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I am Muslim by Tyshea I am Muslim by Tyshea
    As a Muslim, I do not follow tradition blindly
    As a Muslim, I do not conform to new age views without evaluation
    As a Muslim, I am constantly self-reflecting
    As a Muslim, I give charity and smile to strangers
    As a Muslim, I believe in a non-human, non-gendered, unimaginable God

    As a Chinese Muslim, I feel unrecognized and isolated by my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters
    As a Chinese Muslim, I feel unrecognized and isolated by the American media
    As a Chinese Muslim, I feel equally hated by the American media
    As a Chinese Muslim, I am thankful to have seen so many different perspectives at my age
    As a Chinese Muslim, I feel closer to Allah

    As a Muslim artist, I do not have religious ultimatum
    As a Muslim artist, I am criticized for not devoting my art to my religion completely and blatantly
    As a Muslim artist, I devote myself instead to universal messages in hopes of reaching a wider audience
    As a Muslim artist, I fully love and indulge in the visual world created for us by God
    As a Muslim artist, I prove people wrong not by shoving my religion in their face, but showing them I am just a person like everyone else

    As a Gay Muslim, I believe in love above hate.
    As a Gay Muslim, I have been through constant, endless torment for simply loving someone.
    As a Gay Muslim, I have become infinitely more compassionate and understanding to others.
    As a Gay Muslim, I have found deeper, purer faith in Allah.
    As a Gay Muslim, I vow to never let my faith put others in danger, I vow to protect others who are bombarded by blind faith.

    This is me.
    I am constantly torn
    I am always falling
    I am sheltered
    I am afraid to speak
    But I am insanely proud

This was mainly for myself, to remind myself what it means to be me.
And to never give in to hate or anger.

Thanks to my friends for being the best, most accepting, most loving, and most wonderful family in the world.
Thank you for a great 21st birthday, and reminding me of the most important things in life.

Ask me any questions you like. I may choose to reply or not :)

[updated May 21, 2012]
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I am Muslim by *Tyshea

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Ayyiwork Jun 19, 2013
OMG you remembered my name XD!!!! and no, thank you for everything :love:
Yes Ty, I see you, I see a strong woman who stands against tall and proud against a world that doesm´t see her for who SHE is. A woman who has made me rethink who I am and how I view people. Wonderful work and a message that really makes you think. Never give up, stand proud for who YOU are :D
cranenoir May 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I am Muslim too :)
All-but-Faceless Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Assalam wa alaikum, I just wanna say hi, I love your work, I love your message and that I also face the same trails, well similar, I'm just an incredibly short, British-Bangladeshi Muslim girl, and most people don't really see past the scarf (braces and glasses) anyways great piece, I love your use of colour, it really sets the mood (as does the expression), and your style of working is very (dare I say) pretty. :)
LadyxWinter Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :) it impressed me and it deserves a DD.Keep up your great work!
LadyxWinter Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Now it's my turn.Congratulations on the DD :clap: I was very relieved when I saw a "yes" from the CV :aww: It's nice that such a thing still exists today - openness, courage and faith

Keep it up!
ChameleonGiant Feb 21, 2013  Student General Artist
no, that's not true!!:disbelief:
whether U accept him or not he loves U with wonderous & unconditional love. GOD is to big for any of us to get sometimes. Even i still wonder sometimes how he could love the mess that we are,despite all the trouble we make for him. But GOD IS LOVE, & he came down himself willingly from heaven's throne, risking his own purity & mortality to be scarred under our punishment (which could never be repaid full) all so he could be & love us.
whether U beileive me or not, GOD can't feel less for U. he loves U very much no matter what U are, no matter who U are, no matter what U have done & no matter what U say.:D
:squee: :squee: :squee: :squee: :squee:
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