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Discrimination Inside Muslim Community

Updated on September 21, 2017

Assalammu Alaikum, Wr. Wb.

A few times ago I had this conversation with my friend, a converted Muslim male from USA, about discrimination inside our own Ummah. He told me about what he feels as “white Muslim”. He said because he is white, it caused him become the most alienated person everywhere. In US, people around him do not like him because he is Muslim, and in Muslim society, people hesitated to give him place in their house as their son in law, because he is white. I objected him at first since I never thought his skin will make him different as Muslim, but Hey! Why am I arguing? It is his experiences and he knew what he is talked about, so it must be true.

Then it made me thinking, what is it feel to be him? Furthermore, what is it feel to be converted Muslimah who lives in the western country where she could get alienated because of her Hijab? My friend can walk around the street without somebody notice who he is, as long as he doesn’t wear his Kufy or turban (if he ever had one), but Muslimah will be easily being recognized by her Hijab or Niqab. What does she feel about it? Will she feel being alienate too? And what is it about “no Muslim expecting white people in their house as family member” statement from my friend? Is it really true?

I remember once my dearest Muslim Sister told me she had a bad time because she feels alienated inside her house in Manchester while her husband at work and her son busy with his own life. As Muslimah wearing Niqab that must be really hard for her to adapt herself in a new neighborhood while many of her neighbors are not Muslim. The situation is easy to read because her Niqaf surely will raise fear and suspicious to her from unbelievers of Islam who meet her at the first time and do not understand what Islam is and why she has to wear Niqab, but will is she too, like my male friend had experienced, will be alienated in Muslim community because she is “white Muslim”?

Before I really active in internet society and get connected with Muslim from outside my world, as Muslim woman in the country where the majority citizen is Muslim, never before I ever thought that we have discriminating thought in our ummah mind. Yes, I know many people inside our Ummah had growth greater hate toward Israelis, but even with Christian, we still have a great relationship and respect each other way of life. The problem did come out from somewhere sometimes, brought by those who do not understand what it is meant to be different. And this kind of hatred is coming equally from both sides. But it is far from my understanding that discrimination also can be found easily, happened among ourselves. Sadly, if thinking back, digging into my memories, yes, I was seen and experienced this kind of problem before.

It was around my time at university, when I, for the first time, and sadly it was happening inside the mosque. Well, I couldn’t say that other Muslim discriminated them, but it is like they did that by themselves; put the differences into real acted which could cause gap among Muslim.

In Dhuhur time we gather in the Campus Mosque to do Sholat and after sholat, I noticed that there are several women wearing black Abaya and Burkha stood at the side of those who doing sholat. I wonder why they didn’t enter the shafts and do Jamaah like other, while so many shafts there are still empty and waiting to be filled; but only stood there until we finished our prayer. After sholat, hidden in the corner of the women side of the Mosque, with the book in my hand, thought that I want to take benefit of that peaceful place to read before my next class began; what I saw while I am there then, made me confused. After every Jamaah (but me and this ladies I mention before of course) out from the mosque, I saw these women, and several men too, go outside the mosque to come back again with the mops in their hands and start mopped the entire praying room. “Hey”, I thought at that moment, “great people. They help Takmir of the Mosque cleaning the place.” But then after they finished mopped the floor; they gather together and doing Dhuhur prayer.

I’m lost inside my own confusion! I did not know about those males who doing sholat with them, but I’m very sure these women entered the Mosque at the same time with me, before Dhuhur sholat starting. The Mosque is big and the Jamaah not even filled a half of the Mosque. If they came to do Dhuhur, why they didn’t do it at that time when me and other Jamaah doing Dhuhur together? Why they waited until all Jamaah for that Dhuhur prayer gone away? And what is it with the mop? The floor not even dirty. Or they think that I and other Jamaah before them carried so many junks and dirty things, or maybe disease inside the mosque while we doing sholat, so they had to be really careful?

In the class then, when I told my friend what I saw, he informed me, these people are Islam Jamaah and they did this all the time. My friend didn’t know the reason too, but no matter what is that, I thought I didn’t want to know either. That is the first time I see some “strange thing about differences” around our own ummah being formed into the acted.

