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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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FireWitch25 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome! :D
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Birittany Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
i wonder something;
 why did you put there turkish flag(not so flag i dont how to say it) lol
im muslim too and turk c: es-selamu aleyküm :D
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hmm, where I live a lot of Muslims use the crescent and star as a general sign for Islam.. :)
Wasalaam!
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Birittany Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
hm.. I have to look at it sometime why they use crescent and star :p
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RayINKADELL Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
This is the most powerfull thing i have ever seen and read in my life. I am ashamed to say i am raised in a rather racist house hold, but i have never felt that way and this gives me stength. I love this piece so much!!!!
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It's not shameful if you can mature from it, you know? A lot of people grow up in hateful environments, but it doesn't necessarily define them :)
I'm really happy you like this piece though, thank you so much!
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ALDAL Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
wowo

you are pretty cool!
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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TheLadyOfBlack Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are a beautiful person, my friend. You are someone I really look up to on here, not only for your artistic skills but also because of things like this, the fact that you accept who you are. I am Christian, and I consider myself bi-curious for now because I'm not fully sure of what I am yet. I haven't told my parents yet though, mainly because I haven't really started dating anyone yet, so I'm not fully sure if I really am bisexual yet, and I'm kind of afraid to tell them, I'm afraid of how they'll react. But when I see people like you, who have made it through and aren't afraid of others knowing who they are, I feel a bit less scared of who I am. But anyways, you are a truly beautiful person. Thank you for being amazing, and God bless you.
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh, I meant to reply to this two days ago, but I kept it in my inbox for a while just to reread it multiple times :blush:
It just makes me really happy when my pictures can reach other young, religious artists...I wish you the best of luck with everything, just remember to take things slow and always look out for numer one.
Thank you for this message, peace be with you my friend :heart:
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