Islam…

15 Apr

Islam – the most controversial religion & topic in our world right now.I don’t like to turn a story into one that is about me, I like to stay private in my work as I think most will know, so I apologise in advance as I am turning this blog to be one that is about me to get my point across to you.

From the beginning of the crisis in Syria I have continually stayed on the ground with little time out the outside. To this day it remains the same. I have watched first hand this crisis changing, evolving, darkening. One thing has remained the same however; the true good people of Syria have remained loyal to assisting me, supporting me, protecting me, and respecting me.

Most of my time is spent with families. Families who are truly suffering within the war who are trying to cling to their dignity. I have stayed with families through their losses, tragedies, heartache, movements; each struggle that is faced within a war. Even through all of this they insist on caring for me. They insist on taking me in, giving me a place to sleep, feeding me and to this day it is a fight for me to try to give them anything in return.

I have argued with women trying to force me to wash; I have reservations as I do not wish for them to waste what little water they have on me washing when I just do not care when there, yet they force me. Come to think of it maybe that is for their benefit & not mine after all!

I sit with families that have such little food yet with their culture insist on giving all they can to me. I sit with their children who I can see are hungry & unhealthy yet even the children want to force feed me with no thought for themselves.

I am greeted with a love so rare; a love & bond that is indescribable. I am fought over on where I sleep as the children always like to sleep next to me. I am hugged & kissed in overwhelming amounts when I am welcomed back. I am cried over when it is time to say goodbye to a family to move to another area. I have gifts stuffed into every crevice of my bag; kids drawing for me & writing me letters, items now amounting to boxes weighing down my friends on each border awaiting a time I can get everything home.

I am sharing these small glimpses of life because this is the true face of Syrians; this is the true face of Islam. Anyone who has spent time with a Muslim family will know of the kindness; you will know of the bonds & the love created and I am quite sure you have never experienced such kindness, or situations of being so ridiculous full from eating too much with aching muscles from laughter too. I am most certainly not the only one with these experiences naturally, it just seems few speak out in public about it all.

Now, I am sure there will be some rather critical souls reading this who will be seeing me as a promoter of Islam or something alike. I do not promote or support any religion to be quite frank. I have my own spiritual beliefs in life, I simple believe in giving peace & love in all we do. I do have a problem with hate and lack of understanding in this world which makes me feel a need to speak as I am now. I have no disagreements with any religions; only with hypocrisy. I respect anyone living truly to their religion, everyone has their free choice in this world to be who they want through religion or no religion as far as I am concerned.

I do not hide who I am to anyone with my beliefs, and I am accepted for who I am and loved for who I am. Why? Well, the people truly living by Islam do not impose their beliefs upon another and accept another for who they are. As in any religion; it should never be imposed.

When I speak with people about why they still care for me, why they still protect me; they are putting their lives on the line to protect me – a stranger to their family for whom they could all be killed for; they simply do it naturally and find humour in my asking as it is just normal for them to do so and they are completely oblivious to the depths of what they do in caring for me.

It is no secret a lot of the world has a deep fear of Islam. Sadly Islamophobia is rapidly on the rise in every country. I am faced with conversations continually from people whom I can find little respect for when they feel a right to argue me about Islam and why it should be gone from the western world when they themselves have not even spent time with a Muslim; let alone visited a Muslim country. The lack of educated minds in our world is mind-blowing at times.

There is no question that the self-proclaimed Islamic State and other groups alike should be feared. There is no question they are involving themselves in terrorist activities. The thing that is forgotten is that true Muslims are not representatives of them. They know they are not Muslim and their practices are far from the practices that are stated in the Quran. They are simply a terrorist organisation masking under the name of a religion that does not belong to them.  The self-proclaimed Islamic State is a deeply complex matter to understand in itself, I shall leave that one aside for now.