A few years after that when I start blogging, I met this Muslim family from Chicago. The husband is Malaysian and his wife, she was born as Muslim, and she is Israelis. She told me as far as she is able to remember, what she got from Muslim society around her is hate and more hate in every single time. Other Muslim spit on her when they learned where she came from and in so many times people just insulted her for who she is, Israelis. I experienced that too because since me and her interacted with each other, I keep finding many messages that asked me to block her from my friend's list because she is Israelis and that really made me so upset at that time. Why should I block her because she is born as Israelis? Yes, Al Qur’an told many stories about the bad history between Muslim and Jew, but she is Muslim from the first time she is born into the world and those sins Jews ever created in the past, or Israelis do today, it is not her sins. In my sight she is my sister in Islam and she should not be punished for the sin she never did. Isn’t Al Qur’an taught us that no matter who it is, we should hold them as our family if they are repentant with all of their heart and become Muslim, even if it is Jew?

“Those who conceal the clear (Signs) We have sent down, and the Guidance, after We have made it clear for the people in the Book, on them shall be Allah’s curse, and the curse of those entitled to curse,Except those who repent and make amends and openly declare (the Truth): To them I turn; for I am Oft-returning, Most Merciful.”Noble Qur’an 3:159-160.

Allah forgives Jew who repents. Allah Himself; as the one who has the first right to be angry because He is the one that Jew didn’t want to listen; forgiving them when they repent. So why we still hold the grudge against them? And if we should accept those who repent, then why, for the woman who born as Muslim, we treated her really bad because she is also born as Israelis, even when she never involved with the sins that we are so dare accused on her?

Thinking this back, related it to what my friend told me, I wonder why we do this to our own Ummah. Why we divided ourselves from each other? What is it wrong being white inside Muslim community so they deserve to get alienated?

Maybe one clear answer to this question already answered by my beloved Mom. She told me she doesn’t have a problem to have a white man as her son in law as long as he is Muslim and he doesn’t have AIDS.

Don’t take her wrong, my Mom is good woman and not accusing all white have the ability to become carrier of AIDS, but because it is for her precious daughter, that is why she will put every prevention upon everything, even if it has to make her become cruel to others or even have to stand opposite from my side; her own daughter; if she think what I chose to myself is not right for me. If you see here, beyond all her words, it is only one reason for this, which is; she is afraid. And sadly, my Mom is not alone on this.

Logically all Muslim understand those who converted are the most blessed people than the others because they got their Hidayah (blessing) and their sins suddenly being erased from their life, once they become Muslim. Like a baby, they just being born again, and they usually have strong improvement in teaching themselves how to become Muslim in their future because it is their own will to become Muslim, while many born Muslim have to struggle with their Iman in the whole of their life. Converted Muslim deserved to be loved and accepted in our community because they already achieved what born Muslim might not be able to achieve if we are sitting in their place, but it is logical. Too bad, somehow heart and mind not always go together.

Suspicious, fear and anxiety are always become first to blow inside human mind, and I guess with all the differences “white Muslim” had and carried from their past and also their culture, it is quite hard for many Muslim families to open their heart fully and accepted “white Muslim” to become part of their family. They are afraid if all the differences this person brought from who he or she was before becoming Muslim, somehow will affecting their life and drag it to the unknown zone later. It is easy to be understood, but do not mean it is right behavior and right thought to be kept.



Another Type of Discrimination

In the other hand, there is another type of discrimination I ever encounter long time ago. There is one time I became good friend with one brother who has lineage came purely from Arab. We were had a good time together purely as a friend, but one day, suddenly, he just disappeared from my life. Then when I asked about him to one of his friends, he told me that this friend of mine had to give up on me before our relationship grows into something more closer than only a friend. Because his parents demanded him to.

As pure Arabian, they want to keep their blood to stay pure, and this means he was not allowed to marry a lady whose not came from the Arabian race. They don’t want their blood mixed with other blood because of other Muslim outside those Arab only second-class Muslim. What?

