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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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Sherbalo Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member
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 1 day ago  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thank you so much! X)))
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cookieeatspenguins Featured By Owner 3 days ago   Traditional 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 1 day ago  Professional Digital Artist
Happy it can help you! :heart:
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harleyquinnsfunhouse Featured By Owner 3 days ago  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 3 days ago  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 2 days ago  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 1 day ago  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 20 hours ago  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 18 hours ago  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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