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Reader comment on item: Are Muslim Americans Victimized?
in response to reader comment: African-American Muslims

Submitted by Fauzia Mohamed (United States), Jan 8, 2006 at 17:47

Asaalam aleikum wa rahmatullah,

I am a firm believer in changing the things I have control over and leaving the rest to Almighty Allah (swt). However, I also do know that there are things I can change such as allowing my self to be victimized due to my religion,sex gender, ethnicty e.t.c.

I agree that we get vicitmized based on some of the factors noted above and others however, we cannot allow ourselves to wallow in misery just because we have a lable attached to us. To each his own but this is how I look at things.

I have a choice in either getting used to the label and playing the "victim" or I can choose to educate the ignorant and miseducated people or I can choose to completely be ignorant.

We should be proud at what makes us stand out such as our hijabs, kufis and so on but we also have a responsibility of upholding Islam's virtues so that those who are misguided can learn the beauty of our religion.

Our religion is based on understanding and patience--so let's practise some of that. There are those in the bunch who will spoil it for others but we all play a part. Therefore we all should be held accountable for our actions or lack thereof.

Wa aleikum salaam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh

Fauzia Mohamed

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