Lucky me, he is only friend to me and no matter what he feels about me back then, which was a reason for his parents to demand of my disappearance from his life, it was only his to be held. But from that experience finally, I saw the way Arabian seeing other Muslim around the world who not came from their race. This fact had been proven by so many friends of mine who experienced the same treatment from an Arabian race. One of them is an Imam from Nabawi Mosque who’s born as Malaysian. He told me,

“Dear, mind me but don’t you know what Arab thought about you, Muslim from Indonesia? They thought of you as second-class Muslim.”

I am really sure not all Arabian have this thought, because so many of them are great people who understand that all of us is the same in the sight of God no matter what is the color of our skin, but these experiences are clear example about how discrimination and racial issues indeed existed inside our own community.

"Be not like those who are divided amongst themselves and fall into disputations after receiving Clear Signs: For them is a dreadful penalty,-" Nobel Quran 3:105

Hold fast, all together, to God's rope, and be not divided among yourselves. Remember with gratitude God's favor on you, for you were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His grace you became brethren. You were on the brink of the fiery Pit, and He saved you from it. Thus does God make His signs clear to you, that you may be guided.” Qur'an :3.103

“Let there arise out of you one community, inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: those will be prosperous. Be not be like those who are divided amongst themselves and fall into disputations after receiving clear signs: for them is a dreadful penalty.” Qur'an :3: 105

“Maintain religion, and do not stir up any divisions within it.” Qur'an 42:13

Discrimination, division, sects: named it! It is not a right thing to do or to be chosen as our behavior in treating our own ummah inside our community. Those verses above already told us in a very clear way, but we still do that. We can add so many reasons as our excuses but no matter what: it is still wrong.

My Brothers and Sisters in Islam, we need to gather together as one. We need to be standing side by side as a whole. Not as Arabian Muslim, Asian Muslim or White Muslim. Not as Sunni or Shia, etc, etc. Allah, SWT, Al Qur’an and Muhammad, SAW never taught to divided people into a different group of people. Based on Al Qur’an, inside Muslim ummah there only two types of people: which are good people and bad people. Allah taught us through Al Qur’an that good person will be staying with good people, and bad people will be staying with bad people. Never mention about Arabian Muslim should be only with Arabian Muslim, Asian Muslim should be only with Asian Muslim. Never! But we forget about this lesson and only followed our own conceited mind and thought that ourselves are way better than others who not similar with us.

Remember, Islam is about love and peace. As Khalifah in this world in the extension of Muhammad, SAW duty to spreading Islam, we should become a good example for humankind. But how we will be able to become a good example for the world, no mention to become a role model of Ummah, if inside ourselves we are divided and never want to try to take steps to pass through those differences?

You don’t have to be born as Arabian to be able to become respected Muslim.

You don’t have to be born Muslim to be able to become respected Muslim.

You don’t have to wear Kufi to get your identity as Muslim. Black, white, brown, and yellow, all you need to do is to read Syahadat with all of your heart to become Muslim, and once you do that, you are Muslim, no matter what is the color of your skin or from which race you had been born.

The only reason to make you no longer Muslim only if you are doing shirk and worshipping other than Allah, also denying Muhammad as Messenger of Allah, the last prophet that ever existed.

Please, do not be divided, because being divided only will make us weak!

“And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the variations in your languages and your colours: verily in that are Signs for those who know.” Noble Qur’an 30 :22

“O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).” Noble Qur’an 49 :13

Above verses told us exactly why Allah made us into a different race. It is because He wants us to know each other, to put respect on each other. It is also the sign of Allah greatness for us, not the reason to be a divide. It is not a bloodline or skin colors that make human have the dignity to live in this world. It is not the person past that count him or her as good or bad person. But it is his/her behavior today and how he/she maintain themselves in the future that should be count. Don’t hate other because of your own pride and prejudice, my Brothers and Sisters in Islam. It is not Islamic way, so should not being cope as Muslim behavior.

