The international community is now widely concerned about the Trayvon Martin and Shaima Alawadi cases. For those of you who have not heard of them, please Google their names and you’ll find ample pieces about their cases, no matter what I say I don’t think I’ll do their cases justice concerning the background and details of how they came to be.
Before I say anything, I’d like to offer my deepest and sincerest condolences to their families. No one should die because of their beliefs, background, race, color or heritage. Let alone a 17 year old boy or a woman in the privacy of her own home! I believe that they were both victims of a hate crime, some ignorant individuals decided to place them in a stereotypical frame and persecute them accordingly. To those people I say, who gave you the right to kill a living soul? Who gave you the right to decide that those individuals going about their daily life and minding their own business deserve the death sentence? Who gave you the right to feel that you are above the law? Who gave you the right to decide who ‘fits in’ and who doesn’t?
All I can say is that people need to be more tolerant. Educate yourselves about others rather than heed to stereotypes and unfair portrayals of the unknown or uncommon. Seek out unbiased information regarding those you fear or feel like you do not understand. Ask the right people the right questions in the right way and I guarantee you that you’ll see things in a totally different light than before. We are all humans, we all want to live our lives in peace and not have to compromise our beliefs, heritage, etc in order to do so. Live and let live for crying out loud!
If you feel like you are in danger or just have an uncomfortable feeling about someone, contact the authorities. Even if it turns out that you had nothing to fear, the authorities will be understanding and will know where you’re coming from, you won’t get into trouble for contacting them as long as your fear was justified. Always be aware of your surroundings and take all the necessary measures to keep yourself and your loved ones safe but please don’t take matters into your own hands. Who’s to say that your life is worth more than that of another? Who’s to say that you’re not mistaken in your discomfort or assumption of being in danger? Who is to say that you deserve to be on this Earth more than someone else? We all need to be more tolerant of each other and work together to live in peace.
Trayvon was someone’s son, someone’s grandson, someone’s friend … there are SO many people who will miss him in their life. Not to mention that he was only 17 … his life hadn’t even begun! And Shaima was a mother trying to raise a family, she was someone’s daughter, someone’s wife, someone’s mother … she had dreams for her family and so many things to look forward to in the future. A future that is now non-existent for both those souls.
I ask you all to pray for them and to pray that Allah (God) grants their families and friends the patience and strength necessary to deal with this adverse ordeal in the best way possible. Pray that justice gets served soon and the wrong doers get what they deserve and this turns into a lesson to all those who think in a similar way as they did. Pray for the safety of yourselves, your families and loved ones and pray that your hearts always have enough space to accommodate all those who are different and forgive all those who look upon you and your loved ones with an ignorant eye.
Never live in fear, Allah (God) is always watching and no ill doing goes unpunished. Have faith in Allah (God) and always pray and in sha’a Allah (God willing) you and your loved ones will always be protected. If it weren’t for my faith in Allah (God) I would have locked myself up at home almost instantly after getting here because of how I’ve been treated on the street, in the different businesses I’ve been to and even in the supermarket just because of my Hijab (Islamic veil). But there is always balance; those who have educated themselves treat me as an equal and those who have the courage to ask stop me and ask whatever questions they have, I thank Allah (God) for those people and pray that more and more people become like them.
So, just be patient, have faith and don’t do anything that would put you at risk of being attacked or be seen as a threat. I pray that Allah (God) protect each and every soul on this Earth and change the hearts of those who are evil or wish ill upon others. And to all my Muslim brothers and sisters, please read Al Fateha on Shaima’s soul.