Most of my people have become so concerned with integration and proving that they are the exact opposite of what the racist right wing dominated media narrative that defines Islam and Muslims to the rest of the world, is that it has gone beyond their rationale to understand that “The West”, be that America, the UK or pockets of Europe cannot exist without separating Muslims from our identity and culture.
For all too long, The Akh has had to listen to lip service, about creating change and working within the system to achieve that. The problem with always thinking within the current conformist paradigm is that when you try to change the system from within, it’s not you who changes the system; it’s the system that will eventually change you. That is how the system is designed, that is how it’s been fine tuned over a millennia to ensure that the real change cannot come from thinking within the existing framework.
What you are seeing happen now in Greece and Thailand are revolutions that come from the poor, the oppressed and the downtrodden, who no longer wish to play “The Game” according to your terms.
There is nothing wrong with a genuine compromise, that is when all parties walk away from the negotiating table unhappy with the result, there is usually nothing wrong with compromise in a situation, but when you compromise yourself in a situation, that is another story all together, unfortunately I have seen this occur all to frequently in the few years that I’ve been on this planet to know that it’s a toxic problem.
The Blogosphere has been rife with the news of Rima Fakih’s victory as Miss USA 2010, and how it equates into a “Win” for Muslims:
The Akh finds it laughable that anyone can pass this of as a matter of resistance never mind a win of any sort. While women who wish to stay covered up have legislation passed against them to stop them doing so, and yet those that have no modesty what so ever are paraded as a “win” for all of us, you’re only deluding yourself.
As far as setting a good example for young Muslim women the world over, “Miss USA” is a pathetic example for anyone to even to follow, you can see for yourself here why I think this way, would you want your sister, wife, daughter or mother behaving like this?
It’s about time that our younger, more impressionable people understood that no matter how much you dye your hair blonde and put fake eyes in, or follow an anorexic standard of beauty that the media constantly pumps your brain with, or how much bling you have bought from people who exploit your own brutally to get them, no matter how “fat” a car you drive or what kind of fancy clothes you put on, you will never be them.
You are always going to be looked at as nothing but a little monkey.
I would rather be proud of what I am, rather than desperately trying to be something I’m really not, just to fit in.
Whether your mind is ready to accept it or not, that’s what this culture or lack of culture is feeding us.
Be true to yourself.