If you want to think further, the existence of “white Muslim” among us is really good things to celebrate. As Muslim, they brought along their understanding about western lifestyle and western wisdom, and there are many of them who really have wider knowledge about Bible. They get used to western technology and they are the proof of the power of Allah which able to reach far from the zone where Al Qur’an came down to our Prophet at the first time. Their existence inside our community will bring fresh wind inside our knowledge (ilm). Their knowledge will be useful for us to learn more about western lifestyle and wisdom. Not to copy it of course, but to use this knowledge for our benefit, to bring Islam to it golden time, the time that Al Qur’an already put prophecy on it.

We should celebrate their coming in our community, not in reverse, which is rejecting them. I’m sure many Muslim who read this will said: “I am nice to them and accepted them as good friends in my house.” Yes, of course, but will you accept them as the member of your family? (This is not my question, but this is my friend’s question. To be honest, I write this Hub to provoking him to write a Hub about his experience on this subject. I wish he will do that soon.) Will you mix your blood with them? Will you call them; my children? Will you be proud to have them in your genealogy? Please, think about this, and tell the truth about your opinion, not just some flowery nonsense that we all never need.

Be Strong, My friend

Talking about this make me feel like I’m standing in two different worlds and trying to build the bridge in between to relating it. In one side, I can see and understand the fear, but on the other side, I also can see and understand the pain. I wish I can build that bridge, and I will always try to, but somehow, for now, all I can say to my friend and all brothers and sisters who have experienced this; please, be patient.

Our ummah still has so many things to learn about each other, and all of you, as those who brought diversity into our home, I hope can be the reason for our ummah to be change, to be more open-minded and brave to face the world today. We are different, but our diversity is a gift from Allah to make our life become more colorful, not to give a reason to divide ourselves.

Don’t give up trying to become Muslim. Usually, life hits hard in the stomach and knocks all the air out of you when you least expect it (I steal this line from Muslima61. Love you, Sis!), but when one door closed to you, there will always be another door open for you to enter. When everything feels too hard for you to face, just remember, in every hardship, will certainly also have ease, and usually the glory of it always as great blessing from Allah. All we can do is to keep trying for the best and let Allah present us the result because only Allah who knew the best.

I hope this useful.

Wassalammu alaikum, Wr. Wb.


Freya Cesare

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    Freya Cesare 5 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

    wa alaikum salam.

    It is very interesting point that you brought. You know, in my journey to find my way to Allah, I found that there will be a moment where Allah blocked us from everything we ever have; family, friends and society; and turned us into loner. There is a book mentioned about this. It said it is His way to show us there are nobody we can lean on in every breath we took but Allah, SWT. There are nobody will always be there for us in every circumstance but Him. So we should stop lean to others but Allah only. This mean, yes, it is true that being Muslim, at some point when we reach some level of taqwa, loneliness will become our friend. But when we then accepted the fact that indeed, we born and die alone, so it is nobody but Allah will become our eternal company, little by little the loneliness feeling will washed away and we will feel contented with His love, even without anyone else around.

    So loneliness is the trial. Discrimination also the trial. And as every trial, it will give gaining us great result at the end if we passed it.

    Thank you, Sis.

    Wassalam.

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    HabibiMatrimonial 5 years ago from Bay Area, CA USA

    Assalamu alaikum. I am a revert Muslimah and I have to say being Muslimah you have to be bit of a loner. Some areas of the USA are better for reverts than others. Like Northeastern USA- NY, NJ, PA, MD are great areas because so many African American reverts. The South is also okay like MS, LA, AL but the West is really very bad(CA). They group according to the language they speak and will alienate the revert, never inviting her to the homes of others. That's my experience... good or not so good, being a loner helps.

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    Freya Cesare 5 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

    Ahorseback: It took 5 months for me to comeback to HubPages. Even I dld came occasionally to visit you and several friends which close in my heart, I didn't check my comments list often so I missed this one of yours like I missed several others. Please forgive me.

    Yes, I found the best cure for painful heart is acceptance. Whether it is an acceptance from others, acceptance from yourself about who we really are, or acceptance of the painful facts of our life: our mistake, our lost and gain, our failure etc. Also an acceptance to the circumstances of the world around us. Without acceptance we might always angry.

