doing exactly what the bombers did that day--ascribing guilt to the entire Western population for the actions of their leaders just as the entire Muslim community is criticized simply because the bombers were Muslim.

elysium said...

I'm sorry you had to live through this..
If this happened infront of me.. I'd have yelled 'slave trader' back.

Madia said...

that just reflects their ignorance, it's bad enough that we're dealing with it...and yes there's nothing to apologize for, i'm glad you stood your ground sis

Sara...your cousin said...

asmaa hahaha
music is great i dunno y i wrote that hahaha well salam

Lone Ranger said...

Face it, so long as Muslims are daily taking innocent lives in London, the United States, the Philippines, Thailand, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sudan, etc., etc., etc., your "religion of peace" will be looked upon with some suspicion. The fact is that whenever you find a large group of Muslims interacting with ANY other culture, you find murder and terrorism. Islam is not a religion of peace, it is a religion of cultural imperialism and dominence. The goal of Islam is nothing short of taking over the world. Whenever Islam becomes the predominate religion in a country, it changes that country's culture. The culture of 7th century Arabia is raised to that of divine law. The people are forced to learn Arabic, dress like 7th century Arabians, eat Arabian food, adopt 7th century Arabian culture. Contract this to Christianity. Just because Jesus wore robes, nobody in this age is expected to dress in robes. Just because Jesus Spoke Hebrew, we don't need to speak Hebrew to be Christians. Just because Jesus had a beard, Christians don't have to grow beards. The London bombers were native Londoners! What's to say that you are not a native Canadian just waiting for your chance to blow up some women and children? True, not all Muslims are terrorists, but most terrorists are Muslims. I would be more inclined to believe your outrage if I knew that you had read the Sunnah and would admit that the Koran does not apply to infidels. It may be a sin to kill Muslims, but it is not a sin to kill infidels. But I understand your hesitance to question Islam. After all, although Christians are free to question their religion to their heart's content, Muslims face death if they do so. Ask Salmon Rushdie.

Elizabeth said...

Oh, Lone. How is Muslim fanaticism any different from Christian fanaticism? The fundamentalist Christians in this country re-elected Bush. Bush has been responsible for WAY more deaths than were wrought in the 9-11 attacks, and more than Saddam Hussein killed. (NOT that the two were related!) You're talking about Muslims being brainwashed into believing the killing is right. Some Muslims are. But some Christians (and other "patriotic" US citizens) are brainwashed into thinking the only way to deal with terrorism is to commit more terrorism. Back in the days after 9-11, I was honestly shocked and surprised that so many thought the answer to violence was more violence! Where does that come from? Not a spirit of peace. It comes from a spirit of "we're right, and we'll kill to prove it." What if we started looking at the reasons why those fanatics killed? What if we started trying to right the wrongs? Oh, yeah. No one makes any money from trying to work things out.

Salikah said...

At a talk this year Haroon Siddiqui mentioned he often gets emails when things happen in various parts of the world (decapitations is Iraq, suicide bombings, etc)...with angry readers saying "well, what do you have to say about THIS, Haroon".

He said his reply is always "Nothing. I didn't do it."

Pete said...
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Get a life said...

hey asmaa you forgot to tell them that they called US london bombers, too! not only you..don't feel special.

Her sister

Umm Aisha said...

Salaams Sister

I'm originally from London and now living just outside of London. On the day of the bombings, both my sister and brother-in-law missed the attacks by minutes. My family were unable to contact them on their mobiles as you can imagine the network was completely jammed. You can imagine the worry and fear we felt for them.
Since then I have experienced racial abuse and racial hatred from both the ignorant and the educated alike in both London and here in my home town.
Although the British are aware that not all muslims are bombers, they fear us all as they feel anyone of us could be carrying something.
I personally dont feel ashamed or responsible for what has happened as I believe it was not the action of true muslims. But I do feel saddened and hurt as the acts were barbaric and innocent people were hurt and killed. More to the point, 2 of the areas where the bombs went off were predominantly muslim areas ( Edgwere Road & Aldgate ).
What happened was totally wrong and now for every muslim, be it a British or american or canadian, I think all muslims in the west need to show the non-muslims who and what muslims are really about. We are peaceful, loving, caring people who have contributed so much over time to many countries and civilisations in this world.
I'm sorry you were spoken so terribly to, but keep your head up high and think of Allah SWA , May he guide and strenghen you.

Wassalaam
Umm Aisha

Keenan Pioli said...

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