Mainstream media is sadly an instigator for such hate rising in our world. While I work in the industry it does not mean I agree with much of what is done. There needs to be vast change in media & I do hope I see it in my lifetime. The term terrorist has taken a turn in the media to be one that is put into use when it is a person of Islamic birth roots committing the crime. The often happening school shootings across America from born Christians or otherwise are acts of terrorism, the tragic plane crash recently in France was an act of terrorism carried out by an individual, the beheadings of civilians are acts of terrorism, the Syrian regime dropping barrel bombs across Syria are acts of terrorism. There are continually acts of terrorism across our world. Terrorism comes in the form of all religious backgrounds, all colours, all countries.
Please think before you speak; please learn understanding because the hate being spread in our world is more terrifying to me than being in the midst of the most complicated battles within Syria could ever be.

A true person of Islam echoes the kindness & love I mention above on how I am cared for. This is the real face of Islam and this is a majority worldwide.

We are dividing our world. We are placing barriers between religions, the colour of someone’s skin, their country of origin, their sexual orientation & how another chooses to dresses. We are all responsible for the crisis in our world. We are all part of the problem and we all need to be taking steps to bring a change for the better; for the future in our world. We need to be removing these barriers that many have fought against through history to bring unity globally; yet here we are wishing to regress our societies.

I would not still be alive on this day to write this if it were not for the good-hearted souls representing what Islam truly is. In times of trouble in Syria there have been people who fought for my safety, Muslim people, there was no reward for them assisting & protecting me. They did not even want it to be known that it was them who helped me.

Now don’t get me wrong, there are issues within every culture; deep issues that need to be rooted out.  There is no such thing as perfect and everything takes hard work in our world. In the end hard work will always pay off. What we do need is a worldwide unity to tackle these challenges.

Lay down the hate and think. We are supposed to be educated individuals advancing in our world yet we seem to be plunging downhill.

Thank you to the beautiful souls I know worldwide from all religions backgrounds and countries; and a very special thank you always to the true people of Syria for all you do for me.

8 Responses to “Islam…”

  1. Jim Karr April 15, 2015 at 6:08 pm #

    *I’ve just finished reading this blog from Yasmin. I agree with almost everything she says here, and being from a little different culture than she, i do find myself appreciating practically everything she is trying to convey here. I am in deep sorrow for the tragedies that have befallen and are still being inflicted upon the innocents within Syria and other nations of people who are simply seeking freedom and a better way of life, and especially for the children who are being forced to endure so much more than any child should have to in their young little lives.* I have such a tremendous respect, love and admiration for Yasmin for embedding herself into all of this danger and war trying and doing her utmost best to help whomever and whenever she can. With the many, many talents that she has she could be living a very comfortable and much more profitable life in L.A. or London. I have an immense respect and love for what she is doing and have prayed for and wondered about her safety on more times than i can count at night when i lie down to sleep in the comfort and safety of my own home while she is out there in the midst of the battleground. It was comforting for me to have recently heard from her and to find out that she is safe instead of being a member of the many casualties i watch on the evening news daily. I love her for what she does and only wish that i had the same level of caring and courage that she displays every single day. God Bless Yasmin for all that she does for the Syrian people, the children, and for all who are blessed enough to be the recipients of her kindness and goodness.

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    • Yasmin Al Tellawy April 15, 2015 at 8:02 pm #

      Hi Jim,

      What can I say, reading this post from you have brought me to tears, truly. What a beautiful message to share… I really don’t know what I can say to you. You clearly have such a loving heart, so much care for others and it is so refreshing. Thank you fro all my heart. x

      • jim karr April 15, 2015 at 8:46 pm #

        Hi Yasmin!,

        Well, i am flattered at what you have said here, but i am really not the one with such a big heart here between the two of us. There are few in this world with one that could be compared to your’s. In fact, at the moment,…..i cannot think of any kinder soul or bigger heart, or anyone who is more deserving of praise than you. You live it every day, and as the saying goes, “actions speak much louder than words!”

        Keep safe, girl, and remember you are thought about and loved!