    My mission is simply to bring the idea of peace in this world inside everybody's minds. Ah yes, kind of impossible but even if at the end it will only reach several people only, I still mean something. Hopefully what I already shared with others will be shares by them to many others too, insha Allah. And then little by little, from the roots I had planted, the voice for chance growing bigger and bigger and bigger until the day peace no longer only an idea. That is my dream.

    Silly me. lol.

    Thank you, Ahorseback, because you is one from only several people whose already showed me that we still able to put trust on humanity.

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    ahorseback 6 years ago

    Hello My Beautiful Muslim Daughter and poetic rascal! LOL ,I loved reading this because I yearn to understand ! And another thing I like to do is read BETWEEN the lines , and what I hear are voices that only want understanding and acceptance , there is an extreme amount of need for accepting and truely understanding others and on this hub and in your messege , they will find it! Open hearts will inherit the future of our world , tomorrow and the next day and the next.......:-} Big hugs for you !.....Ed

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    Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

    Sallammu alaykum, White Turk.

    Your story is similar with one of my sister here in HubPages. I guess, indeed people can be really judgemental even I don't think it have something to do with race or religion. More likely it came from fear and too narrow minded thought which is a product of dogmatic teaching; the common way of teaching in our community today. It is not Islamic way of teaching because our Prophet love to discussed ilm which mean he never used dogmatic way of teaching, but somehow it is become common way of teaching for today generation. Dragged Islam into dark time!

    I'm sorry for what you have been through, dear. But I hope it will not make you become full of hatred too. Maybe it is the probation of taqwa for you, and of course if you can endure and find way out without ruin dignity and purity inside your heart, insha Allah, in the end Allah will give you happiness you always wanted, more than you ever dream of.

    Dear, Muslim community not only available in your country. I'm sure there are many many places where you can live without have to be worry about discrimination. But no matter where we are, judgemental mind and stupidity is common among human, so more likely you will find other kind of trouble there, because this is what life in this world about, a place for probation.

    And just like Allah himself had promised us, "We created you in pairs,..." each one of us have our soulmate somewhere. You should feel grateful because you don't have to always aware on what type of man those who tried to get close to you; a con or real person. You don't have that kind of trouble and trust me, that is really troublesome.

    Trust Allah and what he promised us. Not yet meet the man who loves you do not mean you will never meet one at all. I am 33 years old. And single. I am older than you and my mom keep crying over my unfortunate single way of life. But for myself, I have no worry at all. I believe Allah always have great plan for me and I will meet my future husband in it's time; the best time for us to be meet. In trusting Allah, we should never pouting and doubting.

    If later a man indeed fall in love to you, that is mean he is better from any other man, because he seek more than any other man seek about woman. He doesn't look for what commoner says as beautiful or as right type of woman to become wife, but he simply look for you, the woman he want to be his wife. That kind of man is the best among others, and like all the best, they usually rare.

    Make a peace with yourself, dear, and love yourself. Do not care what other had said about your look, because it is not important in the sight of Allah. multiply your deeds and be grateful always for what you have. grateful feeling always give great result in the end. Trust me, I know.

    I hope you find your peace. ^_^ And do contact me if you want to share. You can email me if you do not want to write in comment. Wassalam.

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    White Turk 6 years ago

    Despite of how difficult my life has been growing up, I have managed to work very hard and have now graduated from university and moved on with my life alhamdulillah. The friends I hang out with most of the time now are non-Muslims. As sad as it is, I actually feel more comfortable and in place among them than I do among my own people. Despite the fact that I do wear a hijab, I don't feel like I am left out or anything because of my appearance :)))

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    White Turk 6 years ago

    I am a Turk, both of my parents are Turks, and I was born as a Muslim alhamdulillah. I speak Turkish fluently too. But I do not look like your average Turk. My skin is a white as snow, I can't even tan I am VERY pale, my eyes are turquoise, and my hair is reddish-blond, and I have freckles. Only about 20-30% of Turks are white, and I am among that percentage, while the rest are dark.

    I do pray 5 times a day, read Qur'an, fast, and do all that alhamdulillah, but I do not have very many close Muslim friends because of what I have experienced growing up. The ones I am friends with I keep at a distance and that is as far as things will ever go.

