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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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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 Filmographer
Nice art
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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