        JIM

  2. jim karr April 15, 2015 at 6:13 pm #

    I’ve just finished reading this blog from Yasmin. I agree with almost everything she says here, and being from a little different culture than she, i do find myself appreciating practically everything she is trying to convey here. I am in deep sorrow for the tragedies that have befallen and are still being inflicted upon the innocents within Syria and other nations of people who are simply seeking freedom and a better way of life, and especially for the children who are being forced to endure so much more than any child should have to in their young little lives. I have such a tremendous respect, love and admiration for Yasmin for embedding herself into all of this danger and war trying and doing her utmost best to help whomever and whenever she can. With the many, many talents that she has she could be living a very comfortable and much more profitable life in L.A. or London. I have an immense respect and love for what she is doing and have prayed for and wondered about her safety on more times than i can count at night when i lie down to sleep in the comfort and safety of my own home while she is out there in the midst of the battleground. It was comforting for me to have recently heard from her and to find out that she is safe instead of being a member of the many casualties i watch on the evening news daily. I love her for what she does and only wish that i had the same level of caring and courage that she displays every single day. God Bless Yasmin for all that she does for the Syrian people, the children, and for all who are blessed enough to be the recipients of her kindness and goodness.

    JIM K.

  3. jimbokarr April 15, 2015 at 8:56 pm #

    Reblogged this on jimbokarr and commented:
    I, for one, enjoy the fact that you tell us a little about yourself from time to time. It adds not only a little color and enlightenment to the story, but also, adds a little extra touch of credibility to what your doing and saying and makes the point of what your trying to convey and get across to us all much more enjoyable. I enjoy hearing about you and your efforts and all that you do to make happen what you make happen over there,…..and i pray always for your safety.

  4. poemsforsyria April 17, 2015 at 7:43 am #

    Reblogged this on Alex's Reflections and commented:
    A beautiful post by my friend Yasmin. It’s a beautiful message discussing the kindness that Syrians have shown to her as well as a message calling on all of us to love (and speak against hatred). Yasmin’s a gem. She has a heart of gold 🙂

    Totally agree with her call against placing barriers among people. I also agree with her in calling for unity and not hating. :). Please read.

  5. Saher Al-Sous April 17, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

    Dear Yasmin
    I’ve been a friend with you on linkedin & twitter, but I never read an article for you except today, and I’m impressed by the way you write and present things.

    I’ve been into reading about Islam and islamic books for some years, also alternative history, which i call that way, it is the history of the voiceless and defeated people, that often doesn’t exist in official history books and you know what I mean I guess!

    I’m not sure if you would consider my points positive or negative to your ideas about, but I want to present them as how they are!

    I think you know that I live in Palestine, and I’m so familiar with the middle east culture and social life.

    The beautiful hospitality of people in the middle east is a social habit, can’t be linked to any faith, and I would disagree to link it to any religion because simply even atheists here do the same thing because it is culture!

    You are right about the point that the beautiful and amazing people you met in Syria, with all the hardships that they are passing in, and generosity and hospitality they show in return represents the true face of Islam, but the only thing that I disagree with you about is that they don’t exclusively represent Islam, and I would like to mention one word said by Ali Bin Abe Taleb (علي بن ابي طالب) about Quran, that it holds several faces (القرآن حمال اوجه) and he is totally right about it, which means, it is true that the amazing people in Syria represent true Islam, but still ISIS represent the true Islam as well, Turkey has a different face of Islam than Saudi Arabia, and both of them represents the true Islam, there is no single group in Islamic history or religious groups that has any right to declare themselves as exclusive representatives of Islam!

    I believe that you must have read Quran, and I hope that you can read the Tafseer of it, especially the books that are considered the source of all Tafseers (أمهات الكتب ) you will see that for each verse in Quran, there are far right and far left and middle interpretations for it, and each one was used by a certain period of time by a certain group of people, and even if the result they had (their beliefs) had contradictions with other Islamic sects, both will remain Muslims and represents the true face of Islam!

    regards

    Saher

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