    Whenever I went out to Islamic functions in the past, I felt completely out of place and violently uncomfortable. Everyone looked middle-eastern/ethnic, but I was the only one who was white. I almost cried one time afterwards because I just felt like I did not belong there. Everyone looked better than me, and I looked washed out next to them. I was even shunned out and harshly rejected by another Turkish female because I simply did not look Turkish.

    Despite me having been born as a Muslim, I experienced a great deal of abuse, racism, and negative stigma because of my appearance. I attended an Islamic school for 7 years, and it was an extremely horrendous experience. Both students and teachers laughed at me and picked on me because of it, and I was often alienated and singled out, especially by the males. They pretty much hated me and called me ugly and weird, and that no man would ever love me. I didn't want to be there or anywhere for that matter, I just did not want to be alive.

    I have learned one cold hard fact about being in an Islamic society. I don't care how many people try to argue against this, because it is the TRUTH. The reality is, Islamic society is more shallow than the Western society. Being white is seen as a negative thing, whether or not you are born as a Muslim, or not even a Muslim at all. You are seen as "white-washed" and "low-classed." If you are a female, you are most likely to never be taken seriously or even approached by men.

    Based on my experiences, as long as you look "ethnic" you will be fine. If you don't think this is true, then think again because you could not be more wrong. Being white is possibly the WORST thing that you could be among Muslims.

    I just turned 26, and will probably never get married, and I don't think I ever want to, especially with the Muslim males today. I will always be proud to be a born-Muslim and practice Islam, but frankly I think it is better in the long run for my physical as well as for my mental well-being that I stay single.

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    Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

    Naz: Insha Allah, Naz. Let's pray they will. Thank you for reading this. :)

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    naz 6 years ago

    True words and well said. Hope there's more Muslims who see things this way!

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    Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

    Salam, Muslim Belief. Yes, I am agree. Let's teach our Muslim community to only following AL Qur'an and the prophet only, and clear their life from this kind of problem. Thank you for your support, Brother. :)

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    Muslim-Beliefs 6 years ago

    Jazakallah for this great hub. I am a Muslim, but what we are seeing today is that a lot of Muslims are not following Islam, they are being extremely racist, which usually comes from their culture or history. Islam treats everyone equally, only looking at their deeds and giving them status according to that. I hope all Muslims start practicing our beautiful religion and show the world that we are a religion of peace and harmony.

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    Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

    I did see "Lines From The Holy Koran By a White American Muslim Sura's 1-3" listed in amazon but not that "The Last Revelation of Muhammmad on Jihad by a White American Muslim". What is the book about? Hmmm... Ok, I will look for it. Thank you for your info. :)

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    Peaceful Follower 6 years ago

    There are good books that document discrimination among Muslims along with many other facts for the beginning Muslim or the experienced one, as well as the non believer called 'The Last Revelation of Muhammmad on Jihad by a White American Muslim' and 'Lines from the Holy Koran by a White American Muslim Sura's 1-3' available on Amazon com as a book or download to Kindle reader or your PC. Read them.

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    Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

    Hi, Aweli. Salam. Thank you very much. :)

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    Aweli 6 years ago from USA

    Hi sister,

    I really enjoyed your hubs by reading some of the most interesting stories. By the way, I voted for you up and I would be very glad to be your follower.

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    Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

    Salam, Abdi. That is great story and message to share. Thank you very much. Yes, I definitely agree with you. May Allah guide us all to the right path only, insha Allah. I feel really honour to have you as one of my brother in faith. Thank you, Abdi. :)

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    Neverletitgo 6 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

