Love prevails all!

I was going to write something else today but after hearing the news I just had to halt in my tracks and steer towards a different direction. Why? Today the Supreme court ruled that same sex marriage is legal across ALL 50 states of the US!!!

I am shocked, surprised and overwhelmed. Honestly I feel like crying because for so long the LGBT community have been fighting for acceptance and equality; today is a huge milestone in their plight. I am not gay but I am huge supporter for the legalisation of same sex marriages. It sounds ridiculous knowing that you could be imprisoned for loving somebody. However today the states said NO! They embraced the pride of the people and granted them access to a right which they have been deprived of for so long: “the right to love.”

I hope that the example set by the states can be reflected upon countries through out the world. Hopefully, they are influenced to change their ways and people are influenced to campaign for what is rights. The timing for this announcement could not have been any better since tomorrow (27.06.15) in the UK we celebrate Gay Pride.

It is very sad that in the current day and age we still live amongst many homophobic people who can’t understand that gay people are happy people, gay people are normal people, gay people are people. They are no different to any one of us, they have skin, they have eyes, they have organs – they are not animals or aliens.

Who are we to judge them for who they love? Why do some people feel like we have the power to control their lives? It is blatantly stupid! Everyone in this world has the right to love who they want to and we don’t have to interfere.

Overall, I just want to say how proud I am of the LGBT community and all the things they have achieved so far. Their perseverance and resilience motivates me to carry on working towards equality everywhere. Although we see times where human rights have been violated e.g. the Charleston Church shootings (click the link to read my blog post about it) humanity is moving forward towards a world of peace and equality as proven today. No one should have to feel ashamed of who they are and hopefully…

At some point in our lifetime, gay marriage won’t be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from entering the University of Alabama because he was black.                                                                               – George Clooney

26.06.15 – A date to be remembered!

R.I.P to the Charleston victims

It is currently 1:01am and I have only just started typing up this post for Tuesday (yesterday) however once I am set on doing something, nothing stops me! Regardless, last week my friend Leanne asked me about my opinion in regards to the church shootings. Since then, the subject has been lingering in my mind hence I decided to put my ‘pen’ to ‘paper’ and let everything out.

For those who do not know a man named Dylann Roof, 21, was responsible for the massacre of nine individuals in an African- American church located in Charleston, South Carolina. He promoted his hatred for the black community by burning down the US flag, posing with guns in pictures and proudly beholding the Confederate flag (commonly associated with a time of slavery). He has currently been caught and arrested however, a lot more needs to be done in the meantime in order for justice to be served e.g. changing gun laws.

The victims of this tragedy were:

  • Cynthia Hurd, 54, female
  • Susie Jackson, 87, female
  • Ethel Lance, 70, female
  • Rev DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49, female
  • Rev Clementa Pinckney, 41, male
  • Tywanza Sanders, 26, male
  • Rev Daniel Simmons Sr, 74, male, who died in hospital
  • Rev Sharonda Singleton, 45, female
  • Myra Thompson, 59, female

I would like to take this opportunity to pay my respects to those people and their families. Not only has the local community been damaged but a race. Since the attack, a church service has been held in order for people to pay their respects and also to illustrate the resilience of the church members since they demonstrate that hate crimes will not destroy their companionship and unity.

I hope that these people don’t die in vain and their deaths help put pressure on the US government to make a change on gun laws. There are so many incidents which have occurred in the past due to guns e.g. the shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Thus, action needs to be taken NOW before any more disasters occur (I intend to write another blog post specifically about Gun Laws).

However, gun laws were not the only reason for this attack. Many would argue that racism was the main reason and this argument is completely justified. Several years ago, we used to live in a world where many rich Americans were slave owners but as time progressed this has changed. A couple years after, segregation & the Jim Crow laws became another cruel part of American history but we have managed to progress from there in order to allow people from both the white and black community to be able to sit on the same bus, learn in the same classroom and move forward together. Regardless, racism still exists.

This may sound weird but it has become a part of our life because at least once in your life time you will be involved, witness or relate to it. I am 16, yet I have experienced racism more than 3 times in my life span. Yes, this is better than living a life of marginalization e.g. in the 1930s but I can not sit here and condone what still occurs. People preach the ‘n’ word like its a message from god and the work of many civil rights activists seem to be ignored since we (yes WE) are allowing our past to come back to haunt us.

I felt disgusted and ashamed to hear that another hate crime has occurred in the US purely because of the colour of somebody’s skin. To make matters worse, it was carried out in a church which is a place which people can spiritually connect, find inner peace and join a community. However, after the attack many people were left contemplating over the question: “Am I ever safe?” Honestly, after such an event it is absolutely rational to say “No”. However, once we do, it is easy for self esteem, confidence and courage to be lost. We may have lost a battle but we can’t stop fighting the war.

The US is not the only place facing racism, it occurs everywhere in the world (even here in the UK). However, rather than simply acknowledging this we need to take a stand.

Actions are louder than words…

For the loving memory of those nine individuals – don’t be a bystander… Speak up! We can’t allow hate crimes like this to occur again!

P.S the beginning may sound confusing because I uploaded this 24hrs later.

Ramadan Mubarak

Ramadan Mubarak! I would like to ask for forgiveness for any harm I may have caused in the past.

This month of fasting is very dear to me as a Muslim girl and to many others in the world – Muslim or not. It is a month where a community can be brought together to fight through our hardships in unity. We can donate money and provide charity to people who are less fortunate than us, people can seek forgiveness and walk away from their sins. Personally, it is a time where I can strengthen my faith and carry on developing as a believer of this faith. However, this is also an opportunity for people to see the true meaning of Islam… Peace. Muslims and Islam is not a faith of violence. Don’t fall prey to the negative portrayal and stereotypes of the media/ society. Use this month as a chance to witness the beauty of thousands or millions of people fasting for 1 whole month to help empathise for those who live in poverty and suffer malnutrition on a regular basis (this is obviously not the main reason, but one of many). However, in addition to my previous point, it allows us to appreciate the importance of food and water. At times when I fast, I feel weak and I can’t move due to the lack of energy I have in my body. I am fortunate to be able to eat again at Maghrib (the 4th Prayer – at sunset) however, people living in third world countries or even here in the UK, are not blessed with the chance to press that on/ off button. It is said that:

“You don’t know how important something is until you lose it…”

Honestly, this is SO true, but the sad thing is that people don’t realise this until its too late.

So before  I start rambling and making this post seem depressing, I just want to lift the spirit by wishing everyone Ramadan Mubarak and I hope you all have a great month inshallah. Regardless of whether you support the faith or not, take this month as an opportunity to forgive and endeavour new beginnings.

Before I conclude, I want to apologise for the lack of content. I have been sucked up by my GCSE Exams and basically stripped of all my free time. However, my last exam is tomorrow… YAY!!! Consequently, I should be able to regularly post again every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I will explain all of this nonsense in my next blog post and all the exciting events I have coming up. In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed reading this and feel free to read any of my previous work whilst waiting for the new stuff to POP UP!!!

Happy Ramadan (for the 100th time) and I hope you find peace and happiness in whatever amazing things lying ahead!