by Sultanah Parvin  and Shezana Hafiz.

Tuesday 10th February 2015.

Chapel Hill. Three. Shot. Dead. Muslim.
And the news told us there is no terrorist, no radical, no community was responsible. What would that news report look like? Lets frame this crime differently. Lets frame this crime as Muslims are framed.


‘The deaths of Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha in Chapel Hill were barely reported, then presented as a dispute over parking spaces. Their killer’s social networking pages alone brimmed with anti-theist content but were still largely overlooked. Three Muslims were assassinated in their homes, yet this would not be classified as terror. Had it not been for social media it’s unlikely it would have been reported at all. The same people who attached ‘Muslim’ to any criminal activity acted out by someone of the faith were now asking whether it was necessary to write ‘Muslim’ when reporting these deaths. Now their religion shouldn’t matter.’ ~ Chimene Suleyman

Excerpt from ‘Defining’ Terror, and Why ISIS Suits the West

FB_IMG_1423766918012‘To be Muslim in a Western country is to feel powerless. The West likes to paint itself as the pinnacle of liberty and morality, and to do so, the media fuel a dichotomy; Islam as ‘savage’, Muslims as ‘other’, terror as ‘religious’ and murder as ‘lone wolf’.’

‘It is time to abolish the ‘lone wolf’ trope and hold white, cisgender, non-Muslim men accountable. In doing so, we must also acknowledge where their ideals have come from – a pervasive, historic and unrelenting culture of oppression, be it Islamophobia or violent misogyny, across multiple aspects of identity.’ ~ by Somayra Ismailjee

Excerpt from Western Apologies


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