    My dear sister may Allah guide us to right path. As we know, a lot of Muslims are not performing or acting the religion, they just have as a name and that is not what Allah needs for us. Our lovely Prophet(Peace and bless be upon him) says in hadith which the meaning was that Arab are not better than non-Arabs and non-Arabs are not better than Arab except their fear to Allah(taqwallaah).I feel sorry for those new Muslims get that kind of discrimination because of their race and culture which is really unfair. Surrounding men and Women around prophet or in other word Companion of prophet had any type of race. They had Arabs who were the majority, black (bilal), white (suhaib ar-rumi), Asian (salman al-farasi), Masha Allah they were connected and loved eachother.They are our true example and we are very eager to follow their footsteps. Let me share with you how sahabah (companion) of our lovely prophet (peace and bless be upon him) had strong brotherhood and sisterhood. They believed that they are equal before Allah and everybody believed that his brother or sister is better than him/her. Let's be example the rest of the people if we are real and pure Muslim. Short story: There were a white non-Muslim guy and Muslim guy who were friends. The Muslim guy never prays and do good deeds only claim that he is Muslim. The white guy became Muslim and they taught him how to pray, but one day he said I don't want to pray. They asked why? He said I am Muslim like my friend Ali who was born Muslim and still don't pray so why I bother. Brothers and sisters in Islam let's be true Muslims and let's be fair all people Muslims and Non-muslims.Let's be candles, do you know what candle do? We just lit and shine surrounding and burn, so if you are ideal Muslim you will be like candle so that the people will be guided because of your action. Why is that? Because of that your heart and your action are going together, so that people Muslim and Non-Muslims will recognize that you are ideal Muslim. Let’s fear Almighty God the creature to whom we belong and we return. Jazakumullah all of you. jazakillah freya, I love you for the sake of Allah.

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    Freya Cesare 7 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

    Morson:

    Waalaikum salam, my Brother in Islam. Yes, I'm agree. That is why we need to spread the proper teaching of Islam. Even if it is only able to reach several people only, it still useful to creating chain of knowledge and understanding.

    About those people that I meet in campus Mosque, later I knew them as Islam Jamaah, an organization (I don't want to called them as branch) which emerged around 1960 in Indonesia. They brought strange teaching under the name of Islam.

    They believe Muslim who's not Muslim Jamaah is listed inside 72 groups of people who will enter Hell. If we are not Muslim Jamaah, we are not Muslim for them and that is why anything we brought along with us, even only our present is Najis for them and that is why they should mop the place after we go.

    This group already listed as forbidden in Indonesia, but still able to find here. I guess wherever we go, the weird and weirdest will never stop. But insha Allah, if we genuinely following Qur'an, Allah will guide us all.

    Thank you, Morson. For reading this and commenting. ^_^

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    Freya Cesare 7 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

    Thank you, Nell. I am so glad you understand. There is bad people everywhere no matter where they came from. And the reason of their conduct can be anything, including religion. Me and you, beside our religion, are similar as human being. I wish everyone can see it clearly. Again, thank you, Nell. God bless you. :)

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    Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

    Hi, Freya, I forgot to say that I have worked with many Muslim colleagues at work and we have had a great time, I no longer believe what I see on TV or in the papers, I know that there is a lot of bad in any culture, I had a friend who went to Thailand and she said the people who lived there were some of the lovliest people that she had ever met, and they were all Muslim, and of course I know you now! lol so I know that Islam is a peaceful culture at heart, thanks to reading your work I now understand it better, thanks, nell

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    Freya Cesare 7 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

    Hi, Nell.

    Why many Muslim rejected Western because Western life style today is something Muslim have to avoid. Many Muslim really strict about not doing sin (including me) and because of that, some of these Muslim also not able to accepting Western people in their community (alhamdullilah, me and my family are open minded people) ; afraid that this person will bring his/her former lifestyle and then being follow by young Muslims who thought that was cool and hot.

    Why many Western put so much suspicion to Muslim because they do not know what real Islam is and who Muslim truly are. Yes, you are right, all Western people see only what media told them and it formed stereotype or prejudice which described Muslim as violence, cruel, savage, etc. They had been filled with false information, and it is hard to fix. Or it can be fix, but some people just too afraid to believe it is the truth because it is not what they knew all this long.

    Very sad, but this is the fact of our world today. I hope for the same thing with you, Nell. I hope the world will united no matter what is the religion they hold in their heart.

    Thank you for reading this, Nell.

