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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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Kaizellea Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
I wish i were as brave as you :(
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Courage comes when the time is right, don't rush yourself :heart:
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Plancklength Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
"Do you see me as i see you?"... I doubt it, you're way cooler.

Anyway on a more serious note this is probably the most important piece of art i have seen on the site...or anywhere else now i come to think of it.
Thank you for gracing our lives with it.

P.s. And for the record im Agnostic....just as everyone else seems to be stating their own beliefs :P 
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow haha, I'm flattered, thanks very much! :blushes:
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SolidDreamz Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely, lovely poem! This speaks to me, to my heart!
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faisalicang Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice art
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Hybrid147 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
As a Buddhist all I have to say is that Buddha's got your back as well man.  Saubhagyam (good luck).
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thank you so much! :)
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TheQueenOfEmber Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
I don't care if someone is Catholic, Christian Jewish black white yellow purple. I don't like how people treat Muslims at all in fact all those people who judge Muslims can go throw themselves into a bottomless pit! And yes I do see you as you see me, Infact I think Muslims are quite awesome ^o^
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Sherbalo Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
One of the most powerful drawing I saw. Let Allah be with you! ^v^
And only one more question I have: Why are you so damn awesome?! :'D
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thank you so much! X)))
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cookieeatspenguins Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014   Digital Artist
This helps me a little , i am surronded by people and family who are in a divded group like shia , sunni , etc. But not simply just muslim.
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Happy it can help you! :heart:
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harleyquinnsfunhouse Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
if that's true then why do they want to destroy Israel and the Jewish people?
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Because that's not true at all. What you're referring to is anti-Palestinian propaganda that's been fed to US citizens. You can read more about America and Isreal's war crimes and atrocities here: electronicintifada.net/content…
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harleyquinnsfunhouse Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
okay I read the articular and i understand where you are coming from but what concerns me about the subject is the heavy amount of antisemitism from Muslims in my school. I'm not being fed lies I see this it first hand. ps. I hope my last comment didn't come off as rude and I apologize if it did.  
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for apologizing, I did read it as rude so I apologize too for being defensive.

But...well this is where it gets tricky. What kind of Muslims are we talking about here? If they're Arab, Palestinian, or generally Middle Eastern, they're technically also Semitic :\
You can't call a group of Semitic people anti-Semitic. Historically, the use of antisemitism has been completely hijacked by Jewish voices (especially white, European-descendant Jews in the U.S), and used to silence Muslim voices that speak out against the violence of Israel. If you read the article and know what's going on in Gaza, you'd understand that Arab Muslims have MANY reasons for hating what the Israel has done to them, their families, and their homelands.

And seriously, are these Muslims at your school attacking the Jewish students? Are they threatening them? I highly doubt it.
What you're seeing is a manifestation of their anger, but is anger against a genocide really uncalled for?

You ARE being fed lies, the lies that make you think anger and a desire to end genocide is equal to "wanting to destroy Israel and the Jewish people." That sort of bias doesn't come from nowhere.
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harleyquinnsfunhouse Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Go read the book Night by Elie Wiesel and don't tell me that the Jewish people don't deserve a country to call home. it's you people that are trying to take it from them.  also hate is never justified so shut the fuck up
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I love how you apologize and then tell me to shut the fuck up. Good job letting your true colors show. I thought hate was never justified? Guess not towards Muslims or against logic huh?

Also no one said Jewish people don't deserve their own country, but that doesn't warrant a genocide. Even jews are against what israel is doing. Look up rabbis against zionism. Or watch the news, google search Gaza, it's seriously everywhere right now.
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ChibiFang777 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
im surrounded by so much hate for your religion and people living here in georgia...v.v if you are still there and have the time, i would love to note you and find out what is the true faith behind all the rumors and media. i have a hard time believing that any "monster" could write what you have written above. it has moved me, and your pride and devotion to your faith is a leading example to all who walk under the watch of some greater force. whatever you choose to do, i wish you luck.
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, really sorry for the late reply! I've been busy with work lately

I wanted to thank you for this message, it's probably one of the most heartfelt ones I've never received.
If you were still interested, you can still message me to ask about Islam and I'll do my best to answer you
Thank you again, I appreciate it more than you know
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ChibiFang777 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
i sent you a message, and thank you for the reply to my comment! ^u^ and id be glad to discuss things with you.
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'll reply as soon as I can :)
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ChibiFang777 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
okie! x3
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chikuQ Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh :) Stay strong sister :hug: may Allah guide and help you :) 
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wasalaam and jazak Allah khair! :heart:
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chikuQ Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
<3 :D
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alfian25 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
proud to be a muslim
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ohmygucci2000 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
masha allah!
i wish to become more of a proud and faithful muslim
thanks for inspiring me
:)
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Jazakallah khair! :)
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ohmygucci2000 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
'afwan
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FireWitch25 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student General Artist
So beautiful, Masha Allah! I'm a Muslim too! People nowadays are stereotypical about Muslims and they assume things as well.
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh salaam alaikum! :)
It's great to hear from other Muslims. Thank you so much!
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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 General 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 General 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  Student Traditional Artist
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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