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    Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

    Hi, Freya, thank you for this interesting insight into your religion, sadly this happens in so many different cultures and religions, most people around the world always blame white people for being racist, but there is so much more racism within own communities than we could possibly be, I don't really understand why Muslims don't except other nationalities only to say that is why people don't really understand Islam, and I think the trouble is that we only ever see the horrible side of it on TV and newspapers but we forget that it is in fact a lovely religion and we should accept that there are always people who will cause trouble within a religion whether it is Islam or Christianity, it is a shame, maybe one day we will all get on together whether we are Islam or Christian or anything else, thanks for such an interesting read, cheers nell

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    Freya Cesare 7 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

    Very true, Sis Vani. But somehow, people forget about it and keep doing it. That is why I am writing this Hub, to be a remainder for those who forget about what Islam already taught them. It is nice to see you in my page, Sis. Thank you.

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    vanidiana 7 years ago from Depok, Indonesia

    That's not what Islam really teaches its followers, it's more based on one's country traditions. Any muslim is the same, no matter where he/ she comes from. What matters most is the deeds, even an Arabic muslim can't be considered a good muslim is he doesn't obey the Islam rules.

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    Freya Cesare 7 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

    Nayimah, salaam. Thank you for reading this. Well, you should not let those who treat you bad affecting you too much. They are wrong, and be happy because it is not you who make mistake.

    If you want to meet sisters, come to my community.

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=194279523882

    I will be happy to meet you there and there are many nice and sweet sisters to be with. :)

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    nayimah 7 years ago

    I am going through the discrimination here in my area. Nobody wants to accept me as a sister in Islam because I am not the same color as them. It is heartbreaking and I have tried to be accepted but nobody loves me for the sake of Allah. I want to find a community that will accept me. I could really use the closeness of a sister community but nobody likes me because I am different. Jazaka'Allahu khair for sharing this as I can truly relate to this!

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    Freya Cesare 7 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

    Thank you, James, for visited me and read this. I'm happy to share.

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    Freya Cesare 7 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

    Hello Micky, it is true, there is "hatred" from all races. But in Islam there is an order to not learn and follow Al Qur'an only for as much as you want.

    Being Kaffah, that real Muslim have to do. Kaffah mean Perfect or the whole. Become Muslim means you have to follow the whole words of Allah inside Al Qur'an (with right translation and understanding of course,not bias with human's need, will and desire. This is the key to be success in reading and understanding Al Qur'an; keep your mind neutral from any effect of the life)so it can be perfect.

    By discriminating other, that Muslim already violated Allah's order, and it's mean that person not doing Islam in the right way, and for them it will become sin.

    Yes, racism is everywhere, but because Muslim already had order to not become racist, they should not let themselves become racist person. I think I need to waking up those who did this to realize that they already did something wrong, and that's why I wrote this.

    I'm agree with you, but I think it is not the Golden Rule only which all of us need to adopt in our life, but the whole words of God. If God told us to not doing sin, don't do it. If God told us to be nice with our neighbour, be nice. Life will be great if all people in this world really living life with the book of God as their guidance through life, and not only take it for granted and following only what they thought will give them benefit.

    Beardy, ex marine, tatto; your description similar with Mr. Story Teller. ^_^ but he is ex army.

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    James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

    Thnak you for publishing this fascinating peek into the Muslim Community. I enjoyed reading your writing. Well done!

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    Micky Dee 7 years ago

    Yo Freya. There is "hatred" from all races. There is hatred and snubs from my own white race because my hair is long and I have a beard. This is GOSPEL. My tattoos are to let the regular American know I am not just a hippy. I am an ex-Marine. I hate war. But I hate being defined by the closed mind.

    I see bigotry from all races and religions.

    Until people adopt the Golden Rule as THE LAW "we" will be UNCIVILIZED! Thank you Dear!

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    Freya Cesare 7 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

    Mentalist Acer : Yes. It is easy to be found everywhere. Really sad. Thank Metalist Acer for reading this and put your comment. ^_^

    Birima : Salammualaikum, Bro. How are you? So long not see you around. jazzakAllah khairan for your pray. I hope the same for you and your family too. ^_^

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    Birima 7 years ago

    Salam sister

    may Allah s.w.t help you and protect you

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    Mentalist acer 7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

    Everything in moderation including tolerance,the Catholic religion untill just recently had extremist in Ireland. there's a multitude of intolerence of all kinds...